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Month: February 2021

Facebook globally bans sharing of all Australian news content, and all non-Australian news content within Australia

Facebook globally bans sharing of all Australian news content, and all non-Australian news content within Australia

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.

Google enforces limitations on “Covid-19” related apps for Android: only government approved speech is permitted

Google enforces limitations on “Covid-19” related apps for Android: only government approved speech is permitted

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.

Facebook embraces censorship

Facebook embraces censorship

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?

The end is near? Social media companies likely to come under intense scrutiny and more this year

The end is near? Social media companies likely to come under intense scrutiny and more this year

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.

Police discover they can use music to keep videos of police activities off of social media

Police discover they can use music to keep videos of police activities off of 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…

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