New York Times: N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets. “The National Security Agency has halted one of the most disputed practices of its warrantless wiretapping program: collecting Americans’ emails and texts to and from people overseas that mention foreigners targeted for surveillance, according to officials familiar with the matter.”
CNET: Malaysia may prosecute WhatsApp group admins over fake news. “Being a WhatsApp group chat admin is getting riskier in Malaysia. The country’s government may use an existing law to investigate WhatsApp group admins if they fail to curb the distribution of fake news (factually incorrect or misleading information), said the country’s Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Johari Gilani.”
Reuters: Facebook says it will act against ‘information operations’ using false accounts. “Facebook Inc acknowledged on Thursday that it has become a battleground for governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries and outlined new measures it is taking to combat what it calls ‘information operations’ that go well beyond the phenomenon known as fake news.”
TechCrunch: Government requests for Facebook user account data up 9% in second half of 2016, but content restrictions declined . “Facebook today released its latest report on global government requests for the second half of 2016, noting there has been a 9 percent increase in requests for user account data compared with the earlier part of that year, but a 28 percent decrease in content restrictions for violating local law. However, that latter decrease doesn’t necessarily indicate that content restriction-related requests are dropping as a trend, but rather that earlier reporting had been impacted by unusually inflated figures.”
New York Times: He Tweeted About Chinese Government Corruption. Twitter Suspended His Account.. “Twitter on Wednesday briefly suspended the account of a Chinese-born billionaire who was using the social media service to publicize allegations of corruption against top Communist Party officials.” If that headline sounds familiar it’s because the same guy was recently accidentally (allegedly) suspended from Facebook and the NYT ran a story on it with a similar headline.
The Telegraph: Government ‘blocked’ from accessing Twitter data to help spot terrorist plots. “Twitter has blocked the Government from accessing data on potential terrorist threats in a move that ministers fear will make the country less safe, industry sources have told The Telegraph. The social media platform has withdrawn access to key streams of information which help the police and MI5 to identify plots, under plans to stop user data being used for ‘surveillance’.”
TechCrunch: Air Force launches bug bounty program. “The Air Force bug bounty will be the first federal government program that invites hackers from outside the United States to participate — the challenge will be open to hackers based in the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as those based in the U.S. Like other federal bug bounties before it, the Air Force program will be administered by HackerOne and will allow military members to participate too (although they’re not allowed to earn rewards).”