TikTok: President Trump says he will ban the social media video app in the US

President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns. Mr Trump’s comments came after published reports that the administration is planning to order China’s ByteDance to sell TikTok. There were also reports on … Read more TikTok: President Trump says he will ban the social media video app in the US

Power and Censorship | Big Tech kingpins face Congress

While a much-awaited antitrust hearing was billed as an Inquisition for Big Tech kingpins, the CEOs were largely able to skirt questions and talk circles around lawmakers looking to bring web platforms under partisan control. Subscribe to RT! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpwvZwUam-URkxB7g4USKpg?sub_confirmation=1 RT LIVE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFAcqaNzNSc Check out http://rt.com Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on VK https://vk.com/rt_international … Read more Power and Censorship | Big Tech kingpins face Congress

‘Too much power’: key moments as tech CEOs face historic US hearing

Top US tech bosses are told they are censoring political speech, spreading fake news and ‘killing’ the engines of the US economy in a combative and historic congressional hearing. Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, appeared before members of the house judiciary’s antitrust … Read more ‘Too much power’: key moments as tech CEOs face historic US hearing

4 Hong Kong Youths Arrested Under New National Security Law

Hong Kong police arrested four student activists over online comments they said violated a new Beijing-drafted national security law, the first time authorities have used the controversial legislation to limit speech on the internet. Police detained four people ages 16 to 21 — including three who were male and one who was female — over … Read more 4 Hong Kong Youths Arrested Under New National Security Law

Turkey passes controversial bill tightening grip on social media

Turkey’s parliament has passed a controversial social media law – which rights groups say will give the government a greater power to increase online censorship. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter will be required to have local representatives in Turkey. They will also need to store the user data inside the country, making it … Read more Turkey passes controversial bill tightening grip on social media

Big Tech CEOs face grilling in Congress

CEOs from Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple faced jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday in a much-anticipated congressional hearing. Members of both parties grilled the four powerful CEOs – Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – on everything from market … Read more Big Tech CEOs face grilling in Congress

Coronavirus Updates: Trump Backs Hydroxychloroquine—Again as Biden Slams His Covid-19 Response

Stay informed with QuickTake’s coronavirus coverage of up-to-the-minute stories on the COVID-19 crisis. #Coronavirus #Covid19 #CoronavirusUpdates — The feud between conservatives and social media companies over alleged censorship escalated Tuesday after President Donald Trump and his son shared a fresh dose of misinformation about a disproven drug for treating the coronavirus in videos that were … Read more Coronavirus Updates: Trump Backs Hydroxychloroquine—Again as Biden Slams His Covid-19 Response

‘Nobody Likes Me:’ Trump Weighs Popularity of Fauci and Birx During Pandemic

The feud between conservatives and social media companies over alleged censorship escalated Tuesday after President Donald Trump and his son shared a fresh dose of misinformation about a disproven drug for treating the coronavirus in videos that were quickly taken down by Twitter and Facebook. The president, in a marked shift from the more measured … Read more ‘Nobody Likes Me:’ Trump Weighs Popularity of Fauci and Birx During Pandemic

Hong Kong Files First Charges Under New Security Law

Hong Kong filed its first charges under a new security law while declaring illegal a key slogan chanted by hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators over months of protests, the latest sign that the provision will be used to limit free speech. A motorbike rider carrying a flag calling for revolution was filmed by Hong … Read more Hong Kong Files First Charges Under New Security Law

Hong Kong Protesters Sing Unofficial Anthem in Numbers Amid New Security Law

A lunchtime protest takes place at a major shopping center in Hong Kong, almost week after China imposed a national security law on the city. Protesters sing the unofficial anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” without the usual lyrics, but in numbers. Hong Kong filed its first charges under a new security law while declaring illegal … Read more Hong Kong Protesters Sing Unofficial Anthem in Numbers Amid New Security Law

Portnoy’s Complaint, Wendy Bacon and censorship’s controversial history in Australia | The Drum

Fifty years ago publishing house Penguin did something radical. It published a book – but it wasn’t just any book. In defiance of Australia’s notorious and conservative censorship regime, it decided to secretly publish Philip Roth’s, Portnoy’s Complaint. What followed changed Australia’s literary and cultural landscape forever. The Drum’s Ruby Cornish has been looking back … Read more Portnoy’s Complaint, Wendy Bacon and censorship’s controversial history in Australia | The Drum

Belarusian bloggers: Breaking the media mould | The Listening Post (Feature)

While governments across the globe were ordering citizens to stay home in the fight against COVID-19, Belarus’s longtime leader, Alexander Lukashenko, was telling Belarusians to get on with life as normal. As one of Europe’s last leaders to recognise that the virus exists – let alone kills – the strongman has ignored calls for lockdown … Read more Belarusian bloggers: Breaking the media mould | The Listening Post (Feature)

John Bolton Book: Trump Says the Country ‘Will Get Any Money He Makes’

A federal judge excoriated former national security advisor John Bolton for exposing the U.S. to harm with his tell-all memoir about President Donald Trump but said it’s too late to issue an order that would stop publication of the book. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington on Saturday rejected the Justice Department’s last-ditch attempt … Read more John Bolton Book: Trump Says the Country ‘Will Get Any Money He Makes’

Oscar-winner explains concerns over ‘Gone With The Wind’

HBO Max has pulled “Gone with the Wind” from its library of films. The removal of the film comes as mass protests sweep across the United States following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed while in police custody. The removal also comes after John Ridley, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter … Read more Oscar-winner explains concerns over ‘Gone With The Wind’

No turning back? China, Hong Kong and the post-Covid 19 world

A turning point for Hong Kong and for the planet? Days after China announced a new security law that could effectively submit Hong Kongers to the same censorship as the mainland, local authorities for the first time banned annual June 4 pro-democracy commemorations in that former UK possession. Will the tightening of the screws undermine Hong … Read more No turning back? China, Hong Kong and the post-Covid 19 world