WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defence policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users.
On Twitter Tuesday night, Trump took aim at Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects companies that can host trillions of messages from being sued into oblivion by anyone who feels wronged by something someone else has posted — whether their complaint is legitimate or not.
Trump called Section 230 “a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity,” adding, “Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill.”
Trump has been waging war against social media companies for months, claiming they are biased against conservative voices.
In October he signed an executive order directing executive branch agencies to ask independent rule-making agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, to study whether they can place new regulations on the companies.
Since losing the presidential election, Trump has flooded social media with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. Twitter has tagged many such Trump tweets with the advisory, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”
Tuesday’s veto threat is another potential roadblock for the passage of the annual defence policy measure, which is already being held up in Congress by a spat over military bases named for Confederate officers. The measure, which has passed for 59 years in a row on a bipartisan basis, guides Pentagon policy and cements decisions about troop levels, new weapons systems and military readiness, military personnel policy and other military goals.
Blocked from social media, extremists discuss turning to radios to plan attacks, FCC warns – CTV News
The U.S. government is warning that groups could rely on radio equipment as an alternative to social media to plan future criminal activities.
In a stark warning Sunday, the Federal Communications Commission’s enforcement bureau said people coordinating or conducting criminal activity over radio waves are breaking the law.
“The Bureau has become aware of discussions on social media platforms suggesting that certain radio services regulated by the Commission may be an alternative to social media platforms for groups to communicate and coordinate future activities,” the FCC said in its warning Sunday. “Individuals using radios in the Amateur or Personal Radio Services in this manner may be subject to severe penalties, including significant fines, seizure of the offending equipment, and, in some cases, criminal prosecution.”
The FCC licenses certain signals for people to broadcast over radio waves. Those messages are generally protected by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. But the FCC reminded radio licensees and operators that it is prohibited to transmit “communications intended to facilitate a criminal act.” People are also not allowed to encode their messages to obscure their meaning from law enforcement.
The laws governing airwaves apply to amateurs broadcasting with personal ham radios, which can reach long distances. But they also apply to people using Citizens Band (CB) radios commonly used for communication between truckers — or even walkie-talkies.
In the wake of the January 6 Capitol riots, Facebook, Twitter and other mainstream social networks have become more vigilant about policing people who use their platforms to plan or incite attacks. They have booted off several high-profile radicals and thousands of groups and users who the platforms say engage in harmful conspiracy theories and other violence or hate speech.
Similarly, Amazon, Apple and Google effectively took Parler off the internet. Parler, the alternative social network popular with conservatives, had been surging in popularity in recent months. But the platform failed to rein in hate-filled, violent speech, Big Tech companies allege. Amazon, Apple and Google said that unmoderated speech could lead to another violent attack.
In response, Parler sued Amazon last week, alleging an antitrust violation, breach of contract and interference with the company’s business relationships with users. The complaint calls Amazon Web Services’ decision a “death blow” to Parler.
“Without AWS, Parler is finished as it has no way to get online,” the complaint said. “And a delay of granting this TRO by even one day could also sound Parler’s death knell as President Trump and others move on to other platforms.”
Amazon said that Parler’s lawsuit has “no merit.”
Chinese and Malaysian Media and Think Tanks Discuss Sci-Tech Cooperation to Empower the Future – Canada NewsWire
BEIJING, Jan. 18, 2021 /CNW/ — A report from Science and Technology Daily | IUSTC:
Sponsored by China International Publishing Group, Malaysia-China Friendship Association and Science and Technology Daily, and organized by China Report Press, the “Technology Empowering the Future: China-Malaysia Think Tank and Media Cooperation Forum” was held on January 15, 2021.
Representatives from Chinese and Malaysian media, think tanks and sci-tech enterprises conducted in-depth discussions on “Empowering the Future through Technology—New Prospects for Digital Cooperation between Think Media in the 5G Era”.
Chen Shi, the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of CIPG and President of China Report Press, indicated that the “fourth industrial revolution” represented by 5G and other digital technologies had provided a new approach to resolving and responding to global development issues and challenges. Currently, sci-tech cooperation has been an international trend. In face of complicated and changeable forms of international communication, the digital collaboration between Chinese and Malaysian think tanks and media possesses broad prospects. Both parties should actively integrate into the global innovation network and promote scientific and technological development through open cooperation.
“Technology, which is the theme of our deliberation today, is another emerging sector of our bilateral cooperation and this includes the cooperation on 5G…Our two countries have extended cooperation, support and assistance to each other to mitigate the effects of this pandemic,” said Dato’ Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan, President of Malaysia-China Friendship Association. He expressed that under the influence of the epidemic, Malaysia is accelerating emerging technologies in the industry and advancing its national digital strategy. “It is said that digital transformation is like a machine with data as its fuel and 5G as its digital fabric…5G will change the landscape of media and entertainment in the next decade.” In his view, China’s experience in the application of advanced new technologies such as short video, live streaming sales, online games, and other forms of entertainment tactics have yielded great results during the crisis. These experiences have also made important reference value to Malaysia. He expected the media and think tanks of China and Malaysia to strengthen digital cooperation in the 5G era.
Fang Hanting, Vice President of Science and Technology Daily, expressed his views on the forum. He claimed that it is of great significance for China and Malaysia to discuss the prospects of smart media digital cooperation in the 5G era. 5G is an epoch-making information transmission and connection technology, which has affected the development of the entire media industry, especially the intellectualized media industry. In the era of intellectualized media, 5G technology will accelerate the data-driven, intelligent connection and think tank of media, promote the construction of scene-oriented immersion, pan-centralization and ecological construction of media, provide a powerful supporting force for the innovation and development of the media industry, and enhance the reconstruction of everything as a medium in many aspects. China and Malaysia should seize the opportunity and jointly explore new prospects for think tank media cooperation.
During the forum discussion, representatives from several media and enterprises conducted discussions on three topics: “Application of Digital Technology in the Field of International Communication“, “Media Development Trends in the 5G Era” and “Media Think Tanks Promoting China-Malaysia Technical Cooperation”.
After discussion, it is widely thought that digital technologies such as 5G are reconstructing the industrial structure of science and Technology and leading media industry changes. Media, think tanks, and technology enterprises of China and Malaysia should seize opportunities for cooperation, strengthen cooperation and exchanges, promote the construction of digital information platforms and the cooperation of digital information, and enhance media integration to expand media influences, thus bringing practical collaboration between the two countries.
SOURCE Science and Technology Daily | IUSTC
Sunday January 17th 2021 Media Release – Brandon Police Service – Brandon Police Service
Media Release for January 17th
Theft of Vehicle
Police received a report that a vehicle that had been left running was stolen from the 200 block of 10th Street at approximately 7:00PM January 16th. Police located the vehicle on Victoria Avenue a short time later. When police attempted to stop the vehicle it fled and a short pursuit was initiated. The vehicle ended up in the ditch on Hwy 1 west off Brandon and while police were attempting to make an arrest, the vehicle intentionally collided with a police vehicle and fled eastbound on Hwy 1. The stolen vehicle was later recovered by the RCMP abandoned in a field in the area of Minnedosa. No Police Officers were injured during this incident.
Theft of Vehicle
A vehicle was reported stolen from a driveway in the south part of the city. The Ford truck had been left with the keys inside the vehicle and unlocked. The vehicle was recovered with the assistance of an App the owner had installed that located the vehicle in the 000block of 26th Street.
A 43-year-old Brandon Male has been charged for assaulting a member of Brandon Fire and Emergency Services. First responders were treating the male who was reported to be having breathing difficulties when he became disruptive and began intentionally coughing on BFES members and proclaiming that he was COVID positive. Police took the male to hospital for treatment of his medical issues. He has been released from police custody to appear in court March 1st 2021.
Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, www.brandoncrimestoppers.com or by texting BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.
CRIME STOPPERS 204-727-TIPS
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Sgt. B. Verhelst #106
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