CLIP-ings: September 24, 2021

Internet Governance

Facebook Oversight Board Investigates Allegations That The Company Shielded High-Profile Rulebreakers: In the wake of an exposé by The Wall Street Journal that suggested that the social media company refrained from enforcing its policies against some high-profile rulebreakers, the Board has asked Facebook for more transparency about it’s “cross-check” system, an internal program for reviewing content from politicians, journalists, and celebrities.

Internal Facebook Documents Reveal That Apple Threatened To Ban The Social Network For Facilitating Human Trafficking: The documents reveal that the threat to remove Facebook products from the App Store came in 2019, after the BBC alerted Apple that one of its investigations exposed “a booming online black market in the illegal buying and selling of domestic workers.”

Senate Democrats Ask FTC To Craft New Data Privacy Rules: In a letter that referenced tech companies’ frequent rule-breaking and the resulting effect on consumers, a group of nine Democratic senators asked the Commission to commence a rulemaking to devise rules addressing privacy, civil rights, and consumer data collection.

Apple Reportedly Working With UCLA, Biogen, To Detect Depression, Anxiety, And Cognitive Decline: Reports indicate that the early-stage research relies on data collected from iPhone cameras, keyboards, and audio sensors, as well as Apple Watch movement and sleep data; to preserve privacy, the company plans to process data locally on devices without sending it to Apple servers.
Information Security and Cyberthreats

106 Arrests Made In European Cybercrime Ring Crackdown: Police say that the group of arrestees includes computer and money-laundering experts who perpetrated phishing schemes, business email attacks, and SIM swapping schemes and who have ties to the Italian mafia.
Intellectual Property

Twitch, National Music Publishers’ Association, Reach Deal On Unauthorized Music Use: The agreement between the popular live-streaming platform and the Association includes a settlement for streamers’ past usage of unlicensed music, a new process for reporting the use of unlicensed content, and a timetable for the parties to agree on how music may be used on the platform in the future.
Free Expression and Censorship

Citing Censorship Concerns, Lithuanian Defense Ministry Urges Consumers To Discard Chinese Phones: A report by the Lithuanian Defense Ministry’s National Cyber Security Center concluded that smartphones sold by China’s Xiaomi Corp “have a built-in ability to detect and censor” certain terms, including “Free Tibet” and “democracy movement,” and urges consumers to use other devices.
On the Lighter Side

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Bites: Uber Eats has introduced a new feature that lets you search for your favorite foods on the app using emojis.
Ron Lazebnik
Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

Tom Norton
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP