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A group of organizations warned Thursday that the Biden administrations’ plan to stifle the Russian economy in response to the invasion of Ukraine could have the unintended side effect of denying Russian citizens access to the Internet.
The Russian War has revealed how most dedicated internet platforms handle content modification, something that was illustrated today with a report that Meta will discourage a core policy to allow some users to advocate violence against Russians. Let’s move on to the news.
Defenders of WH: Don’t Separate the Russians
A group of more than 40 human and digital rights organizations published an open letter to the Biden administration on Thursday warns of limit Russia’s access to the Internet in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Two major internet providers have already cut service in Russia since its February 24 incursion into eastern Ukraine.
Several software and communications companies have also halted sales, a joint removal of services that threaten to leave Russian citizens without access to international services.
Pressure on other important technology providers to withdraw, including from Ukrainian officials, increased as the war continued.
“[W]Writing to express our concerns about the growing calls to interfere with the Russian people’s access to the Internet, which we fear will hurt individuals trying to organize against war, to report openly and honestly about events in Russia, and to gain access to information about what is out there. Speak in Ukraine and abroad,” wrote the groups, including Access Now, Human Rights Watch and the Wikimedia Foundation.
“These measures could unnecessarily facilitate further repression by the Russian government,” they added.
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Meta is changing the hate policy
Facebook and Instagram will Temporarily allow Users in some countries to advocate violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the war in Ukraine, Reuters reported Thursday, a fundamental shift in their rules on hate speech, violence and incitement.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, will also temporarily allow some posts calling for the death of Russian President Vladimir put it in Or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Russia, Ukraine and Poland, Reuters reported, citing internal emails detailing the change.
Calls to kill will not be allowed if they contain other targets or if they have two indicators of credible threats, such as location or method, according to Reuters.
A Meta spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Read more here.
Twitter to bypass Russian restrictions
Twitter launches a version of its site that allows Russians to bypass State ban on the platform.
Russians will have access to Twitter if they download the Tor browser and use the .onion suffix at the end of the site instead of .com. mentioned.
.onion sites on the Tor Browser allow websites to run without interference from others, including governments.
Twitter has been blocked by Russia for restricting the country’s state-run media to the platform after Moscow invaded Ukraine. The Russian war is now entering its third week, and there are reports of civilian targets including hospitals being bombed.
Read more here.
Multiple removals: Twitter too Remove multiple tweets Posted by the Russian Embassy in London about the bombing of a children’s hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, and one of its victims, saying the tweets “violate the Twitter laws”.
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Google’s latest actions on Russia
Google Cloud will Stop accepting new clients In Russia, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.
The announcement is the latest action from Google and other tech companies that have sought to punish Moscow and distance itself from its war in Ukraine.
“We can confirm that we are not accepting new Google Cloud customers in Russia at this time. We will continue to monitor developments closely,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
Google Cloud’s action follows similar suspensions from other major cloud providers, including Microsoft and Amazon.
Read more here.
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Digital Rights Activists Win
The legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater will suspend plans to require guests to clear palms to enter after a months-long campaign.
The Amazon-developed palm scanning technology, which critics have warned may amount to invasive bio-monitoring, will not be used anywhere the Red Rocks Management Agency operates.
Digital rights group Fight for the Future campaigned against the use of palm scanning, bringing together more than 300 artists to sign an open letter.
“Red Rocks’ decision to abandon Amazon’s palm scanning places the place on the right side of history, as an advocate for human rights and the privacy of music lovers,” said Laila Nashashibi, one of the activists with the group.
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One last thing: Climate change a ‘lost bargain’
Opinions surrounding climate change are The biggest “dealbreaker” Among several topics when it comes to finding a match on the popular dating app OKCupid, new data from the company is emerging.
Of the 250,000 users surveyed worldwide over the past year, OKCupid found that 90 percent of the data said it was “important” for their match to care about climate change.
Meanwhile, of the 6 million users surveyed over the past three years, 81 percent of the data said they were “concerned” about climate change — topping other potential issues such as gender equality and gun control.
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