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May 28, 2020, 9:40 PM

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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Trump signs an EO designed to limit Section 230 protections by directing the Commerce Department to press the FCC to roll back portions of Section 230  —  President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Trump's EO has limited power, as content created by a platform, like Twitter's labels, is not covered by Section 230 and the FCC lacks authority to enforce EO  —  We've officially reached pure silly season when it comes to internet regulations.  For the past two years now, every so often …
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Source: Trump's executive order was rushed through using an old draft that was circulated last year, overriding concerns from agencies and Section 230 reformers  —  After Twitter slapped a fact-check label on two of President Trump's tweets about mail-in ballots late Tuesday, the president ordered his staff to respond.
Will Oremus / OneZero:
Inside Twitter's decision to fact-check Trump's tweets, while expecting that Trump would respond and the decision could spark a reassessment of Section 230  —  ‘We knew from a comms perspective that all hell would break loose,’ says Twitter's vice president of global communications
New York Times:
Twitter adds fact-checking labels to hundreds of tweets, even as the Trump administration prepared its EO aiming to curtail Section 230 protections  —  Twitter continued fact-checking posts even as President Trump threatened to limit protections for social media companies.
Yael Halon / Fox News:
Zuckerberg on Twitter fact-checking Trump: private companies, especially platform companies, shouldn't be the arbiters of truth  —  Mark Zuckerberg on Twitter fact-checking Trump: Private companies shouldn't be the arbiter of truth  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called out Twitter …
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
NSA warns Russia-linked Sandworm hacking group has been actively exploiting a now-patched flaw in Exim mail transfer agent since Aug., exposing ~2.5M servers  —  The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) says that Russian military threat actors known as Sandworm Team have been exploiting …
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
Microsoft says the Xbox Series X will support “thousands” of Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games at launch, doubling the fps in some cases  —  Thousands of games will be supported on the next-gen Xbox  —  Microsoft's next-generation Xbox will launch with support for “thousand of games” …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google announces Google Page Experience, an algorithm ranking pages based on user experience, with factors like page speed and HTTPS, arriving in 2021 or later  —  This new ranking factor won't be live until 2021, at the earliest.  Here is what you need to know.
The Markup:
Investigation finds many tenant screening services, relying on algorithms to find infractions and widely used by landlords, often produce flawed reports  —  Computer algorithms that scan everything from terror watch lists to eviction records spit out flawed tenant screening reports.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Facebook says it will now verify identities of users behind profiles that have a “pattern of inauthentic behavior” and whose posts “rapidly go viral” in the US  —  Facebook has been verifying the identities of Page managers for a while in its quest to stamp out misinformation …
CNBC:
Cisco to acquire ThousandEyes, which provides SaaS network performance monitoring, for a price that sources say is ~$1B  —  - ThousandEyes says its customers include Microsoft, Slack, PayPal and Lyft.  — Cisco has been snapping up cloud software companies to make up for slowing growth in its core networking business.
Reuters:
Exclusive: TikTok owner ByteDance moves to shift power out of China - sources  —  BEIJING/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - TikTok's poaching of Disney's Kevin Mayer to be its CEO was just the most visible part of a broader strategy by its Chinese owner to shift its centre of power away from China …

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