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O-O-O-O-O-N-T Where The Memes Come Sweeping Down The Plain | Main | EMT 3-12-22
March 12, 2022

Daily Tech News 12 March 2022

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  • It is still not raining here in Sydney. It's been three days. Panic might set in soon, or as soon as the floodwaters recede enough that the panic shipments can get through.

    Meanwhile, it's the weekend and it's Question and Answer time. Drop your vaguely tech-related questions in the comments today and I'll invent fake answers for them tomorrow. Or maybe genuine ones. Miracles happen.


  • Russia continues to do what every sane country should do and has now banned Instagram. (Bleeping Computer)
    "As you know, on March 11, Meta Platforms Inc. made an unprecedented decision by allowing the posting of information containing calls for violence against Russian citizens on its social networks Facebook and Instagram," the Russian Internet watchdog said.
    This is clearly communist propaganda and we shouldn't believe it for one minute.


  • Facebook has temporarily allowed posts calling for violence against "Russian invaders". (CNN)

    Oh.

    I'm not sure whose quotes those are because the claim that Russia is invading Ukraine is pretty well established.
    The social media company is also temporarily allowing some posts that call for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in countries including Russia, Ukraine and Poland, according to internal emails to its content moderators.
    That's going to go down a treat.

    But dumb as this seems on the surface, down in the depths it is all much, much worse.
    "We are issuing a spirit-of-the-policy allowance to allow T1 violent speech that would otherwise be removed under the Hate Speech policy when: (a) targeting Russian soldiers, EXCEPT prisoners of war, or (b) targeting Russians where it's clear that the context is the Russian invasion of Ukraine (e.g., content mentions the invasion, self-defense, etc.)," it said in the email.
    1984 is a cookbook.


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