Neowin: YouTube removed over eight million videos in last quarter of 2017. “YouTube released a transparency report on how it is enforcing its community guidelines, which do not allow contents related to ‘pornography, incitement to violence, harassment, or hate speech’, for example. With the help of machine learning algorithms, the company announced it removed almost 8.3 million videos from its platform in the period covering October to December of 2017.”
Vice: White nationalist Richard Spencer’s pages just got kicked off Facebook. “Two Facebook pages associated with white nationalist Richard Spencer have been kicked off the platform. The outspoken white nationalist who coined the term “alt-right” and runs the National Policy Institute, had been operating in the open on Facebook. The National Policy Institute, which advocates for a white ‘ethnostate,’ had a page with 4,000 followers. Spencer’s online magazine ‘Altright.com’ also had a Facebook page with more than 10,000 followers. Both were removed Friday after an inquiry from VICE News about those pages and those of several other prominent hate groups.”
The Hill: Emails reveal Facebook tried to reach out to Diamond and Silk over changes: report. “Facebook reached out to pro-Trump vloggers Diamond and Silk days before the duo claimed that they had not heard from the social media company about why their page was deemed ‘unsafe for the community.’ Emails obtained by conservative writer Erick Erickson’s blog ‘The Resurgent’ show that the company tried contacting Diamond and Silk on Monday. Erickson also reported that the company tried calling them twice on Tuesday.”
CNET: Gmail update said to add self-destructing email you can’t print or forward. “word has slipped out about a couple of key new features that are reportedly coming soon to Google’s widely used email platform. One is called ‘confidential mode.’ According to The Verge, it allows you to limit what recipients can do with the emails you send, preventing them from being forwarded, downloaded or printed.” I never trust features like this. Ever. Everybody carries a camera. Google can’t stop anybody from taking a picture of their screen.
Times of India: Police to approach Google for removal of anti-India content. “The city police are all set to write to Google — the leading and largest search engine in the world — requesting it to remove objectionable content against India from the internet.”
The Outline: How Platforms Alter History. “After Nasim Aghdam opened fire at YouTube’s San Bruno headquarters last week, injuring three and killing herself, social media platforms swiftly moved to scour her from the web. Her four YouTube channels disappeared, replaced by a message saying they’d been removed for “multiple or severe violations” of the site’s policies. Instagram and Facebook both deleted her profiles as well. Even her personal website is gone.”
TechCrunch: Facebook retracted Zuckerberg’s messages from recipients’ inboxes . “You can’t remove Facebook messages from the inboxes of people you sent them to, but Facebook did that for Mark Zuckerberg and other executives. Three sources confirm to TechCrunch that old Facebook messages they received from Zuckerberg have disappeared from their Facebook inboxes, while their own replies to him conspiculously remain. An email receipt of a Facebook message from 2010 reviewed by TechCrunch proves Zuckerberg sent people messages that no longer appear in their Facebook chat logs or in the files available from Facebook’s Download Your Information tool.”