Hillicon Valley — California sued over children’ on-line security regulation 

California is dealing with a lawsuit from tech trade group NetChoice over the Golden State’s landmark kids’s digital security regulation. 

In the meantime, left-leaning Twitter customers are scrambling to discover a backup platform after modifications carried out by new CEO Elon Musk.

That is Hillicon Valley, detailing all you have to find out about tech and cyber information from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. We’re Rebecca Klar and Ines Kagubare. Enroll right here or within the field under.

Tech group sues California over children’ privateness regulation

Tech trade group NetChoice on Wednesday sued California over a children’ on-line security regulation, arguing the measure that goals to ramp up privateness protections for minors on-line would “hobble” free speech. 

NetChoice, which names tech giants Google and Meta amongst its members, mentioned in a criticism the California Age Applicable Design Code would “hurt” slightly than shield minors and stress on-line companies to “over-moderate content material” in makes an attempt to keep away from penalties for the regulation in a approach that can limit info for customers of all ages. 

The criticism additionally alleges the regulation’s requirement to confirm the ages of customers will “frustrate nameless and informal shopping” and “amplify privateness issues.” 

The lawsuit is the newest effort from the tech group towards state legal guidelines, handed in lieu of Congress taking motion to create federal regulation within the tech house. NetChoice can be a part of lawsuits towards Republican-backed legal guidelines in Texas and Florida that search to maintain firms from eradicating customers or content material over political ideology, which they are saying impedes firms’ capability to reasonable content material consistent with their insurance policies. 

Learn extra right here. 

Liberals scramble to exchange Twitter 

Elon Musk’s conquest of the Twitter-verse has despatched hordes of principally left-leaning tweeters scrambling — if not for the exits, then a minimum of for a social-media backup plan.   

Twitter’s defectors and discontents set out in waves, trying to find viable alternate options. The primary broke in April, when Twitter accepted Musk’s $44 billion bid for the social media firm. The second rolled out in October, when he accomplished the acquisition.

  • Additional wavelets and ripples have adopted the Tesla billionaire’s extra incendiary strikes as tweeter-in-chief: firing half Twitter’s employees, reinstating the suspended account of former President Trump and, extra not too long ago, mocking each the queer and public well being communities with a five-word put up, “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci.”  
  • A few of Twitter’s disaffected have closed their accounts. Many extra have saved their Twitter handles whereas adopting new ones on different websites, thronging the digital gates of beforehand unheralded platforms Mastodon, Hive and Publish.   

Now, social media colonists are laboring to rebuild their networks on new websites whereas maintaining a tally of the previous one, to see how the Twitter’s wars play out.  

Learn extra right here. 


A bunch of Democrats urged Meta to increase the ban on former President Trump’s Fb account, arguing that he would nonetheless pose dangers of inciting violence and undermining democracy if allowed again on the platform.  

The push comes simply weeks forward of Meta’s self-imposed January deadline to resolve whether or not to maintain Trump’s account banned, marking two years because the suspension was put in place following posts the previous president made concerning the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the Capitol.  

  • Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), André Carson (D-Ind.) and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), together with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), cited Trump’s posts on his personal social media platform, Fact Social, as examples of the “dangerous election content material” he may put up on Fb if given entry to his account in a letter despatched to Meta’s President of World Affairs Nick Clegg Wednesday. 
  • The Democrats mentioned they “have each cause to imagine he would convey related conspiratorial rhetoric again to Fb, if given the possibility.” 
  • “His rhetoric can solely function a motivation to incite violence, and it’s Meta’s duty to maintain such rhetoric off its platforms,” they wrote.  

In response to the letter, a Meta spokesperson despatched the weblog put up Clegg wrote in June 2021 concerning the choice to reevaluate Trump’s suspension in January 2023. On the time, Clegg mentioned that Meta will “look to specialists to evaluate whether or not the danger to public security has receded,” contemplating elements resembling “situations of violence, restrictions on peaceable meeting and different markers of civil unrest.” 

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The U.S. authorities has charged eight social media influencers with securities fraud, alleging they used Twitter and messaging app Discord to govern exchange-traded shares as a part of a $100 million fraud scheme.  

The Securities and Trade Fee (SEC) mentioned in a launch that seven of these charged promoted themselves as profitable merchants and gained a whole bunch of hundreds of followers on Twitter and in inventory buying and selling chatrooms on Discord since January 2020. 

They allegedly purchased sure shares and inspired their followers to do the identical by indicating that they had been shopping for, holding or including to their inventory positions. 

However an SEC criticism states that when share costs or buying and selling volumes rose within the promoted shares, they usually offered their shares with out disclosing their plans to drop their securities.

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Extra GOP TikTok bans for state staff  

The Republican governors of three extra states have joined the rising variety of GOP governors who’re banning TikTok amongst state authorities workers amid safety issues concerning the Chinese language-owned social media platform.  

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds every signed govt orders previously two days to ban the app from state-owned units. Republican governors in Maryland, South Dakota, Texas and Utah have already taken motion to ban TikTok for state workers’ units.  

Ivey mentioned in a memorandum despatched to state workers on Tuesday that the information that TikTok, which is owned by a Chinese language mum or dad firm, collects could possibly be topic to Chinese language legal guidelines permitting it to be shared with the Chinese language Communist Celebration. 

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Fifteen Republican state attorneys normal despatched letters to the CEOs of Apple and Google on Wednesday demanding they improve their age rankings for the TikTok app. 

State governments have more and more taken goal on the video-hosting platform for its ties to Beijing and the mature content material on it. The letters argue that the app’s “Teen” ranking within the Google Play Retailer and “12+” ranking within the Apple App Retailer are deceptively low. 

“We’ve identified for a very long time how TikTok acts as a Chinese language Computer virus, feeding dangerous and grownup content material to kids,” Montana Lawyer Common Austin Knudsen (R) mentioned in an announcement. “It exposes children to dangerous content material that promotes medication and alcohol use, glorifies consuming problems and encourages unlawful and harmful ‘challenges,’ whether or not they’re trying to find it or not. Drug cartels have even used it to recruit youngsters to affix them.”

Learn extra right here.  


An op-ed to chew on: How can an organization defend towards information breaches? It begins with workers

Notable hyperlinks from across the net

The 80-year-old e book that explains Elon Musk and tech’s new right-wing tilt (Vox / Zack Beauchamp) 

Why Tech Layoffs Don’t Replicate the Job Market (The Wall Avenue Journal) 

📚 Lighter click on: “a lot” of White Lotus memes

One final thing: Goodbye, ElonJet 

Twitter suspended an account that tracked the actions of recent CEO Elon Musk’s personal jet, weeks after Musk vowed to not ban the account. 

The @elonjet account, run by Jack Sweeney, used publicly accessible flight information to automate tweets concerning the jet’s actions, however the account web page reveals it was suspended for violating the corporate’s guidelines. 

Musk, who has pledged to return “free speech” to Twitter, mentioned days after closing his takeover deal in October that he wouldn’t ban the account. 

“My dedication to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my airplane, though that may be a direct private security threat,” Musk wrote on Nov. 6

Following the suspension, Musk’s tweet now seems alongside a Group Notice, a comparatively new function that enables customers to supply context about tweets. If members who typically disagreed previously agree on a notice for a specific tweet, it seems for different customers. 

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