YouTube's latest push to ban terrorist propaganda across its ubiquitous video platform is getting off to a rough start. Earlier this week, noted investigative reporter and researcher Alexa O'Brien woke to find that not only had she been permanently banned from YouTube, but that her Gmail and Google Drive accounts had been suspended as well. She would later learn that a reviewer who works for Google had mistakenly identified her channel, in the words of a YouTube representative, as "being dedicated to terrorist propaganda".
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Ever since the term was popularised by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump — and subsequently appropriated by Democrats — the stupid controversy over "fake news" has become a swirling vortex of pointlessness that refuses to go all the way down the drain. Now everyone's calling legitimate articles and opinion pieces that contradict their own prejudices "fake," as though disagreeing with something implicitly means it was manufactured out of whole cloth.
Recode's Peter Kafka reported today that the New York Times has agreed to pay $US30 million ($39.4 million) for The Wirecutter and The Sweethome, both of which were founded by Brian Lam, the former editor of Gizmodo. The paper later confirmed the all-cash acquisition (but not its exact terms) in a lengthy press release explaining the sites' appeal to the Times' bottom line.
I look to my left and see a sorrowful parent sitting on the curb, comforting his daughter. I look to my right, and I see notes of sympathy among many flowers. Around me, I hear people murmuring respects and singing in French. I'm in the middle of a vigil in the streets of Paris, a week after last month's tragic shooting.
In its latest attempt to brand itself as a media entity, Snapchat is now hiring journalists to cover the 2016 presidential race. To Snap the race, more accurately.
There are plenty of very good, fun, and helpful things that drones can do — things like monitoring crops and delivering beer and saving lives. Unfortunately, over the weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the first draft of its rules for commercial drones, and guess what? The rules would make a lot of those things illegal.
Over in the US last night, CBS ran an American 60 Minutes special about the ongoing NSA debacle. It claimed to give "unprecedented access to the agency's HQ" and "for the first time" explain "what it does and what it says it doesn't do: spy on Americans." It was also, incidentally, a pile of steaming bull. Watch...
While everyone is freaking out about Amazon's plan to unleash an army of delivery drones on the world, it's important to remember that these flying robots can do much more than just move packages.
Just the other day, the New York Post outed Bloomberg reporters for monitoring Bloomberg terminals to track Wall Street traders' accounts. Now, the Financial Times has pointed out another egregious but unrelated security problem: apparently more than 10 thousand confidential terminal records have been on the internet — searchable by Google — probably for years.
Trading on Wall Street is basically a huge game of poker and it would be kind of hard to bluff or cover your strategy if Bloomberg reporters were watching your account to see which resources you were accessing on Bloomberg terminals. So you assume that they are not abusing their company affiliation, because it would be shady and weird. Aka they are definitely doing that.
In an attempt to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology, the journalism schools at the University of Missouri and University of Nebraska both offer classes on drone reporting, in spite of the fact that this practice is currently illegal for professional journalists.