TechCrunch: India asks court to block WhatsApp’s policy update, says new change violates laws

TechCrunch: India asks court to block WhatsApp’s policy update, says new change violates laws. “As WhatsApp spends months to address users’ concerns and confusion about its planned policy update, there is evidently one entity it hasn’t had much luck making inroads with: The government of India. The Indian government alleged on Friday that WhatsApp’s planned privacy update, which goes into effect in two months, violates local laws on several counts.”

Scroll .in: How Bangladesh agencies are suspected of taking down websites, YouTube channels of dissidents abroad

Scroll .in: How Bangladesh agencies are suspected of taking down websites, YouTube channels of dissidents abroad . “On December 8, Oliullah Noman, the executive editor of the newly established online Bengali news website, Amar Desh UK, received an email from its host DigitalOcean. It started friendly enough – ‘Hi there’ – but its contents were far from it. The email was a notice stating that an article on the website was “the subject of a notification of claimed copyright infringement” under the US law, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. DigitalOcean requested Amar Desh UK to take down the offending article from its website within three days or they “may disable access” to the website.”

Ubergizmo: Twitter To Introduce Automatic Blocking And Muting Of Abusive Accounts

Ubergizmo: Twitter To Introduce Automatic Blocking And Muting Of Abusive Accounts. “If someone is sending you harassing or abusive messages on Twitter, you can block them. Unfortunately, this is a manual method and if you’re someone with a lot of followers, this could be a rather tedious process, but that will change soon as Twitter will be automatically blocking and muting those people for you.”

NiemanLab: As Facebook pulls news in Australia, rural and elderly Australians will be hardest hit

NiemanLab: As Facebook pulls news in Australia, rural and elderly Australians will be hardest hit. “A study of local news consumption by the News and Media Research Center at the University of Canberra shows 32% of people in regions with populations under 30,000 have been turning to social media to fill the news gap. Newspaper closures and job losses have hit areas outside Australian cities hard. More than 100 local news outlets have closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Removing news from Facebook will further restrict the choices of people with already limited access to news.”

CNET: Facebook accidentally blocks own page during Australian news takedown

CNET: Facebook accidentally blocks own page during Australian news takedown. “Facebook’s sudden decision to restrict people in Australia from reading and sharing news resulted in an ironic if unintended consequence for the social media giant. According to multiple reports, Facebook accidentally restricted its own Facebook page on Thursday in Australia, before restoring it later in the day.”

Lifehacker Australia: How to Get the Most Out of Apple News Now That Facebook Is a No-Go

Lifehacker Australia: How to Get the Most Out of Apple News Now That Facebook Is a No-Go. “If you’re familiar with the service – awesome. If you’re new to it however and would like some insight into how best to use it, we’re here to help. Here are some tips on how to make sure you’re curating your news experience to suit your needs and preferences i.e. all Lifehacker, all the time (I’m joking).”

CNET: Facebook pulled news in Australia. Here’s why that matters everywhere

CNET: Facebook pulled news in Australia. Here’s why that matters everywhere. “Thanks to Facebook’s decision, people and publications in Australia can no longer post news stories. In fact, users can’t even see news stories. Posts from international publishers like the New York Times don’t appear in Australian feeds at all. The implementation has been chaotic. Facebook has accidentally blocked various government pages, including two official health agencies amid a pandemic. Some publications are blank not just in Australia, but around the world. Many of my US colleagues can’t see the posts on CNET’s Facebook page.”

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.”