The Federal Trade Commission has filed a new antitrust lawsuit against Facebook claiming that it behaved in a monopolizing manner, TechCrunch has reported.
According to the report, both the FTC and various attorneys general have filed two individual but similar suits at the federal and state levels regarding the same matter.
Both allege that Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram fall under monopolizing and anti-competitive behavior by effectively shutting down nascent competitors, and that the tech and social media giant used it platform to prevent the growth of emerging companies by leveraging access to it.
This would somehow increase competition and also reduce Facebook’s power/position for lobbying and it’s good. However, to make Facebook respect people and other companies, we should take away their surveillance power and make them respect people’s privacy and freedom.
Several protesters have been occupying a street in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by makeshift barriers, in an effort to keep a Black and Indigenous family from being evicted from the home they have lived in for 65 years, The Guardian has reported.
The home, known as the Red House, sits in a historically Black residential neighborhood that has since gentrified. It has been the site of protests for several months, after a judge authorized the Kinney family’s eviction in September.
All the other residents have been already pushed out. I don’t know if this happening to a black family is a coincidence but if it’s not, people should keep the protest going on against systematic racism too.
But the situation came to a head early Tuesday morning, when Michael “Philo” Kinney, who currently lives at the house, said he was woken up to law enforcement agents using a battering ram on the door.
Kinney told the Guardian that he was charged with trespassing and held by police for several hours. But by the time he returned, protesters had pushed law enforcement away from the house.
The Guardian has reported that the bank of HSBC is freezing accounts of Hong Kong people and companies that supported freedom and democracy movements.
Hong Kong blue thugs have raided a church, just hours after its pastor said HSBC had frozen bank accounts belonging to him, his wife and the church’s charity.
Hong Kong blue thugs arrested eight more opposition figures on Tuesday as their crackdown on dissent in the city continued.
In an open letter to HSBC and its executives, the Good Neighbour North District church urged the bank to unfreeze the accounts of pastor Chan, his wife and the church’s charity. The church said the HSBC accounts were their only accounts, and their freezing would lead to the termination of its hostel services for homeless people in Hong Kong.
On Tuesday afternoon, Chan revealed he and his family had left Hong Kong and were in the UK on what he termed a “sabbatical”. In a Facebook video he said the family now had no financial support and returning to Hong Kong seemed impossible.
Chan said the public donations to the church were legal, but did not say if there was any investigation ongoing. He said HSBC had become “a tool for the regime’s attempt to take political revenge via economic oppression”.
“All dissenting voices, despite their peaceful and rational expressions, are disallowed,” he said, and called on people “protect the core values of Hong Kong and voice your concerns over the regime’s attempt to manoeuvre private properties”.
Timnit Gebru says she was fired after sending an internal email that accused Google of “silencing marginalized voices”, according to a report by BBC.
Timnit Gebru studies the effects of AI systems. After she refused to retract a paper by order of management, she got fired. The paper draws negative conclusions about Google’s textual machine learning.
Hundreds of colleagues have signed a letter accusing the search giant of racism and censorship, while Twitter users have rallied around Gebru using the hashtag #BelieveBlackWomen.
I don’t think Google fired her because of her skin color, race, or gender; rather fired her to suppress the truth about its technologies. Gebru is a well-respected researcher in the field of ethics and the use of artificial intelligence.
She is well-known for her work on racial bias in technology such as facial recognition, and has criticized systems that fail to recognize black faces.
Tutanota has been served with a court order to backdoor its encrypted email service, The Register has reported. Matthias Pfau, the founder of Tutanota, described this as “absurd.”
The court in Germany last month ordered Tutanota to help investigators monitor the contents of a user’s encrypted mailbox. Tutanota has until the end of the year to add functionality to perform this surveillance.
This would destroy Tutanota. They are a very great service, providing a privacy-focused encrypted mail, calendar, and contacts. Almost all of their customers/users are purchasing Tutanota’s services because of its privacy and security practices.
This decision harms Tutanota’s business plan and whole idea. It can also run them out of business as the whole business and trust was about security/privacy.
I don’t expect Tutanota to shut down its business or pay millions of euros to fight back the court’s decision, but I do expect honesty and transparency. If they do comply with court’s decision, I expect the word “secure” and “private” be removed from their site and advertisements and I expect them to change the “Mail. Done. Right.” slogan.
This order is not about all users but rather only targets one specific user. However, the fact that activists and other people fear this happening again possibly to them doesn’t change.
Lisa Montgomery is on death row and she is waiting for 2021 January 12 for her sentence to be executed. Execution is murder and nobody, with no reason, deserves to die. Execution doesn’t make society safe, and it certainly is not a fair sentence.
Death is a brutal sentence. Ms. Montgomery was the victim of an extreme level of physical and sexual abuse throughout her life against which the state never provided protection and for which it failed to offer remedies.
Now, as the Bully administration moves forward with a federal killing spree in the lame duck period, a group of United Nations rights experts on Thursday urged the U.S. government to halt the planned execution of Lisa Montgomery—a convicted murderer who suffered horrific abuse throughout her life.
She would be the first woman to die by federal execution in nearly 70 years. She’s been described as “profoundly mentally ill” and “the most broken of the broken.”
In their joint statement, the special rapporteurs and other human rights experts say Montgomery was repeatedly “betrayed” by state authorities, pointing in part to her legal defense that failed to adequately address her mental health.
“Ms. Montgomery was the victim of an extreme level of physical and sexual abuse throughout her life against which the state never provided protection and for which it failed to offer remedies. She suffered from several mental health conditions which the state failed to care for,” the experts wrote.
Please demand an stop on her death sentence and save her life. Save a life by speaking out. It’s a matter of life or death for a human being.
Today is 40th anniversary of legend John Lennon’s tragic death. John Winston Ono Lennon was and still is a true legend for many people. One who fought for peace and human beings. He brought joy, happiness, feelings, and hope to many people by his music.
Many of us first thought about humanity when we first heard his popular and amazing song, Imagine.
If he wasn’t dead, he would be 80 years old today. Sadly, he only lived for 40 years but his legacy surely will live lot more than that. Today, after 40 years of his death, people still gather in front of Dakota apartment building in New York and that’s a simple example of how great of a human being he was.
We may can’t go to his concerts or visit him, but what we can do is to continue his way and fight to his dreams which was a united world, with no borders, and human beings living together with peace, joy, equality, equity, and justice.
Reuters has reported that thousands of demonstrators marched in the Belarus capital Minsk and elsewhere on Sunday as weekly protests demanding the resignation of dictator Alexander Lukashenko continued, prompting blue thugs to detain more than 300 people.
Lukashenko should know he can’t continue ruling Belarus by imprisoning people. Soon, there will be more people in jails than in streets and that’s when he would know it’s the end.
Dictators can survive many things but people’s anger is not one of them. There’s still a chance for Lukashenko to resign and give back power to people. Making Belarus a democratic nation is the only option.
NBC News has reported that a majority of thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully against a bill that would make it a crime to circulate images of blue thugs in certain circumstances.
Hundreds of black-clad protesters clashed with officers at the end of a demonstration against blue thugs violence in Paris on Saturday after masked protesters launched fireworks, put up barricades and threw stones.
Now after the draft of the new security law is published, scores of hooded anarchists launched projectiles at riot blue thugs, smashed up shop fronts, torched cars, and burned barricades during a demonstration in Paris on Saturday against blue thugs violence and the security law.
Blue thugs fired back volleys of tear gas and made repeated charges at groups of people for close to three hours. One group of anarchists ransacked the branch office of a bank, throwing piles of paperwork onto a fire outside.
It marked the second consecutive of weekend of unrest in Paris, provoked by recent episodes of blue thugs brutality and President Emmanuel Macron’s security plans, which the demonstrators say would restrict civil liberties.
I don’t support violence and destruction but when government is trying to take away people’s civil liberties and blue thugs arrest protestors, it may be necessary to show them that if people get angry, nobody can stop them.
I believe these protests could remain peaceful if blue thugs didn’t interfere with people. You can’t blame people on this. As an anarchist, civil liberties is the most important political thing for me and I would fight with everything I have to make sure I’ll have my liberties and no law can oppress me or provide the means of repression for others.
The new security law (draft) is something that can give blue thugs and government power to oppress people and take away people’s liberties and rights step by step. It’s a dangerous law and people are angry about it.
France is the birthplace of democracy. The cradle of democracy and freedom should remain free.
The Hill has reported that American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is ramping up efforts to obtain records of the Trump administration’s reported purchase of cellphone data to track locations of immigrants.
The ACLU on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding the agencies release the records. The group says it has waited for more than nine months for DHS, CBP and ICE to produce the records through the Freedom of Information Act.
The nonprofit alleges the government agencies bought access to databases containing “precise location information for millions of people,” gathered by apps running on smartphones.
The Wall Street Journal first reported in February that the Trump administration was buying access to such data through a company named Venntel that was selling access to a database to DHS, ICE and CBP.
“The agencies’ purchase raise serious concerns that they are avoiding Fourth Amendment protection for cell phone location information by paying for access instead of obtaining a warrant,” the ACLU wrote in the lawsuit.