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    Pro-Trump message board “quarantined” by Reddit following violent threats

    By Drew Harwell and Craig Timberg June 26 at 2:52 PM

    The biggest forum for supporters of President Trump on Reddit has been “quarantined” following months of incitements to violence and other offensive behavior, the tech giant said Wednesday, in a move that could further inflame conservatives’ claims of social-media bias.

    The forum, called “r/The_Donald,” has long served as a highly trafficked and controversial gathering place for supporters of Trump and Republicans on Reddit, America’s fifth-most popular website.

    Created in 2015, “The_Donald” counts roughly 750,000 followers and advertises itself as “a never-ending rally dedicated to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”

    Reddit officials said on Wednesday that the board had allowed or encouraged months of “rule-breaking behavior,” including the “encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon.”

    “We are clear in our sitewide policies that posting content that encourages or threatens violence is not allowed,” Reddit spokeswoman Anna Soellner said in a statement to The Washington Post.

    “We are sensitive to what could be considered political speech,” Soellner added, but “recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy.”

    The action will effectively demote the forum on Reddit, restricting how its content is shared across the site and removing key features. It is not an outright ban, but will conceal the forum behind a warning and require viewers to verify they are sure they want to view its contents.

    Quarantines are rare punishments imposed on only the forums Reddit has deemed most offensive or upsetting. Past quarantines have been imposed on forums devoted to white supremacy, Sept. 11 conspiracy theories and videos of fatal violence.

    The message board has long trafficked in edgy “trolling” and offensive behavior, promoting anti-Semitic memes and baseless conspiracy theories, including that victims of the Parkland school shooting were “crisis actors.”

    Some of the top threads on “r/The_Donald” Wednesday criticized E. Jean Carroll, the author who recently accused Trump of rape, and called Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. soccer star whom Trump had criticized, a “human leech.”

    Reddit is a link-sharing and discussion site where readers can submit and vote on posts; the most “upvoted” posts are promoted more widely across the site. The site’s forums, known as “subreddits,” operate independently from the company and are overseen by volunteer moderators, who are expected to follow sitewide rules banning violent threats, harassment and other prohibited content.

    The forum’s moderators tweeted on Wednesday that the company had moved to “totally suppress” the forum “on the eve of the Democrat Debates.” In a post on the forum, the moderators said the company has “set up an impossible standard as a reason to kill us before the 2020 election.”

    Forum moderators had in weeks past changed elements of the “subreddit,” removing the down-vote button and changing the “Report” button, which allows people to flag potential rule-breaking content, to say “Deport.”

    The “quarantine” move comes on the same day President Trump launched his latest attack against Silicon Valley. He threatened a potential lawsuit against Facebook and Google, without providing much detail, and accused Google of trying to rig the election. The company has repeatedly denied that claim.

    Trump also accused Twitter of limiting the reach of his tweets and censoring other conservative users, a charge the tech giant has long denied. The White House on Wednesday also announced it would gather “digital leaders” next month to talk about social media but did not elaborate on who would be in attendance.

    The White House did not immediately offer comment on the Reddit move.

    Tony Romm contributed to this report.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  2. #827

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    In case you were wondering if it was just's not.

    Twitter is down worldwide

    Twitter is currently out of order with nary a fail whale in sight. Tweets aren't loading in the app or on desktop for several Engadget editors, while Down Detector had a massive spike in outage reports. We'd check reports from users on Twitter, but, y'know, that's a little tough at the minute. "We are currently investigating issues people are having accessing Twitter," a spokesperson told Engadget.

  3. #828

    Re: Techno-babble Random Random

    I believe it's back now. Interesting that it went down when Tiny's "social media summit" was about to get underway...

    Let me in. Please?

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

  4. #829

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    FaceApp adds decades to your age for fun, but the popular, Russian-owned app raises privacy concerns

    By Hannah Denham July 17 at 12:08 PM

    If you’re wondering why your social media feed is being flooded by photos of wrinkle-enhanced celebrities and (suddenly) old friends, thank FaceApp.

    Personalities as varied as Drake, LeBron James, Gordon Ramsey and the Jonas Brothers have tapped the photo-editing app to fuel the future-self craze on Instragram, Facebook and Twitter. FaceApp has altered photos for more than 80 million users since its 2017 release.

    Users can download the app (free for a three-day trial) from the Apple App Store or Google Play, upload or take photos, and choose from 21 editing options. You can look older or younger, swap gender, add a smile or adopt a new hairstyle.

    FaceApp differs from other photo-editing applications because it uses artificial intelligence to alter the photo, instead of slapping a filter on top of it.

    The app is owned by Wireless Lab, a company based in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has legal jurisdiction in Santa Clara County, Calif., according to its privacy terms.

    But before downloading the app, keep in mind that under its privacy terms it can collect:

    Any photos or other content that is uploaded and posted.

    Information on the websites you visit and how you use the app. The disclosure said it doesn’t identify individual users.

    Cookies and data to share with third-party advertisers to deliver targeted advertising to your device.

    Your IP address, browser type, referring/exit pages and URLs; the number of clicks and how you interact with links on the app; and domain names, landing pages, pages you view, what emails you open every time you access the FaceApp application or website.

    Founder and chief executive Yaroslav Goncharov told TechCrunch that FaceApp uses Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud to store uploaded photos. The company said in a statement that this is used to evaluate performance and traffic, and that most images are deleted from the servers within 48 hours, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.

    But even if you delete content from the app, FaceApp can still store and use it, according to its privacy terms. FaceApp also says it can’t guarantee your data or information is secure. The company can share your information with its other affiliated companies and third-party advertisers, which aren’t disclosed in the privacy terms.

    The company said in its statement that users who want to remove their data from FaceApp can make the request through the app by clicking “Settings,” then “Support,” then “Report a bug” with “privacy” in the subject line.

    “Our support team is currently overloaded, but these requests have our priority,” the company statement read.

    FaceApp’s privacy terms say it can share information with a government agency if a subpoena, court order or search warrant is issued and that the company has “a good faith belief that the law requires” it to do so.

    And this information can also be shared to any country that FaceApp maintains facilities in, including Russia.

    “The user data is not transferred to Russia,” the company said, even though that’s where the company is based.

    However, it noted in its privacy terms, “By accessing or using our Services, you consent to the processing, transfer and storage of information about you in and to the United States and other countries, where you may not have the same rights and protections as you do under local law."

    Baptiste Robert, a French security researcher who uses the pseudonym Elliot Alderson, said he looked into the traffic between FaceApp on his phone and the Internet to understand how the network operates for users.

    He found that only photos that are uploaded and modified are saved to the server, not the user’s entire camera roll. But he also said he didn’t think the app was compliant with the European Union’s new privacy rule, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    “When you upload your photo, you have no idea how your photo is used,” Robert said, noting that the app’s terms and conditions are vague. “Don’t rush to use this application, because you don’t know how your data is used after that.”

    Kate O’Neill, a tech consultant, said FaceApp’s privacy terms are still murky, despite the company’s clarification.

    “People should be savvy about when apps and memes and games are encouraging everyone to engage in the same way,” she said. “It puts the data in a vulnerable state that becomes something that can train facial recognition and other kinds of systems that may not be intended the way people are using it.”
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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