Techdirt: Canadian Government Wants To Regulate Social Media Like Broadcast

Techdirt: Canadian Government Wants To Regulate Social Media Like Broadcast. “Canada has a long history of requiring broadcasters to support and air Canadian content, setting percentages of airtime that must be dedicated to it. While this is controversial and of questionable efficacy, it is at least coherent with regards to television and radio broadcasting over public airwaves — but Bill C-10 would bring streaming services and many other websites under the same regulatory regime, which also includes even more concerning powers to regulate political speech.” Anybody remember the kerfuffle over Canada regulating zines back in the 1990s? Just me? Okay.

TASS: Google promises to remove all illegal content shortly, Russian lawmaker assures

TASS: Google promises to remove all illegal content shortly, Russian lawmaker assures. “Google representatives promised to review a document from the State Duma’s commission on investigating facts of foreign interference in Russian affairs and vowed to soon remove all content violating Russian laws, head of the commission Vasily Piskarev told reporters on Friday after the meeting.”

The Verge: New York State just passed a law requiring ISPs to offer $15 broadband

The Verge: New York State just passed a law requiring ISPs to offer $15 broadband For low-income households, which seems quite a thing to leave out of the headline. “According to NY Assembly member Amy Paulin (via Bloomberg), the average price of broadband in New York is currently $50. This new bill caps the price at $15 for regular broadband and $20 for high-speed broadband, but only for those who qualify as low income. That’s still over 7 million people in 2.7 million households according to a press release from Cuomo’s office.”

Independent (Ireland): Law to stop social media management abroad for political parties after Sinn Féin revelations

Independent (Ireland): Law to stop social media management abroad for political parties after Sinn Féin revelations. “Legislation on political donations and electoral reform are being expanded to ensure there is greater transparency around how parties are funded. It comes after the Irish Independent revealed Sinn Féin’s Facebook accounts were being managed by people based in Serbia and Germany. Facebook ad library data shows Sinn Féin’s main account has been managed by people in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Serbia.”

Interlochen Public Radio: Misleading social media ads bash a rooftop solar bill. They’re backed by big utility companies.

Interlochen Public Radio: Misleading social media ads bash a rooftop solar bill. They’re backed by big utility companies.. “Anyone scrolling Facebook in Michigan over the past week may have noticed ads attacking a new energy bill in the statehouse. The proposed legislation would allow more people to put solar panels on their homes or businesses. It gets rid of a cap limiting how many solar installations can connect to the grid. Social media ads say the proposal caters to out-of-state energy developers and threatens a reliable power grid. One of the ads reads, ‘Don’t let out-of-state special interests do to Michigan what they did to Texas.’ Clean energy advocates say the ads are misleading.

Moscow Times: Russians Post More Profanities After Social Media Swearing Ban

Moscow Times: Russians Post More Profanities After Social Media Swearing Ban. “Russian-speaking social media users have posted 10% more profanity-laced content in the two months since a law requiring platforms to delete them came into force than before, the RBC news website reported Sunday. The Medialogia media monitor tallied 20.2 million posts containing swear words on Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, as well as three Russian platforms, from Feb. 1-March 31.”

Baltimore Fishbowl: Limits on law enforcement use of DNA databases under consideration in Maryland; would be first in nation

Baltimore Fishbowl: Limits on law enforcement use of DNA databases under consideration in Maryland; would be first in nation. “A first-in-the-nation bill to limit when law enforcement can search consumer genealogical databases in connection with a crime unanimously passed the Maryland House and is advancing in the Senate. HB240 would ensure that databases storing genetic information of individuals, like GEDmatch, provide notice to their consumers that their DNA could be utilized for this purpose and obtain consent from them.”

ABC News: Virginia lawmakers ban police use of facial recognition

ABC News: Virginia lawmakers ban police use of facial recognition. “Last month, Virginia lawmakers quietly passed one of the most restrictive bans in the country on the use of facial recognition technology. The legislation, which won unusually broad bipartisan support, prohibits all local law enforcement agencies and campus police departments from purchasing or using facial recognition technology unless it is expressly authorized by the state legislature.”

Arab News: Online privacy fears mount as India sets tougher social media controls

Arab News: Online privacy fears mount as India sets tougher social media controls. “It means that Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and other services are more accountable to requests for removal of content and the identification of users who are deemed to have committed illegal acts by authorities. Under the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code, social media platforms have to remove content within 36 hours of receiving a legal order and assist law enforcers in probing cybersecurity-related incidents within 72 hours of receiving a request.”

RadioWorld: FCC Can Use New Pirate Radio Fines Starting April 26

RadioWorld: FCC Can Use New Pirate Radio Fines Starting April 26. “The Federal Register has now published rules that the FCC recently adopted at the direction of Congress in the ‘Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement (PIRATE) Act.’ The rules take effect April 26….The law also mandated the creation of a publicly accessible online database that lists U.S. stations as well as all entities that have received notice that they are operating a broadcast station without authority.”

MYNorthwest: Northwest Senators introduce ARCHIVES Act to stop sale of Seattle facility

MYNorthwest: Northwest Senators introduce ARCHIVES Act to stop sale of Seattle facility. “The long battle to save the endangered Seattle branch of the National Archives has now been officially joined by a group of federal lawmakers from the Pacific Northwest. On Wednesday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the awkwardly, yet somewhat cleverly named ‘Assuring Regular Consultation to Have Indigenous Voices Effectively Solicited Act’ – or ‘ARCHIVES Act’ for short – to retroactively amend the original FASTA legislation. FASTA is an Obama-era law that was used by an obscure federal agency to target the Seattle facility, and other valuable federal real estate, for closure and rapid sale.”