YouTube, Twitter flex their censorship muscles + How ready are US carriers for 5G? | Tech for the People Today – October 15th

YouTube, Twitter flex their censorship muscles + How ready are US carriers for 5G? | Tech for the People Today – October 15th

YouTube, Twitter flex their censorship muscles

Over the past few days, both YouTube and Twitter have upped their ability to censor information.

YouTube announced on Wednesday that it’s going to ban content about COVID-19 vaccines “that contradict consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization,” according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, Twitter stopped allowing people to share a false New York Post article with claims about Hunter Biden’s ties to Ukraine. The company claims the article was against its “private information” and “distribution of hacked material” policies. At least one picture of an email in the Post article was possibly forged.

In both of these situations the result might seem socially useful, but the precedent is not. As private, for-profit corporations, social media giants are primarily concerned with their own profit. Along with this comes a responsibility to the state to defend its interests, even when the temporary head of that same state threatens those companies. As popular movements continue to grow, they have been and will continue to be the targets of censorship that is being celebrated by liberals and decried by conservatives today.

How ready are US carriers for 5G?

In the NY Times, Shira Ovide writes about the realities of 5G in the United States in the wake of Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 12. Apple and Verizon went on and on during Tuesday’s keynote about how blazing fast your mobile Internet will be – but neglected to cover the massive coverage issues that exist, especially outside of major cities.

Interestingly, AT&T wasn’t present. Consider also that AT&T’s so-called 5GE is misleading advertising but Apple went right along with it.

The US is far behind China, South Korea and some European countries on 5G deployment. So much so that the US government, as part of it’s anti-China campaign, is taking serious measures to block Huawei and ZTE from providing products and services and having access to the market. This is being done in the name of national security, but only hurts those of us who want faster mobile speeds – or need it, as a growing number of people don’t have broadband at home.

Barnes and Noble breached

Another day, another data breach. Barnes and Noble was hit by hackers this week. Data that may have been leaked include names, email addresses, phone numbers and billing/shipping info. It’s not clear if passwords were part of this, but to be safe you should log in to your account and change your password, then use Have I Been Pwned to see if your info is in any other leaks.