Facebook Is Biased Against Black Workers, New Complaint Says

Facebook is facing new allegations of racial discrimination by an African American manager and two Black job applicants whose qualifications reportedly exceeded the requirements but were nevertheless rejected, according to the Washington Post. Read More >>

Twitter Bans Journalist Organisation for Linking to Leaked Police Documents

Twitter confirmed on Tuesday night that it had permanently banned the account of Distributed Denial of Secrets, a journalist organisation that earlier this week made accessible to the public one of the largest repositories of leaked US law enforcement documents to date. Read More >>

How Deadpool Found His Way Into a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural

Even as statues commemorating the worst atrocities of the last thousand years continue to fall amid ongoing protests sparking by the police killing of George Floyd, several major cities have erected their own works of art (if only temporarily) to celebrate the movement for black lives sweeping the U.S. and several European countries. Read More >>

Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Other Major Tech Firms Condemn Plans to Monitor Americans’ Web Traffic

A coalition of major tech companies and digital rights organisations sent a letter on Friday to U.S. House of Representatives leaders of both parties urging them to allow a vote on an amendment to prohibit the FBI from collecting Americans’ web browsing data without a warrant. Read More >>

The Dutch Cure for Coronavirus Listlessness: Get Yourself a Seksbuddy

Like nearly every other fully developed organism on the planet, human beings are driven by an instinct to fuck. In fact, a significant portion of the world economy revolves around fucking or the desire to fuck – to the extent some say humans are now becoming desensitised to arousal. But unless you are a lizard in New Mexico or a female sawfish whose species is rapidly approaching extinction, the desire to fuck is probably a powerful motivator for all kinds of behaviour that you may not even be aware of. Read More >>

Facebook Announces Members of Its Oversight Board, Says Its Decisions Will be ‘Binding’

Since its inception, Facebook has been ruled more or less like an autocracy, with its majority shareholder, who also happens to be CEO, reigning supreme. As Facebook chronicler Steven Levy wrote in Wired earlier this year: “At Facebook, Zuck’s word is law.” Read More >>

Criminal Hackers Use Official-Looking Coronavirus Forms to Spread Malware, Steal Passwords

Security experts are tracking a range of new threats incidentally linked to the coronavirus that’s killed over 45,000 people worldwide. Where most see despair, some cyber criminals see opportunity. Read More >>

Google Says State-Sponsored Hackers Target Journalists by Posing as One of Them

Government-backed hackers are impersonating journalists in attempts to spread malicious email attachments and disinformation amongst newsreaders, according to Google’s own elite team of hackers. Read More >>

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Civil Rights Groups Cancel Twitter’s ‘Birthday,’ Say CEO Is Giving Nazis a ‘Megaphone’

In case you somehow forgot, Twitter’s “birthday” is once again right around the corner. As of this Saturday, 14 years will have passed since Twitter’s founder, Jack Dorsey – who at the time hilariously thought people might actually pay to use his platform, now dubbed “the hell site” – tweeted the very first tweet. Read More >>

Jury Deadlocked in Case of Accused WikiLeaks Source Charged for ‘Vault 7’ CIA Leaks

A US federal jury on Monday said it had failed to reach a verdict on eight counts in the trial of a former CIA computer engineer who is accused of leaking a trove of classified material to the anti-secrecy organisation WikiLeaks. Read More >>

Judge Orders Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond Released From Jail

Documents ordering the release of Chelsea Manning and former AntiSec hacker Jeremy Hammond were signed on Thursday by the same U.S. District judge who had them both detained in a Virginia jail last year for refusing to testify in the federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Read More >>

Are Apple and Google Illegally Crushing Competitors?

A US Senate subcommittee on Tuesday took aim at what some witness described as a “dire threat” to the digital marketplace – the processes by which “platform monopolists” such as Google allegedly maintain a stranglehold over the range of apps and services most commonly adopted by consumers; using its own services, in fact, to effectively smother competitors before any can squeak out a small victory against the trillion-dollar giant. Read More >>

Apple Disables Clearview AI’s App, Accusing the Face Recognition Firm of Violating Its Rules

Embattled face recognition startup Clearview AI is topping off a week of intense scrutiny over its nebulous law enforcement partnerships with an even bigger dose of bad news: Apple has reportedly disabled the iOS version of Clearview’s app citing violations of its developer programme. Read More >>

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Data Breach at Controversial Face Recognition Firm Shows Company Can’t Be Trusted, Officials Say

A security breach at a face-recognition startup, already embattled over its unfettered collection of Americans’ personal data on behalf of its hundreds of law enforcement clients, further underscores the potential hazards faced by consumers at the hands of a controversial and largely-unregulated surveillance technology, federal officials said on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Psychologist Finds Chelsea Manning’s Imprisonment Pointless as Lawyers Seek Her Release

Attorneys for imprisoned activist and former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning have filed a new motion for her release from the jail in the US state of Virginia where she’s been held for almost a year. Read More >>