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This afternoon.

The US Senate.

In a contentious hearing, the CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Twitter, from top: Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey were questioned by Senators over their content moderation policies.

Via CNN:

[Republican Senator] Ted Cruz angrily went after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, pressing him on the platform’s decision to restrict content posted by the New York Post. He concluded by shouting at Dorsey: “Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear, and why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?”

And take off the damn nose ring.

It’s not Coachella, you shadow-banning spanner.

CEOs of Google, Twitter and Facebook grilled in Senate hearing (CNN)

From top: Facebook HQ, Dublin; Privacy activist Max Schrems outside the High Court, Dublin in 2015

This morning.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Privacy Shield, the EU-US data protection agreement, is invalid.

Via RTÉ:

The case was referred to the European court by Ireland’s High Court.

It began as a 2015 complaint to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, made by Austrian activist Max Schrems (see below).

The outcome could potentially have major implications for the way technology companies handle European citizens’ data.

It specifically relates to the personal data Facebook holds on its European users, which the company sends to its US-based data centres.

However, the ruling could impact any company that sends user data to the US or potentially any other country outside of the EU.

The Privacy Shield framework established between the EU and US was designed to allow data transfers between the two jurisdictions.

EU court rules EU-US data protection agreement invalid (RTE)

Privacy activist and party to the case Max Schrems says:

“I am very happy about the judgment. At first sight it seems the Court has followed us in all aspects.

This is a total blow to the Irish Data protection Commissioner (DPC) and Facebook. It is clear that the US will have to seriously change their surveillance laws, if US companies want to continue to play a role on the EU market.”

The Court clarified for a second time now that there is a clash of EU privacy law and US surveillance law. As the EU will not change its fundamental rights to please the NSA, the only way to overcome this clash is for the US to introduce solid privacy rights for all people – including foreigners.

Surveillance reform thereby becomes crucial for the business interests of Silicon Valley.

This judgment is not the cause of a limit to data transfers, but the consequence of US surveillance laws. You can’t blame the Court to say the unavoidable – when shit hits the fan, you can’t blame the fan.”

CJEU invalidates “Privacy Shield” in US Surveillance case (nypob.eu)

Rollingnews

Course you are.

At 8.30pm.

Will Keane will host a Facebook live quiz in aid of Women’s Aid.

He writez:

“Since the start of this lockdown, I have been running table quizzes for charity on Facebook Live. Over the last two weeks we have raised €5,000 for Daffodil Day and the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation in Crulim.

“Tonight we are raising funds for Women’s Aid, the domestic abuse charity which has seen a dramatic increase in calls to their helpline since the start of the lockdown.

“Expect questions, dingbats, a live music round and tonight’s theme is “The Mad Hatter”. We are encouraging players to wear the silliest hat they can find or make their own!!”

Facebook Live Kitchen Table Quiz For Women’s Aid (Facebook)

This morning.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

A fake Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg outside Leinster House this morning calling on TDs to ‘Correct the Record’, part of a worldwide campaign disinformation on the social media giant.

Rollingnews

Meanwhile…

Today.

In the Seanad.

Fine Gael TD Hildergarde Naughton (second pic above) is charing a hearing of the International Grand Committee of Fake News and Disinformation.

The committee will hear from a number of senior executives from Google, Facebook and Twitter and the Data Protection Commissioner.

Experts speaking to the committee this morning included (from top) Ben Nimmo, Senior Fellow for Information Defense at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab; Carole Cadwalladr, British author and investigative journalist; Roger McNamee, investor and author; and Karlin Lillington, columnist at The Irish Times.

The committee hearings can be watched live in link above.

Politicians from across the world meet in Dublin to quiz tech giants on ‘fake news’ (The Irish Times)

Gulp.

Are Americans ready to trust Facebook with their dating life? Barely more than a month has passed since the U.S. Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook a record $5 billion over its privacy lapses, and imposed a modified corporate structure to hold the company more accountable for its decisions over user privacy.

In the wake of this historic action, Facebook’s brand-new dating product is today launching to all in the U.S., promising to leverage the company’s deep insight into people’s personal data to deliver better matches than rival dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, Match and others.

What could go wrong?

Facebook Dating Launches In The US (TechCrunch)

Katy Minshall, Head of UK Government, Public Policy and Philanthropy at Twitter; Neil Potts, Public Policy Director at Facebook; and Marco Pancini, Director of Public Policy at YouTube before the Home Affairs Committee in Westminster

This morning.

The UK’s Home Affairs Committee heard from representatives from the big three social media companies, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as part of an inquiry the committee is carrying out into hate crime.

The representatives were Katy Minshall, Head of UK Government, Public Policy and Philanthropy at Twitter; Neil Potts, Public Policy Director at Facebook; and Marco Pancini, Director of Public Policy at YouTube.

Irish journalist Gavin Sheridan followed the meeting and took notes…

The meeting can be watched back in full in video link above or here