Archive for January 8, 2021

BREAKING: Trump Tries And Apparently Fails To Circumvent Twitter Ban

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

This didn’t take long.

Reports are now filtering in that President Donald Trump has tried to circumvent his Twitter ban by using the @POTUS account to air his grievances. But it doesn’t appear to be working because the Tweets keep disappearing. That suggests to me that Twitter is watching this account and nuking anything that appears to come from Trump. So what next? Does he try the @FLOTUS account? Or start using government department Twitter accounts to air his grievances?

This is going to be a long 12 days for Twitter.

BREAKING: Michael Flynn, Ron Watkins & Sidney Powell Punted From Twitter

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

I have never been so busy on a Friday evening.

Twitter has banned Michael Flynn, Ron Watkins and Sidney Powell. All of whom are associated with President Donald Trump. Here’s why:

“The accounts have been suspended in line with our policy on Coordinated Harmful Activity,” Twitter said in a statement to NBC News. “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content.”

While it is a bit late to do this sort of thing, I’ll give Twitter some credit for doing this. Seeing as every 15 minutes Twitter punts someone else, expect more breaking news on this front.

BREAKING: Reddit Bans r/donaldtrump Forum For Inciting Violence

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

This isn’t stoping.

Reddit has banned r/donaldtrump for encouraging and glorifying violence after Wednesday’s mob attack on the US Capitol:

Axios reporter Sara Fischer first reported the news, noting that the unofficial pro-Trump forum had been given multiple warnings. A Reddit splash page says the subreddit was “banned due to a violation of Reddit’s rules against inciting violence.” The r/donaldtrump forum had approximately 52,000 members before its ban, according to an Internet Archive snapshot

“Reddit’s site-wide policies prohibit content that promotes hate, or encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals. In accordance with this, we have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of our policies and to offer support or resources as needed,” a Reddit spokesperson tells The Verge. “We have also taken action to ban the community r/donaldtrump given repeated policy violations in recent days regarding the violence at the US Capitol.”

Trump has the nuclear codes and command of the military. But he can’t be on Twitter or Reddit. It pretty much says everything doesn’t it? January 20th can’t come soon enough.

BREAKING: Steve Bannon’s Podcast Punted From YouTube

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

This Friday night is really insane.

The latest thing to come across the wire is that Steve Bannon who has a podcast on YouTube and is associated with President Donald Trump has been punted from YouTube after Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani appeared on his podcast saying that Democrats were ‘censoring and suppressing’ Trump supporters:

The YouTube account for Bannon’s War Room podcast was taken down Friday for violating the platform’s Terms of Service, according to the Washington Examiner

A Friday evening search for the podcast brought up an error message reading: ‘This page isn’t available. Sorry about that. Try searching for something else.’ 

Youtube had warned earlier this week that it would ban accounts that continued to spread misinformation about voter fraud. 

Clearly Trump and his supporters are under attack from social media companies not named Parler, and given the vitriol from that bunch, they deserve to be under attack. The events of this week show that things have gone too far and this needs to be addressed. And addressed now by not giving these people a voice of any sort.

BREAKING: Google Punts Parler From The Play Store

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

Google has one upped Apple. You see Apple had threatened to remove Parler because planning for the assault on the Capitol this past Wednesday. Google has now banned Parler for being a “ongoing and urgent public safety threat.”

“In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence,” a Google spokesperson told ZDNet today.

“All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months.

“We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US. We recognize that there can be reasonable debate about content policies and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content, but for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content.

“In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues,” the spokesperson said.

I am no fan of Google, but this is the right thing to do and I applaud them for deep sizing Parler. Now we’ll see if Apple will follow suit.

Apple Threatens To Take Out Alternative Social Media Platform Parler Over Capitol Hill Attack

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

It’s been predicted for a while that those who lean to the right politically in the US will abandon social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook for more friendly places. One of those places is Parler. This is a social medial platform that bills itself as a free speech platform. As a result it has gathered a heathy user base among radicals booted from other services. But its users have put it in the crosshairs of Apple who are now saying that Parler needs to clean up its act or get kicked off the App Store:

Apple has given Parler, the social network favored by conservatives and extremists, an ultimatum to implement a full moderation plan of its platform within the next 24 hours or face expulsion from the App store.

In an email sent this morning and obtained by BuzzFeed News, Apple wrote to Parler’s executives that there had been complaints that the service had been used to plan and coordinate the storming of the US Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters on Wednesday. The insurrection left five people dead, including a police officer.

“We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property,” Apple wrote to Parler. “The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.”

Apple said that “to ensure there is no interruption of the availability of your app on the App Store,” Parler was required to submit an update and a “requested moderation improvement plan within 24 hours of the date of the message,” which was sent on Friday morning. Apple said if it did not receive an update from the company within that time frame, the app would be removed from the App store.

To the surprise of nobody, Parler CEO John Matze accused Apple of applying a double standard to larger services like Facebook and Twitter:

Earlier in the day he said this:

If he were smart, Matze should would show the planet that he’s different than those who assaulted the Capitol and illustrate to Apple and others that domestic terrorists and thugs have no place on his platform. And crack down on them. But based on the above, I don’t see that happening. Thus I am going to go out on a limb here and say that he’s going to get punted from the App Store in the next 24 hours. That will likely set off a chain of events that will include lawsuits and the like.

BREAKING: Twitter Suspends Trumps Twitter Account “Permanently”

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

Two days after being suspended for 12 hours if he didn’t delete three Tweets that led to violence on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump is in trouble again with Twitter. But this time it looks like it will be permanent. Twitter has locked his Twitter account and put out these series of Tweets to explain why:

So just like that, Donald Trump and his 88 million or so followers are gone forever from Twitter. And unsurprisingly, his offspring are not happy:

This clown doesn’t get it. Or maybe he does and doesn’t want to admit it. Who knows? But daddy has used his Twitter account for years to spread lies, hate and incite violence. Sooner or later that was going to cross a line and today it has. And as a result Twitter snapped their fingers like Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame and he is gone along with his 88 million followers as if they were Thanos and his army.

Sorry for anyone who hasn’t seen that movie as that was a spoiler.

In any case, am I happy about this? Sure. But here’s the problem with this whole episode. Trump should have been kicked off Twitter years ago. Jack Dorsey who is the CEO of Twitter had ample opportunity to shut this clown down as he’s crossed these lines again and again and they didn’t. And as a result his influence over other humans who subscribe to Trump’s view of the universe grew. And this was happening long before he became president. And when he did become president it became worse as nobody wanted to take him on and introduce him to common decency. But that changed when a mob attacked the Capitol 14 days from the end of his presidency. Then Dorsey and company got the testicles to do something about it. It’s great that Twitter finally did the right thing, but they did an #EpicFail by not doing it sooner.

Now Facebook, and YouTube, will you do the right thing, as late as it might be? The world is watching.

BREAKING: Cogeco Internet Is Down For The Second Time This Week…. And Apparently So Is Rogers And Bell

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

I am hearing and seeing reports of Cogeco Internet being down for the second time this week across Ontario. Cogeco itself admits this:

The thing is that they are not alone. Rogers and Bell are having outages as well. At least according to users:

The difference is that I cannot find any evidence of Rogers admitting this. Though there is a lot of people on Twitter who have Rogers or Bell saying that they are down. For myself personally, I am online and I have no issues at the moment. Thus this requires some further investigation to find out what is actually happening.

Updates to come.

UPDATE: Apparently this is a DNS issue again. That means the fix that I suggested in this story about Cogeco’s outage from earlier this week should work. If you try it and it works, please let me know in the comments. I also still am hearing sporadic reports of Rogers and Bell having outages continue. But I can’t find definitive proof of that.

UPDATE #2: The latest Cogeco outage appears to be resolved as per this:

And it looks like Rogers and Bell might have had issues as well. But not widespread ones based on looking at Twitter.

David Bowie Is Now On TikTok

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 8, 2021 by itnerd

On what would have been his 74th birthday, TikTok today announced that the music of David Bowie is now available to the TikTok community. An account in Bowie’s memory has launched in partnership with Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and The David Bowie estate. 

Celebrating one of the greatest stars of the musical universe, David Bowie’s music catalogue is now available through yet another medium, ready to excite and inspire a whole new generation of fans. His TikTok channel is live at @DavidBowie featuring iconic videos from his life and work across over five decades of innovation and reinvention.

Tracks such as Heroes, Space Oddity, Let’s Dance, Fame, Rebel Rebel, Life on Mars?, and Ashes To Ashes now feature in a dedicated playlist on the TikTok Sounds page. On Sunday 10th January to mark his passing five years ago, TheStarman hashtag challenge (#TheStarman) will launch. Using the track Starman – first released in 1972 as the lead single from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars – the TikTok community will come together to celebrate his life and work, recreating his iconic looks across the years. 

A pioneer in music and fashion, David was – and remains – a cultural icon. He was never afraid to push boundaries and was always first to embrace new technology to reach his global fan base.

FCC Chairman Stops Trying To “Clarify” Social Media Rules

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he won’t move forward with an executive order From President Donald Trump to nuke and “clarify” a liability shield for social media companies. That means that the executive order is basically dead:

After announcing that he planned to “clarify” the meaning Section 230 free speech internet rules back in October 2020, FAA chairman Ajit Pai has now said he won’t do so. That’s largely because he’ll be gone on January 20th when Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President. “There’s simply not sufficient time to complete the administrative steps necessary in order to resolve the rule-making. Given that reality, I do not believe it’s appropriate to move forward,” he told Protocol in an interview.

In reality, he likely didn’t have the power to change the rules anyway, as much as President Trump wanted and demanded it. Section 230, which gives social media sites like Twitter and Facebook immunity from lawsuits over user content, was drafted and passed by Congress. “The FCC cannot rewrite acts of Congress to suit its whims,” the ACLU’s senior legislative counsel Kate Ruane told Recode last year. “Section 230 is critical to protecting free speech online and the FCC has no authority to change it, especially not in ways that will undermine free expression.”

And in a related story, Pai had this to say about Trump being banned by Facebook and Twitter:

“I think it was a terrible mistake to suggest that the results of the election, and particularly the process that culminated yesterday in the Senate and the House, could in any way be changed,” he said. “That was a terrible mistake and one that I do not think in any way should have been indulged.”

That’s easy to say when your boss is on his way out the door. Where was this two or three years ago? Total #Fail.