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March 2, 2022, 7:55 AM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple pauses all product sales in Russia, removes RT News and Sputnik News from the App Store outside Russia, and disables Apple Maps' live traffic in Ukraine  —  Apple today confirmed that it has stopped all product sales from its online website in Russia, which means customers in Russia …
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Meta will demote content linking to Russian state media outlets on Facebook and Instagram globally and rolls out encrypted Instagram DMs in Ukraine and Russia  —  Meta is ramping up efforts to crack down on Russian propaganda and keep users in Russia and Ukraine safe, including …
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Mark Scott / Politico:
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
SOTU: Biden asks Congress to pass new rules to enhance child safety on social media, including banning targeted ads to, and data collection of, children  —  He wants to ban targeted advertising to kids  —  President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass new rules to enhance child safety …
Andrew Hutchinson / Social Media Today:
Meta releases its Q4 Widely Viewed Content report, showing the most viewed Facebook Page comes from a banned account; Meta would not reveal the account  —  Safe to say that Meta's efforts to refute the idea that Facebook amplifies divisive political content are not going exactly as it would have hoped.
BuzzFeed News:
Google Maps is removing newly added user content, like pins, in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, amid claims of its use in coordinating Russian military activity  —  Responding to claims that its Maps were being used to coordinate Russian military activity in Ukraine, Google …
Stephen Harrison / Slate:
How Russia's war with Ukraine is playing out on Wikipedia; Russian Wikipedia editors decided to call an invasion what it is, rejecting the Kremlin's narrative  —  On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin issued the order for Russian forces to invade Ukraine.  Since then, Russians …
Washington Post:
Twitter's crowdsourced fact-checking program Birdwatch remains a small pilot project 13 months after launch, with only 359 contributors flagging tweets in 2022  —  With the Ukraine war unfolding on social media, parsing fact from fiction has never been trickier — or, for those involved, more urgent.
Chris Stokel-Walker / Wired:
Russia's invasion of Ukraine shows that TikTok's design and algorithm are ideal for sharing videos of war, but present a challenge for its moderation system  —  As Russia's invasion of Ukraine plays out online, the platform's design and algorithm prove ideal for the messiness of war—but a nightmare for the truth.

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