CLIP-ings: October 1, 2021

Internet Governance

Facebook Shares Annotated Internal Research In Lead-Up To Congressional Testimony: Prior to appearing before Congress late this week, and in the wake of a recent investigation by The Wall Street Journal that prompted the hearings about the social networks’ effects on teens’ mental health, Facebook released annotated versions of its internal research into the matter to counter the reporting and contextualize the findings.

Amazon Ring’s Home-Security Drone Now In Testing: As part of an invite-only program, people will now be able to test Ring’s “Always Home Cam,” which is designed to fly around and “patrol” properties while occupants aren’t home; to curb privacy concerns, the drone “issues an audible warning” when recording occurs, and the camera is “obscured” when the drone is idle.
Information Security and Cyberthreats

Far-Right Organizations Suffer Hacks: Five gigabytes of data belonging to the Oath Keepers militia group, including emails, chat logs, donor lists, and other information, were made publicly available earlier this week; on Tuesday, hacking group Anonymous published data from Epik, the web hosting company popular among far-right platforms, which it had breached earlier this month.
Intellectual Property

National Music Publishers’ Association Reaches Agreement With Roblox: After making a similar deal with streaming platform Twitch last week, the NMPA has settled a $200 million copyright suit against the popular gaming platform; under the settlement, NMPA members have an option to negotiate their own licensing deals with Roblox.
Free Expression and Censorship

CNN Restricts Certain Content In Australia Following Court Ruling: In response to a recent ruling by the country’s highest court that exposes media companies to liability for others’ comments on their social media posts, CNN has blocked Australian users from viewing its primary Facebook page, its CNN International page, and others.

YouTube Expands Vaccine Misinformation Ban To Include All Vaccines: After concluding that falsehoods about the COVID-19 vaccine “spill over into misinformation about vaccines in general,” the company will expand its ban on vaccine misinformation to cover “long-approved vaccines”; certain vaccine content, such as “personal testimonies relating to vaccines,” will be allowed to remain on the site.
Practice Note

New Jersey Lawyer Absolved Of Ethics Charges Based On Facebook Friending Opposing Party: The New Jersey Supreme Court concluded that the lawyer, who had directed a paralegal to use Facebook to connect with and download content from a represented opposing party in 2008, had a “good faith misunderstanding about the nature” of the social network’s privacy practices at the time, when he didn’t fully comprehend the concept of Facebook friendship and thought all content posted on the site was “for the world to see.”
On the Lighter Side

Let Me Google That For You: “Google” is the most commonly searched word on Microsoft’s Bing browser, according to the record in court proceedings in the EU.
Ron Lazebnik
Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

Tom Norton
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP