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Excellent Twitter thread on Facebook in Myanmar
Thought provoking -- as argued here, possibly Facebook should not have expanded into Myanmar or Sri Lanka at scale, until it had built out the content moderation and abuse handling teams for those areas and languages, and they should have researched and foreseen the political issues that would exploit their platform to perpetrate hate crimes
facebook  whatsapp  genocide  politics  hate-crimes  india  myanmar  sri-lanka  abuse  moderation 
4 weeks ago by jm
Law to allow snooping on social media defies European court ruling
Karlin on fire:
But there’s lots in this legislation that should scare the public far more. For example, the proposal that the legislation should allow the retention of “superfluous data” gathered in the course of an investigation, which is a direct contravention of the ECJ’s demand that surveillance must be targeted and data held must be specifically relevant, not a trawl to be stored for later perusal “just in case”.
Or the claim that interception and retention of data, and access to it, will only be in cases of the most serious crime or terrorism threats. Oh, please. This was, and remains, the supposed basis for our existing, ECJ-invalidated legislation. Yet, as last year’s Gsoc investigation into Garda leaks revealed, it turns out a number of interconnected pieces of national legislation allow at least 10 different agencies access to retained data, including Gsoc, the Competition Authority, local authorities and the Irish Medicines Board.
surveillance  ireland  whatsapp  viber  snowden  snooping  karlin-lillington  facebook  internet  data-retention 
july 2016 by jm
'Scaling to Millions of Simultaneous Connections' [pdf]
Presentation by Rick Reed of WhatsApp on the large-scale Erlang cluster backing the WhatsApp API, delivered at Erlang Factory SF, March 30 2012. lots of juicy innards here
erlang  scaling  scalability  performance  whatsapp  freebsd  presentations 
february 2014 by jm

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