BetaNews: Google Wifi update brings site blocking to parental controls. “An update is rolling out to the Google Wifi app which gives parents greater control over the websites their children can visit. The update adds Site Blocking to Google Wifi’s family controls, making it possible to block more than 8 million sites at the flick of a switch. These are sites that Google has determined are inappropriate for children.”
The Guardian: UK government considers classifying Google and Facebook as publishers. “Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, has said the government is considering changing the legal status of Google, Facebook and other internet companies amid growing concerns about copyright infringement and the spread of extremist material online. The internet groups are considered conduits of information rather than publishers under UK law, meaning they have limited responsibility for what appears on their sites.”
Twitter: New Data, New Insights: Twitter’s Latest #Transparency Report. “With our 11th biannual Twitter Transparency Report, Twitter has expanded on work announced in our last #TTR to share more information about government Terms of Service requests we receive and how we handle such requests. In March of 2017, we introduced a new section covering government TOS reports, but it was limited to government requests to remove content under our prohibition of the promotion of terrorism. Today, we have expanded this section to cover a broader array of categories under the Twitter Rules, adding: abusive behavior, copyright, and trademark.”
Reuters: Google disables offensive ad keywords found by BuzzFeed. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said it had disabled a ‘majority’ of the offensive keywords that BuzzFeed found could be used by advertisers to target people searching for racist and anti-Semitic topics.”
CBS News: Facebook bans earning cash from smut and hate. “Facebook just officially put the kibosh on shady ways to use its network for profit. The social media giant updated its standards and guidelines, effectively banning profit from a wide variety of potentially controversial and unsavory content.” Facebook can say anything it likes. We’ll see what continues to show up on my feed or in the ads.
CNBC: Facebook shuts down 1 million accounts per day but can’t stop all ‘threat actors,’ security chief says. “Facebook turns off more than 1 million accounts a day as it struggles to keep spam, fraud and hate speech off its platform, its chief security officer says. Still, the sheer number of interactions among its 2 billion global users means it can’t catch all ‘threat actors,’ and it sometimes removes text posts and videos that it later finds didn’t break Facebook rules, says Alex Stamos.”
Engadget: YouTube begins isolating offensive videos this week. “In June, Google announced that it would begin isolating YouTube videos that weren’t directly in violation of its standards but contained ‘controversial religious or supremacist content.’ And starting this week, those efforts will begin to take effect.”