CNN, after spending 2020 having Chris Cuomo do alleged news interviews with his brother, NY Gov Andrew Cuomo, has finally banned Chris from reporting on his own brother. A reputable news organization would have done this long ago.
According to the NY Times “Unfettered conversations” are taking place on a new cloud-based app. Is the NY Times suggesting all conversations should be monitored by the secret police or their proxies, the tech companies? This seems bizarre.
Globally, all FB users are now banned from sharing or viewing Australian originated news articles; all Australian news publishers are prohibited from sharing their own content on their own FB pages. UPDATE: Facebook has even cut off official Australian government pages on health, police services and wildfire issues.
NBC hyped a news story about 4 Oregon residents, who had been vaccinated, subsequently testing positive for Covid-19. The story was twisted through errors of omission – such as context.
Hey, who would have thought that social media influencers are phony? Most of them are faking a persona to act as cheap sales people for corporate product placement ads.
Seems the purpose of journalism is to find the negativity in every possible story. “NASA is Dropping a New Rover on Mars. Here’s What Could Go Wrong.”
Under new Google rules for Android apps in the Google Play store, only government approved speech about Covid-19 will be permitted. This is traditionally known as censorship. This goes in hand with the next item, where Facebook announced similar rules, prohibiting speech not fully in line with officially approved government speech about Covid-19.
Under Facebook’s new censorship program “Content from government agencies and health organizations, however, will be exempt from the changes, Facebook said.” Because WHO and CDC have been 100% accurate since the beginning of 2020. Isn’t that nice?
Facebook, Twitter and so on, will come under regulatory scrutiny this year, may lose their Section 230 protections, plus privacy protections embedded in the os (like iOS) may limit information gathering by social media apps, just as consumers may also be losing their interest in social media.
Some police appear to be playing music when someone video records their activities so that those videos get flagged on social media and taken off line: BHPD’s recent behavior suggests that at least some cops believe they can prevent themselves from being filmed or livestreamed by playing copyrighted music, which would have serious implications for more serious incidents of police misconduct. That is: if this had only happened once, an officer coming up with an off-the-cuff, if slightly dodgy, plan…