Wired: I’m Deleting All My Old Tweets Because Nothing Matters

Wired: I’m Deleting All My Old Tweets Because Nothing Matters. “While I gave birth to my first child in 2015, my brother sat across the street from the hospital in a bar, live tweeting his experience of waiting to meet his nephew. As the hours of my long labor wore on, my brother got drunker and his jokes more off the wall. When my son was finally born and I went to send an email birth announcement, I found that everyone already knew. Emails had flooded my inbox already congratulating me. My colleagues had all been following along with my brother’s live tweets. The second my son was born, word had reached them—and thousands of other people.”

EFF: New Lawsuit Challenges FOSTA – The Federal Law Sparking Website Shutdowns

EFF: New Lawsuit Challenges FOSTA – The Federal Law Sparking Website Shutdowns. “Two human rights organizations, a digital library, an activist for sex workers, and a certified massage therapist have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to block enforcement of FOSTA, the new federal law that silences online speech by forcing speakers to self-censor and requiring platforms to censor their users. The plaintiffs are represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Davis, Wright Tremaine LLP, Walters Law Group, and Daphne Keller.”

SBS News: Foreign embassies ‘self-censoring content on Chinese social media’

SBS News: Foreign embassies ‘self-censoring content on Chinese social media’. “Heavy-handed censorship of foreign government content on Chinese social media has decreased as censors have found more subtle and effective ways to control sensitive information, at the same time as more foreign governments have self-censored content posted through their embassy channels, a new report from an Australian cybersecurity research group says.”

New York Times: Crackdown on Online Criticism Chills Pakistani Social Media

New York Times: Crackdown on Online Criticism Chills Pakistani Social Media. “Dr. Faisal Ranjha was examining a patient in the crowded critical-care unit of his hospital in northeastern Pakistan when a federal officer abruptly walked in, seized his cellphone and told him he was under arrest.”

Mashable: There’s now a Tinder for deleting your awful old tweets

If you have a manageable number of tweets (in other words, if you are not me) this tool for deleting old tweets could come in handy.. “For $0.99, a new iOS app called Keep or Delete by German developer Tobias Block allows you to delete your old tweets in a Tinder-like UI. It’s simple: The app loads your tweets, and you then swipe right to keep, or left to delete. It’s like dating your own bad thoughts that you somehow once decided would be a halfway decent idea to make public.”

The Atlantic: People Censor Themselves Online for Fear of Being Harassed

The Atlantic: People Censor Themselves Online for Fear of Being Harassed. “…a person doesn’t have to be the target of abuse for it to color their experience online. More than 70 percent of Americans say they’ve seen others harassed on the internet. For black users, that percentage rose to 78; among younger users and lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans, the proportion is close 90 percent. Groups that were more likely to come into contact with online abuse were also more likely to say that people on the internet are mostly unkind.”