Social network Gab is down as its Twitter account disappears

Social network Gab is down as its Twitter account disappears

Screenshot by CNET Gab, a social media platform popular with right-wing users, stopped working Friday evening, with its website serving up an error message.A Gab Twitter account disappeared from the short-message service.

EFF to First Circuit: Schools Should Not Be Policing Students’ Weekend Snapchat Posts

EFF to First Circuit: Schools Should Not Be Policing Students’ Weekend Snapchat Posts

EFF filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit urging the court to hold that under the First Amendment public schools may not punish students for their off-campus speech, including posting to social media while off campus.

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

Likewise, just because there are people who are hiding destructive things that the people in charge should ultimately know about doesn’t suddenly mean they should allow the police to check EVERYONE.

Facebook strikes back against Apple privacy change, prompts users to accept tracking to get 'better ads experience'

Facebook strikes back against Apple privacy change, prompts users to accept tracking to get 'better ads experience'

The next day, Apple CEO Tim Cook alluded to Facebook in a speech at a data privacy conference in Brussels, saying, "If a business is built on misleading users, on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, it does not deserve our praise.

New Spotify Patent Involves Monitoring Users’ Speech to Recommend Music

New Spotify Patent Involves Monitoring Users’ Speech to Recommend Music

The patent filing outlines how Spotify currently uses a decision tree—showing users different artists, genres, and more—to help refine its recommendation algorithm for the user.

Reddit Finally Shares How Many Daily Users It Has

Reddit Finally Shares How Many Daily Users It Has

This is a stat called "daily active users" that other social media companies, including Facebook and Twitter, share in company updates.Previously, Reddit only shared its monthly active users (430 million, as of last year).

A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown

A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown

A divided three-judge panel of the Third Circuit took a different approach, announcing a categorical rule that would seem to limit the ability of public schools to address many kinds of disturbing speech by students on social media, including racist threats and cyberbullying.

UK lawyers uneasy about plan to prosecute hate speech at home

UK lawyers uneasy about plan to prosecute hate speech at home

Proposals to prosecute individuals for hate crimes based on what they discuss in their own homes need to be more widely debated, free speech organisations have said.

Facebook's new Oversight Board strives to be seen as independent

Facebook's new Oversight Board strives to be seen as independent

Social media users who believe their posts have been unfairly removed from Facebook or Instagram can now file an appeal to Facebook’s Independent Oversight Board, the company announced Thursday.

Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom “Censorship”

Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom “Censorship”

23 cancellation, a group of academics organized a series of events across the country, as well as in Canada and the UK, which were meant to highlight the issue.“Campuses across North America are joining in the campaign to resist corporate and university silencing of Palestinian narratives and Palestinian voices,” said the day of action event description, which was meant to be held on Oct. 23) The follow-up events did not include Khalid presenting.

Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

The bill uses crimes against children as an excuse to subject Internet platforms to new laws that can be created by all 50 states.Those state laws may well follow the set of "best practices" that will be drafted by a federal commission dominated by Attorney General Barr and law enforcement agencies.

Amazon Staff Are Listening To Alexa Conversations -- Here's What To Do

Amazon Staff Are Listening To Alexa Conversations -- Here's What To Do

But some people might be looking to throw away their device after it emerged that Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo users’ homes and offices.

Urgent: EARN IT Act Introduced in House of Representatives

Urgent: EARN IT Act Introduced in House of Representatives

By breaking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the EARN IT bill would allow small website owners to be sued or prosecuted under state laws, as long as the prosecution or lawsuit somehow related to crimes against children.

Trudeau Liberals quietly draft plan to regulate information on internet in Canada

Trudeau Liberals quietly draft plan to regulate information on internet in Canada

OTTAWA, September 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has drafted documents related to regulating the internet in Canada, a move critics say could have alarming implications for the country’s online free and independent press.

Why the Government’s plans to regulate the internet are a threat to free speech

Why the Government’s plans to regulate the internet are a threat to free speech

The Government’s proposed new internet regulator will infringe free speech.The Government published the Online Harms White Paper in April 2019 and intends to put a Bill before Parliament next year.

Facebook Accounts Using Fake Names, Among Other Violations, Risk Losing Access to Oculus Content

Facebook Accounts Using Fake Names, Among Other Violations, Risk Losing Access to Oculus Content

“If you log in using your Facebook account or merge your Oculus and Facebook accounts and violate the Facebook Community Standards, Conduct in VR Policy or other terms and policies on any of our platforms your access to or use of Oculus products may be impacted.

SaveOnlineFreeSpeech.org lets you comment against Trump’s “Censor the Internet” executive order

SaveOnlineFreeSpeech.org lets you comment against Trump’s “Censor the Internet” executive order

Fight for the Future has unveiled a new website and campaign to Save Free Speech Online: .The website helps you make a comment on the public record against President Trump’s most recent plan to destroy free speech online.

Google is removing Fediverse apps from the Play Store because they can be used to access hate speech

Google is removing Fediverse apps from the Play Store because they can be used to access hate speech

Despite this established web browser model, The official reason given by Google for the removal of Fediverse apps is that these apps can be used to access servers which have microblogs or other content which are dedicated to hate speech.

🎓 Dr. Freemo :jpf: 🇳🇱: "Holy crap, google is apparently taking down all/m…"

🎓 Dr. Freemo :jpf: 🇳🇱: "Holy crap, google is apparently taking down all/m…"

Seems to be the case with Husky, Fedilab, and "subway" is a scary precedent if google play is going to ban any apps that can in any way be used to access content with hate speech.

Turkey takes Germany’s “hate speech” law, and makes it much worse with its own censorship and data localization rules

Turkey takes Germany’s “hate speech” law, and makes it much worse with its own censorship and data localization rules

The new censorship law also seems to have been brought in partly for personal reasons, as Al Jazeera reports: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has greatly concentrated powers into his own hands during 17 years in office, pledged this month to bring social media platforms under control following a series of tweets that allegedly insulted his daughter and son-in-law after they announced the birth of their fourth child on Twitter.

Big win for online freedom in EU: key parts of France’s new “hate speech” law ruled unconstitutional

Big win for online freedom in EU: key parts of France’s new “hate speech” law ruled unconstitutional

The latest ruling by the French court undermines the argument that general filters of this kind should be adopted under the Digital Services Act – something that is already controversial, in any case.

Spies can eavesdrop by watching a light bulb’s variations

Spies can eavesdrop by watching a light bulb’s variations

They say it allows anyone with a laptop and less than a thousand dollars of equipment—just a telescope and a $400 electro-optical sensor—to listen in on any sounds in a room that's hundreds of feet away in real-time, simply by observing the minuscule vibrations those sounds create on the glass surface of a light bulb inside.

Feds comb Facebook to hunt down alleged rioters and looters

Feds comb Facebook to hunt down alleged rioters and looters

The DOJ has cited numerous social media posts and videos when building criminal cases against people for allegedly illegal activity that happened during or alongside recent protests against police brutality, a review of federal charging documents shows.

EFF Files Amicus Brief with Top French Court to Bring Down Controversial Avia Bill

EFF Files Amicus Brief with Top French Court to Bring Down Controversial Avia Bill

The new legal act against hate speech will have a profound impact on freedom of speech of users, and may inspire the EU’s ongoing work to reform the rules governing online platforms through the so-called Digital Services Act. On May 18, 60 French senators filed a challenge with the French Supreme Court against the Avia Bill before its promulgation, and after it passed in the National Assembly on May 13, 2020.

Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal

Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal

As surprising as it may sound, digital surveillance and speech control in the United States already show many similarities to what one finds in authoritarian states such as China.

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Bill

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Bill

It doesn’t equip law enforcement agencies with resources to investigate claims of child exploitation or training in how to use online platforms to catch perpetrators.

Wearable Microphone Jamming

Wearable Microphone Jamming

Furthermore, by arranging the transducers in a ring layout, our wearable jams in multiple directions and protects the privacy of its user’s voice, anywhere and anytime, without requiring its user to manually point the jammer to the eavesdropping microphones.

Stephen King quits Facebook over false claims in political ads

Stephen King quits Facebook over false claims in political ads

Horror novelist says that the social network has allowed false information to be disseminated, and that he is also concerned about users’ privacy.Stephen King has quit Facebook, saying that he is not comfortable with the “flood of false information allowed in its political advertising”.

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

However, the proposed new bill doesn't make it clear how platforms would be able to turn over securely encrypted passwords to the authorities, as the text doesn't go into the specifics, although it does mention that “all” data sources available internally must be included when complying with an order.

Why a social credit system is so scary.

Why a social credit system is so scary.

This virtual profile of yours will lead to real-life consequences: You might not get the loan you need to buy a home because of a bad social credit.