Lifehacker: Block a Thousand Twitter Advertisers at Once. “Furious at whatever asinine thing Twitter is doing now? Or just want to make Twitter ads less distracting? Because the main Twitter ad unit is an actual tweet, you can block a lot of Twitter ads by blocking actual accounts. On the site Block Together, which creates shareable block lists, user Shannon Coulter has shared a blocklist of 1197 corporate accounts, many of which advertise on Twitter, focusing on Fortune 500 companies.”
Nieman Lab: Are you sure that promoted article is still political content, Facebook?. “It happened again: A news organization tried to pay Facebook to promote its journalism — which included reporting on politics — and Facebook said no, declaring it ‘political content’ the news organization wasn’t authorized to push.”
TorrentFreak: TorrentFreak is Blocked as a Pirate Site and Hacking Resource. “Court-ordered pirate site blockades are pretty common nowadays. While not everyone sees these as the ideal solution for the problem at hand, they follow the letter of the law. More problematic are the private blocking efforts by various Wifi providers, which we are frequently the target of. Apparently, TorrentFreak is a pirate site too.” This stinks. TorrentFreak is a great news and information site.
New York Times: What Stays on Facebook and What Goes? The Social Network Cannot Answer. “Facebook was once the most nimble company of its generation. The speed at which it adapted to every challenge was legendary. It needed only about a decade to go from a dorm-room start-up to the largest and most influential communications platform in the world. But it’s been two years since an American presidential campaign in which the company was a primary vector for misinformation and state-sponsored political interference — and Facebook still seems paralyzed over how to respond.”
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.”