BBC: Bird charity locked out of Twitter during Big Garden Birdwatch. “A bird conservation charity said it had been locked out of its Twitter account for eight days after posting several tweets about woodcock. The Norfolk-based British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) lost access to its account at a time when BBC Winterwatch was covering the Big Garden Birdwatch.”
Bloomberg: Twitter Sued in Germany Over Vetting of Anti-Semitic Posts. “Twitter Inc. was hit by a lawsuit in Germany by an anti-hate speech organization and a European group of Jewish students in a bid to force the platform to remove antisemitic content. HateAid and the European Union of Jewish Students filed the suit against Twitter to require the platform to clarify basic obligations when moderating criminal content, according to a statement on Wednesday.”
Financial Times: Can Big Tech make livestreams safe?. “As well as self-harm and child sexual exploitation, livestreaming also featured in the racially motivated killing of 10 black people in Buffalo, New York, last year and the deadly mosque shootings of 51 in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019. These issues are coming to a head in the UK in particular, as the government plans new legislation this year to force internet companies to police illegal content, as well as material that is legal but deemed harmful to children.” This article contains disturbing content including references to harm and self-harm.
Financial Times: Google develops free terrorism moderation tool for smaller websites. “Google is developing a free moderation tool that smaller websites can use to identify and remove terrorist material, as new legislation in the UK and the EU compels internet companies to do more to tackle illegal content.”
Financial Times: EU and US turn up the heat on Elon Musk over Twitter. “The European Commission on Wednesday threatened Musk with a ban unless Twitter abides by strict content moderation rules, as US Treasury secretary Janet Yellen indicated that Washington was reviewing his purchase of the social network.”
TechCrunch: Musk’s impact on content moderation at Twitter faces early test in Germany. “A German law requiring social media platforms to promptly respond to reports of hate speech — and in some cases remove illegal speech within 24 hours of it being brought to their attention — looks like it will provide an early test for whether Elon Musk-owned Twitter will face meaningful legal consequences over how recklessly he’s operating the company.”