CNET: 8chan owner says site will stay down until he talks with Congress

CNET: 8chan owner says site will stay down until he talks with Congress. “8chan owner Jim Watkins uploaded a video to YouTube on Sunday in response to media reports that incorrectly said an alleged gunman, accused of an attempted terrorist attack on a mosque in Norway on Saturday, posted on the message board prior to the incident. Watkins says in the video that the image board has been down, by choice, for the last week and it wouldn’t be possible to post anything to the site.”

Wired: When Limiting Online Speech to Curb Violence, We Should Be Careful

Wired: When Limiting Online Speech to Curb Violence, We Should Be Careful. “The hope—for some it may be a belief—is that eliminating online speech forums will help prevent future violence. This is understandable. Everyone wants to live in a country where they are safe in their local stores, at festivals, and in other public places. The vile ideas driving shooters whose actions have caused unspeakable pain and loss are in plain view on 8chan, and the thought that we could just make them go away has strong appeal. But this is also a critical moment to look closely at what is being proposed and pay attention to the potential consequences for us all.”

BalkanInsight: Bosnia Failing in Fight against Extremism Online

BalkanInsight: Bosnia Failing in Fight against Extremism Online. “Amir Haskic called himself ‘Allah’s slave’ when chatting with fighters in Syria via the encrypted messaging apps Telegram and Viber. This, the trial demonstrated, was the climax of his radicalisation, a process that began with viewing hardline Islamic sermons on YouTube and graphic videos shared on social media.”

CNN: FBI wants to monitor Facebook and Instagram for domestic threats in real time

CNN: FBI wants to monitor Facebook and Instagram for domestic threats in real time. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation has quietly been searching for private contractors who could gather and feed to law enforcement tremendous amounts of user data straight from social media platforms such as Twitter (TWTR), Facebook (FB) and Instagram.”

New York Times: How to Force 8Chan, Reddit and Others to Clean Up

New York Times: How to Force 8Chan, Reddit and Others to Clean Up. “Though it may seem that there is little that platforms and politicians can do to stop the spread of online hatred, a great deal could be accomplished with one simple tweak to the existing Communications Decency Act: revise the safe harbor provisions of the law.”

Mashable: 8chan dumped by service known for hosting racist sites

Mashable: 8chan dumped by service known for hosting racist sites . “Epik, the domain registrar and hosting provider that frequently steps in to help deplatformed far-right hate sites get back online, has drawn the line at 8chan. The domain name company’s controversial CEO, Rob Monster, posted a statement on Epik’s website on Tuesday. In the post, Monster explains that Epik — a company that hosts the white supremacist website The Daily Stormer — has decided to not provide hosting-related services to 8chan.”

Gizmodo: Why Can’t YouTube Do ‘Good’ Content Moderation? Answer: Because It’s F*cking Impossible (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Gizmodo: Why Can’t YouTube Do ‘Good’ Content Moderation? Answer: Because It’s F*cking Impossible . Asterisk added by me. “There is simply no world in which YouTube both successfully eliminates all, or even the majority, of speech that some large group or another considers hate speech or ‘extreme.’ That’s never going to happen. YouTube never should have suggested it would happen. The screw up here is YouTube not properly setting the public’s expectations as to what its policy would achieve. Yeah, there is still a good deal of extremist content on YouTube. Whipping up anger at content that’s available at this moment is trivially easy.”