Senate Votes to Block FCC Broadband Privacy Rules
Internet service providers such as Verizon, Comcast and AT&T were pleased when the Senate voted to block the FCC’s broadband privacy rules last week. The broadband privacy rules were part of regulations proposed by former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Part of the Broadband privacy rules includes ISPs getting consent before sharing consumer web-browsing data with advertisers. The resolution proposed would also prevent the FCC from implementing similar protections for consumers in the future, according to the Washington Post. Meanwhile, the Association of National Advertisers sees the vote as “a major step in the right direction,” according to their website. The vote passed 50 to 48 with Republicans in favor of the repeal and Democrats against.
United States Confirms Ban of Electronics on Flights from 10 Countries in “TSA Emergency Amendment”
Carry-on electronic devices have been banned on flights coming from 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the Trump administration’s response to unspecified terrorism threats. According to the Department of Homeland Security, passengers coming from the 10 airports are not allowed to bring anything larger than a cellphone, putting a restriction on tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras. The new restrictions were allegedly prompted by reports that militant groups had conspired to smuggle explosive devices in the form of electronic gadgets, according to CNBC. The airports being targeted are in Cairo, Istanbul, Kuwait City, Doha, Qatar, Casablanca, Morocco, Amman, Jordan, Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The airlines impacted are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudia, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Ethiad Airways. These airlines operate an estimated 50 direct flights to the United States every day.
Facebook Still Trying to fix Fake News after Election Blame
Facebook as begun to roll out a new addition the website that includes a bright red warning label on fake news stories that are “disputed.” There were mixed reactions to the new feature with some feeling Facebook taking responsibility is long overdue while right-wing groups question whether Facebook sources are accurate enough to be flagging website links. This comes after post-election media coverage pointed towards Facebook as a bad influence on the 2016 presidential election. Following accusations that Facebook had allowed fake news to circulate on the social media website, Mark Zuckerberg announced the social media platform would be stop misinformation from spreading on the site. The third-party sites that Facebook is now using are part of the Poynter’s fact-checking network plus news organizations such as ABC News and the Associated Press.