Hold social media companies accountable for what their users post

  • A top tech advisor to Biden, Bruce Reed, indicated at a virtual book launch hosted by Georgetown Law Wednesday that “it’s long past time to hold the social media companies accountable for what’s published on their platforms.”
  • Reed, who was chief of staff to Biden during his time as vice president, has been highly involved in advocating for tech reform in his years outside of government.
  • In a chapter co-authored with digital reform advocate Jim Steyer, he wrote, “Washington would be better off throwing out Section 230 and starting over.”



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U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden arrives for a meeting with his Chief of Staff Bruce Reed (L) June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

A law protecting the tech industry from being held liable for their users’ posts is on shaky ground as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to come into office.

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Right-wing users flock to Parler as social media giants rein in misinformation

Since the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Parler has caught on among right-wing politicians and “influencers” – people with large online followings – as a social media platform where they can share and promote ideas without worrying about the company blocking or flagging their posts for being dangerous or misleading. However, the website has become a haven for far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists who are now interacting with the mainstream conservatives flocking to the platform.

As the three highest-profile social media companies – YouTube, Facebook and Twitter – continue to take action to mitigate the spread of extremism and disinformation, Parler has welcomed the ensuing exodus of right-wing users. It has exploded in popularity, doubling its members to 10 million during the month of November – although it is still dwarfed by Twitter’s roughly 330 million monthly active users.

With its newfound success, the site is contributing to the widening gap

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Why some social media users are making the switch to Parler

The 2020 election season was flooded with misinformation about everything from the security of mail-in voting to the accuracy of election results. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms attempted to crack down on the falsehoods being shared with flags and fact checks — but that crackdown is prompting some users to leave in pursuit of online communities with fewer restrictions.



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Many right-wing individuals, citing censorship on Facebook and Twitter, have flocked to Parler, which brands itself as “unbiased social media.” Other popular sites include MeWe and Ruqqus.

After Twitter hid and flagged a tweet from Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo that shared misleading information about election results in key states, Bartiromo tweeted that she plans to give up Twitter for Parler, and encouraged her followers to do the same.

Conservative radio host Mark Levin repeatedly asked his Facebook and

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The PS5’s Confusing ‘Other’ Storage Leaves Users Less Room For Games

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The launch of the next generation of consoles has underscored how precious storage space is. Games are getting bigger, and yet the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles don’t offer a whole lot of room. Most confusing is the PS5’s mysterious allocation of up to a sixth of its supposedly available SSD—potentially more than 100GB—to a category called “Other.”

We’ve been vexed by Other for weeks.

Of the 825GB of SSD storage listed on the box, you can only use 667.2GB how you please. That’s not that shocking, since we’re used to consoles allocating some of their advertised space to the operating system and other key functions.

From there, the usable 667GB is broken down into four categories. Three of those (Games and Apps, Media Gallery, and Saved Data) are unambiguous. Then there’s Other.

If you’ve been lucky enough to track down a PS5, maybe you’ve also

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Hackers are targeting MacOS users with this updated malware

A newly discovered form of malware is targeting Apple MacOS users in a campaign which researchers say is tied to a nation-state backed hacking operation.

The campaign has been detailed by cybersecurity analysts at Trend Micro who’ve linked it to OceanLotus – also known as APT32 – a hacking group which is thought to have links to the Vietnamese government.

OceanLotus is known to target foreign organisations working in Vietnam including media, research and construction and while the motivation for this isn’t fully understood, the aim is thought to be to using espionage to aid Vietnamese-owned companies.

The MacOS backdoor provides the attackers with a window into the compromised machine, enabling them to snoop on and steal confidential information and sensitive business documents.

The security company’s researchers have linked it to OceanLotus because of the similarities in code and behaviour of the malware, compared with samples used in previous campaigns

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Shazam Promotion Offers Users Up to Five Free Months of Apple Music

Apple is offering up to a five-month free trial of Apple Music to new users of the streaming service, with the promotion appearing in the company’s Shazam music identification app.

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Apple usually offers up to a three-month free trial of Apple Music to users who haven’t subscribed to the service before, so this latest promotion represents one of its best deals yet.

To access the promotion, download the Shazam app on your iPhone or iPad, then identify a song that’s playing in your environment by tapping the big Shazam icon in the app. After recognizing the song, you should see the option to play the track in Apple Music.

Tap the option and you should see the five-month free trial offer of Apple Music appear. Some users have also had success activating the promotion by opening Shazam’s options screen and tapping the Apple Music banner.

According to Shazam’s App Store

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Internet users find Utah’s mystery ‘2001’ monolith, sit on it



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Wildlife officials in Utah who came across a bizarre monolith “in the middle of nowhere” last week refused to say where exactly where it is, fearing amateur adventurers would get lost trying to find it. 

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The internet interpreted that as a challenge – and it took just two days to locate, the monolith now a spot for awesome selfies and sweet Instagram videos.

The strange object was first spotted by a Utah Department of Public Safety crew on board a helicopter. 

“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” pilot Bret Hutchings told local news station KSL-TV. 

“He was like, ‘Whoa,

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Social media users risk ‘sense of self’ on approval of others

Twitter (TWTR) CEO Jack Dorsey told a Senate panel last week that social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook (FB) “can be addictive,” while bipartisan concerns emerged about potential psychological harm caused by the platforms.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) compared the addictive quality of the sites to tobacco, and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) raised concerns about the toll the platforms take on young users’ “self-esteem and wellbeing.”

In a new interview, movie star Matthew McConaughey expressed similar wariness about the social media sites, warning that users risk placing their “sense of self” on the approval of others and posting messages that they will later regret.

“Especially children and millennials are getting their entire sense of self based on something,” says McConaughey, author of a new memoir called “Greenlights.” “Something that they, ‘poof,’ send out to the world, and they anxiously wait to see what all these strangers

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Cisco Webex bugs allow attackers to join meetings as ghost users

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Cisco plans to fix three vulnerabilities in the Webex video conferencing app that can allow attackers to sneak in and join Webex meetings as ghost users, invisible to other participants.

The vulnerabilities were discovered earlier this year by security researchers from IBM, who conducted a review of remote working tools the tech software giant was using internally during the coronavirus pandemic.

Researchers said the three bugs, when combined, would have allowed an attacker to:

  1. Join a Webex meeting as a ghost user, invisible to others on the participant list, but with full access to audio, video, chats, and screen sharing.
  2. Remain in a Webex meeting as a ghost audio user even after being expelled from it.
  3. Obtain information on meeting participants, such as full names, email addresses, and IP addresses. This information could also be obtained from the meeting room lobby, even before the attacker
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Destiny 2 Is Going Free to Play for All Stadia Users

Destiny 2 will become Google Stadia’s first free-to-play game. Starting on November 19, Bungie’s looter shooter will be free for all Stadia users regardless of whether or not they have a subscription.

Anyone with an account for the Stadia cloud-gaming service will be able to play Destiny 2: New Light, which features the core free-to-play game with no expansions. The game is already free to play on services like Steam, but this is the first time Stadia has made a title free.

Players who grab the game will get access to many of Stadia’s perks, including being able to play across devices, but there are some notable caveats. The game will be locked at 1080p without a Pro subscription.

As is the case on all platforms, the game currently doesn’t support crossplay, though Bungie says it plans to add it down the line. That means that Stadia users can

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