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September 17, 2021, 8:50 AM

Top News

Wall Street Journal:
Internal docs show Facebook's weak response after staff flagged human traffickers and drug cartels using its platform for recruitment in developing countries  —  Employees raised alarms about how the site is used in developing countries, where its user base is already huge and expanding
Reuters:
Apple and Google remove jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's tactical voting app from their stores, bowing to Russian pressure  —  Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O) and Apple (AAPL.O) have removed jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's tactical voting app from their stores, his team said on Friday …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Adam Mosseri faces criticism after comparing social media to cars, saying “cars create way more value than they destroy”, even though people die in accidents  —  - Facebook Instagram chief Adam Mosseri came under a flurry of criticism after comparing the value of social networks to society to that of cars.
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
Internal Facebook report: Eastern European troll farms reached 140M US users/month before the 2020 election; 75% of these users didn't follow any of their Pages  —  In the run up to the 2020 election, the most highly contested in US history, Facebook's most popular pages for Christian …
Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:
Sir Clive Sinclair, the creator of the landmark ZX Spectrum who helped popularize the home computer, dies at age 81  —  Creator of the landmark ZX Spectrum and the less commercially successful C5 died after a long illness  —  Sir Clive Sinclair, the inventor and entrepreneur who was instrumental …
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
How law enforcement's ability to track people via commercially available data blurs the line between investigative due diligence and warrantless surveillance  —  Agencies' growing use of purchased data without warrants raises new legal questions  —  In January 2020, a 14-year-old girl …
Politico:
DHS: American extremists used TikTok in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 riots to recruit new members and share “tactical guidance” for terrorist and criminal activity  —  Extremists foreign and domestic have used the video platform, DHS says.  The app says it has “absolutely no place” for violence and hate.
Aaron Mak / Slate:
Inside the r/aznidentity subreddit, an unofficial hub of “Men's Rights Asians” subculture, which has gained notoriety by harassing Asian women  —  They became notorious for trying to harass Asian women off the internet.  The racial trauma of the past year has only emboldened them.
Kenrick Cai / Forbes:
Glean, an enterprise search engine startup cofounded by Google and Facebook veterans, emerges from stealth with $55M in funding across two rounds  —  When Arvind Jain left his cushy tech job to cofound cloud data management company Rubrik, he ran into a familiar problem: search.
Reuters:
Facebook says it will use the same tactics that it uses to remove bot networks to target real-user accounts engaging in tactics like mass reporting  —  Facebook (FB.O) is taking a more aggressive approach to shut down coordinated groups of real-user accounts engaging in certain harmful activities …

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