This week, the U.K. government launched an unprecedented and deceptive effort to kill off end-to-end encryption. They’ve hired a fancy ad agency to convince people that encrypted messages are dangerous to children.
Source: The U.K. Paid $724,000 For A Creepy Campaign To Convince People That Encryption is Bad. It Won’t Work. | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Data Propria, a brand-new “data and behavioral science company” run by former staff at Cambridge Analytica, has been “quietly working” for the president’s 2020 re-election campaign, according to the Associated Press.
Source: Data Propria, run by Cambridge Analytica alumni, working on Trump 2020 campaign | Ars Technica
To increase traffic to his Facebook page, Johnny Mullins took matters into his own hands.
Source: Would-be Internet weatherman star sets a wildfire to increase his viewership | Ars Technica
Americans pay by far the highest prices in the world for most prescription drugs, and of course big pharma would like to keep it that way.
Source: How Big Pharma’s Shadow Regulation Censors the Internet
Those who want Silicon Valley tech giants to be arbiters of political speech are playing with fire.
Source: Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored
She’s suing the US government because Facebook relies on Section 230 of the CDA in taking down some of her pages, and she claims, ridiculously, that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment. The lawsuit is wrong on so many levels it’s not even funny.
Source: Pam Geller Sues The US Gov’t Because Facebook Blocked Her Page; Says CDA 230 Violates First Amendment | Techdirt
Studio gets a slap on the wrist and must disclose sponsored content in the future.
Source: FTC: Warner Bros. paid YouTubers for positive reviews | Ars Technica
On Sunday, the families of several terrorist victims sued Facebook under an American anti-terrorism law. The victims died in multiple terrorist attacks in Israel in 2015 and 2016, and the families are seeking at least $1 billion in damages.
The plaintiffs allege that the social networking giant is liable as it provides “material support” to Hamas—which the United States government considers a terrorist group—by allowing its leaders and followers to openly use the service.
Source: Families: Hamas on Facebook, so firm must pay $1B after terror deaths | Ars Technica
Decision likely underlines pivotal importance of the case for transatlantic data flows.
Source: In “an unusual move,” US government asks to join key EU Facebook privacy case | Ars Technica