December 17, 2022, 2:50 PM

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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Twitter begins reactivating some journalists' accounts, after 58.7% of participants in Elon Musk's poll voted to lift the suspension “now”, beating “in 7 days”  —  (The journalists did not reveal his real-time location.)  Out of the two poll options, “now” …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
By using flimsy, absurd excuses for banning journalists' Twitter accounts, Elon Musk and his buddies show themselves to be hypocrites with no principles  —  Look, I fucking warned Elon that this is exactly how it would go.  It's how it always goes.  —  Remember Parler?
Media Matters for America:
On December 16, Twitter reinstated at least 12 far-right accounts including election misinformation celeb Mike Lindell and popular QAnon fans like Patrick Byrne  —  Among the reinstated accounts are far-right media and other figures, election and vaccine misinformers, and a white nationalist
The Guardian:
Representatives from the UK, Germany, the European Commission, and the United Nations raise concerns over Twitter's suspension of US journalists  —  Pressure grows on Elon Musk as EU says social media platform could face sanctions over suspensions  —  The United Nations is “very disturbed” …
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
Brian Fung / CNN:
New York Times:
Meta adviser and ex-Oculus CTO John Carmack leaves the company after more than eight years, saying Meta is operating at “half the effectiveness”  —  John Carmack, who was chief technology officer of Oculus, which Meta bought, is departing the company.
Jamie Crawley / CoinDesk:
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Google starts testing client-side encryption for Gmail with some Workspace users, and plans to add it to its Android and iOS apps  —  Google has launched a beta of its client-side encryption for Gmail, letting businesses apply to test out the feature meant to make “sensitive data” and attachments unreadable even to Google.
Laura Preston / n+1:
A worker who served as a fallback for a real estate AI chatbot for $25/hour details the experience of pretending to be a bot as part of a sixty-strong team  —  THE RECRUITER WAS A CHIPPER WOMAN with a master's degree in English.  Previously she had worked as an independent bookseller.
Mike Florio /
Report: Apple has backed out of negotiations for the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket; Amazon and Google are the only parties left, meaning Disney/ESPN exited too  —  The company once regarded as the frontrunner for NFL Sunday Ticket has opted to take a Sunday drive, instead.

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