Mammoth Gamers: Machinima Removes Video Archives, Erasing Years Of Video Game History. “Machinima, a long time multi-channel network focusing on video game content, has removed all video content from all of its channels. The video purge comes only days after Machinima was pulled into a larger Otter Media merger, says our source. The merger was announced in late November of last year, though what that really meant was unclear to many creators and consumers.”
Facebook: Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior from Russia. “Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram. The two operations we found originated in Russia, and one was active in a variety of countries while the other was specific to Ukraine. We didn’t find any links between these operations, but they used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.”
Techdirt: Facebook Rejects GRIS Launch Trailer For Being Sexually Suggestive When It Clearly Is Not. “It should be well understood at this point that attempts by internet platforms to automagically do away with sexualized content on their sites via algorithms are… imperfect, if we want to be kind. The more accurate description is to say that these filters are so laughably horrible at actually filtering out objectionable content that they seem farcical. When, for instance, Tumblr can’t tell the difference between porn and pictures of Super Mario villains, and when Facebook can’t do likewise between porn and bronze statues or educational breast cancer images consisting of stick figures…well, it’s easy to see that there’s a problem.”
Lifehacker: How to Delete Your Online Accounts but Keep Your Data . “Consumer Reports recently published a great guide that shows you the basic steps for deleting your accounts across 15 different services. While the process isn’t usually that difficult, it can be annoying to have to root through a bunch of settings menus and hyperlinks to figure out how to remove yourself from a service. I’ve bookmarked the site’s series of steps, and I recommend you do the same—with one caveat. While Consumer Reports’ list is helpful, it leaves out one critical aspect of the account-deletion process that you’ll probably want to know: How to save your data from a site before deleting your account.” The instructions are brief but this article covers A LOT of different services.
The Atlantic: Instagram’s Christmas Crackdown. “Gabe Kenworthy, a 22-year-old freelance content manager for some of Instagram’s most notorious meme pages, was up at 2 o’clock on Christmas morning. He was sitting on his parents’ couch searching for heartwarming holiday content to post when he realized something was wrong.”
Kurdistan24: Google erases Kurdistan from maps in compliance with Turkish gov.. “Google incorporation removed a map outlining the geographical extent of the Greater Kurdistan after the Turkish state asked it to do so, a simple inquiry on the Internet giant’s search engine from Wednesday on can show.” The article mentions that an official from Turkey (Cahit Turan) confirmed that Turkey requested Google remove the map. I do not have a thorough understanding of Kurdistan and its relationship with Turkey and I don’t want to pretend that I do. I did want to note the story as it is very relevant to current events. Here’s another story about this from Rudaw.
Lexington Herald-Leader: Facebook shuts down hemp pages just days after Trump signs Farm Bill. “Hemp is booming in Kentucky and elsewhere but still struggling on social media. On Dec. 20, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill to legalize hemp, but Facebook apparently didn’t get the memo.”