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Apple Daily raided by police in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily had its offices raided by hundreds of police officers on Thursday. The founder of the outlet, Jimmy Lai, a long-time government critic was arrested last year. The police raided the...

Instagram bans filmmaker Maggie VandenBerghe

Instagram banned the account of filmmaker Maggie VandenBerghe, who makes videos that have often gone viral and been featured on The Blaze and Fox News. She was banned from the Facebook-owned platform shortly after...

Ireland: Instagram bans former Xposé host Aisling O’Loughlin for “misinformation”

Facebook has deleted the Instagram account of Irish TV presenter Aisling O’Loughlin for spreading COVID-19 and vaccine “misinformation.” The account was previously restricted, so that it was less likely to be found in searches....

LinkedIn censors Swedish journalist’s profile in China after he references Tiananmen Square thesis

Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has censored the profile of Swedish journalist Jojje Olsson in China after he included a single sentence in the “Education” section of his profile that referenced his thesis on the Tiananmen Square...

CBC turns off comments to reduce “harm”

Canada’s public broadcaster CBC has announced that it is experimenting with turning off Facebook comments. CBC’s audiences will not be able to share their thoughts on the outlet’s pages for a month. Comments will...

European Court of Human Rights rules against employer who fired woman for “like” on Facebook post

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled in a case brought by a former Turkish public sector worker against the state, after she was fired from her job for liking a number...

How Gmail controls what users see

Google’s Gmail not only sees what you are doing while using the service but it can also limit what you are allowed to see. And the way it filters content proves that there is...

GB News faces ad boycott after being targeted by cancel groups

Multiple advertisers including Grolsch, Nivea, and Ikea have pulled their ads from popular UK news channel GB News, days after its Sunday debut. The news channel has positioned itself as an alternative to the...

New York Times backtracks on calling satire site Babylon Bee “misinformation”

The New York Times has had to walk back its qualification of the satire website Babylon Bee being a far-right outlet that “trafficked in misinformation” – thrown around arbitrarily in a recent article. The...

Australian politician accused of silencing critics after YouTube channel producer is arrested after accusing the lawmaker of corruption

An Australian politician has gotten a 21-year-old producer of a comedy YouTube channel that accused him of corruption arrested. New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro has already sued the channel, Friendlyjordies, and its...

Judge denies Florida more time to defend against attacks on its anti-Big Tech censorship law

Groups representing the tech industry filed a lawsuit to block the enforcement of Florida’s anti-censorship law, S.B. 7072, which was signed in late May, and is set to take effect on July 1. The...

Here’s the latest proposed amendment to Section 230

Another attempt is under way in the US Congress to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which has recently been heavily criticized with the allegation it’s a tool used by major tech...

Meeting minutes suggest Facebook’s Nick Clegg said “fact checkers” are “not necessarily objective”

A European Commission document from a meeting held in November with Facebook VP Nick Clegg shows that this former high ranking UK politician who found a new career with the social media giant believed...

YouTube censors Dr Noorchashm, a retired cardiac surgeon with a PhD in immunology, for “misinformation”

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson slammed YouTube for removing his interview with a cardiology and immunology expert who said immunizing young people who have recovered from COVID is a mistake. Dr. Hooman Noorchashm appeared on...

Mozilla suggests regulators issue laws that curb recommendations of “conspiracy theory videos”

The Mozilla Foundation used to do one thing, and do it well: lead the development of the free and open source Firefox browser. Sadly, that browser, once with a huge chunk of the market...

Pakistan: Vaccine refusers to lose internet access

The push to get as many people as possible inoculated with the Covid vaccine looks to be taking a turn towards the extreme in some countries, with civil liberties being crushed further. Health and...

Biden DOJ’s proposal to stop surveilling members of the press appears to only apply to traditional media

Despite the fact that US President Biden publicly denounced the practice carried out by his predecessor’s administration to obtain information about journalistic sources through court orders as “simply wrong” – his own Department of...

British MPs call on Biden to drop charges against Julian Assange

Two dozen British MPs from different parties have sent a letter to US President Joe Biden, asking him to end the multi-year legal and personal drama of Julian Assange and drop the espionage indictment...

Facebook partners with WHO and more in a bid to end “vaccine hesitancy”

Facebook announced it’s partnering with leading health organizations, including the WHO, and experts in other industries, to help solve “vaccine hesitancy.” The coalition, called the Alliance for Advancing Health Online, was announced via a...

House Democrats get targeted in surveillance operation made legal through laws they voted for

Democrat House Intelligence Committee members, Rep. Eric Swalwell and Rep. Adam Schiff confirmed that Trump’s DOJ secretly monitored them by obtaining their personal data from Apple, between 2017 and 2018 when the committee was...