/ 07 June 2021

Big tech bans and fumbles

Where to start?

• Facebook is keeping former US President Donald Trump in the freezer for 2 years after he was indefinitely banned in January over posts he made on the US Capitol riots. Trump responded that he won’t be inviting founder Mark Zuckerberg to dinner at the White House when he’s back in office. “It will be all business!” he said.

• Twitter has suspended author/feminist Naomi Wolf over disinformation she shared on the platform about the COVID pandemic, vaccines and lockdowns. The anti-vaxxer’s views were described by one expert “as out-there and delusional as I’ve ever seen.” Supporters say it’s an assault on her right to free speech.

• And Microsoft’s search engine Bing has blamed “accidental human error” for not showing image results for the query “tank man” last week. The iconic images of resistance from China’s Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrations in 1989 are censored locally. And China is known to step up the pressure around the massacre’s 4 June anniversary.

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