When algorithms come for journalists 22 Feb 2021; posted by the editor - Journalism
By Freedom of the Press Foundation
Journalists - especially those without institutional newsroom support - rely on tools from major tech companies like Google and YouTube for newsgathering, production and distribution as a matter of course. As these information giants publicly wrestle with controversial content moderation decisions that dominate headlines and Congressional hearings, their decisions also run the risk of stifling routine reporting. When content is removed or an algorithm tweaked behind closed doors, news organizations and journalists are often left without any sort of transparency into the process or a clear path to appeals.
Leading digital players must adhere to democratic obligations 15 Jan 2021; posted by the editor - Internet news
By Reporters Without Borders
After overlooking the fake news and hate speech that Trump posted throughout his four years as US president, Twitter unilaterally decided on 8 January to permanently close his @realDonaldTrump account and then, a few days later, 70,000 other accounts linked to the pro-Trump QAnon movement. Facebook, Instagram and Twitch also suspended the presidential accounts for an unspecified period, while Amazon then suspended the pro-Trump social media Parler.
Restoring the Threat of Impeachment for Future Office Holders 10 Jan 2021; posted by the editor - General, Features, United States
By David Swanson
In the past 150 years, U.S. presidents have lied, cheated, stolen, warmongered, incited hatred and violence, driven inequality and corruption through the roof, taken over major powers from the Congress and abused them, gained the power of nuclear war and abused it through numerous threats, accelerated the destruction of the earth's environment, failed to protect the basic rights of people, pardoned their cronies for outrageous crimes, committed thousands of specific, open, public, and indisputable impeachable offenses, and been impeached for only two things.
RSF condemns 'unnecessarily cruel' decision to keep Julian Assange detained 06 Jan 2021; posted by the editor - General, Human Rights, Journalism, International, United States, United Kingdom
In a 6 January hearing at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser considered Julian Assange’s application to be released on bail. She ruled against his release, stating that Assange had an “incentive to abscond,” and “as a matter of fairness” she needed to give the US government the chance to pursue an appeal, which it has indicated it intends to do. Baraitser stated that Assange’s mental health is being managed at Belmarsh prison, and that the prison has its Covid-19 situation under control.
Covid-19 and mass inoculation 28 Dec 2020; posted by the editor - Health, Opinion
What is deeply concerning about those expressing views that do not fully support the views of 'authorities' regarding the Covid-19 situation is not what they are saying, but that they are being prevented from saying it.
Julian Assange’s extradition hearing marred by barriers to open justice 10 Oct 2020; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Journalism, International, United States, United Kingdom
By Reporters Without Borders
After monitoring four weeks of evidence in the US extradition proceedings against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates concern regarding the targeting of Assange for his contributions to journalism, and calls again for his release.