CNET: Twitter obscures Trump tweet claiming he’s immune to coronavirus

CNET: Twitter obscures Trump tweet claiming he’s immune to coronavirus. “A tweet sent by President Donald Trump claiming he’s immune to the novel coronavirus was obscured by Twitter on Sunday. Twitter hid the post behind a warning message that says it violated the site’s rules ‘about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.’ “

Boing Boing: PayPal won’t run transactions referring to tardigrades

Boing Boing: PayPal won’t run transactions referring to tardigrades. “Archie McPhee, sellers of curios, realized that any PayPal transaction containing the word ‘tardigrade’ — that being the name of the adorable tiny space-surviving creatures they sell ornaments of — would be blocked.”

Misleading advertisements: 151 websites, 319 social media accounts blocked (Straits Times)

Straits Times: Misleading advertisements: 151 websites, 319 social media accounts blocked. “A total of 151 websites and 319 social media accounts have been blocked from January 2018 until June 19 this year for promoting food products through misleading advertisements. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said during the same period, 71 warning letters were issued against those who published advertisements that did not comply with the Food Act 1983, including health claims linking the products to prevention and cure of certain diseases.”

Tech Transparency Project: Instagram’s Hashtag Blocking Favors Trump, Hurts Biden

Tech Transparency Project: Instagram’s Hashtag Blocking Favors Trump, Hurts Biden. “When a person searches Instagram for a hashtag and clicks on it, the platform has automatically generated “related hashtags” pointing users to other relevant content. TTP examined related hashtags for 20 popular terms associated with the Trump and Biden campaigns and found starkly different treatment of the two candidates. Instagram blocked the display of related hashtags on all 10 of the Trump hashtags reviewed, including #donaldtrump, #trump and #trump2020. That means users were not directed to other content, including anything negative or critical about the president. But for all 10 similar Biden hashtags, Instagram did display related hashtags, which at times steered users to insults and disinformation about the former vice president, with phrases like #creepyjoebiden, #joebidenpedophile and #joebidenisaracist.”

Deutsche Welle: Brazil top court sets precedent by banning global access to social media accounts

Deutsche Welle: Brazil top court sets precedent by banning global access to social media accounts. “Once again, Facebook and Twitter are finding themselves caught in the crossfire as Brazil’s top court goes after suspected purveyors of fake news. Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes ordered both platforms to block accounts spreading illegal content. The fact that national Brazilian judges are having international social media accounts blocked is a novelty and could have global repercussions.”

The Verge: DuckDuckGo reinstated in India after being unreachable since July 1st

The Verge: DuckDuckGo reinstated in India after being unreachable since July 1st. “Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has been restored in India after being unreachable for many users there since July 1st, Android Police reported. Reports about what was causing the outage have varied.” I’m glad this was resolved relatively quickly, because it was weird.

The Next Web: Multiple service providers are blocking DuckDuckGo in India

The Next Web: Multiple service providers are blocking DuckDuckGo in India. “Users on Reddit have noticed they’re unable to access the site on their Airtel and Reliance Jio mobile network connections. While Some users on Twitter have further suggested multiple internet service providers (ISP) have blocked the site.”

TorrentFreak: Project Gutenberg Public Domain Library Blocked in Italy For Copyright Infringement

TorrentFreak: Project Gutenberg Public Domain Library Blocked in Italy For Copyright Infringement. “Project Gutenberg, the world’s oldest digital library, has been blocked by ISPs in Italy under the orders of the Court of Rome. The platform, which focuses on public domain books, appears to have been erroneously labeled a pirate site in an action targeting 28 domains and several Telegram channels.”

CNET: Tracy Chou’s app for blocking online harassment is in beta

CNET: Tracy Chou’s app for blocking online harassment is in beta. “A new app by CEO and engineer Tracy Chou designed to prevent online abuse and harassment is now taking beta testers. Block Party lets you choose who you want to hear from and includes a feature that filters out anyone who’s likely to send you unwanted content on Twitter.”

TorrentFreak: Crisis Looms as YouTube Faces Permanent Blocking by Russian ISPs

TorrentFreak: Crisis Looms as YouTube Faces Permanent Blocking by Russian ISPs. “Both YouTube and Yandex’s video platforms are edging dangerously close to being permanently blocked by ISPs in Russia. The Moscow City Court has upheld a complaint from publisher Eksmo and has ordered the services to remove pirated audiobook content. However, anti-piracy group AZAPI says it is preparing other cases too and if they are successful, ‘we can insist on the eternal blocking of Yandex.video and YouTube in Russia.'”

Techdirt: Russia Blocks All Of Shutterstock Due To ‘Offensive’ Image Involving The Russian Flag

Techdirt: Russia Blocks All Of Shutterstock Due To ‘Offensive’ Image Involving The Russian Flag. “We’ve talked quite a bit over the years about Rozcomnadzor, the Russian agency in charge of policing the internet for copyright infringing content… and really anything else that the Russian government decides it doesn’t like. The agency operates exactly as deftly as you would expect, routinely blocking entire sites that are in regular use in Russia over a tiny percentage of ‘illicit’ use. The problem, of course, is that Rozcomnadzor often interprets ‘illicit’ uses of the internet to mean embarrassing public Russian figures with ties to the government, criticizing the government itself, or using basic internet security tools such as VPN to keep the Russian government out of one’s internet use.”

TorrentFreak: Sci-Hub & Libgen Blocked By Austrian ISPs Following Elsevier Complaint

TorrentFreak: Sci-Hub & Libgen Blocked By Austrian ISPs Following Elsevier Complaint. “Austrian ISP T-Mobile has announced that following a supervisory procedure carried out by local telecoms regulator TKK, it has begun blocking two dozen Sci-Hub and Libgen related domains. The original complaint was filed against rival ISP A1 several months ago by publishing giant Elsevier. A1’s blocking is also well underway.”

New York Daily News: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ’sincerely’ apologizes for blocking ex-Brooklyn politician on Twitter, settles federal lawsuit

New York Daily News: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ’sincerely’ apologizes for blocking ex-Brooklyn politician on Twitter, settles federal lawsuit. “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday settled a lawsuit accusing her of violating the Constitution by blocking former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind on Twitter, saying her heat-of-the-moment social media decision was ‘wrong and improper.'”