New York Times: Facebook’s Hands-Off Approach to Political Speech Gets Impeachment Test. “Facebook has been dogged by accusations of censorship by conservative politicians, including President Trump, who argue that the Silicon Valley company gives greater attention to liberal points of views on the social network. But by removing itself as the moderator of political content — including in paid ads on the site — Facebook has left itself open another avenue of criticism.”
Engadget: US government adds Chinese facial recognition firms to entity list. “A total of 28 Chinese organizations have been added to the US government’s ‘entity list,’ including eight tech corporations that specialize in video surveillance, facial recognition and artificial intelligence. The administration has effectively prohibited them from working with and buying from suppliers in the US over human rights concerns. “
Phys .org: US government research in ‘crisis,’ warns think tank. “Interference in government research by US President Donald Trump’s administration has reached a ‘crisis point’ with almost weekly violations of previously respected safeguards, a report by a think tank said Thursday, warning that ignoring science has led to ineffective and costly policy.”
Ars Technica: US wants Facebook to backdoor WhatsApp and halt encryption plans. “Attorney General William Barr plans to once again make his case against end-to-end encryption for the masses, this time in a public call for Facebook to ensure that law enforcement can decrypt messages when investigating terrorists, child abusers, and other criminals.
New York Times: Consumer Bureau’s Complaints Database Is ‘Here to Stay,’ Director Says. “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will continue to publish its database of consumer complaints about financial companies, ending — for now — a battle over public access to one of the agency’s most powerful tools.”
Animal Legal Defense Fund: Exposing Animal Abusers: Update on the Animal Welfare Blackout. “In early 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purged tens of thousands of important documents related to animal welfare from the agency’s website…. On February 22, 2017 the Animal Legal Defense Fund, leading a coalition of organizations including Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, Companion Animal Protection Society, and Animal Folks, sued the USDA.”
Washington Post: Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, National Park Service finds. “Bulldozers and excavators rushing to install President Trump’s border barrier could damage or destroy up to 22 archaeological sites within Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in coming months, according to an internal National Park Service report obtained by The Washington Post.”