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White House unveils new tool to report censorship by social media giants

May 16th, 2019
The landing page for the White House censorship reporting tool.

Enlarge / The landing page for the White House censorship reporting tool. (credit: whitehouse.gov)

Donald Trump has long accused social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube of political bias. On Wednesday, his White House launched a new online form that allows members of the public to report political bias in their content moderation decisions.

"SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH," the form says (capitalization in the original, of course). "Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear 'violations' of user policies. No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump."

The form asks users to provide their name and basic demographic and contact information. Users then provide details about the content that was censored and can provide screenshots of messages from social media companies about moderation decisions.

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White House refuses to sign international statement on online extremism

May 15th, 2019
White House refuses to sign international statement on online extremism

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The Trump administration will not sign an international pledge by governments and online services to combat extremist content online. The Christchurch Call is named after the New Zealand city where a terrorist livestreamed the shooting deaths of 50 Muslims in March.

The statement is being formally released today as part of an international summit in Paris. It will bear the signatures of more than a dozen nations, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Leading technology companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, have also signed on. But not the US government.

"The United States stands with the international community in condemning terrorist and violent extremist content online in the strongest terms," the White House said in an emailed statement Wednesday. The US government says it will "continue to support the overall goals reflected in the Call," however, it is "not currently in a position to join the endorsement."

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In meeting with Twitter chief, Trump complains about lost followers

April 24th, 2019
Trump giving Jack Dorsey advice on how to run Twitter better, April 23.

Enlarge / Trump giving Jack Dorsey advice on how to run Twitter better, April 23. (credit: White House )

On April 23, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had a meeting in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump. According to an email message to Twitter employees from Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's global lead for legal, policy, and trust and safety, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss “the health of the public conversation on Twitter.”

In the email thread, first revealed by Motherboard, Dorsey himself explained, “As you know, I believe that conversation, not silence, bridges gaps and drives towards solutions." Dorsey pointed out that he had met "with every world leader who has extended an invitation to me, and I believe the discussions have been productive, and the outcomes meaningful.” While Dorsey noted that some employees might be less than thrilled with him taking the meeting, "In the end, I believe it’s important to meet heads of state in order to listen, share our principles and our ideas.”

The meeting came just two days after Twitter suspended some 5,000 accounts believed to be "bots" involved in a campaign to boost "#RussiaGate" and other hashtags related to posts critical of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller—bots that had connections to an account previously used to boost pro-Saudi propaganda.

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Twitter blocks Trump 2020 video over Dark Knight Rises music

April 10th, 2019
Twitter blocks Trump 2020 video over Dark Knight Rises music

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A request from Warner Brothers Pictures has forced the takedown of a fan-created Trump 2020 video that the president tweeted out on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday morning, Trump's tweet showed the message "this video is not available in your location." Then the tweet disappeared altogether.

Warner Brothers objected to the video because it used music by Hans Zimmer from the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. "The use of Warner Bros.' score from 'The Dark Knight Rises' in the campaign video was unauthorized," a Warner Brothers spokesperson told NBC News.

Versions of the video have been percolating among online Donald Trump supporters for several years. Slate's Aaron Mak did some sleuthing and discovered an earlier version created by visual effects artist Brandon Kachel.

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Lawmakers seek harsh penalties against ZTE and Huawei

January 17th, 2019
Huawei's corporate logo on a gray background.

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Washington policymakers sought to ratchet up pressure on Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE on Wednesday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced new legislation that would ban exports to companies caught violating US sanctions laws.

It's the latest signs of a growing technological cold war between the United States and China over telecommunications technology. Huawei has allegedly stolen trade secrets from T-Mobile and other US companies. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Huawei could face criminal charges over the issue.

In a separate case, Canadian officials arrested Meng Wanzhou—Huawei's chief financial officer and daughter of the company's founder—at the behest of the US government over allegations that the company had violated US sanctions laws. ZTE also stands accused of violating those laws.

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Dems to probe whether Trump retaliated against CNN, Washington Post

November 12th, 2018
Dems to probe whether Trump retaliated against CNN, Washington Post

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Democrats in Congress are planning to probe whether the Trump administration improperly used its regulatory powers to punish the owners of CNN and The Washington Post—two high-profile media outlets that have repeatedly clashed with Donald Trump.

Adam Schiff, a senior Democrat in the House of Representatives, told Axios that Democrats would try to find out whether Trump used "the instruments of state power to punish the press."

In 2016, AT&T announced that it intended to acquire Time Warner, parent company of CNN. The Trump administration objected to the merger, but a federal court ruled against the administration earlier this year, allowing the merger to go through.

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EPIC files restraining order to block voter fraud commission’s data swoop

July 7th, 2017

States join EPIC in pushing back against president’s call for voter data amid concerns about scope and security of the request

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President Donald Trump’s Website Hacked; Defaced By Iraqi Hacker

February 20th, 2017

During the 2016 presidential election campaign, we reported about how insecure was the mail servers operated by the Trump organization that anyone with little knowledge of computers can expose almost everything about Trump and his campaign.

Now, some unknown hackers calling themselves “Pro_Mast3r” managed to deface an official website associated with President Donald Trump’s presidential

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Radio Stations Hacked to Play “F**k Donald Trump” on Repeat Across the Country

February 3rd, 2017

It’s just two weeks into the Trump presidency, but his decisions have caused utter chaos around the country.

One such order signed by the president was banning both refugees and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and Sudan) from entering the United States, resulting in unexpectedly arrest of some travelers at airports.

Now, it seems

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News in brief: 1984 tops bestseller charts; Alexa pleases Trekkies; HP extends battery recall

January 25th, 2017

Your daily round-up of some of the other stories in the news

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