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Trump executive order escalates war on social media platforms (2nd Ld)

trump executive order escalates war on social media platforms (2nd ld)

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New York, May 29 (IANS) Two days after Twitter inserted fact checks into US president Donald Trump’s tweets, Trump hit back against social media platforms with an executive order on “preventing online censorship” and skewering Twitter for “political bias”.Trump’s actions seek to blunt Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act which generally protects internet companies from legal liability for user comments.Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe called the Trump order a “big nothingburger”.AdvertisementTrump’s offensive has come on the back of the feeblest of fact checks by Twitter which took the form of a hyperlink, in baby blue, that tagged onto exactly two of Trump’s tweets and said “Get the facts about mail-in ballots”.”Nothing the president or agencies like the FCC and FTC can legally do could successfully censor such private Internet comment, so the executive order (EO) that Trump has unfurled is a big nothingburger in terms of responding to what Twitter did to provoke Trump’s outrage”, Tribe tweeted.AdvertisementThe executive order, which runs into more than 2,300 words, is centered around a single issue: That the digital public square should not “restrict” free speech. Trump, who leans on Twitter as his political megaphone, has long been critical of …

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Meet 4 women entrepreneurs who have built SaaS platforms to address various issues

meet 4 women entrepreneurs who have built saas platforms to address various issues

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India is increasingly turning to building software and mobile applications to tackle various challenges and opportunities, from addressing business efficiency to facilitating payment and leisure activities. It has spawned a lucrative market for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that is expected to cross the $50 billion mark in the next 10 years, weighed by large demand and supply, according to a joint report published by Google and Accel Partners. (From left to right clockwise) Entrepreneurs Ankita Garg, Enthrall Labs; Kausambi Manjita, Kubric; Madhavi Shankar, SpaceBasic; Vidya Santhanam, FitbotsLargely driven by engineering, inside sales, and product management, SaaS startups make up most of the startup ecosystem. Women entrepreneurs are also betting their stakes and developing software-based solutions. Here are four such entrepreneurs that are developing SaaS-based products for everything — from helping SMEs retain their customers to digitising student housing processes and empowering digital designers.Madhavi Shankar, SpaceBasicMadhavi Shankar was well-exposed to the startup culture in Australia. When she decided to start up in India, the entrepreneur saw that the country was a little behind in terms of digitisation, especially the way universities manage student housing and most functions manually. This observation led Madhavi to start SpaceBasic, along with co-founders Indu Navar and Aiden Bingham. A SaaS …

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Trump signs executive order targeting social media companies – KEYT | KCOY

trump signs executive order targeting social media companies – keyt | kcoy

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies on Thursday, days after Twitter called two of his tweets “potentially misleading.”

Speaking from the Oval Office ahead of signing the order, Trump said the move was to “defend free speech from one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history.”

“A small handful of social media monopolies controls a vast portion of all public and private communications in the United States,” he claimed. “They’ve had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter, virtually any form of communication between private citizens and large public audiences.”

The executive order tests the boundaries of the White House’s authority. In a long-shot legal bid, it seeks to curtail the power of large social media platforms by reinterpreting a critical 1996 law that shields websites and tech companies from lawsuits. But legal experts on both the right and the left have raised serious concerns about the proposal. They say it may be unconstitutional because it risks infringing on the First Amendment rights of private companies and because it attempts to circumvent the two other branches of government.

“(Trump) is trying to steal for himself the power of the …

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Trump escalates war on Twitter, social media protections

trump escalates war on twitter, social media protections

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump escalated his war on Twitter and other social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the lawsuit protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet.

Announced with fanfare, the president’s action yet appeared to be more about politics than substance. He aims to rally supporters after he lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets.

Trump said the fact checks were “editorial decisions” by Twitter amounting to political activism and that such actions should cost social media companies their liability protection for what is posted on their platforms.

Trump, who personally relies heavily on Twitter to verbally flog his foes, has long accused the tech giants in liberal-leaning Silicon Valley of targeting conservatives by fact-checking them or removing their posts.

“We’re fed up with it,” Trump said, claiming his order would uphold freedom of speech.

Technology industry groups disagreed, saying it would stifle innovation and speech on the internet. And the U.S. Chamber of Commerce objected, “Regardless of the circumstances that led up to this, this is not how public policy is made in the United States.”

The executive order directs executive branch agencies …

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Zscaler Buys Application Security Startup Edgewise Networks

zscaler buys application security startup edgewise networks

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Zscaler has purchased early-stage vendor Edgewise Networks to better protect application-to-application communications in public cloud and data centers.
The San Jose, Calif.-based cloud security vendor said acquiring Burlington, Mass.-based Edgewise Networks will significantly improve the security of east-west communication by verifying the identity of application software, services and processes. This will measurably reduce the attack surface, Zscaler said, thereby lowering the risk of application compromise and data breaches.
“It felt very similar technologically to what it is that we were doing,” Zscaler executive vice president of business and corporate development Punit Minocha told CRN. “And it felt like a good fit culturally.”

[Related: Zscaler To Buy Startup Cloudneeti To Protect Public Cloud Data]

The cybersecurity industry has historically relied on existing technologies like overlay networks and traditional firewalls to secure application-to-application communications, Minocha said. But this ends up creating large, flat networks that are difficult to manage as workflows move to the cloud and become more dynamic in nature, according to Minocha.
The Edgewise product is already quite polished and finished, and Zscaler plans in the short-term to sell the product as is into its existing customer base, Minocha said. Over time, Minocha said Zscaler hopes to take …

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Donald Trump just used a ridiculous comparison to justify his social media crackdown

donald trump just used a ridiculous comparison to justify his social media crackdown

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“Imagine if your local phone companies tried to edit or censor what you said. Social media companies have far more power,” Trump said.
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Think about it for one second and, maybe, the comparison makes some sense. Think about it any longer and you can immediately see this isn’t even an apples-and-oranges comparison. It’s more like an apples-and-spaceships comparison. Because the comparison makes absolutely no sense.To explain exactly how and why, let’s take Trump up on his premise. Let’s say that a local telecommunications company did censor or edit a conversation you were having over the phone with a friend. What that would mean is that your friend would not get the exact message you were seeking to send. They would get some sort of altered message.That’s bad! We can all agree on that! If I want to call my wife and tell her I love her and the phone company turns “I love you” into “I like …

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Trump executive order to punish social-media platforms is largely toothless, legal experts say

trump executive order to punish social-media platforms is largely toothless, legal experts say

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President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order ostensibly to prevent online censorship, a broad government review of private companies’ activities with potentially grave consequences for social-media companies.
Trump claimed in the “Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship” that social-media companies have “unchecked power” to censor and restrict speech, and “we’re fed up with it.” He vowed to limit liability protections enjoyed by such companies, with possible legislation and lawsuits to come.
See also: Trump signs order aimed at curbing social-media companies amid brawl with Twitter
Expectations ahead of the order — a day after Trump threatened to punish Twitter Inc. for placing fact-checking warning labels on two of his tweets — sent Twitter
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shares down 4.4% in regular trading Thursday. Facebook Inc.’s
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stock declined 1.6% after a recent winning streak. Google parent Alphabet Inc.
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shares were flat. Twitter and Facebook shares rose slightly in after-hours trading, after the order was signed.

Snap Inc.
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and Pinterest Inc.
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, which seemed to escape Trump’s wrath, both had solid days on Wall Street: Snap shares closed up 7.4%, and Pinterest advanced 3.6%.
See also: Trump to sign executive order on social-media companies on Thursday
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Stung By Twitter, Trump Signs Executive Order To Weaken Social Media Companies

stung by twitter, trump signs executive order to weaken social media companies

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President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at limiting the federal legal protections that shield social media companies from liability.

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President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at limiting the broad legal protections enjoyed by social media companies, just two days after Trump tore into Twitter for fact-checking two of the president’s tweets. “We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history, frankly,” Trump said from the Oval Office. “A small handful of powerful social media monopolies control the vast portion of all private and public communications in the United States.” The president said the tech companies have “unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter” a large sphere of human interaction. “They have points of view,” Trump said. The Trump administration hopes the order will eventually set the stage for new regulations on tech platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

But legal experts were doubtful the move would have any practical effect on the tech giants. Legal observers described the action as “political theater,” arguing that the order does not change existing …

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Sesame Software Expands Backup and Recovery Solution as Salesforce Eliminates Data Recovery Services

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Sesame Software, a leader in cloud data protection, brings new offerings to backup and recovery solution as Salesforce is set to retire data recovery servicesSANTA CLARA, Calif., May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sesame Software, creator of Relational Junction and a leading provider of cloud-based data backup and recovery, has launched new patented features and an enhanced data recovery user interface. Sesame Software is redefining how organizations of all sizes protect and manage their data with its most complete and scalable backup and recovery solution for Salesforce. Relational Junction Data Warehouse and Integration (PRNewsFoto/Sesame Software, Inc.)MoreSalesforce is an integral part of business processes for many organizations. Although losing Salesforce data would be devastating for these businesses, many entrust their Salesforce data backup and recovery to Salesforce, at their own risk.Salesforce.com has recently announced that “effective July 31, 2020, Data Recovery as a paid feature will be deprecated and no longer available as a service.”Sesame Software’s Relational Junction for Salesforce was first offered in Spring 2005 as a backup and recovery solution, being one of the earliest data compliance offerings in the Salesforce ecosystem. Since that time, Sesame’s customers have performed countless recoveries of mission critical data.As of April 2020, Relational Junction …

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Should be fearful of Trump’s threat to crack down on social media: Wikipedia Founder

should be fearful of trump’s threat to crack down on social media: wikipedia founder

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Social media sites do have a responsibility to build a place that is high quality and is reflective of a healthy dialogue, says Jimmy Wales. How do you ensure reliable sources on Wikipedia?
We are always deeply concerned about having reliable sources. So we count on sources that are previewed and we reference high quality magazines and newspapers. If, for example, President Trump tweets something that is nonsense, we do not accept it as a source in Wikipedia for random things he says on Twitter. So that helps a lot.
There is a big face off between President Trump and Jack Dorsey. On the one hand, there is now fact checking but on the other hand, you have Facebook’s Mark Zuckerbug who says that social media platforms should not become the arbiter of truth. Where do you stand in this debate?
It is a very complicated question. One of the things that we should remember during these difficult times is that there is a fear that we have all had in the past in which Facebook began to control the public narrative by becoming the arbiter of truth. I do not want to only read news that Mark Zuckerberg …

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