Maine governor sued for deleting Facebook comments

Paul LePage uses his Facebook page to perform government business, so blocking people who disagree with him ‘constitutes… government censorship,’ the ACLU says.

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Facebook admits to blocking links to Wikileaks DNC emails

Facebook is once again caught in conservative crosshairs after admitting to accidentally blocking users from posting links to Wikileaks files of DNC emails. The incident has once again raised allegations of bias against the social network.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/07/26/facebook-admits-to-blocking-links-to-wikileaks-dnc-emails.html

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Report: Smartphone Ad Blockers Picking Up Steam


At least 419 million people around the world are blocking advertising on their smartphones, according to a report PageFair released Tuesday. Most of those people — 408 million of them — are using ad-blocking browsers, notes the report. The use of ad blockers doubled in 2015, and the use of mobile ad-blocking browsers increased 90 percent during the same year. “The findings show that the platforms that publishers and advertisers had believed were safe from ad blocking are not necessarily safe,” said Johnny Ryan, head of ecosystem at PageFair.

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Adblock Plus to Websites: 'We've Got Your Back'


Adblock Plus, which has been in the forefront of online ad blocking, this week announced the beta of Flattr Plus, a joint project with micropayment site Flattr, which promises no less than to revolutionize Web monetization. Users decide how much money they want to have distributed among their favorite sites, and the Flattr Plus algorithm automatically divvies up the proceeds among the sites they engage with the most. The beta will launch at the end of the month.

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Apple disables iOS News app in China amid censorship concerns

Article Image Apple is actively blocking Chinese access to the News app shipped as part of iOS 9, a number of iPhone and iPad users recently reported, a move thought to be motivated by that country’s stringent media rules.

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Blocking Pirate Bay doesn’t increase legit sales, study finds

The Pirate Bay, sinking
New research into consumer behavior and the impact of blocking websites shows that nuking access to multiple infringing sites can be effective, provided you target a swath of them simultaneously. Blocking just one, well-known site? Not so much.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/207434-blocking-pirate-bay-doesnt-increase-legit-sales-study-finds

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Gmail Struggles for Air in China


China last week apparently began blocking Gmail, and the outage was still in effect on Tuesday, although to a lesser degree, according to reports. A sharp drop in traffic from China to Google services began last Friday, according to its Transparency Report, and the company could find no explanation in its own systems. China’s “Great Firewall” censorship program is to blame, according to GreatFire, a Chinese free-speech advocacy group. China’s disruption of Gmail access actually began gradually several months ago.

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