Media Bits and Bytes - January 26, 2021
- Big Changes at FCC
- The Capitol Rampage and Social Media
- Twitter vs Antifa
- Tech Titans in Trouble
- Facebook’s Political Clickbait
- Bolivia: MAS Beats MSM
- France’s Far Right Press
- New Yorker Unionizing
- Your Data, Their Intelligence
What does the future hold for Net Neutrality, the digital divide, and big tech regulation?
Democrats attack Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter over the Capitol riots, saying the tech giants play “whack-a-mole” with radicalization.
Twitter has suspended several popular accounts with alleged ties to Antifa — which have more than 71,000 followers combined — following violence on Inauguration Day.
Tech Titans in Trouble
Pandemic Woes By Eve Szeftel, International Business Times
WhatsApp By Gennie Gebhart, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Alibaba By Celia Chen and Jane Zhang, South China Morning Post
By Leon Yin and Alfred Ng
Zuckerberg testified under oath before Congress in October that Facebook had stopped recommending all “political content or social issue groups.” But the platform continued to recommend political groups to its users throughout December.
By Anirban Pathak
The New Leam
Three major publishing houses (Elsevier, Wiley and American Chemical Society) charge that online repositories which provide free access to millions of articles and books are involved in copyright infringement.
Despite recent attacks on Bolivia’s Movement for Socialism, the country’s voters were ultimately undeterred by disinformation tactics.
A right-wing reactionary press unashamedly peddles disgusting scare stories aimed at stoking racism and xenophobia.
By Katie Smith
Book and Film Globe
Members of The New Yorker Union undertook a 24-hour work stoppage to demand better wages. Many subscribers and supporters took to Twitter to share their surprise that such a prestige publication would not recognize its staff’s union.
By Mitchell Clark
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has confirmed that the US government buys location data from data brokers. The data, collected by citizens’ smartphones, isn’t separated by whether a person lives in the US or outside of it.