The download: Meta’s diplomatic AI and online comment censorship in China

The download: Meta's diplomatic AI and online comment censorship in China

China recently released a draft law on its next social credit system, which will ultimately guide how the country builds it.

The system is meant to promote trustworthiness in business, education, and nearly every other aspect of life. How it will actually accomplish this is far from straightforward.

An example of the implications of the social credit system—in particular, how it can affect social media and free speech—reveals how the seemingly lofty goal of building trust can be problematic in practice. And while the Chinese government is confident in its ability to pass judgment on the trustworthiness of social media posts, other parties are unlikely to agree. Read the full story.

—Zeyi Yang
Zeyi’s story is from China Report, his weekly newsletter that covers everything there is to know about China. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Tuesday.

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I’ve scoured the internet to find you today’s funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Twitter is becoming increasingly dangerous
Elon Musk is taking down the platform’s security systems. (WP$)
+ As a result, toxic discourse is proliferating. (wired $)
+ There are a lot of tweets on tweets right now. (The Atlantic $)
+ Twitter advertisers are leaving in droves. (WP$)
+ Mastodon is a much quieter and slower place, by comparison. ($New Yorkers)

2 Sam Bankman-Fried Treated FTX As His ‘Personal Fiefdom’
That’s according to the attorney representing the company at its first bankruptcy hearing. (The Guardian)
+ A significant amount of FTX’s assets are missing or stolen. (WSJ$)
+ Bankman-Fried’s influence on Washington DC crypto policy was undeniable. (motherboard)
+ It hasn’t done the industry any favors. ($New Yorkers)

3 tax reporting sites secretly shared financial data with Facebook
User income and scholarship amounts can fuel Facebook’s advertising algorithms. (the markup)

4 Americans seem to be tired of covid vaccines
The fear is that the hesitation could also extend to future epidemics. (Voice)
+ Paxlovid’s refusal is particularly evident. (The Atlantic $)

Quintuplets were born from frozen embryos 30 years ago
It is believed that the healthy boy and girl are the longest frozen embryos to be born. (CNN)

6 China claims to have “solved” a video game addiction among children
Thanks to very strict restrictions on how many hours they can play. (FT$)
+ China is buying fewer chip making machines. (Bloomberg$)
+ Video Game Addiction Is Now Being Recognized: What Happens Next? (MIT Technology Review)

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