As threats to the company mount, TikTok pushes back – TechCrunch

As TikTok’s existential rollercoaster ride continues to rattle on, the company is trying to sway regulators and the public with a flood of dollars and arguments wrapped in free enterprise and free speech to ensure that its parent company Bytedance can retain control of its operations.

The push to validate its business comes as reports swirl around a potential Presidential ban and bid from Microsoft to take over the company’s business in the U.S.

As it confronts domestic competitors and political attacks, TikTok and its parent company Bytedance have picked up some defenders from the American civil rights movement. Read More

Tech Radar

Office 365 will soon tell you more about the threats in your inbox

Microsoft has revealed new details on a number of planned updates for Office 365 that will provide organizations with additional information regarding the spam emails and other threats in their inboxes.

In a post on its Microsoft 365 roadmap, the software giant laid out its plans for improvements to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) that will be released in Q3 of this year.

The first of these is the addition of a spam verdict within Threat Explorer so that customers will be able to identify if an email is “Malware, Phish or Spam”. Microsoft also plans to add a Threat Type Filter for All Email View so that customers can look at all of their emails at once and filter out the malicious ones. Read More

The Next Web

How Twitter’s biggest ever hack exposed serious threats to democracy

In case 2020 wasn’t dystopian enough, hackers on July 15 hijacked the Twitter accounts of former President Barack Obama, presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian, and Apple, among others. Each hijacked account posted a similar fake message. The high-profile individual or company wanted to philanthropically give back to the community during COVID-19 and would double any donations made to a bitcoin wallet, identical messages said. The donations followed.

The hack on the surface may appear to be a run-of-the-mill financial scam. But the breach has chilling implications for democracy. Read More

The Verge

Naughty Dog condemns abusive fans sending death threats, harassment to TLOU2 team

The Last of Us Part II developer Naughty Dog has issued a statement condemning harassment after several members of the creative team were subjected to abuse and hateful messages. Since the game’s launch on June 19th, members of the team, including co-director Neil Druckmann and voice actor Laura Bailey, have posted several examples of abusive, and often violent, messages sent their way. Yesterday, the studio made a statement in support of their staff.

“Although we welcome critical discussion, we condemn any form of harassment or threats directed towards our team and cast,” the studio posted on Twitter. “Their safety is our top priority, but we must all work together to root out this type of behavior and maintain a constructive and compassionate discourse.” Read More

The Verge

Facebook will ban ads that present races or religions as threats

Facebook is placing new restrictions on hateful content in ads, explicitly banning ads that encourage racial divisions. Specifically, the new policy will “prohibit claims that people from a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status are a threat to the physical safety, health or survival of others.” The policy will also restrict ads that express contempt for immigrants or refugees.

Notably, the new restrictions apply only to advertisements and will not affect posts without paid promotion. Read More


Discord shuts down major ‘Boogaloo’ server over threats of violence

The move came shortly after a Vice report that members, including some claiming to be active military personnel, were hoping to exploit protests against police brutality to spark the “Boogaloo,” or a new US civil war. While the membership is complex and includes everyone from libertarians to internet trolls, there have also been anti-government extremists who’ve been charged with shooting at federal officers and planning to bomb protests. Members of CoL were told to avoid using the term “Boogaloo” in chats to avoid tipping off law enforcement. Read More