Bloomberg Quint: May to Tell G-7 Google and Facebook Must Do More to Fight Terror. “Theresa May will take her beef with Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. to the Group of Seven meeting in Sicily, where the U.K. leader will call on Internet companies to do more to fight terrorism and take extremist material offline.”
Texas Monitor: New tracking tool shows Texas Republican congressmen among big spenders. “The nonpartisan Coalition to Reduce Spending, which created the website, gets its totals from Congressional Budget Office estimates. The tracker uses the up-or-down votes by members of the U.S. House and Senate on spending-related legislation, aggregating the spending contained in each bill for each member who votes yes. That provides a figure for each D.C. lawmaker.”
The Telegraph: MPs targeted with thousands of abusive tweets, study shows. “The think tank Demos and IT group the BCS studied 188,000 negative tweets sent to MPs over three months including last year’s EU referendum. It found that one in 20 tweets directed at them featured abuse, and the most targeted politicians were attacked in one in 10 messages.”
The Guardian: How social media filter bubbles and algorithms influence the election. “One of the most powerful players in the British election is also one of the most opaque. With just over two weeks to go until voters go to the polls, there are two things every election expert agrees on: what happens on social media, and Facebook in particular, will have an enormous effect on how the country votes; and no one has any clue how to measure what’s actually happening there.” I’m taking a little comfort in the idea that the rest of the world has learned from our dumpster fires.
BBC: Iran’s Instagram election sees rivals battle on social media. “Rather than relying on state television channels to broadcast their campaign rallies, the two front-runners – President Hassan Rouhani and his hard line rival Ebrahim Raisi – have been live-streaming them on Instagram. At the touch of a button, anyone with a mobile device has been able to tune in, watch and show their support by adding to the blizzard of likes, hearts and smiley faces streaming across the screen.”
Washington Post: Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined. “The Trump administration has removed or tucked away a wide variety of information that until recently was provided to the public, limiting access, for instance, to disclosures about workplace violations, energy efficiency, and animal welfare abuses. Some of the information relates to enforcement actions taken by federal agencies against companies and other employers. By lessening access, the administration is sheltering them from the kind of ‘naming and shaming’ that federal officials previously used to influence company behavior, according to digital experts, activists and former Obama administration officials.”
Business Insider: UK PM May pledges new powers to punish and tax social media firms. “British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to create new powers allowing her to punish social media and communications companies that fail to look after users’ data, and to demand cash from firms to pay for policing the internet.”