Will Twitter, Facebook crack down on Trump?

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For the past four years, President Donald Trump has enjoyed the special status of a world leader on Twitter and Facebook, even as he used his perch atop the social media pyramid to peddle misinformation and hurl abuse at his critics.

While regular users could have faced being suspended or even booted from the platforms, Trump’s misleading proclamations and personal attacks have thus far only garnered warning labels.

But could his loose leash on the platforms be yanked on Jan. 20 when his successor, Joe Biden, is inaugurated?

Here are some questions and answers about what the companies have done — and not done — why Twitter’s response has been stronger than Facebook’s and what, if anything we might see from the platforms in the coming weeks and months, once their most high-profile user is no longer in the White House.



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TechnologyOne delivers profit of nearly AU$63m as SaaS customers crack 500 mark

Australian software-as-a-service (SaaS) company TechnologyOne has reported an 8% increase in after-profit tax to earn nearly AU$63 million for the 2020 financial year when compared to the AU$58.5 million recorded in 2019.

Before tax, however, the company’s profit increased by 13% to AU$86 million.

The increase, according to the company, was driven by TechnologyOne’s SaaS ERP solution, which added 104 enterprise customers during the year, bringing the total number of “large scale” enterprise customers using the solution to 539.

Of those new deals scored during the year, TechnologyOne detailed that 40 of them were from the local government sector with total contract value worth more than AU$45 million, while another 10 with total contract value of AU$10 million were from the higher education sector. 

“Our Global SaaS ERP solution is transforming our customers’ business and makes life simple for them. When COVID-19 hit, our solution enabled our SaaS customers to

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Astronomers Crack the Case of the Blue Ring Nebula | Smart News

About 6,200 lightyears from Earth, a mysterious star appears surrounded by a doughnut of foggy blue light. It’s an old-looking star sitting in a young star’s dust cloud, and scientists have been trying to figure out how it formed since they first spotted it in 2004. Now, a team of astronomers says they’ve cracked the case, Monica Young reports for Sky & Telescope.

In a paper published on November 18 in the journal Nature, the research team explains how a collision of two stars several thousand years ago would create the structure observed today. It’s currently the only known example of a two-star collision that’s in the middle of transitioning from its debris-strewn initial stage to the late stage when the debris would become invisible.

“It’s kind of unique—one of a kind right now,” said Carnegie Institution for Science astrophysicist Mark Seibert of the Carnegie Institution for Science at

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Europe looks to crack open data encryption on messaging services like WhatsApp

  • End-to-end encryption is a security tool used by some apps and services — including WhatsApp, Signal and Facebook Messenger — to provide a greater level of privacy. 
  • Messages sent using this tool are encrypted before they leave the sender’s phone or computer, with a key unique to the devices at either end of an exchange.

WhatsApp and Messenger are highly popular messaging apps.

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WhatsApp and Messenger are highly popular messaging apps.

The EU appears to be laying the groundwork for a move against data that has received end-to-end encryption after a spate of terrorist attacks in Paris, Vienna and Nice. 


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In a joint statement released earlier this month, home affairs ministers from EU member states called on heads of state to “consider the matter of data encryption so that digital evidence can be lawfully collected and used by the competent authorities.” 

The statement comes after several EU internal documents on encryption were

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The Technology 202: Silicon Valley’s attempts to crack down on election misinformation will again be on trial in Washington

Joe Biden was declared the winner of the Nov. 3 election, but President Trump and his conservative allies – some of whom will be at the hearing today – have refused to accept the results, prompting a historic face-off with social media companies trying to bat down disinformation from sitting public officials. Twitter has taken unprecedented action against Trump himself, labeling many of his tweets for spreading false information about baseless election fraud. 

That has prompted Republicans to revive long-running accusations with scant evidence that tech companies are biased against conservatives. 

Meanwhile, committee Democrats are planning to tear into the tech companies for not doing enough to rein in Trump as he refuses to concede the election. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) plans to tell the executives their actions so far have amounted to “baby steps,” and demand they do more to address “destructive, violence-inciting misinformation,” according to prepared opening remarks

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Blizzard Will Crack Down On World of Warcraft “Multi-Boxing”

The era of MMO dominance is long gone, but a lot of people still play World of Warcraft, and external tools that help you climb up the game’s progression rungs faster are still out there. Now, Blizzard has announced that it will soon aggressively crack down on players who engage in “multi-boxing,” a controversial tactic that involves using third-party software to duplicate your key inputs across multiple game clients.

“We’ve examined the use of third-party input broadcasting software, which allows a single keystroke or action to be automatically mirrored to multiple game clients, and we’ve seen an increasingly negative impact to the game as this software is used to support botting and automated gameplay,” a post on the WoW website reads. “The use of input broadcasting software that mirrors keystrokes to multiple WoW game clients will soon be considered an actionable offense. We believe this policy is in the best

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