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Snapchat monitors Infowars as Alex Jones promotes “Censorship” gag AR filter – TechCrunch

Snapchat monitors Infowars as Alex Jones promotes “Censorship” gag AR filter – TechCrunch Snapchat has largely escaped scrutiny about fake news and election interference since its content quickly disappears and its publisher hub Discover is a closed platform. But now the Infowars mess that’s plagued Facebook and YouTube has landed …

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Is it time to remove Zuckerberg from (his) office? – TechCrunch

Is it time to remove Zuckerberg from (his) office? – TechCrunch A colleague, who shall remain nameless (because privacy is not dead), gave a thumbs down to a recent column in the NYT. The complaint was that the writer had attacked tech companies (mostly but not exclusively Facebook) without offering …

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Facebook expands downvote tests on comments – TechCrunch

Facebook expands downvote tests on comments – TechCrunch Mark Twain had it right: There’s no such thing as a new idea. To wit: Facebook is currently testing arrows to let users ‘up’ vote or ‘down’ vote individual comments in some of its international markets. Digg eat your heart out. Reddit …

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Facebook says it mistakenly asked users for views on grooming

In today’s episode of ‘wtf was the tech industry thinking’, Facebook has been caught asking users if they think it’s okay for an adult man to ask a 14-year-old girl for “sexual pictures” in a private chat. The Guardian reported that Facebook ran the survey on Sunday asking a portion of …

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YouTube faces brand freeze over ads and obscene comments on videos of kids

YouTube is firefighting another child safety content moderation scandal which has led several major brands to suspend advertising on its platform. On Friday investigations by the BBC and The Times reported finding obscene comments on videos of children uploaded to YouTube. Only a small minority of the comments were removed after …

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Twitter breaks silence on McGowan suspension

Twitter has abruptly broken its own policy of not commenting on individual accounts to explain why it temporarily suspended the account of actress Rose McGowan late yesterday, after she had been tweeting about allegations of sexual abuse and harassment which have been surfacing against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Earlier today we …

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Twitter’s abuse problem is absolutely a failure of leadership

Twitter has blundered into yet another moderation crisis after it temporarily suspended the account of actress Rose McGowan as she was using its platform to speak out against sexual harassment of women in the wake of sexual abuse allegations coming out against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. It appears that Twitter’s …

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