Julia Reda: Out-of-control censorship machines removed my article warning of out-of-control censorship machines

Julia Reda: Out-of-control censorship machines removed my article warning of out-of-control censorship machines . “A few days ago, about a dozen articles and campaign sites criticising EU plans for copyright censorship machines silently vanished from the world’s most popular search engine. Proving their point in the most blatant possible way, the sites were removed by exactly what they were warning of: Copyright censorship machines. Among the websites that were made impossible to find: A blog post of mine in which I inform Europeans about where their governments stand on online censorship in the name of copyright and a campaign site warning of copyright law that favors corporations over free speech.”

Techdirt: Automated ‘Content Protection’ System Sends Wave Of Bogus DMCA Notice Targeting Legitimate URLs

Techdirt: Automated ‘Content Protection’ System Sends Wave Of Bogus DMCA Notice Targeting Legitimate URLs. “Yet another content protection service decides it’s better off letting the machines do the work, with predictably catastrophic results. The EFF first noticed the DMCA abuse being committed by ‘Topple Track,’ a content protection service offered by Symphonic Distribution. Symphonic talks big about its protection service, pointing out its position as one of the ‘leading members’ of Google’s ‘Trusted Copyright Program.'”

Tubefilter: YouTube Guitarist Claims He Got A Copyright Strike For Infringing Upon His Own Song

Tubefilter: YouTube Guitarist Claims He Got A Copyright Strike For Infringing Upon His Own Song. “Dutch guitarist Paul Davids has been on YouTube for roughly four years, but late last month he experienced an interesting conundrum: Davids received a notification from the platform that one of his videos had committed copyright infringement — though he claims it turned out to be his own video that he had infringed upon.”

The Register: US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

The Register: US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots. “The Liberty County Vindicator, a newspaper serving Liberty, Texas, posted “small bites” from the Declaration on its Facebook page in the leadup to the USA’s July 4th Independence Day, ‘To make it a little easier to digest that short but formidable historic document’. But as the paper detailed on July 2nd, ‘The first nine parts posted as scheduled, but part 10, consisting of paragraphs 27-31 of the Declaration, did not appear.'”

TechCrunch: Twitter algorithm changes will hide more bad tweets and trolls

TechCrunch: Twitter algorithm changes will hide more bad tweets and trolls . “Twitter is making some new changes that calls on how the collective Twitterverse is responding to tweets to influence how often people see them. With these upcoming changes, tweets in conversations and search will be ranked based on a greater variety of data that takes into account things like the number of accounts registered to that user, whether that tweet prompted people to block the accounts and the IP address.”

Forbes: The Problem With Using AI To Fight Terrorism On Social Media

Forbes: The Problem With Using AI To Fight Terrorism On Social Media. “Social media has a terrorism problem. From Twitter’s famous 2015 letter to Congress that it would never restrict the right of terrorists to use its platform, to its rapid about-face in the face of public and governmental outcry, Silicon Valley has had a change of heart in how it sees its role in curbing the use of its tools by those who wish to commit violence across the world. Today Facebook released a new transparency report that emphasizes its efforts to combat terroristic use of its platform and the role AI is playing in what it claims are significant successes. Yet, that narrative of AI success has been increasingly challenged, from academic studies suggesting that not only is content not being deleted, but that other Facebook tools may actually be assisting terrorists, to a Bloomberg piece last week that demonstrates just how readily terrorist content can still be found on Facebook. Can we really rely on AI to curb terroristic use of social media?”

BuzzFeed: Silicon Valley Can’t Be Trusted With Our History

BuzzFeed: Silicon Valley Can’t Be Trusted With Our History. “It’s the paradox of the internet age: Smartphones and social media have created an archive of publicly available information unlike any in human history — an ocean of eyewitness testimony. But while we create almost everything on the internet, we control almost none of it. In the summer of 2017, observers of the Syrian civil war realized that YouTube was removing dozens of channels and tens of thousands of videos documenting the conflict. The deletions occurred after YouTube announced that it had deployed ‘cutting-edge machine learning technology … to identify and remove violent extremism and terrorism-related content.’ But the machines went too far.”