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October 16, 2020, 6:00 AM

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Vijaya Gadde / @vijaya:
[Thread] Twitter updates Hacked Materials Policy, says it won't remove content unless shared by hackers themselves and will label tweets instead of block links  —  Over the last 24 hours, we've received significant feedback (from critical to supportive) about how we enforced our Hacked Materials Policy yesterday. After reflecting on this feedback, we have decided to make changes to the policy and how we enforce it.
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook limits the distribution of a New York Post story that makes disputed claims about Hunter Biden, pending fact-check, while Twitter blocks sharing  —  Facebook and Twitter said they will be limiting the distribution of or blocking a New York Post story making unverified claims about former vice president Joe Biden.
Wall Street Journal:
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Bloomberg:
Ajit Pai says FCC will start a rulemaking to clarify the meaning of Section 230, and social media doesn't have “special immunity denied to other media outlets”  —  - Agency chief says it will conduct rulemaking Trump sought  — Analysts question authority of agency to issue regulations
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google details how it is using AI to improve search, including indexing individual passages from webpages, allowing searches for songs by humming, and more  —  During a livestreamed event this afternoon, Google detailed the ways it's applying AI and machine learning to improve the Google Search experience.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Sony posts a lengthy walkthrough video of the PS5's UI, showing a significant departure from the sparse PS4 UI  —  Over 11 minutes of next-gen menus  —  Sony just revealed one of the final big questions about the upcoming PlayStation 5: what the user interface looks like.
NBC News:
YouTube bans conspiracy theory content, such as QAnon or Pizzagate, that justifies “real-world violence”, but stops short of banning QAnon content outright  —  YouTube said Thursday that it would no longer allow content that targets individuals and groups with conspiracy theories …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Access to Twitter is starting to be restored after a widespread outage; Twitter says the issue was caused by “an inadvertent change” to its internal systems  —  All Twitter can tell us is that ‘something went wrong.’  —  Just a day after Twitter got caught up in an outrage cycle …
Matthew Leske / The Keyword:
Google says Chat will be available as a free service next year, both as a standalone app and integrated into Gmail; Google will remove Fi support in Hangouts  —  Over the past few years, we've invested in building helpful and secure products you can use to communicate and stay connected with the people in your life.
Sophie Alexander / Bloomberg:
Source: Robinhood estimates that ~2,000 accounts were compromised in a recent hack; Robinhood said a “limited number” were affected by personal email breaches  —  - A fake Arizona ID offers clue on how a hacker accessed funds  — Some clients dispute assertion that email accounts to blame
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Stripe acquires Nigerian startup Paystack, which enables integration of payments services using an API, sources say for $200M+  —  When Stripe announced earlier this year that it had picked up another $600 million in funding, it said one big reason for the funding was to expand its API-based payments services into more geographies.

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