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Leaked Patreon Conversation Reveals How "Subjective" Hate-Speech is Actually Censored

Patreon's banning of major content creators puts Patreon's self-enforced content curation process into the spotlight. A recorded conversation points to a highly subjective cencorship process, as well as other external factors that do not prioritize its content creators.  

Why Chinese Hackers Stole the Private Data of Marriott Hotel’s 500 Million Guests

Officials say that the data breach was a high-value target due to the Marriott being frequently used by the military and government agencies.

YouTube Suddenly Removed 50 Million Videos Over Some Vague Policies

The internet is confused as to why YouTube suddenly removed close to 50 million uploaded videos, based on some vague policies that may not be entirely ethical. 

Facebook Let Big Companies See Your Private Messages, Gave 150+ Firms Personal Info

Facebook did not let users know it was sharing the contents of their messages and other personal info.

#PatreonPurge: Why YouTube’s Political Creators Distrust the Crowdfunding Site

The company has been inconsistent in its statements and enforcement of its Terms of Service, causing some to abandon the platform altogether. 

Lawmakers Ask About iPhone, Why Trump Comes Up When You Search ‘Idiot’ at Google CEO Hearing

Lawmakers spent all their time scoring political points, little time asking about key issues.

YouTube Bans Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes

YouTube cited "copyright infringement" as the reason for shutting down his account.

THE CLOUD ACT: How Unconstitutional Data Collection Crosses US-UK Borders

A potential, legal loophole is forming between the United States and Britain via The CLOUD Act, which would allow for the exchange of a US resident's digital information that some are already calling unlawful and in violation of Fourth Amendment privacy protections. 

The Dangerous Junk Science Behind 'Vocal Risk Assessment' Technology

If a technology that determines a person's risk to a country or organization simply by analyzing vocal data sounds too good to be true, that's probably because it is. 

'Smart Toys' for Kids Pose the Next Great Challenge to Online Privacy Rights

A new wave of 'smart toys' targeted to children are worrying experts who say that they pose a host of privacy risks.