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#comptia | Twitter now bans dehumanizing remarks based on age, disability, and disease

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Twitter has updated its hate speech policies to cover tweets that make dehumanizing remarks, which are remarks that treat “others as less than human,” on the basis of age, disability, or disease. The changes follow updates to the company’s polices made last July that said Twitter would remove tweets that dehumanize religious groups.

Prior to that, Twitter issued a broad ban in 2018 on dehumanizing speech to compliment its existing hate speech policies that cover protected classes like race and gender. It has since been updating these dehumanization policies to take into account specific cases its original ruleset failed to address, based on user feedback.

Now, Twitter says tweets like the ones in the image below will be removed when they are reported:

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The company says reported tweets in violation of these new polices but posted before today will be removed but won’t result in account suspensions.

Twitter first rolled out policies banning dehumanizing speech in September 2018. At the time, Twitter asked for feedback and later said it received more than 8,000 responses across more than 30 countries in just two weeks time. Much of the feedback centered around the policies being too broad. So Twitter has begun calling out specific types of speech against specific groups as against its rules, starting with religion and now age, disability, and disease.

In a tweet, the company indicates that more groups will eventually be protected by this policy:

Twitter also does not allow misgendering or naming transgender people by the name they used before they transitioned, also called “deadnaming,” a policy put in place in late 2018. The company said in October 2019 that its automated moderation tools now flag and remove more than half of all abusive tweets before users report them.

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | US Navy Bans TikTok From Military Devices | Avast

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The U.S. Navy issued a bulletin announcing that the widely used social app TikTok is now seen as a cybersecurity threat and will no longer be allowed on any government-supplied devices. Reuters reported that the bulletin, posted on a Facebook page used by military personnel, warned government members that any device with the TikTok app installed would be blocked from the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. TikTok is a highly popular video-sharing app owned by the Beijing company ByteDance, which is currently under a U.S. national security review. The Navy is the second U.S. military branch to flag TikTok after Army leadership instructed cadets not to use the app last month. 

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog | Avast EN authored by Avast Blog. Read the original post at: https://blog.avast.com/us-navy-bans-tiktok-from-military-devices

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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Fears of Russian interference hit U.K. election as Reddit bans accounts after U.S. trade talks leak

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LONDON — Fears of Russian interference reared their head in the U.K. election this weekend after social media platform Reddit said it believed confidential British government documents were posted to the site as “part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia.”

Reddit launched an investigation after opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn brandished the leaked documents at a press conference last month.

The 451-page dossier appeared to reveal rounds of trade negotiations with the U.S. for a post-Brexit trade deal included mention of the country’s beloved National Health Service. Labour claimed they proved Prime Minister Boris Johnson would put the NHS “up for sale” to secure a deal with President Donald Trump.

The British government has not denied the authenticity of the documents. NBC News has not verified their authenticity.

Johnson, whose ruling Conservative Party leads in the polls entering the final week, has denied Corbyn’s claims about what they show.

A British government spokesperson told NBC News Sunday that “online platforms should take responsibility for content posted on them, and we welcome the action Reddit have taken.”

“The U.K. government was already looking into the matter, with support from the National Cyber Security Centre,” the spokesperson said.

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“We do not comment on leaks, and it would be inappropriate to comment.”

Reddit said late Friday that its investigation into the posts related to the leak revealed “a pattern of coordination” by suspect accounts that were similar to a Russian campaign called “Secondary Infektion” discovered on Facebook earlier this year.

The site also said it had banned 61 accounts suspected of violating policies against vote manipulation related to the original post, which was published in October.

Corbyn has not revealed how his party obtained the documents but defended the decision to use them.

Asked about Reddit’s conclusions at a campaign stop Saturday, Corbyn said the news was an “advanced stage of rather belated conspiracy theories.”

“When we released the documents, at no stage did the prime minister or anybody deny that those documents were real, deny the arguments that we put forward. And if there has been no discussion with the USA about access to our health markets, if all that is wrong, how come after a week they still haven’t said that?” he added.

He also criticized the government for failing to release a Parliamentary intelligence committee report on Russian interference in British politics before the election campaign began.

Thursday’s vote was called in an effort to break the deadlock that has left the future of the country’s relationship with the European Union uncertain.

But the future of Britain’s health care has emerged as a powerful rejoinder to the notion of a purely ‘Brexit election.’

Asked about the source of the leak this weekend, Johnson said: “I do think we need to get to the bottom of that.”

Culture minister Nicky Morgan claimed the leak raises concerns of Russian influence on British democracy and said the government is taking steps and “watching for what might be going on.”

“From what was being put on that (Reddit) website, those who seem to know about these things say that it seems to have all the hallmarks of some form of interference,” Morgan told the BBC. “And if that is the case, that obviously is extremely serious.”

But if Russia was behind the leak, its aim may not have been to help any particular side in the election, Lisa-Maria Neudert, a researcher at Oxford University’s Project on Computational Propaganda, told Reuters.

“We know from the Russian playbook that often it is not for or against anything,” she said.

“It’s about sowing confusion, and destroying the field of political trust.”

Michele Neubert contributed.

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Metro-east middle school bans students from using cellphones

A local middle school decided to ban cellphones during school hours because the technology became a distraction, as well as a tool for cyberbullying and sharing of “explicit content.”

Starting March 1, the only electronic devices that students will be allowed to use between 8:25 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Collinsville Middle School are school-issued Chromebook computers. Cellphones will be required to be “completely out of sight” while students are in the building, according to a letter Principal Kimberly Jackson sent to parents.

There have been some instances of bullying and spreading of explicit messages between students, which Jackson said the school recognized as a trend among teens in general.

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‘Overwatch’ Boasts 7 Million Global Players; Bans Thousands of Hackers

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“Overwatch” is Blizzard’s first foray into FPS games but it is clearly a winner already. The company has pronounced it “one of the most successful global game launches of all time” and already boasts a very impressive seven million global players since its launch. Blizzard has also made good with their promise and they have […]

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