Justice Initiative Maldives, Unlawful Militias, YouTube, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 28, 2020


The Edition (Maldives): Justice Initiative Maldives launches online legal resource database. “Local non-government organization Justice Initiative Maldives, on Saturday, launched its free-to-use online database for legal resources. Created by Lexavy Chambers, the first of its kind platform in the country offers individuals with consolidated news and access to legal documents.”

Georgetown Law: Fact Sheets on Unlawful Militias for All 50 States Now Available from Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection . “The fact sheets provide key information about lawful and unlawful militias, state laws prohibiting private militias and paramilitary activity, and what to do if citizens see groups of armed individuals near polling places.”


CNN: YouTube AI to automatically block videos that violate age restrictions. “YouTube will use machine learning to automatically apply age restrictions on videos, the Google-owned video site said Tuesday, widening its use of artificial intelligence to automate blocking some videos from viewers who either aren’t signed into a YouTube account or are signed in as a viewer under the age of 18.” What could POSSIBLY go wrong.

Fast Company: Facebook now says it will reject Trump ads prematurely claiming victory Nov. 4. “Facebook has said it will reject political ads that spread misinformation about the outcome of the November 3 election, several hours after Fast Company reported that the company’s stated policies would do nothing to prevent a candidate such as Donald Trump from declaring victory before the final results are tabulated.”


New York Times: California County Enlists Social Media to Thwart a Misleading Election Photo. “Election officials in Sonoma County, Calif., asked the broader social media community on Friday to help them rebut a false report about mail-in ballots in the county. After receiving phone calls from constituents claiming they saw online pictures of mail-in ballots in a landfill, the county posted a message on its main Twitter account alerting residents and other Twitter users that a false report was circulating.”

Politico: Why the right wing has a massive advantage on Facebook. “Throughout 2020, Democrats have denounced Facebook with growing ferocity as a ‘right wing echo chamber’ with a ‘conservative bias’ that’s giving an edge to Donald Trump in November. But Facebook says there’s a reason why right-wing figures are driving more engagement. It’s not that its algorithm favors conservatives — the company has long maintained that its platform is neutral. Instead, the right is better at connecting with people on a visceral level, the company says.”


CBC: Ottawa prepares to squeeze big U.S. tech firms over loss of revenue for Canadian news outlets. “Advocates for Canada’s news media sector have welcomed the federal government’s clearest pledge yet to squeeze web giants for compensation. But there’s evidence it will be a long, difficult process. Major U.S.-based tech firms such as Facebook and Google have long been accused of funnelling advertising revenues away from Canada’s struggling news organizations while not paying the outlets for their copyrighted content.”

NPR: U.S. Judge Halts Trump’s TikTok Ban, Hours Before It Was Set To Start. “A federal judge on Sunday blocked President Trump’s TikTok ban, granting a temporary reprieve to the wildly popular video-sharing app. During a telephone court hearing on Sunday, lawyers for TikTok argued that Trump’s clampdown infringed on free speech and due process rights.” Good evening, Internet…

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