Since the outbreak of coronavirus, Asians around the world and across America have been targeted with blame-related racism, with President Trump’s early insistence on calling it a Chinese virus far from helpful. Hate speech against China on Twitter was up 900%, and reports of verbal and physical attacks on Asians began spiking around the country, as well as misguided boycotts on Asian businesses. … [Read more...] about This new Twitter bot has Asian front-line workers responding directly to COVID-19 racism
Consider for a moment all of the other designs Twitter could have chosen. It could have used a strike-through, crossing out Trump’s message to nullify it, but leaving it legible for people to read. It could have blurred the words, so you couldn’t read them at all, but you’d know a tweet was there. Twitter could have blacked them out, in a redaction that’s been used for decades by our own government when it wants to obfuscate the content of documents for all sorts of reasons. Heck, Twitter could choose to put dunce caps on all factually inaccurate tweets! (Actually . . . maybe that’s a good idea?) … [Read more...] about Hush, Trump. Twitter is going easy on you.
But don’t let the pundits and big platforms tell you this is a battle between politics and tech. It’s a battle between a handful of high-profile politicians and a handful of high-profile platforms. Tech is not a monolith. What’s good for Facebook isn’t necessarily good for innovation. Trump is only pursuing this issue out of ego and spite, but limiting the reach of the giant platforms may be exactly what we need to create the next generation of truly great social networks. … [Read more...] about Trump vs. Twitter: Is there a silver lining in the Section 230 fight?
The government is cognizant of concerns that opening up of the economy is responsible for the spike in COVID-19 cases, but sources indicated that “in lockdown 5.0 there cannot be any going back. Both health and economy have to go side-by-side.” … [Read more...] about Lockdown 5.0 | No curtailment of economic activities across sectors post May 31: Report