Techdirt: Facebook Takes Down Post Critical Of Indian Film For Copyright Violation, Even Though It Was An All-Text Post. “When I tell you that Saldanha had a Facebook post taken down over a copyright notice, you must certainly be thinking that it had something to do with environmental activism. Nope! Actually, Saldanha wrote an all-text mini-review of an Indian film, Padmaavat, which was taken down after the distributor for the film claimed the post infringed on its copyrights.” The entirety of the post is included in the article. This is absolutely nuts.
Techdirt: Twitter & Facebook Want You To Follow The Olympics… But Only If The IOC Gives Its Stamp Of Approval. “It is something of an unfortunate Techdirt tradition that every time the Olympics rolls around, we are alerted to some more nonsense by the organizations that put on the event — mainly the International Olympic Committee (IOC) — going out of their way to be completely censorial in the most obnoxious ways possible. And, even worse, watching as various governments and organizations bend to the IOC’s will on no legal basis at all. In the past, this has included the IOC’s ridiculous insistence on extra trademark rights that are not based on any actual laws. But, in the age of social media it’s gotten even worse.”
The Verge: YouTube suspends Logan Paul’s ad revenue, blames ‘recent pattern of behavior’. “YouTube says his infractions include trying to monetize a video that violates the company’s advertiser-friendly guidelines, encouraging his followers to do the Tide Pod challenge, and, in one recent video, taking a fish out of his pond to jokingly give it CPR and then tasering a dead rat.”
Sounds about par. From The Next Web: Facebook banned cryptocurrency ads but it still shows them anyhow . “In an interesting turn of events, Facebook announced that it is removing all cryptocurrency and ICO-related ads from its platform claiming such content is ‘frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices.’ But it turns out the some of these ads continue to slip past the social media titan.”
BuzzFeed: This Is Facebook’s News Survey. “Last week, Facebook said its News Feed would prioritize links from publications its users deemed ‘trustworthy’ in an upcoming survey. Turns out that survey isn’t a particularly lengthy or nuanced one. In fact, it’s just two questions.” Good grief.
Wired: Tinder’s Lack Of Encryption Lets Strangers Spy On Your Swipes. “IN 2018, YOU’D be forgiven for assuming that any sensitive app encrypts its connection from your phone to the cloud, so that the stranger two tables away at the coffee shop can’t pull your secrets off the local Wi-Fi. That goes double for apps as personal as online dating services. But if you assumed that basic privacy protection for the world’s most popular dating app, you’d be mistaken: As one application security company has found, Tinder’s mobile apps still lack the standard encryption necessary to keep your photos, swipes, and matches hidden from snoops.”
CNET: YouTube yanks videos showing dangerous ‘Tide Pod challenge’. “YouTube is taking steps to shut down a viral video trend in which people post recordings of themselves purposely ingesting laundry detergent. The so-called Tide Pod challenge, which involves people eating the brightly colored laundry detergent packs known as pods, reportedly began last year as a joke on the internet. But like viral video predecessors the ‘cinnamon challenge’ and the ‘bath-salt challenge,’ this fad represents a dangerous health threat, officials warn.” Tide put out a warning against eating pods on January 12. It’s January 18. YouTube is just now getting around to pulling videos?