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  • Google will start indexing all websites by their mobile versions beginning in September. Google was already using mobile-first indexing for new domains, but this change will apply the phone-friendly indexing to all domains.

    Most people do not understand that Google ranking is now among main forms of censorship. And forcing "mobile friendly" will lead tens of thousands of nice useful sites to be ditched and SEO made land pages and easy generated content will go up.

    We already can see how Google algorithms lead to much worse content quality, as they are dump as hell, even total idiot will rank content 100x better.

  • “Therefore, WHO is working with various social media platforms, including TikTok, to help us reach the right audience (the right community, the right age group, etc.), as well as to detect the spread of misinformation on the new coronavirus. We understand that different platforms might have their specific audience, hence important to make trustworthy information available where people are looking for it.”

    “If you search for coronavirus on Facebook, you’ll see a pop-up that directs you to the World Health Organization or your local health authority for the latest information.”

    Sometimes forums are useful.

  • A group of the biggest technology companies in the US say they have banded together in a commitment to fight coronavirus-related fraud and misinformation. The group includes Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube. All seven companies sent out a joint statement Monday evening announcing the effort.

    “We are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts,” the joint statement reads. “We’re helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world. We invite other companies to join us as we work to keep our communities healthy and safe.”

    Nice, they care for us. May be. But most probably not.

  • why do I get the impression they are the disinfo campaign, not us ?

  • YouTube will introduce a new row of verified videos to its homepage for anyone trying to find authoritative news on the ongoing coronavirus story.

    Pulling from a list of authoritative news outlets and local health authorities that upload to YouTube, the goal is to provide people with a source of information that is more reliable than just general videos on the subject uploaded by random users.

    Nice.

  • Wojcicki said the decision to push “authoritative” search results was made after the Nice massacre, but that even after the change, these results were performing poorly in terms of engagement.

    “The users don’t wanna actually see it,” YouTube engineers told Wojcicki at the time.

    But Wojcicki refused to listen and told them, “It doesn’t matter. We have a responsibility. Something happened in the world and it’s important for our users to know.”

    Improvements each day.

  • Earlier this year, we introduced a new label for Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media. Similar labels will now appear on Tweets containing potentially harmful, misleading information related to COVID-19.

    These labels will link to a Twitter-curated page or external trusted source containing additional information on the claims made within the Tweet.

    Depending on the propensity for harm and type of misleading information, warnings may also be applied to a Tweet. These warnings will inform people that the information in the Tweet conflicts with public health experts’ guidance before they view it.

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    Hope you abandoned this shithole long ago.

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  • Podcast Addict, an Android podcast app with millions of users, was suspended over the weekend because it lists COVID-19 content. Google suspended and removed the ads from his nine-year-old app because it violated a new policy for developers that requires any app with a reference to COVID-19 to be “published, commissioned, or authorized by official government entities or public health organizations.”

    Guillemane’s app catalogs publicly available podcast RSS feeds, which he doesn’t control. The content includes news shows, talk shows, and a variety of programming that mentions the pandemic and virus.

    Time to say goodbye to Google, guys.

    As it'll be only worse and worse.

  • Wow that's pretty awful. But the logical conclusion to the backlash the tech companies received for the proliferation of fake news articles during the last election cycles. Now it has to be government sanctioned horse shit. Pretty disheartening.

  • At the end of April we were suddenly purged and banned by Facebook, the world’s leading social network. Not only was our rudimentary Facebook page removed, but every last item of our website content was declared illegal, with all past and future links eliminated. Any attempt to post our material on Facebook now produces an error message reporting that the content is “abusive” and a violation of “community standards.”

    Although I personally don’t use Facebook or other social networks, billions of people do, and totally excluding all of our content from that important distribution channel eventually produced a 20% drop in our regular daily traffic, a serious blow that set us back many months.

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/our-facebook-ban-the-fatal-0-2/

  • Twitter is preparing to US elections

    Today we are disclosing 32,242 accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations — the only one of its kind in the industry. The account sets we’re publishing to the archive today include three distinct operations that we have attributed to the People's Republic of China (PRC), Russia, and Turkey respectively. Every account and piece of content associated with these operations has been permanently removed from the service.

  • @kurth

    They need ZH now to compensate left accounts.

  • Well, it seems like it was just simple softening.

    Google has decided to suspend ad hosting on the "far-right" Zero Hedge.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/google-demonetizes-zero-hedge

    Well, I do not understand that they complain about.

  • On top of formalizing moderation behavior, the bill amends Section 230 in a way that requires large platforms to remove court-ordered illegal content within 24 hours. It also opens them up to civil lawsuits from federal regulators, which are currently limited by Section 230. State attorneys general would also be empowered with the ability to enforce federal civil law against platforms.

    Goverment one in US also coming. To match already existing EU one.

  • YouTube has banned several prominent white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer.

    Other channels banned include American Renaissance (with its associated channel AmRen Podcasts) and the channel for Spencer’s National Policy Institute. The channels repeatedly violated YouTube’s policies, a YouTube spokesperson said, by alleging that members of protected groups were inferior. These come alongside other violations that led to YouTube taking action.

    May be they just want to freeze and save them. Prevent physical damage. For future use?

  • Google will ban ads promoting coronavirus conspiracy theories, remove ads from pages that promote these theories, and demonetize entire sites that frequently violate the policy starting on August 18th. CNBC reported the news earlier today, noting that it supplements an existing ban on monetizing harmful medical misinformation.

    I propose to widen this ban to all bad people of this world, ones who do not like Google enough.

  • Youtube new rules

    • Removing content that contains hacked information, the disclosure of which may interfere with democratic processes, such as elections and censuses. For example, videos that contain hacked information about a political candidate shared with the intent to interfere in an election.
    • Removing content encouraging others to interfere with democratic processes, such as obstructing or interrupting voting procedures. For example, telling viewers to create long voting lines with the purpose of making it harder for others to vote.

    We continue to stay vigilant and coordinate closely with Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) to identify and remove the channels and accounts of bad actors engaged in foreign and domestic coordinated influence operations. TAG provides regular updates on actions taken against these operations, in its quarterly bulletin.

    Present US elections are example of thing where interfering or even trying to cancel them is proper democratic thing to do. As they are dirty ruling class spectacle.

  • Video removals

    Youtube took down more than 11.4 million videos between April and June. In the same period last year, YouTube removed just under 9 million videos.

    The number of appeals for content takedowns went from 166,000 in the first quarter of 2020 to more than 325,000 in the second. YouTube reversed itself and reinstated more videos in the second quarter: more than 160,000 (1.4%), compared to just over 41,000 in the first quarter (0.4%).

  • Bad word or inappropriate phrase will be enough to cut your video views by 2-3 times

    Today, our Trust & Safety team applies age-restrictions when, in the course of reviewing content, they encounter a video that isn't appropriate for viewers under 18. Going forward, we will build on our approach of using machine learning to detect content for review, by developing and adapting our technology to help us automatically apply age-restrictions. Uploaders can appeal the decision if they believe it was incorrectly applied. For creators in the YouTube Partner Program, we expect these automated age-restrictions to have little to no impact on revenue, as most of these videos also violate our advertiser-friendly guidelines and therefore have limited or no ads.

    To make sure the experience is consistent, viewers attempting to access age-restricted videos on most third-party websites will be redirected to YouTube where they must sign-in and be over 18 to view it. This will help ensure that, no matter where a video is discovered, it will only be viewable by the appropriate audience.

    AI is already winning. Now it even detects that is appropriate for everyone and that is not.

  • Our policies prohibit claims that mislead voters on how to vote or encourage interference in the democratic process. Additionally, we demonetize content with claims that could significantly undermine participation or trust in an electoral or democratic process.

    Actually exactly such content is the only real needed one, as this process is rotten shit.

    Alongside the consistent enforcement of our policies, we’re continuing to raise up authoritative voices and reduce harmful misinformation. One of the ways we do this is through our information panels, which provide relevant context alongside content. For example, in 2018, we started to show information panels linking to third-party sources around a small number of well-established topics that are subject to misinformation, such as the moon landing or COVID-19. We’re expanding this list of topics to include voting by mail. This means that under videos that discuss voting by mail, you’ll see an information panel directing you to authoritative information from the Bipartisan Policy Center, a bipartisan think tank.

    https://blog.youtube/news-and-events/authoritative-voting-information-on-YouTube

  • Google will not run any election-related ads after polls for the US presidential election close on November 3rd, according to Axios. In an email the search giant warns advertisers they won’t be able to run ads “referencing candidates, the election or its outcome.

    Facebook also sent same emails.

    Time to close both.

  • Now corporations could call anyone racist without any trial or even check

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    When it first notices a person associated with a business has been accused of racism, Yelp will add a Public Attention Alert to that company’s page “to warn consumers that the business may be receiving an influx of reviews as a result of increased attention.” If a business has been accused of “overtly racist actions, where we can link to a news article,” Yelp will use its “Business Accused of Racist Behavior” label instead.

    Yelp is relying on news and social media reports in this process partly to warn people about the possible influx of fake reviews affecting a business’ ratings in these situations. “It’s always been Yelp’s policy that all reviews must be based on actual first-hand consumer experiences with the business,” the company said in its news release. “This policy is critical to mitigating fake reviews and maintaining the integrity of content on our platform. We don’t allow people to leave reviews based on media reports because it can artificially inflate or deflate a business’s star rating.”

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  • New twitter stuff

    Twitter announced today the limits it will place on users who are trying to spread misinformation or incite violence or election interference, including candidates for office.

    The platform said it will flag Tweets that falsely claim a win for any candidate and will remove from the platform any Tweets that encourage violence or election interference. Twitter said it will require an announcement from election officials or “a public projection from at least two authoritative, national news outlets that make independent election calls” for a declaration to be considered true. “Tweets which include premature claims will be labeled and direct people to our official US election page.

    In addition to the new features, Twitter said that when people attempt to retweet a Tweet with misleading information, they will see a prompt “pointing them to credible information about the topic before they are able to amplify it.”