Silicon Valley can't do anything without stepping in it these days. Nowhere is that more visible than Washington, where politicians of every stripe have found a reason to complain about the tech industry. The left says tech companies have created virtual safe spaces for hate speech and harassment. The right says they're doing just the opposite, censoring conservative voices by arbitrarily enforcing vague terms of service. It isn't just political tub-thumpers that are railing against tech. The intelligence community says websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube have become launchpads of choice for Russian election interference. Law enforcement agencies say the encryption technology protecting the data in our apps and phones stifles their investigations. Already, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by senators and representatives in April after his social network was embroiled in a data privacy scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy. Next week, … [Read more...] about Why Washington is so angry with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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Twitter has been accused of having double standards after a decision to ‘verify’ the controversial New York Times reporter Sarah Jeong with the coveted blue tick, despite her record of making ‘racist’ comments about white people. Jeong, who has been on Twitter since 2009, only received the blue tick after she was hired by the Times, despite outrage after a series of past tweets re-emerged in which she ranted about “dumbass f*cking white people” and admitted she enjoys “being cruel to old white men” — as well as a slew of other derogatory comments aimed at “white people”. Read more Earlier this month, the Times was forced to publicly defend its decision to hire the Asian-American Jeong after the tweets sparked controversy online. In a statement, the Times said that while it did “not condone” her past speech, Jeong had simply been “imitating the rhetoric of of her harassers” and that she now … [Read more...] about Twitter verification of NYT’s ‘racist’ Sarah Jeong sparks online outrage, accusations of hypocrisy
The purge came too late for Heather Heyer. Last August, amid the fallout from the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, the major technology platforms on which the “alt-right” had arisen, recruited members and organized its violent event decided to clean house. Facebook and the video game chat application Discord moved to delete the groups and chatrooms affiliated with the violent white supremacist groups present at Charlottesville, where 32-year-old Heyer was killed and dozens were injured when a car plowed into anti-racist counter-protesters. The neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer was forced to move to the dark web after it lost its domain name registration and ability to fend off DDOS attacks. The horse may have bolted, but the stables were looking decidedly more clean. But a year later, as the remnants of the alt-right prepare for an anniversary rally in Washington DC and, pending a court case, Charlottesville, many of the players involved in the first … [Read more...] about A year after Charlottesville, why can’t big tech delete white supremacists?
PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 June 2018 Albert Road, Silvertown, suffered 32 water leaks between 2011-18. Picture: PA IMAGES PA Archive/PA Images Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Urgent action needed over leaks Unmesh Desai Assembly Member, London assembly member for City and East, writes: Last week, it was revealed that Albert Road, Silvertown has suffered 32 water leaks between November 2011 and February 2018. This is atrocious and yet, sadly, not surprising when you consider London pipes have burst or leaked 36,000 times during the same period. It was also unsurprising to see Ofwat hand down £120 million of fines to Thames Water after their disastrous handling of a recent surge in incidents across London. We have heard appalling accounts from many who have seen their lives disrupted or businesses destroyed by leaks. Some have had their properties flooded, whilst others have had their water supply cut. Thames Water pledged some … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: Water leaks, West Ham Cemetery, Heathrow runway and online grooming
Many people are taking to social media in an attempt to tarnish the image of the Syrian Civil Defence Organisation, better known as “the White Helmets”, who help victims in combat zones.Social media users have been sharing several different amateur videos as “proof” of conspiracy theories claiming that the White Helmets are actually undercover Islamist terrorists who collaborate with jihadist groups. We gathered these videos and analysed them to sort fact from fiction.This is the third part of a 3-part series. Read the first part here and the second part here.The White Helmets are Syrian rescue workers who operate in zones under rebel control. They participate in all kinds of rescue operations, especially after bombs and air strikes. They claim to have saved nearly 100,000 people since the start of the war and are known for documenting the conflict by sharing photos and videos on social media.>> READ ON THE OBSERVERS: ‘White Helmets’, the … [Read more...] about White Helmets ‘staging fake attacks’ in Syria? We sort fact from fiction