CNET: Here’s the latest Facebook bug that (slightly) compromised your privacy. “Facebook keeps making mistakes that share your info — and this time it’s with people you’ve explicitly blocked. According to a new official Facebook blog post, the company is now notifying over 800,000 users that unwanted people may have seen posts on Facebook and Facebook Messenger, even if you’d proactively blocked those people from seeing your posts, between May 29 and June 5.”
TorrentFreak: YouTube’s Blocks MIT Courses, Blender Videos, and More (Updated). “Several popular YouTube accounts, including those belonging to ‘MIT OpenCourseWare’ and the ‘Blender Foundation,’ have had all their videos blocked. People who try to access the videos are informed that they are not available in their country, suggesting that YouTube’s piracy filters have been triggered. It’s unclear, however, who or what is to blame.”
Techdirt: Court Not At All Impressed By Chuck Johnson’s Silly Lawsuit Against Twitter, Plans To Grant Anti-SLAPP Win To Twitter. “Back in January we wrote about infamous internet troll Chuck Johnson’s absolutely ridiculous lawsuit against Twitter for kicking him off the service. As we noted at the time, the lawsuit appeared to be nearly a carbon copy of Dennis Prager’s silly lawsuit against YouTube. And, if you recall, a court tossed that lawsuit earlier this year. And now it’s clear that a court is about to toss Johnson’s lawsuit as well on anti-SLAPP grounds.”
Tubefilter: As Pride Month Begins, YouTube Faces Criticism For Allegedly Demonetizing The World “Transgender”. “June 1 marks the start of Pride Month, which in previous years has come with a flurry of pro-LGBTQ+ activity from YouTube. As the 2018 edition of the annual celebration rolls around, however, at least one queer creator is upset with a YouTube over a restriction that seems to be targeting his identity. Chase Ross, whose content often discusses his experience as a transgender man, shared a series of screenshots that show his videos being demonetized for using the words ‘trans’ and ‘transgender.'”
Daily Mirror: Will ban social media if they don’t self-regulate: MS. “President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday he had discussed with a US based global institution regarding the issues that had arisen in the country due to social media and that if they were unable to control such issues, he would have to ban social media websites altogether like some other countries had done.” This is Sri Lanka.
Popular Science: Muting, snoozing, and other ways to quietly ignore people on social media. “Sure, you love your friends and family—but that doesn’t mean you need to hear absolutely everything they post on social media. Just a few too-chatty contacts can hog all of your attention on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Luckily, all three of these social networks, as well as instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, offer tools for muting certain contacts—or at least dialing down the number of their posts you see. They won’t know you’re ignoring their latest updates, but your social feed will feel much quieter.”
Gizmodo: Papua New Guinea to Block Facebook for a Month, Might Launch State-Run Alternative . “Papua New Guinea, a nation of over 8 million, has announced that it will shut down Facebook for a month. The PNG government says that the shutdown will give it time to assess the spread of objectionable content on the site like porn and fake news. The government also said that it’s exploring the creation of its own social media site to replace Facebook.”