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What Would Happen If Mark Zuckerberg Deleted All of Facebook?

What Would Happen If Mark Zuckerberg Deleted All of Facebook?
Giz AsksGiz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything and get answers from a variety of experts.

Mark Zuckerberg fucking loves Facebook. He thinks it’s great. Were someone to tell him it sucked—using phrases like “surveillance capitalism,” “passive radicalization,” “kind of a boring place”—he would probably disagree with them, maybe even strongly. For that reason, and many...

Sep 19, 2020 at 05:15. 4 comments

Facebook Does It Again (and Again), More Bans, and FOSTA v. the Amendments

Facebook Does It Again (and Again), More Bans, and FOSTA v. the Amendments
HellfeedHellfeedHellfeed is your bimonthly resource for news on the current heading of the social media garbage barge.

The never-ending battle over content moderation is only intensifying as we get closer to the 2020 elections and beyond. We’re

trying out new formats to round up and summarize developments in this space—both in the interest of everyone’s sanity and to allow more time for the...

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Sep 19, 2020 at 02:44.

Trump's WeChat and TikTok App Store Bans Are a Cybersecurity Nightmare

Trump's WeChat and TikTok App Store Bans Are a Cybersecurity Nightmare

The Trump administration has barely even bothered to back up its case that its use of emergency powers to strong-arm Beijing-based ByteDance into selling TikTok’s U.S. operations to an American company is based on cybersecurity concerns. It’s actually setting the stage for a meltdown of its own making.

While the White House officially cited cybersecurity concerns when it threatened TikTok and...

Sep 17, 2020 at 09:25. 10 comments

Oracle's Bid for TikTok Is Down to the Wire and Also a Huge Mess

Oracle's Bid for TikTok Is Down to the Wire and Also a Huge Mess

The Trump administration’s efforts to strong-arm Beijing-based ByteDance into selling its U.S. subsidiary TikTok to an American company are closing in, with enterprise software giant Oracle attempting to get regulators to clear a deal. Unsurprisingly, everyone involved is really making a garbage fire out of it.

The White House, claiming that TikTok’s owner poses a security threat because...

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Sep 17, 2020 at 06:55. 8 comments

Everything Store Becomes Everywhere Store

Everything Store Becomes Everywhere Store

Ready for Amazon to get even more ubiquitous in your day to day life? The e-commerce giant is planning on opening 1,000 to 1,500 small distribution hubs in suburban areas across the country, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, in part spurred by major delays in shipping during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The e-commerce company saw

extensive delays in shipping earlier this year, in some cases...

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Sep 16, 2020 at 10:20. 2 comments

Data Leak Shows Chinese Firm Compiled Data, Social Media Posts of Millions

Data Leak Shows Chinese Firm Compiled Data, Social Media Posts of Millions

A Chinese intelligence firm’s database on 2.4 million people—including some 50,000 Americans—was recently leaked, exposing it to researchers.

Per a Tuesday report in the Register, Fullbright University Vietnam researcher Chris Balding and Australian security researcher Robert Potter co-authored a recent paper on Beijing-based company Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology, whose data on millions was...

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Sep 16, 2020 at 05:11.

This Comic Book Writer Spent a Year Mailing Michael Cohen Movie and TV Spoilers in Prison

This Comic Book Writer Spent a Year Mailing Michael Cohen Movie and TV Spoilers in Prison

For the entire year Donald Trump’s

shady former attorney , Michael Cohen, spent in federal prison for campaign finance violations, financial fraud, and other crimes, he was receiving spoilers for movies and TV shows courtesy of comic book writer Matt Miner.

Thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Cohen was released to home detention in May 2020 after serving around a year of his...

Sep 15, 2020 at 10:30. 2 comments

Microsoft's Underwater Data Center Rises From the Seafloor a Grimy Success

Microsoft's Underwater Data Center Rises From the Seafloor a Grimy Success

Microsoft’s underwater Northern Isles data center has risen again from the ocean depth, the company announced on Monday, and it is remarkably intact other than being covered in sea scum.

The data center—which Microsoft sunk

under 117 feet of water off the coast of Scotland’s Orkney Islands in 2018—resembles a large, airtight fuel tank. After two years on the seafloor, it is now blanketed in...

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Sep 15, 2020 at 07:55.

Facebook Routinely 'Ignored' Efforts to Manipulate Elections Across the Globe: Whistleblower

Facebook Routinely 'Ignored' Efforts to Manipulate Elections Across the Globe: Whistleblower

Facebook has royally screwed up its response to

political misinformation , conspiracy theories, and organized manipulation campaigns in the U.S.—where it’s based. Outside the West, the company has long been a sort of absentee landlord that ignores the spread of propaganda, state-backed armies of trolls, and incitement to violence whenever it’s politically inconvenient.

A memo written by a...

Sep 15, 2020 at 03:15.

Google’s Carbon Offset Plan Shows Where the World Has Failed on Climate Change

Google’s Carbon Offset Plan Shows Where the World Has Failed on Climate Change

Our tech overlords are talking up their climate game

again . On Monday, Google executives claimed their company is now “carbon neutral.”

“Google’s lifetime net carbon footprint is now zero,” Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, said in a blog post. “We’re pleased to be the first major company to get this done, today.”

Pichai said the firm is now moving onto a new...

Sep 14, 2020 at 23:27. 6 comments

YouTube is introducing its own TikTok knockoff

YouTube is introducing its own TikTok knockoff

Not to be outdone by Instagram, YouTube is launching a TikTok copycat of its very own: YouTube Shorts. In an announcement on the official YouTube blog, the company described the feature as “a new short-form video experience” that allows users to “shoot short, catchy videos using nothing but their mobile phones”—and their imaginations, duh. The company is launching an early beta in India,...

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Sep 12, 2020. 13 comments

Dem Congressional Nominee Abruptly Drops Out of Race Against QAnon Conspiracy Theorist

Dem Congressional Nominee Abruptly Drops Out of Race Against QAnon Conspiracy Theorist

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the QAnon

conspiracy theorist endorsed by Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for Congress in Georgia’s 14th district, was already more than heavily favored to win. Now it’s a virtual guarantee that she’ll walk into Congress next year with the dropout of her Democratic opponent in the race.

Per the New York Times, Democratic nominee Kevin Van Ausdal announced on...

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Sep 11, 2020. 3 comments

NASA Is Soliciting Bids to Bring Capitalism to the Moon

NASA Is Soliciting Bids to Bring Capitalism to the Moon

Mankind’s quest to

really fuck up the Moon is taking another step. NASA has filed a “request for quotations” for any company willing to scrape the lunar surface for the first off-world sale of space resources, in a sort of baby step towards Moon Capitalism.

The project isn’t complicated: NASA is offering $15,000 to $25,000 for samples of rocks, lunar regolith (a fancy word for dust, debris...

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Sep 10, 2020. 12 comments

Whistleblower: DHS Goons Whitewashed Intel to Downplay White Supremacist Threat

Whistleblower: DHS Goons Whitewashed Intel to Downplay White Supremacist Threat

It’s not exactly a secret that Donald Trump’s race-baiting, fascistic administration has turned a blind eye to violence committed by extreme far-righters. Trump said there were “very fine people” among the ranks of the neo-Nazis behind a deadly march in Charlottesville in 2017, encourages bigoted conspiracy theories like white genocide and

QAnon , and recently came to the defense of a...

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Sep 09, 2020. 18 comments

Oh, So We're Doing This Section 230 Bullshit Again

Oh, So We're Doing This Section 230 Bullshit Again

Republicans in the Senate unveiled the party’s latest piece of political theater attacking

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act on Tuesday—the latest in a string of GOP proposals that are either legal gibberish or dead on arrival so long as Democrats have strong footing in at least one chamber of Congress.

Senators Lindsey Graham, Roger Wicker, and Marsha Blackburn have introduced...

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Sep 09, 2020. 17 comments

I, Too, Had a Terrifying Encounter With Satanism in an Airbnb or Maybe My Own Apartment or Whatever

I, Too, Had a Terrifying Encounter With Satanism in an Airbnb or Maybe My Own Apartment or Whatever

On Monday, an Airbnb user named Frederick Joseph tweeted out his experience with his Labor Day weekend rental—namely, that it was filled with “seemingly Satanic items and stuff for witchcraft rituals” such as a small replica of the Satanic Temple’s statue of Baphomet, a pheasant skin, a photo of a topless woman, a windup toy of a woman having sex with a dog-like creature, a metal sculpture...

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Sep 05, 2020. 2 comments

Facebook’s Militia 'Mistake,' FCC’s Speech Police, and TikTok’s Secret Sauce

Facebook’s Militia 'Mistake,' FCC’s Speech Police, and TikTok’s Secret Sauce
Hellfeed Hellfeed is your bimonthly resource for news on the current heading of the social media garbage barge.

The never-ending battle over content moderation is only intensifying as we get closer to the 2020 elections and beyond. We’re

trying out new formats to round up and summarize developments in this space—both in the interest of everyone’s sanity and to allow more time for the...

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Sep 05, 2020.

Drone Makes It Rain Weed in Tel Aviv

Drone Makes It Rain Weed in Tel Aviv

A drone over Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square dropped hundreds of bags of weed on Thursday, setting off a mad scramble by onlookers to stock up, the Jerusalem Post reported.

According to the Post, the giveaway was orchestrated by a Telegram group called Green Drone that advocates for the legalization of marijuana throughout Israel. (Medical marijuana is legal in Israel and a major export as of May;...

Sep 04, 2020. 8 comments

Seven Years Later, Court Finally Finds Illegal NSA Spying Program to Have Been Illegal

Seven Years Later, Court Finally Finds Illegal NSA Spying Program to Have Been Illegal

The National Security Agency’s program to hoover up details on billions of domestic phone calls and text messages in the U.S. was illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, and was probably an unconstitutional abuse of power.

Per Politico, the findings were unanimously handed down in a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case concerning the 2013 conviction of four Somali immigrants of...

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Sep 01, 2020. 9 comments

Duh: FBI Warned Doorbell Cams Can Also Tip Suspects Off to Approaching Cops

Duh: FBI Warned Doorbell Cams Can Also Tip Suspects Off to Approaching Cops

The FBI warned in a November 2019 bulletin that smart video doorbells, such as

Amazon’s Ring or Google’s Nest Hello cameras, could tip off suspects that police are coming for them, according to a Monday report in the Intercept.

The nine-page document is part of the hundreds of gigabytes of leaked documents in the BlueLeaks archive dumped by the Distributed Denial of Secrets Group, many of...

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