CLIP-ings: July 30, 2021

Internet Governance

State AGs Fight To Keep Facebook Antitrust Suit Alive: The Attorneys General of 48 states appealed the recent dismissal of their suit against Facebook, which alleges that the company’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp were unlawfully anticompetitive.

Instagram Implements Measures To Protect Young Users: A series of safety changes include making the accounts of new users under 16 private by default, limiting the extent to which advertisers can target users under 18, and limiting interactions between users under 16 and accounts that engage in “potentially suspicious behavior.”

Proposed Kids Privacy Law Aims To Strengthen Privacy For Youth Online: The Protecting the Information of our Vulnerable Children and Youth Act would extend the application of existing children’s privacy laws to those under 18, broaden the scope of covered websites, ban targeted advertising towards children, and direct the Federal Trade Commission to open a youth privacy division, among other things.
Information Security and Cyberthreats

Biden Warns Of “Real Shooting War” Resulting From Cyberattacks: In a speech at the Office for the Director of National Intelligence, the President warned that continued cyberattacks that freeze American infrastructure, such as the recent ones supposedly originating from Russia and China, could result in war.
Free Expression and Censorship

Apple Cracking Down On Internal Employee Discussions About Remote Work: The company shut down Slack channels employees have used to discuss working conditions in anticipation of office re-openings following the Covid-19 pandemic; the company recently announced that employees should plan to return to in-person work in the fall, but many employees want more flexibility.

World Of Warcraft Will Begin Restricting Inappropriate Content: In the wake of a sexual harassment and workplace discrimination lawsuit filed last week against the game’s developer, the popular role-playing game’s team will work to remove “references that are not appropriate for [their] world.”
Practice Note

Georgia Judge Faces Ethics Complaint For Facebook Post About Alleged Spa Shooter: The judge, whose post defends comments made by a law enforcement officer about the suspect that were criticized as being insensitive, is accused of acting in a way that undermines confidence in the judiciary.  
On the Lighter Side

1 Billion Rickrolls And Counting: The YouTube video for Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” which is the subject of the long-popular “Rickroll” prank, has surpassed 1 billion views. 
Olivier Sylvain Academic Director, Fordham CLIP
Tom Norton Executive Director, Fordham CLIP