Weekly Mozilla News Beat, October 30, 2020
Water On The Moon
NASA has discovered the existence of water on the moon. It’s not exactly the size of a lake or even a puddle, but the presence of water molecules on the moon’s sunlit-side have left scientists with questions like how water arrived in the first place and what’s trapping it there.
A Dutch researcher allegedly hacked Donald Trump’s Twitter account, by simply guessing the U.S. president’s login credentials. The password? “maga2020!”. Twitter denied reports of the hack though the hacker claimed to have access to Trump’s profile and even his direct messages.
Tech Vs Government
Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey testified (via video) in front of the U.S. Senate, saying that Facebook, Google and Twitter, respectively, don’t limit free speech. The panel served as a reminder that big tech, like Jack Dorsey’s beard, requires better regulation.
Next year, Apple’s iOS 14 will prompt users with a new privacy setting, asking if they’d like to be tracked by apps all across the internet or not. Now, the prompt has led to a lawsuit in France. Advertisers say this is anti-competitive and would hinder their ability to target ads.
MacRumors, (via Wall Street Journal)
A new lawsuit casts doubt on Uber’s policies in relation to race. The suit, filed by a former driver, claims Uber violates the Civil Rights Act when it fires drivers based on low ratings. According to the ex-Uber contractor, nonwhite drivers experience disparate levels of low ratings.
#EndSARS Facebook Flub
Blurb: Citizens in Nigeria protesting police brutality led to the end of the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), but not without heavy-handed content moderation from Facebook. The site’s algorithms labeled factual posts as fake, mistaking the task force for the respiratory syndrome with the same name. Context matters.
Election Day in the U.S. is November 3 but we’re already seeing ransomware attacks on polling places. Georgia’s Hall County saw a database it uses to verify signatures taken down. The county can manually check signatures, but this method is more time-consuming.
As the global pandemic rages on, federal law enforcement warns health care workers of ransomware attacks that they deem “imminent.” Experts expect attacks that prevent access to medical data, leading to transferring patients to other healthcare providers and longer wait times for care.
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