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June 25 · Issue #755 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Thursday’s newsletter. Let’s dive straight in…
—Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • Google will now auto-delete new users’ search data after 18 months’ by default. Location history will now be off by default, but will also delete after 18 months by default. This is good for privacy, but also indicates maybe such old data isn’t that useful.
  • Slack has launched a new way for companies for talk to each other on its platform. With Connnect, channels can be shared across up to 20 organisations.
  • Scandal-hit fintech company Wirecard has filed for insolvency. Its now former CEO was arrested this week, a few days after he resigned due to a missing €1.9bn. The company was worth €13bn just one week ago. The FT has the details [paywalled].
  • The US has announced fresh charges against Julian Assange. They include allegations he collaborated with well-known hacker groups of the past, like LulzSec. Assange is still in a UK prison awaiting an extradition hearing in September.
The big thought
Credit: who?du!nelson on Unsplash
Credit: who?du!nelson on Unsplash
Can Trump circumvent a tougher Twitter?
Donald Trump’s detractors would love him to leave Twitter and Facebook for good. And according to a report from the Wall Street Journal [paywalled], that’s an option his team is considering.
Input summarises the news:
Campaign officials are eyeing platforms like Parler as potential e-podiums for the president. But this would require a serious reconfiguration of Trump’s social media strategy, which is heavily dependent on Facebook and Twitter. Leaving Facebook and Twitter could cause Trump significant damage as, according to eMarketer data, the former boasts 175.4 million users in the United States while the latter offers access to a potential audience of 53.5 million users in the country.
The move would make at least a little sense. Trump can’t run amok on Twitter like he used to. The company has started to take action against some of his most shocking tweets, and Facebook is under great pressure to start doing the same with his posts there.
If he moved to Parler, a much smaller, Twitter-like service popular with sections of the US and UK right wing, he would probably get away with saying a lot more. But his audience would be tiny by comparison to now, even if he took a lot of his biggest fans over with him.
It might just work though. Let’s face it, the second Trump said anything noteworthy on Parler, it would immediately be reported by journalists and others on Twitter. And Twitter is highly unlikely to stop a journalist reporting his words elsewhere. TV and radio news would still report his words, too.
So while quitting Twitter might seem like a dumb move, and it would certainly be a gamble, it might just be a clever way for him to circumvent Twitter’s rules and still get his message spread across the platform.
One big read
Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm
“In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man’s arrest for a crime he did not commit.”
That’s all for today...
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