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Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is That One Guy with a response to the UK politician who launched the "Infotagion" fact-checking service and called for social media companies to start blocking disinformation with his help: No no no you wannabe dictator it‘s called The Ministry of Truth, you can at least get the gorram name right if you‘re going to rip off the rest of the book. In second place, it‘

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This Week In Techdirt History: November 15th - 21st

Five Years Ago This week in 2015, the world was reeling from the Paris attacks that killed 130 people. Unfortunately, many were also treating it as an opportunity: haters of encryption quickly started somehow blaming Edward Snowden, and defenders of the surveillance state began using the attacks to justify mass surveillance and push to expand it (which France had already done twice in the past year. Senators were moving to legislate backdoors

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Microsoft: Bethesda Games Will Be ‘First, Best‘ On Xbox, PC

Several weeks back, we discussed how Microsoft and its newly acquired property, Bethesda Softworks, were making seemingly conflicting statements on what the purchase of the studio meant for beloved franchises like Fallout and Elder Scrolls, among others. Concerns popped up immediately after the acquisition, with people wondering whether the next Fallout game would be siloed to the Xbox and/or PC, as opposed to showing up on other consoles, such

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Content Moderation Case Study: Facebook Attracts International Attention When It Removes A Historic Vietnam War Photo Posted By The Editor-in-Chief Of Norway‘s Biggest Newspaper (2016)

Summary: Tom Egeland, a Norwegian author of a number of best-selling fiction books, posted a well-known photo known as "The Terror of War" to Facebook. The historic photograph (taken by Vietnamese-American photographer Nick Ut) depicts a naked Vietnamese girl running from a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. Ut‘s iconic photo brought the horrors of the war in Vietnam to viewers around the world. But it was not without controversy.

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