CNET: Iran accuses Twitter of shutting down legitimate accounts. “Iran’s government has accused Twitter of closing accounts belonging to ‘real’ Iranians while allowing anti-government bots to flourish. The charges were leveled Sunday in a series of tweets sent by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addressed to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The removal Zarif refers to is presumably related to a recent Twitter crackdown on fake accounts. “
Engadget: EU will fine social media sites for lingering extremism. “The EU has been threatening to take action against online platforms that fail to remove extremist content within an hour for the most part of the year — and now we know what form its punishment will take. The likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube could be slapped with fines as high as 4 percent of annual turnover, revealed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.”
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.”
BuzzFeed News: After Multiple Provocations, Twitter Has Banned Alex Jones And Infowars. “After weeks of equivocation, Twitter permanently suspended the accounts of Infowars and its founder Alex Jones on Thursday, following similar moves by other large tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify. The decision came after a series of provocations from Jones that Twitter deemed in violation of its ‘abusive behavior’ rules.”
Wired: What Happens When Facebook Mistakenly Blocks Local News Stories. “IN JULY, DANIELLE Bostick joined a nationwide movement against sexual violence on school campuses when she made a Facebook page for her daughter. ‘Justice for Francesca’ is meant to raise awareness about the 15-year-old, who was sexually assaulted last summer by a classmate she didn’t know. For weeks, Bostick used the page to share articles about Francesca’s case and those of other students in similar circumstances. But recently, Bostick began running into problems with Facebook’s platform.”
TorrentFreak: Yandex Refuses to Remove Pirate Content: Blocking Imminent, Despite Appeal (Updated). “The video portal of Russian search giant Yandex will be blocked today on the orders of the Moscow City Court after the company refused to remove links to pirated content. Yandex says the order is unlawful and will launch an appeal but the local telecoms watchdog is already warning of potential over-blocking that could affect all of Yandex’s services.”
CNET: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey reportedly overruled decision to ban Alex Jones. “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey weighed in on the Alex Jones controversy, overruling a decision by his staff to ban the right-wing conspiracy theorist, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.” Twitter is denying this.