Meduza: Russian telecoms operators start blocking Google Docs after Navalny’s team uses it to publish ‘Smart Vote’ endorsements

Meduza: Russian telecoms operators start blocking Google Docs after Navalny’s team uses it to publish ‘Smart Vote’ endorsements. “Telecommunications operators in Russia started blocking Google Docs late in the evening on September 15, the GlobalCheck project reported. According to GlobalCheck, which monitors Russia’s Internet blocking system, the site docs.google.com is being blocked by the telecommunications operators MTS, MegaFon, and Rostelecom. The Internet watchdog Roskomsvoboda reports that Tele2 users are also experiencing disruptions.”

Error 403: Syrians Blocked From Online Learning Platforms (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Error 403: Syrians Blocked From Online Learning Platforms. “Individuals in dictatorships need more freedom not less. Syrians have for years been unable to work remotely or pay for remote services, even educational ones. Do we want to do the same now to Afghans, who are already in fear of the Taliban? Examining in detail the experiences of Syrians, can maybe lead us to a better solution.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google Fails to Reach Deal With Putin Ally Over YouTube Lawsuit

BNN Bloomberg: Google Fails to Reach Deal With Putin Ally Over YouTube Lawsuit. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google failed to reach a settlement with a TV channel it has blocked that is owned by a sanctioned ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Tsargrad channel said in a statement Monday. Tsargrad accused Google of delaying substantive negotiations, according to the statement. Google didn’t immediately comment.”

MakeUseOf: How to Block Everyone Who Liked a Bad Tweet in One Hit

MakeUseOf: How to Block Everyone Who Liked a Bad Tweet in One Hit. “You are able to report offensive posts and accounts on Twitter. But this doesn’t mean that you’re free from interacting with the people who endorsed its content. Thankfully, there is a third-party tool that you can use to block everyone who liked the tweet. Megablock is a tool that allows you to mute a tweet, as well as block its author and everyone who liked it in one hit.”

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).”