Digital Daily Dozen: 11/18/16

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says a white-supremacy ad the company showed users was a ‘mistake’ 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized Thursday morning after an ad promoting white supremacy appeared in users’ timelines Tuesday evening. “We made a mistake here and we apologize,” Dorsey tweeted. “Our automated system allowed an ad promoting hate. Against our policy. We did a retro and fixed!”



Airbnb just launched a second potential growth engine ahead of its inevitable IPO 

Airbnb has grown to a $30 billion valuation as a global marketplace for home and apartment rentals. Now the company has launched what it hopes can be another growth engine: An “experiences” business where travelers can book tours and activities led by local experts.



D.C. Court Gets Latest FCC Media Ownership Appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear broadcasters’ and others’ challenge to the FCC’s latest variation on media ownership rules, the quadrennial media ownership review that was released Aug. 25. Or at least that is the initial call. The Third Circuit has been the venue for previous media ownership challenges.



MMTC, NABOB Join Court Challenge to FCC Quadrennial Review

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council has joined with the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters to file a court challenge to the FCC’s quadrennial media ownership rule review approved by a commission majority in July, specifically its decision not to extend the 1992 procurement rule.



Fake News on Facebook? In Foreign Elections, That’s Not New

Well before last week’s American election threw Facebook’s status as a digital-era news source into the spotlight, leaders, advocacy groups and minorities worldwide have contended with an onslaught of online misinformation and abuse that has had real-world political repercussions. And for years, the social network did little.



Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’ 

What do the Amish lobby, gay wedding vans and the ban of the national anthem have in common? For starters, they’re all make-believe — and invented by the same man. Paul Horner, the 38-year-old impresario of a Facebook fake-news empire, has made his living off viral news hoaxes for several years.



Fake news threatens democracy, Obama says

President Obama weighed in on the growing furor over fake news on the Internet, cautioning against “active misinformation” that he said may threaten democracy itself. Obama’s remarks came during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in which he called on Americans to avoid complacency as citizens.



Can Tracking Virality with Crowdtangle Help Facebook Combat Fake News?

Fake and misleading news on Facebook likely isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s a complex problem and there’s no magic bullet solution. At the same time, Facebook’s recent acquisition of analytics platform Crowdtangle might signal the opening of a new front in the battle.




In the final three months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated more engagement than the top stories from major news outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, NBC News, and others, a BuzzFeed News analysis has found.




The US surveillance state will expand—all without a congressional vote. Earlier in 2016, a new Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure was amended after three years of study by an unelected advisory committee. It was signed by the Supreme Court and allows judges to sign warrants to allow the authorities to hack into computers.




From neighborhood handymen to freelance computer programmers, Americans have long taken on piecemeal work in lieu of (or in addition to) traditional salaried employment. But today a variety of apps and online platforms are making it easier than ever for people to connect with customers who might like to hire them.



Experts to Congress: IoT regulation may be inevitable

In testimony before a joint subcommittee meeting of the House of Representatives, cybersecurity experts debated whether the internet of things should be regulated by government. The hearing was scheduled to discuss security challenges facing the IoT infrastructure after a distributed denial of service attack on Dyn’s web service.



Amazon Challenges Netflix by Taking Video Service Global 

Until now Amazon’s OTT service has been available in only a handful of countries, but its new show The Grand Tour, will stream in more than 200 countries around the world, Jeff Bezos said Thursday. Amazon began pursuing the worldwide rights to shows this year, a signal of its expansion plans.





The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.