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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (7/4/23) Independence Day Edition | Main | The Morning Report — 7/5/23
July 05, 2023

Daily Tech News 5 July 2023

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  • Ace already hit on this one but the top tech story of the day is undeniably a federal judge's injunction against fascists doing fascist stuff, specifically, censoring the speech of non-fascists. (Washington Post)

    (Don't worry, that link goes to an archive site, not to the Post itself.)

    The argument in favour of fascism is extraordinary.
    The Trump-appointed judge's move could upend years of efforts to enhance coordination between the government and social media companies.
    Yes, that's the point. That's illegal.
    A federal judge on Tuesday blocked key Biden administration agencies and officials from meeting and communicating with social media companies about "protected speech," in an extraordinary preliminary injunction in an ongoing case that could have profound effects on the First Amendment.
    Note that they have protected speech in scare quotes, and describe a straightforward enforcement of First Amendment protections as "extraordinary".

    And yes, it could have profound effects on the First Amendment. It upholds it, when Journalists for Censorship has expended so much effort into tearing it down.
    The Donald Trump-appointed judge's move could undo years of efforts to enhance coordination between the government and social media companies. For more than a decade, the federal government has attempted to work with social media companies to address criminal activity, including child sexual abuse images and terrorism.

    Over the past five years, coordination and communication between government officials and the companies increased as the federal government responded to rising election interference and voter suppression efforts after revelations that Russian actors had sowed disinformation on U.S. social sites during the 2016 election. Public health officials also frequently communicated with the companies during the coronavirus pandemic, as falsehoods about the virus and vaccines spread on social networks including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
    Note the desperate attempt to conflate crimes by other people - child porn and terrorism - with crimes by the government - the systemic censorship of protected speech.
    "The injunction is strikingly broad and clearly intended to chill any kind of contact between government actors and social media platforms," said Evelyn Douek, an assistant professor at Stanford Law School.
    Yes. That's the point.
    For years, Republicans have argued that social media companies' policies to address disinformation related to elections and public health have resulted in the unfair censorship of their political views. Meanwhile, Democrats have argued that the companies have not gone far enough in policing their services to ensure they do not undermine democratic institutions.
    The Democrat position being that it's not happening and we need more of it.
    "Deep state" refers the unsubstantiated idea, frequently invoked by Trump, that a group of bureaucrats is working to undermine elected officials to shape government policy.
    Oh, not entirely. Those bureaucrats are entirely happy with the current circus who barely need prompting to do their bidding.


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