Reuters: Vietnam says Google will cooperate in removal of ‘toxic’ content. “Google Inc’s parent firm, Alphabet, will work with Vietnam’s communist government to stamp out ‘toxic’ and illegal information on its platform, the Southeast Asian nation said on Friday. Vietnam tolerates little dissent and human rights groups and western countries have criticized its arrests of anti-government bloggers.”
CNET: Google’s three-step plan to make you love VR. “How is Google planning to dominate the brave new world of AR and VR? Not with one singular product, but with a barrage of different approaches on a similar theme.”
Bloomberg Quint: May to Tell G-7 Google and Facebook Must Do More to Fight Terror. “Theresa May will take her beef with Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. to the Group of Seven meeting in Sicily, where the U.K. leader will call on Internet companies to do more to fight terrorism and take extremist material offline.”
The Verge: How do you fix Facebook moderation? Figure out what Facebook is. “Despite years of warnings from academics, sociologists, and civic society advocates about the potential harm of unleashing technologies with minimal understanding of their impacts, social media companies unabashedly continue to espouse utopian visions. Tech powers continue to advertise products with promises of magic and awe. These products often come with little to no safety or privacy protocols against the potential for amplifying long-standing exploitation and violence. Facebook markets Facebook Live as ‘a fun, engaging way to connect with your followers and grow your audience.’ That may be how the majority of users use the product, but a quick Google search of Facebook Live turns up pages of headlines about live-streamed suicide, murder, and rape.”
The Guardian: Trump immigration database exposes crime victims’ personal info, lawyers say. “A new US immigration database has exposed the personal information of crime victims, putting them at risk of further violence and violating federal laws designed to conceal the identities of abuse survivors, according to a coalition of attorneys.”
Star Wars Day was a couple of days ago, and GIPHY is helping you keep the mood with a bunch of Star Wars GIFs. They’re helpfully organized into several, including character, reaction, and movies/tv.
Texas Monitor: New tracking tool shows Texas Republican congressmen among big spenders. “The nonpartisan Coalition to Reduce Spending, which created the website, gets its totals from Congressional Budget Office estimates. The tracker uses the up-or-down votes by members of the U.S. House and Senate on spending-related legislation, aggregating the spending contained in each bill for each member who votes yes. That provides a figure for each D.C. lawmaker.”