Daily Crunch: Facebook is ‘too narrow’ on removing white supremacy
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1. Facebook civil rights audit says white supremacy policy is ‘too narrow’
Over the last six months, Facebook has made changes around enforcing rules against hate speech, fighting discrimination in ads and protecting against misinformation and suppression, according to a new progress report on an audit led by former ACLU Washington Director Laura Murphy.
However, the report says Facebook’s policy is still “too narrow.” That’s because it solely prohibits explicit praise, support or representation of the terms “white nationalism” or “white separatism,” but does not technically prohibit references to those terms and ideologies.
2. Rocket Lab successfully launches seventh Electron rocket for ‘Make It Rain’ mission
The private rocket launch startup’s latest mission took off yesterday from the company’s private Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand.
3. Analysts think global 5G smartphone shipments will overtake 4G in 2023
A new report from Canalys suggests that 2023 will be the true pivot point for 5G.
4. China silences podcast and music apps as online crackdown widens
On Friday, a total of 26 audio-focused apps were ordered to terminate, suspend services or have talks with regulators as they were investigated and deemed to have spread “historical nihilism” and “pornography,” according to a notice posted by the Cyberspace Administration of China.
5. Samsung launched an app store for Bixby
Now vendors can make their Bixby-integrated services (or “capsules”) available to users. The store opens today in the U.S. and Spain, launching with a handful of key apps, including Google Maps, Spotify, iHeartRadio, NPR and Yelp.
6. Assistive technologies will be a $26 billion-dollar market, and investors are only now addressing it
Organizations like Not Impossible Labs, a Los Angeles-based company, and startups like OrCam Technologies, eSight, B-Temia, Kinova Robotics, Open Bionics, Voiceitt and Whill are harnessing technology to bring solutions to people with disabilities across the world. (Extra Crunch membership required.)
7. This week’s TechCrunch podcasts
The Equity team has some thoughts about reports of internal drama at Brandless, while Original Content reviews the Netflix sketch comedy “I Think You Should Leave.”