Jurist: Analysing the Effects of Turkey’s Social Media Regulation Bill

Jurist: Analysing the Effects of Turkey’s Social Media Regulation Bill. “On July 29th, 2020, the Parliament of Turkey passed a controversial bill to regulate content posted on social media platforms, which will come into effect on October 1st, 2020. The bill is expected to have a chilling effect on the freedom of speech and expression within the country. Several human rights groups are viewing it as a political tactic to curb criticism against government functionaries within the country, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The passing of the bill is a concerning development, especially amidst the pandemic when social media platforms exist as one of the few alternatives through which people can assess and denounce wrongful government actions.”

New York Daily News: Tax, tip, COVID fee: Council passes bill letting struggling NYC eateries charge 10% extra to get back on their feet

New York Daily News: Tax, tip, COVID fee: Council passes bill letting struggling NYC eateries charge 10% extra to get back on their feet. “New York restaurants will be allowed to tack up to 10% onto their bills under a law passed by the City Council on Wednesday. The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Joe Borelli of Staten Island, says the fee will help struggling restaurateurs get back on their feet. The bill passed on a 46-2 vote.”

Politico: Pelosi says House will return to Washington if Covid deal reached

Politico: Pelosi says House will return to Washington if Covid deal reached. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that the House would return to Washington if a long-stalled coronavirus deal can be reached, although a growing number of her members say they shouldn’t leave town at all without an agreement.”

Techdirt: Auto Industry Pushes Bullshit Claim That ‘Right To Repair’ Laws Aid Sexual Predators

Techdirt: Auto Industry Pushes Bullshit Claim That ‘Right To Repair’ Laws Aid Sexual Predators . “[Michigan] is contemplating the expansion of an existing state law that lets users get their vehicles repaired anywhere they’d like. In a bid to kill these efforts, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents most major automakers, has taken to running ads in the state falsely claiming that the legislation would aid sexual predators.”

Poynter: In the battle over content moderation, transparency seems to be all anyone can agree on

Poynter: In the battle over content moderation, transparency seems to be all anyone can agree on . “This week brought two new visions for how to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The law, which shields large tech companies from legal liability for content posted by third parties on their platforms, has drawn fire from politicians in both parties.”

Reuters: Russian lawmaker tries to curb mobile app payouts for Apple and Google

Reuters: Russian lawmaker tries to curb mobile app payouts for Apple and Google . “A Russian lawmaker submitted draft legislation on Tuesday that would cut and cap the commission on the sale of mobile applications by tech giants Apple and Google. The bill, submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament by lawmaker Fedot Tumusov, stipulates that commissions on the sale of applications be capped at 20%. Apple currently collects a 30% commission on sales in its App Store.”

Daily Monitor (Uganda): Posting ‘rumours’ on social media could land you in Tanzania jail

Daily Monitor (Uganda): Posting ‘rumours’ on social media could land you in Tanzania jail. “It is now illegal to post “rumours” or messages that ‘ridicule, abuse or harm the reputation, prestige or status of the United Republic of Tanzania’ on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Tanzanian Information Minister Harrison Mwakyembe signed into law the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2020, which became operational on July 17. The new online content regulations effectively tighten state control over the internet and social media interactions.”

New York Times: Turkey Passes Law Extending Sweeping Powers Over Social Media

New York Times: Turkey Passes Law Extending Sweeping Powers Over Social Media. “Turkish lawmakers passed legislation on Wednesday that would give the government sweeping new powers to regulate social media content, raising concerns that one of the few remaining spaces for free public debate in the country could fall under greater government control.”

CNET: Sens. Sanders, Warren, Wyden back national facial recognition ban bill

CNET: Sens. Sanders, Warren, Wyden back national facial recognition ban bill. “The bill was introduced in June by Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Pramila Jayapal and Sens. Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley. It calls for a complete ban on facial recognition use by law enforcement until Congress passes legislation to lift the moratorium. The US has seen a growing call from privacy and other groups to ban facial recognition across its cities, as well as concern about human rights issues from companies that provide the technology.”

World Health Organization: New COVID-19 Law Lab to provide vital legal information and support for the global COVID-19 response

World Health Organization: New COVID-19 Law Lab to provide vital legal information and support for the global COVID-19 response. “Launching today, the COVID-19 Law Lab initiative gathers and shares legal documents from over 190 countries across the world to help states establish and implement strong legal frameworks to manage the pandemic. The goal is to ensure that laws protect the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and that they adhere to international human rights standards.”

Balkan Insight: Turkish Ruling Party Announces Strict Controls on Social Media

Balkan Insight: Turkish Ruling Party Announces Strict Controls on Social Media. “The Justice and Development Party, AKP announced on Tuesday that it will bring in a long-awaited new law to regulate social media more strictly and potentially impose large fines and bandwidth reductions on companies that do not comply with government demands.”

Daily Sabah: Turkey’s new social media regulations aim to provide safer platforms for all

Daily Sabah: Turkey’s new social media regulations aim to provide safer platforms for all. “The details of the Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) bill revealed by Hürriyet daily include the protection of personal data and obliges social media outlets like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to have representatives in the country for removing unlawful content and to block off access to harmful content.”

KTNV: Zillow now displays LGBT non-discrimination laws on all homes

KTNV: Zillow now displays LGBT non-discrimination laws on all homes. “The company says the new tool is a data-powered resource to help people see whether for-sale and rental listings are in communities where state and local regulations explicitly protect individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or anyone else in the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination.”

Techdirt: Appeals Court Says California’s IMDb-Targeting ‘Ageism’ Law Is Unconstitutional

Techdirt: Appeals Court Says California’s IMDb-Targeting ‘Ageism’ Law Is Unconstitutional. “The state of California has lost again in its attempt to punish IMDb (the Internet Movie Database) — and IMDb alone — for ageism perpetrated by [checks notes] movie studios who seem to refuse to cast actresses above a certain age in choice roles.”