Good morning, Austin! Here are the tech headlines we’re following today.
Report: Twitter says Alex Jones has not violated its policies but is that true?
Twitter has made headlines as one of the remaining tech giants refusing to remove Alex Jones and his conspiracy theories.
Twitter’s Del Harvey told employees Wednesday that if Jones, an Austin resident, had posted the same content to the site, it would have been removed.
But a CNN review found that posts that led companies like YouTube and Facebook to remove the far-right conspiracy theorist’s content were still published to Twitter.
Twitter’s policies do not allow for “hateful conduct” or the harassment of people “on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease."
CNN found tweets from Jones that appear to violate those policies, including conspiracy theories on Sandy Hook and the Parkland school shooting and posts linking gay rights to pedophilia.
The media was weaponized mob outrage to silence "offensive" speech.— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) August 10, 2018
CNN has led a lobbying campaign to shut down a competing network.
This isn't journalism, this is activism.
In Russia, the government shuts down the media, in America, giant corporations take on that role.
Facebook ends its unpopular Friend List Feeds
Facebook announced it would immediately shut down its “friend list feeds” -- a feature that allowed users to scroll through only posts from a specific friends list.
The company assured users that they’ll still be able to create, edit and share their friends lists. However, reading their own personalized news feed won’t be possible under the change.
The feeds weren’t that popular, according to the company. In 2011, Facebook said that 95 percent of users hadn’t made a single list.
Hey, minimalists: soundbars are totally still a thing
512Tech’s Omar Gallaga writes that Soundbars, which typically do the work of a speaker array and receiver in a single device, have improved dramatically:
Yamaha’s new YAS-108, for instance, includes Bluetooth, a built-in subwoofer (many soundbars typically include a boxy, separate subwoofer as part of the package) and tech to make dialogue on TV shows and movies easier to hear for $200.
It’s one way to reduce cabling clutter and for most people, particularly apartment dwellers, it’s one way to improve TV sound without overdoing home-theater audio.
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