Facebook: Removing More Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From Russia. “Today we removed multiple Pages, Groups and accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram. We found two separate, unconnected operations that originated in Russia and used similar tactics, creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.”
CNN: Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and others from its platforms as ‘dangerous’. “Facebook announced Thursday afternoon that it had designated some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who’s notorious for using anti-Semitic language, and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as ‘dangerous’ and said it will be purging them from its platforms.” I am so cyncial about Facebook at this point that I thought, “Oh, I guess Facebook did something that’s about to be revealed and this is some kind of proactive ‘we’re taking active measures’ release.” I don’t know that there IS anything to be revealed, just that I don’t think the company as an entity is operating from any positive motives.
PS: Guess what I just saw on the news: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/02/tech/new-zealand-video-instagram-facebook/index.html
TechCrunch: Twitter now lets users appeal violations within its app. “Twitter today announced a new feature that will allow users to appeal directly within the Twitter app a tweet that’s in violation of Twitter’s rules. When users post content in violation of Twitter’s guidelines, that tweet can be flagged or reported, resulting in an account suspension or lockout. Before, users would have to visit an online form to appeal Twitter’s decision.”
CNN: Facebook apologizes after mistaking Trump social media director for a bot . “Facebook on Tuesday said it had apologized to White House social media director Dan Scavino for temporarily blocking some features on his account for a few hours on Monday.”
CNN: Facebook restores Russia-linked pages, but is still figuring out what to do about state-backed media . “Facebook said Monday that it would allow a network of millennial-focused pages tied to the Russian state-backed media outlet RT back on its platform after having previously suspended them following inquiries by CNN.”
The Next Web: Facebook and YouTube aren’t even trying to enforce the Alex Jones ban. “After Alex Jones was effectively banned from the internet — or at least his major distribution channels — last August, it appeared that we’d be rid of his half-baked conspiracy theories once and for all. Or, that’s what we thought, anyway…. It didn’t take long for Jones to feel the heat from the rest of the internet’s major players, including Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and a handful of others. Each banned Jones, and InfoWars, permanently, from their respective platforms citing reasons ranging from simple terms of service violations, to actively inciting violence or promoting hate speech. But regardless of their actions against him, Jones is proving resilient, like a digital cockroach.”
South China Morning Post: LinkedIn reverses course after censoring Chinese profile page of US-based human rights activist Zhou Fengsuo. “LinkedIn has restored access to the profile page of a prominent Chinese human rights activist, a day after the career networking site told him his page in China had been censored in accordance with the company’s commitment to adhering to the ‘requirements of the Chinese government’.”