[▓▓▓▓] It: Platforms Take Action To Censor Questionable Content
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[▓▓▓▓] It: Platforms Taking Action To Censor Questionable Content
As we push into what will undoubtedly be an 16-month [▓▓▓▓] show leading up to November 2020, social platforms are pushing harder into countering the misinformation and hate speech online.
They have an unenviable task, admittedly, as each move will certainly be called too much and not enough, just by separate swathes of the online populace. The week started with Ravelry, a social network centered on knitting, banning support of [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] Donald Trump on its platform. Naturally, criticism followed, but was limited given the relatively small niche it serves.
To really rattle some cages, you’d have to do something bigger. Like quarantine r/The_[▓▓▓▓▓▓▓] on Reddit. While not a full ban, the forum serving as tribute to Donald Trump can no longer generate revenue, will not appear in searches, etc. Reddit said this was due to threats and encouragement of violence, as well moderation of the platform. Naturally, users and sympathizers lost their [▓▓▓▓].
Rounding out the week, Twitterannounced it would be implementing a new policyfor messages from major political figures that break the site’s policies for harassment and abuse. The tweets will be prefaced by an overlay stating the rule violation and requiring the user to opt-in to view.
Naturally, the merits of these moves will continue to be debated – and time will only tell if they’re even effective.
Odds + The End
- Platforms aren’t the only ones policing online. Canada’s investing $1 million Loonies into battling online extremism, and India’s looking to make its own version of WhatsApp.
- Of course, China’s kept a tight leash on native networks like WeChat, which happens to be attracting luxury brands.
- WhatsApp itself could get status sharing to Facebook and other apps.
- Yo MYSPACE was reading your messages even.
- Speaking of platforms that peaked alongside the emo swoop, Photobucket’s planning a comeback.
- YouTube’s going to let you block recommendations from certain channelspermanently.
- Did you know a New York City Public Library membership grants access to a pretty sweet streaming video platform? Well, at least till Monday.
- End of an Era: Jony Ive’s leaving Apple after having designed everything cool they made. And, ok, some stinkers too.
- iPads may soon have a mouse infestation. And the Apple Watch might get a camera?
- Where’s the IRL version: A new app erases people from images using AI.
- Not a good look: Spotify wants a refundfrom songwriters.
- The Office will leave Netflix for NBC’s streaming service in 2021.
- Instagramlikes may get hidden, while ads may appearin its Explore tab.
- Twittertested a desktop redesignand looking to bring lists to its home screen.
- Twitchhas subscriber-only streams in beta, and … Bernie Sanders?!
- Users may be able to avoid crowded trains with a new Google Maps feature.
- Meanwhile, Googleitself made deleting location history easier.
- Keeping it may aid Google’simproved local adsto drive in-store visits though.
- Firefoxlaunched a fun featuretricking ad trackers to think you’re someone with completely different interests.
- Apple’siMessage Business Chatcustomer service feature expanded to include Shopify businesses.
- Facebookmay develop a deepfake policy.
- June 28, 2019