Twitter and Facebook remove Chinese propaganda accounts

Hong Kong protests 2019

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Twitter and Facebook have between them suspended around 1,000 accounts that appear to be part of a Chinese government operation to undermine Hong Kong protests against Chinese efforts to bring the semi-autonomous territory’s legal system under greater mainland control (The Verge). 

Twitter says that it’s banned 936 accounts from the People’s Republic of China, where access to the microblogging network is nominally forbidden, that it says were part of a “coordinated state-backed operation” to undermine the Hong Kong protest movement. Operating on a tip from Twitter, Facebook has taken down seven Pages, three Groups and five accounts that it says were posing as news organisations and are linked to “individuals associated with the Chinese government.” 

US residents are getting another 90 days to use their Huawei hardware without government interference, while the Chinese tech giant will be allowed to continue doing business with US partners such as Google over the same period (BBC News). US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the move would give US customers “a little more time to wean themselves off,” while adding 46 more Huawei affiliates to the US Entity List trading blacklist.

For five days, between August 19 and 23, social discussion site Reddit is running a live video streaming trial called the Reddit Public Access Network (WIRED). The trial – limited to 100 concurrent streams of no more than 30 minutes in length – is targeting users who want to create short videos of current and ongoing events, with heavy moderation and content restrictions in place.

Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Red State) has teamed up with Netflix and Powerhouse Animation to produce a new He-Man series (Gizmodo). Per its blurb, Masters of the Universe: Revelation will tell “the epic tale of what may be He-Man and Skeletor’s final battle”, tie up loose ends from the original series and, Smith promises, be very metal.

A four-year-old game being ported to Nintendo Switch wouldn’t usually ruffle many feathers – the success of the hybrid console has had developers and publishers the world over scouring their back catalogues for titles to revamp for the popular platform (WIRED).

But when the game in question is something like The Witcher III – an epic open-world RPG, considered one of the most visually and technically impressive games of the current console generation, as well as one of the most demanding – one question immediately jumps to mind: how?

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