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May 23, 2020, 10:15 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Trump is considering the establishment of a commission that would examine allegations of anticonservative bias and censorship on social media  —  Move is likely to draw pushback from tech companies; ACLU raises free-speech concerns  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump is considering establishing …
Seth Colaner / VentureBeat:
An overview of how governments around the world are using smartphone data, apps, drones, facial recognition, and AI to track COVID-19 and surveil citizens  —  Now that the world is in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, governments are quickly deploying their own cocktails of tracking methods.
Camilla Tominey / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson instructed officials to draw up plans to reduce Huawei's involvement in UK's 5G networks to zero by 2023, a reversal of a softer policy approach  —  The Prime Minister has instructed officials to draw up plans that would see China's involvement in the UK's 5G network reduced to zero
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook's removal of coronavirus misinfo will make its hands-off approach to removing anti-vaccine advocacy harder to defend when we get a coronavirus vaccine  —  The social media platform is siding with scientists to stop the spread of harmful misinformation about the pandemic.
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
An internal build of Google Messages 6.2 shows end-to-end encryption could be coming soon to RCS messages  —  Today, the folks at APKMirror got ahold of an internal “dogfood” build of Google Messages version 6.2.  Here, “dogfood” is used in the sense of the phrase “eat your own dog food,” …
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Mozilla, Twitter, and a coalition that includes Facebook, Apple, and Google, call on Congress to protect search and browser data from warrantless access  —  A recent amendment to require the FBI to get a warrant to view browsing data failed by one vote.  —  A group of technology companies …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Moves by Joe Rogan and others don't mean YouTube will get cut out of the podcast game, because creator success still relies upon discoverability on the platform  —  What does podcasting on YouTube look like without Rogan?  —  Joe Rogan is largely moving on from YouTube …
George Avalos / Mercury News:
Facebook revises proposal for Willow Village, its 50+ acre development project in Menlo Park, to reduce square footage by 29%, from 1.75M to 1.25M square feet  —  Willow Village near Facebook's Menlo Park HQ undergoes sweeping changes for office space  —  MENLO PARK — Facebook …

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