CNET: Facebook, YouTube called to meet lawmakers about New Zealand shooting video. “The US House Homeland Security Committee is asking CEOs from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft to prioritize the quick removal of violent terrorist content following posts about the New Zealand mosque shooting last week.”
The Daily Beast: Reddit Bans Gory Subreddits After New Zealand Shooting. “Reddit took down two of its most notorious subreddits on Friday, apparently because their users were sharing footage of the New Zealand mosque shootings. Visitors to two subreddits known for sharing video and pictures of people being killed or injured—R/WatchPeopleDie and R/Gore—were met with a message saying the forums had been ‘banned from Reddit.’ “
Social Media Today: Periscope Launches Increased Action Against Fake Engagement and Activity. “As explained on the Periscope blog, the platform has revised its definition of spam to now cover ‘any bulk, aggressive, or deceptive activity that attempts to manipulate or disrupt Periscope or the experience of users on Periscope.’ “
The Guardian: Anti-vaxx propaganda has gone viral on Facebook. Pinterest has a cure. “As pressure mounts on Facebook to explain its role in promoting anti-vaccine misinformation, Pinterest offers an example of a dramatically different approach to managing health misinformation on social media. ‘We’re a place where people come to find inspiration, and there is nothing inspiring about harmful content’, said Ifeoma Ozoma, a public policy and social impact manager at Pinterest. ‘Our view on this is we’re not the platform for that.'” A big difference here that the article doesn’t seem to mention is that Pinterest is a private company, and therefore is not beholden to stock owners who want to make as much money as possible. Now that Pinterest is looking at an IPO it’ll be interesting to see if their attitude and remedies change.
TechCrunch: YouTube revamps its strike system to include a one-time warning, consistent penalties. “YouTube today announced a significant change to its strike system — the penalty system used when YouTube’s reviewers identify a video has violated the site’s Community Guidelines. These strikes could be issued against videos containing nudity or sexual content, violent or graphic content, harmful or dangerous content, hateful content, threats, spam, scams or misleading metadata. In the past, YouTube’s penalties have been criticized for being unevenly applied and for being less than transparent — something YouTube now wants to change.” This is a nice idea, but wasn’t it just in the past week that YouTube banned channels playing Pokemon Go because it was accidentally flagged as salacious content? Oh yeah, it was February 18.
Tubefilter: Indian Lawmakers Considering TikTok Ban, Calling App “Inimical To Law And Order”. “TikTok, the short-form video app where 800 million monthly users share lip-syncing clips and proliferate user-generated challenges, is facing headwinds in India.The South Indian state of Tamil Nadu is weighing a TikTok ban, reports the Economic Times.”
TechCrunch: Facebook bans four armed groups in Myanmar. “Facebook is taking action in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country where the social network has been used to incite racial tension and violence, after it banned four armed groups from its service. The U.S. company said in a blog post that it has booted the groups — the Arakan Army (AA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Kachin Independence Army (KIO) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) — and that ‘all related praise, support and representation’ will be removed.”