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Twitter taking on Trump’s lies? About time too | John Naughton | Opinion – Blog – Emails

In addition to washing your hands while singing the first two verses of The Internationale, it might be a good time also to clean out your Twitter feed. According to a recent report of a research study by Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems, about 45% of the false […]

Facebook’s ‘oversight board’ is proof that it wants to be regulated – by itself | John Naughton | Opinion – Blog – Emails

Here we go again. Facebook, a tech company that suffers from the delusion that it’s a nation state, has had another go at pretending that it is one. Originally, you will recall, it was going to create a global currency called Libra and in effect become shadow banker to the world. Strangely, a world that […]

Contact apps won’t end lockdown. But they might kill off democracy | John Naughton | Opinion – Blog – Emails

Repeat after me: there is no magic bullet for getting us through this pandemic. And smartphone-based proximity-sensing is definitely not that bullet, though it might be useful if two conditions are met. One is that it’s perceived by citizens to be trustworthy and protects their privacy; the other is that it’s deployed in conjunction with […]