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Facebook to end “Trump exemption” for politicians’ posts

Enlarge Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images Facebook has given politicians extreme leeway with what they can post, essentially treating them as a special class of user. Now, that policy will reportedly change, perhaps as early as today. The impetus for the change seems to be a looming deadline that Facebook’s Oversight Board gave the company regarding …

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In new deal, Wisconsin slashes controversial Foxconn subsidies 30-fold

Enlarge / A view of a room in a Foxconn facility at the Wisconsin Valley Science and Technology Park June 28, 2018 in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) The state of Wisconsin has negotiated a dramatically scaled-back deal with Taiwanese contract manufacturer …

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Facebook lifts ban on US political advertising

Enlarge KJ Parish Facebook will lift a ban on political advertising imposed after the US election to curb the spread of misinformation, and it has pledged to investigate whether its political ads systems need a further overhaul. Advertisers would be able to resume running political ads on March 4, Facebook said in a blog post …

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Trump negotiations to join Parler reportedly involved an ownership stake

Parler, the “free speech” focused social network that attracted many right wing and extremist voices, remains offline several days after the company’s board canceled its CEO. The site is staying in the news, however, as a BuzzFeed News report cites documents that apparently show negotiations between the Trump Organization and Parler over a deal to …

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Purging Today’s Freedom Activists: Why Big Tech’s Censorship Isn’t Directed Solely at Trump Supporters

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>There’s been a lot of unrest in the U.S. and just before the presidential election’s electoral vote, Big Tech took action and censored a great number of individuals and even competing social media platforms. Moreover, even after President Biden’s first few days in office, social media apps continued to purge dissent. On …

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Twitch’s Trump ban sustained after leaving office

Enlarge / Photo illustration of the Twitch logo on a smartphone. Getty Images | Thomas Trutschel On Wednesday, an automated alert about Twitch account bans included a somewhat surprising account name: “@DonaldTrump.” The surprise came because Twitch had already “indefinitely suspended” the former president’s official Twitch channel on January 7 in the wake of his January …

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Recommended Reading: ‘WandaVision’ begins Marvel’s TV slate on Disney+

Disney+ WandaVision is a nostalgic escape from this chaotic reality into another Charles Pulliam-Moore, io9 io9 offers some details on the first episodes of the new Marvel series that debuted this week on Disney+. Whether you’re okay to read about the show in advance or wait until you’ve discovered it for yourself, this piece points out …

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Law Decoded: The guard changes, and with it, the tweets, Jan. 8–15

Every Friday, Law Decoded delivers analysis on the week’s critical stories in the realms of policy, regulation and law. Editor’s note Armed National Guardsmen are building up concentric perimeters of black barricades around the U.S. Capitol and its whole neighborhood of federal buildings in preparation for the Biden inauguration and protests against it on Wednesday. …

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YouTube removes content from Donald Trump’s channel, blocks new uploads

After a Trump rally and march ended with an assault on the Capitol by supporters of the president, many social media companies responded by banning his accounts or limiting Donald Trump’s posts. YouTube previously removed a video where Donald Trump called the rioters “very special,” but otherwise did not restrict his posts, while Facebook indefinitely …

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Amazon is cutting off Parler’s servers

SOPA Images via Getty Images Amazon has told Parler it will suspend the company’s AWS hosting services access, according to BuzzFeed News. The news comes on the same day that Apple suspended the social media app, which supporters of President Donald Trump and far-right extremists used to plan the January 6th riot at the US …

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