‘Reclaim These Streets’ and rubber duck rallies: human rights roundup – in pictures | Global development- Tempemail

A mural at a government clinic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, depicts, from right, the prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin; its health director general, Noor Hisham Abdullah, and a health worker. Human Rights Watch has urged the government to revoke its ‘fake news’ law, which makes it a criminal offence to create, Continue Reading

Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs face disinformation grilling in Congress – live | Technology- Tempemail

The testimony will come after signs that the new administration of Joe Biden is preparing to take a tougher line on the tech industry’s power, especially when it comes to the social media platforms and their role in spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories. The question every politician should be asking Continue Reading

Amazon’s denial of workers peeing in bottles sparks questions and backlash | Life and style

To paraphrase one of the most iconic tweets of the past 10 years, Amazon’s recent denial about employees not being forced to urinate in bottles at work has people asking a lot of questions already answered by the denial. In a tweet sent last night, the official Amazon News account Continue Reading

Conspiracy! review – help a Trumpist president steal an election | Games

The terrible truth about conspiracy theories is that they’re fun. Making and sharing connections offers a sense of control so potent we might willingly blind ourselves to the provenance of the information in question – a tendency amplified by online recommendation algorithms, which point us towards ideas we already sympathise Continue Reading

The Guardian view of Trump’s populism: weaponised and silenced by social media | Editorial | Opinion

Donald Trump’s incitement of a mob attack on the US Capitol was a watershed moment for free speech and the internet. Bans against both the US president and his prominent supporters have spread across social media as well as email and e-commerce services. Parler, a social network popular with neo-Nazis, Continue Reading

Trump Twitter: Republicans and Democrats split over freedom of speech | US news- Tempemail

Twitter’s decision to permanently suspend Donald Trump’s account in the wake of the storming of Capitol Hill on Wednesday continues to stoke fierce debate, supporters and critics split on partisan lines as they contest what the suspension means for a cherished American tradition: freedom of speech. Republicans – many using Continue Reading

Joe Biden won’t inherit Trump’s millions of Twitter followers | Technology

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter Joe Biden will not inherit Donald Trump’s millions of followers on the official president of the United States and White House Twitter accounts when he assumes the presidency, marking a departure from past social media practice, the Democratic president-elect’s team said on Continue Reading

If you think Biden’s administration would rein in big tech, think again | John Naughton | Opinion- Tempemail

Before the US presidential election I wondered aloud if Mark Zuckerberg had concluded that the re-election of Trump might be better for Facebook than a Biden victory. There were several reasons for thinking this. One was the strange way Zuckerberg appeared to be sucking up to Trump: at least one Continue Reading

Facebook and Twitter CEOs face Senate hearing over handling of 2020 US election – video | US news- Tempemail

The chief executive officers of Twitter and Facebook appear before a US Senate hearing to testify about allegations of anti-conservative bias and their handling of the 2020 election. Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg  face questioning for the second time in as many months, with Republican lawmakers alleging – without evidence Continue Reading

Twitter and Facebook CEOs testify before lawmakers in wake of election – live | Technology

3.30pm GMT 15:30 Senator Richard Blumenthal now speaks. He says these companies have too much power and need to be broken up. Then he touts the EARN IT Act, introduced in 2020, which would roll back Section 230 protections and allow websites to be sued for content hosted on their Continue Reading