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November 28, 2022, 11:55 AM

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Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Researchers: China seems to be flooding Twitter with porn tweets mentioning places where people are protesting, overwhelming Twitter's reduced moderation team  —  For hours, links to adult content overwhelmed other posts from cities where dramatic rallies escalated
Wall Street Journal:
Chinese protestors are holding up blank pieces of paper as a protest against censorship, leading platforms and censors to quickly remove the images  —  Protesters are using few or no words in public and online demonstrations to speak out against Beijing's zero-Covid policies
Decrypt:
BlockFi files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New Jersey, plans to lay off a large portion of its staff, and says it has $256.9M cash on hand  —  The FTX contagion has just claimed another crypto firm. … The crypto lender is also laying off a large portion of its staff, the source said.
Vlad Savov / Bloomberg:
Source: turmoil at Foxconn's Zhengzhou hub is likely to lower iPhone 14 Pro production by close to 6M units in 2022, potentially worsening if lockdowns continue  —  Turmoil at Apple Inc.'s key manufacturing hub of Zhengzhou is likely to result in a production shortfall of close …
Jagmeet Singh / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp begins rolling out a Message Yourself feature, letting users send notes, reminders, and shopping lists to themselves  —  WhatsApp has started rolling out a feature to let you chat with yourself.  Sending messages to your own account can be a way to keep a piece of information easily accessible …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Ireland's Data Protection Commission fines Meta €265M for failing to safeguard data on 500M+ users from data scrapers, the third fine by the DPC on Meta  —  Company gets new EU privacy fine as bloc tightens regulation of big tech companies  —  A top European regulator fined Facebook …
New York Times:
Yahoo takes a ~25% stake in Taboola and plans to use Taboola's ad tech as part of a 30-year exclusive deal expected to generate $1B+ in annual revenue  —  Yahoo's chief executive sees the deal as a long-term bet on digital advertising.  The companies estimate that their ad partnership will generate $1 billion annually.
Eva Corlett / The Guardian:
New Zealand says Twitter failed to detect or remove clips from the 2019 Christchurch terror attack until the government alerted the company  —  Footage was taken down only after the New Zealand government alerted Twitter, which had failed to pick up the content as harmful
Reuters:
Elon Musk claims “all-time high” Twitter signups, averaging 2M+/day in the seven days to November 16, up 66% YoY, and user active minutes of ~8B/day, up 30% YoY  —  Nov 27 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk has said that new user signups to the social media platform are at an …
Charley Adams / BBC:
The UK plans to criminalize self-harm content in the updated Online Safety Bill, in line with suicide content, after the death of teenager Molly Russell in 2017  —  The encouragement of self-harm will be criminalised in an update to the Online Safety Bill, the government has said.
Ben Bartenstein / Bloomberg:
Sources: the fall of FTX, one of the first companies to receive a license in Dubai, prompts concerns from UAE officials over embracing crypto too quickly  —  On Oct. 26, days before the collapse of his crypto exchange FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried sat for lunch at an upscale Dubai restaurant …

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