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Automated detection of copyright violations on social media does not work

Automated detection of copyright violations on social media does not work

Source: Platform Censorship: Lessons From the Copyright Wars | Electronic Frontier Foundation I had two music publishers both claim copyright ownership of a music track in one of my videos. Obviously, both could not own the copyright. The music selection I used was written during the U.S. Civil War, decades before music was copyrightable, and the performance was by the U.S. Army with a specific license that it may be used by anyone for any purpose. I challenged the copyright…

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Facebook to “fact check” photos, propaganda posters and videos

Facebook to “fact check” photos, propaganda posters and videos

Facebook to “fact check” photos, propaganda posters and videos – but how accurate is their “fact checking”, and what happens when Facebook fact checkers must apply subjective interpretation? There is a risk that Facebook will become the arbiter of truth, and due to a false positive problem, turn fake facts into true facts.

Employers require you to have a public #Facebook page?

Employers require you to have a public #Facebook page?

What happens when employers require that you may only have a clean, moral, “fit lifestyle”, free of politics and political controversy and require you give them access to your social media to prove it?

What if your employer believes that a lack of a public social media presence means you are hiding something (like you are not on social media)?

What happens when public sector workers are protected by law from similar rules and can freely express their political beliefs free of employer repercussions?

#Facebook and #Twitter are rating your “trustworthiness” #Censorship #Socialmedia

#Facebook and #Twitter are rating your “trustworthiness” #Censorship #Socialmedia

Facebook and Twitter are algorithmically assigning users a secret “trustworthiness” score. This score is used to determine whether your posts are seen by others – in effect, its a computational shadow ban on users. Twitter takes into account who you follow and who follows you and their scores – which means people you have no control over may be determining your trustworthiness score.

Could the government bypass the First Amendment by outsourcing censorship to private organizations?

Could the government bypass the First Amendment by outsourcing censorship to private organizations?

The First Amendment prevents the government from censoring or compelling or controlling your speech. But the First Amendment does not apply to what businesses may do with their clients and customers. Social media companies are free to censor as they wish.

Does this provide a way for the government to bypass the First Amendment and restrict speech? A tweet by a U.S. Senator seems to advocate for outsourcing censorship to private entities.

Did #Facebook shadow ban PragerU?

Did #Facebook shadow ban PragerU?

We do not know much about PragerU but a situation involving that group and Facebook confirms that Facebook does indeed shadow ban groups and pages.

Facebook says they made an error in shadow banning the group’s posts and videos and has since restored them. But in the process, they confirmed they are using shadow bans.

Twitter admits to shadow banning users

Twitter admits to shadow banning users

This sure looks like an admission of shadow banning – this from Twitter:

“We want to be clear that we do not shadow ban according to political ideology or viewpoint. We do rank the timeline and we do that with the principle of relevance, but all the content is still there — you just have to do more work to see it.”

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