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The Interface - Issue #6

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All these daily stories — newsletters, even! — about social media's growing, ill-defined, possibly pe
 
October 16 · Issue #6 · View online
The Interface
All these daily stories — newsletters, even! — about social media’s growing, ill-defined, possibly pernicious effect on democracy can leave you wishing there were more regulation. What if the state stepped in to stop the spread of fake news at the source? 
Fortunately, such a paradise exists, and it’s called Communist China. The New York Times has a great report today on China’s army of internet watchdogs, who scour billions of posts for fake news, pornography, and forbidden opinions. When they find evidence of dissent, they can contact the police. Who are then free to disrupt such nefarious-sounding gatherings as these:
Last month, for example, the police raided the home of a university professor, Liu Pengfei, who had hosted a forum on another social media platform, WeChat, called “Global Report,” in which he and others discussed current affairs.
This system is backed up by, among other things, a wide-ranging network of surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities.
Of course, few in the US who are calling for added regulation of social media companies want to enable a Chinese-style Great Firewall. But this article was a useful reminder to me of where such calls can lead. 
On to the links!

As U.S. Confronts Internet’s Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated - The New York Times
Facebook Is Looking for Employees With National Security Clearances
Elsewhere
#MeToo takes over Twitter and Facebook
Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run
This man is a genius
From the weekend
Twitter provided Senate investigators the names of 201 Russia-linked accounts
After boycott, Twitter pledges to introduce new anti-abuse rules
Takes
Mark Penn: You Can’t Buy the Presidency for $100,000
Mike Monteiro: One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end
Joe Mande quits Twitter
Josh Constine on "scaling civility"
And finally
There’s a new digital magazine coming that only analyzes photos of Mark Zuckerberg
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