China: Taobao, Weibo fined for illegal child content (BBC)

BBC: China: Taobao, Weibo fined for illegal child content. “China’s internet watchdog has ordered some of the country’s biggest online platforms to remove inappropriate child-related content. Kuaishou, Tencent’s messaging tool QQ, Alibaba’s Taobao and Weibo have been summoned by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). CAC says the platforms must ‘rectify’ and ‘clean up’ all illegal content and has fined them.”

WQP: Test Your Well Water Act Introduced

WQP: Test Your Well Water Act Introduced. “The Test Your Well Water Act was introduced July 20 by Rep. Mike Gallagher, Reps. Dan Kildee, Antonio Delgado, Elissa Slotkin, and Ron Kind. According to Congressman Mike Gallagher’s website, the bipartisan legislation would create an online tool on the U.S. EPA’s website for Americans with a private well to find resources to test their drinking water and understand the results. The tool aims to promote transparency and modernize access to EPA resources in an effort to educate Americans about their drinking water.”

GCN: Outside reviews can limit bias in forensic algorithms, GAO says

GCN: Outside reviews can limit bias in forensic algorithms, GAO says. “While technology can curtail subjective decisions and reduce the time it takes analysts to reach conclusions, it comes with its own set of challenges. In a follow-up to a May 2020 report on how forensic algorithms work, the Government Accountability Office outlined the key challenges affecting the use of these algorithms and the associated social and ethical implications.”

Ars Technica: Google delays in-app billing crackdown after wave of US antitrust lawsuits

Ars Technica: Google delays in-app billing crackdown after wave of US antitrust lawsuits. “Earlier this month, Google was sued by dozens of state attorneys general over its Play Store policies. Just over a week later, the company is essentially delaying the enforcement of one of its most significant upcoming changes: a decree that all Play Store apps must use Google’s in-app billing or face a ban. Developers can now request a six-month extension to the deadline.”

EXCLUSIVE Twitter sees jump in govt demands to remove content of reporters, news outlets (Reuters)

Reuters: EXCLUSIVE Twitter sees jump in govt demands to remove content of reporters, news outlets. “In its transparency report published on Wednesday, Twitter said verified accounts of 199 journalists and news outlets on its platform faced 361 legal demands from governments to remove content in the second half of 2020, up 26% from the first half of the year.”

Brookings Institution: Facebook’s FTC court win is a much-needed wake-up call for Congress

Brookings Institution: Facebook’s FTC court win is a much-needed wake-up call for Congress. “Three elements in the court decision bolster the case for change by revealing how US antitrust law as conceived and practiced today is unable to cope with the growing challenges of Big Tech. The many references in the opinion to ‘lawful monopolies’ underscore that current antitrust doctrine, a durable monopoly is not illegal. Indeed, current doctrine also encourages companies to treat the goal of a permanent lawful monopoly as an incentive to develop an attractive new technology or service.”

The Indian Express: Facebook asked to appear before Delhi assembly panel, Supreme Court refuses to quash summons

The Indian Express: Facebook asked to appear before Delhi assembly panel, Supreme Court refuses to quash summons. “‘Developments around the world… reflect rising concerns across borders… whether the liberal debate which… platforms’ like Facebook ‘profess to encourage has itself become a casualty’, the Supreme Court said Thursday while refusing to quash the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly’s Committee on Peace and Harmony to the social media giant in connection with the 2020 Northeast Delhi communal riots.”