CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream real violence such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. Critics warn that some of the most restrictive laws about online communication in the democratic world could have unforeseen consequences, including media censorship and reduced investment in Australia. The conservative government introduced the bills in response to the March 15 attacks in Christchurch in which an Australian white supremacist apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live on Facebook as he shot worshippers in the two mosques. Australia’s government rushed the legislation through the last two days that Parliament sits before elections are expected in May, dispensing with the usual procedure of a committee scrutinizing its content first. “Together we must act to ensure that perpetrators and their accomplices cannot leverage online … [Read more...] about Australia could jail social media execs for showing violence
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Editor's note: David Lee is a Beijing-based consultant and author who focuses on energy, health, international politics and international development. The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. Not long ago, video footages of previous terrorist attacks in Xinjiang posted online as part of CGTN's documentary series suddenly disappeared from western social media. It's been reported that the posted videos contain unlicensed audio contents. The intellectual property argument seems vague and is itself debatable, but the video footages to prove the cruel brutality of separatists, terrorists, and hate criminals in Xinjiang are gone. Moreover, the western social media has apparently removed any trace related to the CGTN postings, including all comments. While objective reporting is removed as a result of a dubious excuse about IP violation, the western social media seems to be quite content with the postings of hate messages. An audacious, shameless … [Read more...] about Why does western social media allow hate to prevail over objectivity?
House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUSMCA is nice but no model Anti-impeachment Democrat poised to switch parties Grassley urges White House to help farmers in year-end tax talks MORE’s (D-Calif.) emphatic applause in response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE calling for an end to “revenge politics” quickly became one of the more memorable images of Tuesday's State of the Union address.Pelosi, clad in all white and seated behind Trump, was stoic for most of the speech, making her burst of applause all the more noteworthy.Trump turned back to face Pelosi right as she clapped with outstretched arms.ADVERTISEMENTThe image of Pelosi, with her eyebrows raised and looking directly at Trump, became an internet sensation.When I tell my wife I changed a … [Read more...] about Pelosi applauding Trump becomes meme on social media
The Yorkshire Post’s website If you do visit the page on The Yorkshire Post, you will find Mitchinson’s measured words about how his journalists check stories and how the fabric of the lie spread initially on Facebook came apart under scrutiny. If you scroll further you will also come to components of the page which contain both other legitimate stories from the Post and headlines from an automated advertising service called Taboola. The Taboola headlines are not giving readers useful information, but rather startling prompts such as : ‘Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Used to Be Adorable, But Now She Looks Insane’. Scroll further and you will come to the reader comments on the piece which are hosted by Facebook itself. Within the comments there are dozens of readers who talk straight past Mitchinson’s reason with their own conspiracy theories: ‘I don’t know who is telling the truth here’, starts the very first comment on the thread … [Read more...] about We can’t fight fake news without saving local journalism
In YouTube’s fashionable central London “space”, where good-looking young people mill around and help themselves to the well-stocked free kitchen, there is a noticeboard that asks staff and visitors: What could we do better? On one of the sticky notes, someone has written “Nothing!!” It would be reassuring for the executives who run the video site if that were true, although not many would agree that it is. Susan Wojcicki, YouTube’s CEO, who is in town for a three-week tour of Europe, is one of the most impressive and powerful women in tech – and also one of the most beleaguered. We meet in one of the studios, where YouTubers with more than 10,000 subscribers can make videos, and sit on sofas in a set with a faux brick-wall backdrop, which gives a slightly unnerving sense of fake cosiness. Wojcicki (pronounced “Wo-jisky”) seems friendly but businesslike; chatty, but is careful about what she says. There is a lot to talk about: … [Read more...] about YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki: ‘Where’s the line of free speech – are you removing voices that should be heard?’