Facebook to Label ‘Newsworthy’ Posts That Violate Policies

Facebook will start to add a label to all “newsworthy” content such as statements from politicians that would otherwise violate the company’s policies, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday. Zuckerberg said in a lengthy announcement that Facebook sometimes leaves up content that would otherwise violate its policy “if the public interest value outweighs the risk of harm,” because it is

Beijing Ramps Up Influence Operations on Twitter in Bid to Shift Global Opinion

Beijing is amping up its influence campaigns on Western social media platforms as part of an ongoing endeavor to promote pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) views on a global scale. While Russian disinformation efforts on Facebook and Twitter have drawn the lion’s share of media attention since their bid to influence the 2016 U.S. elections, analysts say that the Chinese regime has

Beijing Is ‘State-Based Cyber Actor’ Behind Cyber-Attacks on Australia: Defence Expert

A defence expert believes the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is most likely the “sophisticated state-based cyber actor” Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned, but did not disclose, was instigating cyber-attacks on the Australian government and private organisations. Michael Shoebridge of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said the prime minister’s remark that “there are not a large number of state-based actors that


Zoom Censored Calls at CCP’s Behest to Block Human Rights Discussions

American video company Zoom said on Thursday (June 11) that the CCP demanded to shut down four public meetings that commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Reuters quoted Zoom as saying: “The Chinese government has informed us that this event is illegal in China and asked us to terminate the meeting and

CCP Using Twitter to Change Narrative on Hong Kong, Virus, and Race Riots: Aussie Think Tank

A new report has revealed the Chinese regime is using Twitter to “shape, manage and control narratives” related to its handling of the CCP virus pandemic, the Hong Kong protests, Taiwan, and outspoken Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui. The report, titled “Retweeting through the Great Firewall” by the Australia Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) found the activity mainly focused

Zoom Says Chinese Regime Demanded It Shutdown Activists’ Accounts Over Tiananmen Square Anniversary Events

Video-conferencing app Zoom confirmed Thursday that the Chinese regime demanded it suspend the accounts of several U.S. and Hong Kong-based Chinese activists who used the platform to hold events commemorating the 31st anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. In a public statement issued Thursday, the U.S.-based company admitted that it shut down three accounts—two

Google Pulls Popular Indian App That Claimed to Remove Chinese Software

Google has removed a popular Indian mobile application from its Play Store that allowed users to detect and uninstall Chinese-owned apps from their phones, a spokesman said on June 3. The Android app, “Remove China Apps,” developed by India-based OneTouch AppLabs, had surged in popularity in the country in recent weeks, receiving some 5 million downloads

Data Doesn’t Support Cloth Masks Reduce COVID-19 Risks: Nurse

A pediatric nurse said she was compelled to research the science on the risks and benefits of cloth masks after learning that her granddaughter’s preschool would require every child over the age of 2 to wear a mask. Patricia Neuenschwander, a registered nurse with over 25 years of experience, said she understands that the preschool had the children’s safety

Twitter Hides Tweet From Rep. Gaetz for ‘Glorifying Violence’

Twitter continued censoring top U.S. officials this week as it hid a post from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), claiming the missive was “glorifying violence.” “Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?” Gaetz wrote in the tweet. Twitter shielded users from the

YouTube Admits to Deleting Anti-CCP Phrases, Blames ‘Error’

YouTube has admitted that it has been deleting from its comment section some Chinese phrases critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “We’re always working to resolve issues on YouTube. Upon review by our teams, we have confirmed this was an error in our enforcement systems and we are working to fix it as quickly as

US Big Tech Aiding Blacklisted Chinese Surveillance Firms, Report Says

American big tech companies, including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, are supporting Chinese surveillance firms that have been blacklisted by the United States over human rights violations, according to a new report. Top10VPN, a site that reviews virtual private networks (VPNs) and researches digital rights and security issues, found in a May 21 report that more than

Online Speech Threatened by Social Media Censorship, Experts Say

A surge in topics being moderated and censored by social media companies is causing alarm among some experts who say we’re moving rapidly toward losing our online freedoms. Most recently, platforms have started moderating CCP virus-related content they deem to be misinformation. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the platform would be “removing information that is problematic”

YouTube Automatically Deletes Some Terms Critical of Chinese Regime

YouTube automatically deletes comments that mention some Chinese phrases commonly used to criticize the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Chinese netizens have discovered. Comments that contain such phrases are deleted within seconds, which suggests that it’s the work of an algorithm. One apparently banned phrase is “gongfei” (共匪), which can be translated as “communist bandit.” It seems

US and UK Warn Hackers Targeting Orgs. Involved In COVID-19 Responses

A U.S. and UK joint alert on May 5 warns hackers “are actively targeting organizations involved in both national and international COVID-19 responses.” The UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) exposed hacking campaigns (pdf) targeting organizations involved in the response to the CCP (Chinese Communist

China’s WeChat Monitors Overseas Users to Bolster Censorship at Home, Report Says

International users of Chinese messaging app WeChat could be helping the platform tighten its censorship system for users inside China, according to the latest report by digital watchdog Citizen Lab. The app, with over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide, is known to censor its users in China to ensure content falls within topics deemed acceptable by the Chinese Communist Party.

When Science Becomes Biased

Commentary There’s a disturbing trend in research these days, where so-called computer scientists inject their personal beliefs into their research. They do this by “correcting” the math to reach the result they want. They call it “unbiasing,” but it’s actually just the opposite. This work affects every person in almost every aspect of life. You

Lawmakers Call on Amazon Chief to Testify Voluntarily or Face ‘Compulsory Process’

Members of the House Judiciary Committee called on Amazon chief Jeff Bezos to testify in an antitrust investigation of his company, threatening to subpoena him if he doesn’t comply. In a May 1 letter addressed to Bezos, seven lawmakers, including Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary Jerrold Nadler (D- N.Y.) and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law David



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