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YouTube Joins Twitter, Facebook In Taking Down Trump’s Account After Capitol Siege

Link: https://www.npr.org/sections/congress-electoral-college-tally-live-updates/2021/01/13/956317191/youtube-joins-twitter-facebook-in-taking-down-trumps-account-after-capitol-siege

 

As Trump’s term comes violently spiraling to an end, Big tech companies are starting to censor him. YouTube, citing “the ongoing potential for violence,” has removed him for at least 1 one week from the platform, just like Twitter and Facebook have done. As the nation prepares for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week, law enforcement officials have said there are credible threats of more acts of violence from supporters of Trump. These tech platforms are doing anything they can to stop Trump from stirring the pot up even more. Based on YouTube’s ‘Strike System’ Trump’s channel is prevented from uploading new videos or live streams for a minimum of 7 days, but this could be made longer. If Trump receives 3 strikes, his channel would be permanently terminated. A spokesperson for YouTube has also said that they have disabled all comments on Trump’s channel, indefinitely.

This is a crazy time in our lives. I don’t know if I agree with how these Big Tech companies are going about stopping Trump but then again, how else do you stop him from spreading proven lies and riling up the crowd? You could argue that this violates his first amendment right but then again, it’s their company and their Terms of Service. We will have to see how all of this will unfold on January 20th.

By Jake Eastburn

U.S. announces new rules for drones and their operators.

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/12/29/951010863/u-s-announces-new-rules-for-drones-and-their-operators   Federal regulators have decided to issue new federal guidelines allowing drones to operate at night and over people. These specific changes could potentially expand the use of drones for commercial usage. New rules from the FAA will also require remote identification technology so that the machines can be identifiable from the ground.… Continue Reading

Amazon, TikTok, Facebook, Others Ordered To Explain What They Do With User Data

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/15/946583479/amazon-tiktok-facebook-others-ordered-to-explain-what-they-do-with-user-data   Most of us by now know that most of the things we do online today don’t go away.  These social media platforms remember that post we liked or what we commented on someone else’s page. Big government is finally demanding answers. The Federal Trades Commission is demanding that 9 social media platforms share… Continue Reading

Criminals are getting smarter in use of digital currencies to launder money

Link https://www.reuters.com/article/crypto-currencies-criminals/criminals-getting-smarter-in-use-of-digital-currencies-to-launder-money-idUSKBN28J1IX   You may be frightened to hear that as we develop and evolve technologically as a group, so do the criminals of that said group. It was reported that hundreds of millions of dollars worth of dirty funds were flowing through digital wallets last year. At least 13% of all criminal proceeds in… Continue Reading

5 Things We’ve Learned About Virtual School In 2020

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/12/04/938050723/5-things-weve-learned-about-virtual-school-in-2020              As many schools (including our own) start the shift to the digital world again, many are left with  concerns on the effects, good or bad, on the students. Online schooling is the reality for a majority of students today. Many teachers have no clue how to use… Continue Reading

Facebook Says It’s Doing A Better Job Of Catching Hate Speech Before Users See It

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/19/936706748/facebook-says-its-doing-a-better-job-of-catching-hate-speech-before-users-see-it   Most recently, Facebook, a major social media platform has been severely cutting down on the amount of “hate speech” allowed. Back in July, Facebook reported that its users were seeing roughly about 1 post of hate speech for every 1,000 regular posts. This is the first time Facebook has publicly estimated the prevalence… Continue Reading

The COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Results: What They Mean, What Comes Next

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/12/934164473/the-covid-19-vaccine-trial-results-what-they-mean-what-comes-next  Drug maker Pfizer, working with German company BioNTech, says its vaccine appears to be working really well. They even said their vaccine is more than 90% effective. These results came from a large trial of an experimental vaccine. Dr. Fauci wasted no time expressing his delight at the great news. But, sadly, Pfizer can… Continue Reading

Live Updates: 2020 Election

Link  ~  https://apps.npr.org/liveblogs/20201103-election/   Joe Biden and President Trump have now surpassed Obama for the most votes in history. So far, 73.5 million Amercans have voted in this election, which topped the 69.5 million that Obama had. In total, more than 145 million votes have been cast in the 2020 presidential election, the most ever… Continue Reading

The last Presidential debate.

Article Title: 5 Questions Ahead Of The Last Trump-Biden Presidential Debate Date: 10/22/20 Article Article summary by Jake Eastburn It’s the last debate of the 2020 election. Scheduled for today, Thursday, October 22nd. It’s  the last, best chance for both candidates to make their arguments to a broad audience of the American public for why… Continue Reading