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Daily News Stuff 17 June 2020

Lyin' Eyes Edition

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  • Google threatened to wipe The Federalist off the map at the behest of NBC News' department of wiping conservative sites off the map, because they criticised NBS News for lying constantly about everything.





    Translation: And now there is no comments section, and they will be granted a short reprieve.

    This isn't a case of anti-conservative bias though.  (TechDirt)

    This is because there is no such thing as anti-conservative bias.  The wilful and deliberate destruction of conservative commenters and conservative websites is purely a coincidence, just a side-effect of what is really going on, which is a an Orwellian attack on freedom of thought.

    Once they've wiped out the conservatives they will come for the liberals.


  • Google put The Federalist on notice for racist content.  (Tech Crunch)

    What racist content?

    The article doesn't say, but cites an NBC News report that also doesn't say, but which cites a British group calling itself the Center for Countering Digital Hate...  Which appears to be one person on Twitter.


  • 80% of Americans don't trust social networks to moderate content.  (CNet)

    The only thing they trust even less is the government.

    So far, so good.  The study on which the article is based (PDF) is titled Free Expression, Harmful Speech and Censorship in a Digital World which is a warning sign in itself.

    Still:
    Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) favor allowing people to express their views on social media, including views that are offensive, over restricting what people can say on social media based on societal norms or standards of what is fair or appropriate (35%).
    All of the major social networks restrict speech even beyond societal norms.  All of them.  And restrict speech on other sites too.

    Only 47% of Democrats and 24% of Republicans support restricting speech online, partly perhaps out of principle, but mostly because people known damn well whose speech is being restricted.

    Not surprisingly:
    Levels of trust in social media companies to make the right decisions about what people can say or post on their websites and apps are low, with more than 8 in 10 Americans saying they trust the companies "not much” (44%) or "not at all” (40%).



  • GitHub was never fun.  (Jared Palmer)

    And any JavaScript project that is trending is a warning sign.


  • Bootstrap 5 is on its way to break everything.  (Get Bootstrap)

    Yay.


  • Russia has been engaging in propaganda, says shocking new report.  (ZDNet)

    This has been going on as far back as 2014.


  • Parallels is coming to ChromeOS and bringing Windows apps with it.  (Thurrott.com)

    That's probably a good thing.


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1 2014!  I was going to make a facetious comment about Princess Tarakanova but honestly we're so far into "The Marching Morons" right now I can't do anything but drink.  I mean, Kornbluth (a newspaper guy, btw) was right that the population is getting dumber, but he was a touch blind to the actual cause.

Posted by: normal at Thursday, June 18 2020 12:52 AM (LADmw)

2 Everything everyone ever warned us about is coming true all at once.  In 2020, every crackpot is suddenly a prophet.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, June 18 2020 01:25 AM (PiXy!)

3 Tim Pool has a video up this morning where he suggests Google may have crossed a line with the Federalist ban.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, June 18 2020 04:23 AM (Iwkd4)

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