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August 20, 2021, 9:45 PM

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New York Times:
Facebook shelved its content transparency report in Q1 fearing public criticism, as the most-viewed link suggested a doctor died due to a COVID-19 vaccine  —  The company praised itself this week for being “the most transparent platform on the internet.”  —  When Facebook this week released …
Noel Titheradge / BBC:
Documents show OnlyFans moderators are told to show more leniency for popular accounts posting illegal content than they do for smaller accounts  —  Internal documents, leaked to BBC News, reveal that OnlyFans allows moderators to give multiple warnings to accounts that post illegal content …
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Cloudflare says it mitigated a 17.2M rps DDoS attack last month, ~3x larger than any previous DDoS attack, targeting a customer in the financial industry  —  Internet infrastructure company Cloudflare disclosed today that it mitigated the largest volumetric distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that was recorded to date.
Emily Birnbaum / Politico:
A deep dive into the aggressive lobbying tactics that Apple is using to fight app store bills in Georgia, Arizona, North Dakota, Louisiana, and other US states  —  When Apple wanted to kill off two bills in Georgia this year, it rushed lobbyists to the state legislature …
Josh Horwitz / Reuters:
China passes a data privacy law mandating that data collection has a reasonable purpose, user consent, and limited to “minimum scope”, taking effect November 1  —  China's National People's Congress on Friday passed a law designed to protect online user data privacy and will implement …
Washington Post:
Researchers who built an Apple-like system to identify CSAM in e2e encrypted online services say they abandoned it due to numerous abuse and misuse concerns  —  Jonathan Mayer is an assistant professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University.
Eric Newcomer / Newcomer:
Chris Sacca on his move to climate investing, Jack Dorsey's inability to confront big questions, and Travis Kalanick's weakness in managing company culture  —  A conversation with Chris Sacca about climate investing — and Travis Kalanick.  —  Chris Sacca apologized for joining our Zoom call a few minutes late.
Jamie Crawley / CoinDesk:
Binance tightens its KYC/AML procedures, requiring customers to supply a government-issued ID and pass facial verification to trade, deposit, and withdraw funds  —  New customers will have to supply government ID and pass facial verification to meet Binance's “Intermediate” verification.
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Mike Peterson / AppleInsider:
Report: Google is dismantling its Health division, formed in 2018, and scattering its units across the company  —  Google is reportedly dismantling its health technology initiative and splitting its projects across other teams as the chief of the division departs the company.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
AT&T says it did not suffer a data breach after a threat actor started selling a database purportedly containing the personal info of 70M AT&T customers  —  AT&T says that they did not suffer a data breach after a well-known threat actor claimed to be selling a database containing …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple launches Siri Speech Study, an iOS app that lets invited participants share their voice requests and other feedback with Apple  —  Apple recently began a research study designed to collect speech data from study participants.  Earlier this month, the company launched a new iOS app called …
Kate Beioley / Financial Times:
April Glaser / NBC News:
Facebook rolls out new security features for people in Afghanistan, including a one-click tool to quickly lock accounts and limit account discoverability  —  Facebook said Thursday it is rolling out new user controls for people in Afghanistan who are rushing to delete their digital footprints …

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