The Emperor Elonicus

Everyone is going to hate this column. Musk worshipers are going to hate it because I’m going to blaspheme against Elon Musk. Musk demonizers are going to hate it because I am not going to blaspheme against him enough. Everyone else is going to hate it because they’re sick to the gills of hearing about Musk, and Musk’s destruction of Twitter, or his salvation of Twitter, and censorship, and “hate speech,” and all that stuff.

The Emperor Elonicus
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EARN IT Act Will Make The Internet Worse For Everyone By Undermining Privacy And Security

To save the children, we must destroy everything. That’s the reality of the EARN IT Act. I mean, you can get some sort of sense of what you’re in store for just by reading the actual words behind the extremely labored acronym: Eliminating Abuse and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act. Whew. It’s a mouthful. And, given the name, it seems like this would be Congress putting funding towards supporting moderation efforts that target abusive content.

EARN IT Act Will Make The Internet Worse For Everyone By Undermining Privacy And Security

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[2020] The EARN IT Act Violates the Constitution

AP fired a reporter after a dangerous blunder. Slack messages reveal a chaotic process.

A 10-minute miscommunication on Slack between journalists at the Associated Press resulted in an erroneous report last week that appeared momentarily to bring tensions between NATO and Russia to their highest point since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

AP fired a reporter after a dangerous blunder. Slack messages reveal a chaotic process.

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Marine Corps bans journalist and veteran James LaPorta from Camp Lejeune base

On 5 February 2017, you participated in inappropriate and unethical activities by attempting to interview a victim of an alleged crime aboard Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune, (MCB CAMLEJ); which is in violation of [a regulation], by gathering information/taking photographs/videotaping/exposing TV motion picture film within the Camp Lejeune area without prior approval of the Consolidated Public Affairs Office. Additionally, you violated [another regulation]; which states “Personal interviews and telephonic communications between prisoners and media representatives is not authorized, unless a determination is made that such an interview serves the legitimate public interest, or is in the best interest of the military.

Based upon the serious nature of your misconduct, you are being debarred from MCB CAMLEJ. I have determined that your presence aboard MCB CAMLEJ is detrimental to the security, good order and discipline of the Installation. Accordingly, you are hereby notified, upon the receipt of this letter, that you are ordered not to reenter, or be found within the limits of MCB CAMLEJ.

Zelensky cracks down on popular news outlet as repressions against media intensify in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky says he has granted a petition demanding that the government take action against popular opposition news website Strana.ua.

Zelensky cracks down on popular news outlet as repressions against media intensify in Ukraine

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Zelensky instructed Danilov to deal with the blocking of the website Strana (Ukrainska Pravda)

Also, on 30 December 2021, the National Security and Defence Council made a decision to block access by internet providers to web resources/services located on the strana.ua, strana.news, strana.one, strana.digital, strana.today, and other domains and subdomains web resources/services that provide access to the Strana.ua portal, a web resource/service that is similar (identical) in terms of content, as well as restriction by electronic service providers (social network services) of access from the territory of Ukraine to content posted on web pages/ in the channels Facebook.com/gazetastranaua, @strana.ua, vk.com/stranaua, ok.ru/stranaua.

Bad News For The Internet: Congress Looking To Sneak In Dangerous ‘Save The Kids!’ Internet Bill Into Year-End Omnibus

Over the last week or so, I keep hearing about a big push among activists and lawmakers to try to get the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) into the year-end “must pass” omnibus bill. Earlier this week, one of the main parents pushing for the bill went on Jake Tapper’s show on CNN and stumped for it. And, the latest report from Axios confirms that lawmakers are looking to include it in the lameduck omnibus, or possibly the NDAA (despite it having absolutely nothing to do with defense spending).

Bad News For The Internet: Congress Looking To Sneak In Dangerous ‘Save The Kids!’ Internet Bill Into Year-End Omnibus

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KOSA Would Let the Government Control What Young People See Online

Musk poses workers with a choice: quit Twitter, or prepare to get ‘hardcore’ + Elon Musk’s Twitter Moderation Flags Article About Elon Musk’s Twitter As Dangerous

Source: Twitter (FYI, it’s a joke)!

Times are changing at Twitter. In about two weeks under Elon Musk’s leadership, Twitter has fired over 3,700 people, and a slew of high-ranking execs have resigned. But the company’s personnel changes aren’t ending there. According to a report from The Washington Post, Musk sent a late-night email offering the remaining Twitter employees a choice: they can either resign and receive three months severance pay, or they can commit to a “hardcore” work environment.

Musk poses workers with a choice: quit Twitter, or prepare to get ‘hardcore’

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Elon Musk’s Twitter Moderation Flags Article About Elon Musk’s Twitter As Dangerous

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Musk is deleting Tweets, from employees, saying that they’ve been having to sleep at work and is blocking content that is critical of him. Sounds like free speech to me. /s

If You Thought The FTC Was Going To Fuck Over Elon, Just Wait Until He Learns About The EU

We’ve already pointed out that the new Twitter under Elon Musk may be facing some big challenges from the FTC in the US. The company is under a consent decree, and it’s not clear that Musk is complying with the terms of the consent decree. And unlike SEC violations, violating an FTC consent decree can hurt. Between the FTC and the DOJ, they can make it hurt. The fact that basically all of the remaining Twitter execs whose necks were on the line for potentially violating the FTC consent decree quit at the same time should tell you something (I guarantee it told the FTC something).

If You Thought The FTC Was Going To Fuck Over Elon, Just Wait Until He Learns About The EU