Episode 102: Twitter Interference

Grumpy Old Bens

The FCC is looking into various violations of laws after Twitter, and other social media outlets, bury a New York Post story that seemed to expose Joe Biden’s lack of ethics. We talk about Section 230, test taking in the times of Covid, and a whole lot more on this edition of Grumpy Old Bens.

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NOTES / LINKS:

Twitter Goes Down
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/twitter-outage-blocks-users-from-tweeting-seeing-notifications/

Online proctor service ProctorTrack disables service after hack
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/online-proctor-service-proctortrack-disables-service-after-hack/

Twitter, Facebook face blowback after stopping circulation of NY Post story
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/facebook-twitter-limit-controversial-story-about-joe-bidens-son/

With ‘absurd’ timing, FCC announces intention to revisit Section 230
https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/15/with-absurd-timing-fcc-announces-intention-to-revisit-section-230/

Sixty Coinbase employees take buyout offer over “no politics” rule
https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/10/sixty-coinbase-employees-take-buyout-offer-over-no-politics-rule/

Twitter pays $100k to WA state for violating campaign laws
https://washingtonstatewire.com/twitter-to-pay-100000-to-washington-state-for-multiple-campaign-finance-violations/

Banned NY Post account and blocked links to Biden article
https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/facebook-twitter-block-the-post-from-posting/

Locked @TeamTrump official account
https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/10/15/twitter-locks-trump-campaign-account-less-than-3-weeks-before-presidential-election/

Ajit Pai says FCC will regulate social media
https://www.theverge.com/2020/10/15/21518097/fcc-social-media-censorship-moderation-ajit-pai-section-230-nypost-biden

Sec 230 reform draft legislation – Trump issued exec order on 28 May
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-preventing-online-censorship/

DoJ proposes draft legislation
https://www.justice.gov/file/1319331/download

Brookings commentary (slanted, but not unreadable)
https://www.brookings.edu/techstream/trumps-section-230-reform-is-repudiation-in-disguise/

Online test taking and FERPA violations
https://www.reddit.com/r/assholedesign/comments/ix866t/and_during_a_pandemic/

FERPA
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/resources/ferpa-and-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Bonus article I found after the show
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/university-covid-learning-student-monitoring

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