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As people are staying closer to home this fall, restless adventurers are looking for new outdoor experiences to break up their routine.

Scenically nestled between the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lodi Wine Country is just a few hours away beckoning with adventures. The lovely wine region is a favorite

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A new lawsuit may force YouTube to own up to the mental health consequences of content moderation

For big tech platforms, one of the more urgent questions to arise during the pandemic’s early months was how the forced closure of offices would change their approach to content moderation. Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter all rely on huge numbers of third-party contract workers to police their networks, and traditionally those workers have worked side by side in big offices. When tech companies shuttered their offices, they closed down most of their content moderation facilities as well.

Happily, they continued to pay their moderators — even those who could no longer work, because their jobs required them to use secure facilities. But with usage of social networks surging and an election on the horizon, the need for moderation had never been greater. And so Silicon Valley largely shifted moderation duties to automated systems.

The question was whether it would work — and this week, we began to get some details.

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Russian trolls are relying on Trump quotes and tweets for disinformation campaigns, saving them from making up the content themselves like they did in the 2016 elections

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

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  • Russia’s attempts to influence the election are mostly just amplifying President Donald Trump’s misleading statements, according to a new report from The New York Times.
  • Foreign Policy Research Institute fellow and former FBI special agent Clint Watts told the Times: “The Russians in 2016 had to make false news stories or manipulated truths to power their narratives. This time they’re not writing anything that’s not already said in US space, often by Mr. Trump himself.”
  • Last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress that Russia’s campaign was focused on sowing “divisiveness and discord” and hurting Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s chances at getting elected, The Times reported.
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Russia is once again interfering in the US election, but this time, The New York Times reported, instead of having to make up its propaganda,

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Advertisers reach deal with social media on steps to curb harmful content

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have agreed with big advertisers on first steps to curb harmful content online, following boycotts of social media platforms that advertisers had accused of tolerating hate speech.

The agreement comes three months after Facebook was hit by a boycott from major advertisers in the wake of anti-racism demonstrations that followed the death of George Floyd, an American Black man, in police custody.

Advertisers have complained for years that big social media companies do too little to prevent ads from appearing alongside hate speech, fake news and other harmful content. Big tech companies, meanwhile, want to be seen as taking action on the issue to fend off calls for more regulation.

Under the deal, announced on Wednesday by the World Federation of Advertisers, common definitions would be adopted for forms of harmful content such as hate speech and bullying, and platforms would adopt harmonized reporting standards.


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TikTok bans weight-loss, fasting ads as ‘harmful content’

Sept. 23 (UPI) — TikTok on Wednesday banned advertisements for fasting apps and weight loss supplements from its social media platform, citing the need to keep users safe from “harmful content and behavior.”

The short-form video app also moved to restrict ads it says “promote a harmful and negative body image.”

“As a society, weight stigma and body shaming pose both individual and cultural challenges, and we know that the Internet, if left unchecked, has the risk of exacerbating such issues,” TikTok U.S. Safety Policy Manager Tara Wadhwa wrote in a blog post.

“That’s why we’re focused on working to safeguard our community from harmful content and behavior while supporting an inclusive — and body-positive — environment.”

The company said it’s concerned frequents ads for such products have a negative effect on teenage users — who comprise a good share of TikTok’s 49 million U.S. users.

Also Wednesday, new backlash

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‘Among Us 2’ Scrapped To Bolster ‘Among Us 1’ With New Content

Well, Among Us is definitely the Fall Guys of September, that’s for sure. The game came out of nowhere to be one of the highest profile games of the year, drawing millions of Twitch viewers with practically every major streamer getting deep into it, and it’s had hundreds of thousands of concurrent players on Steam.

Like most small games that blow up unexpectedly, the developer, InnerSloth, was not exactly ready for this kind of sprawling success. And that has altered their future plans dramatically.

The biggest news is that there was supposed to be an Among Us 2, but that has now been cancelled, and everything that was going to be made for that game will now be poured into Among Us 1 to bolster its current prospects and keep it relevant in the future.

The problem is a technical one, that they really wanted to build

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Facebook oversight board will start reviewing controversial content before the election

A leading member of Facebook’s Oversight Board says the panel will begin taking content appeals cases within weeks, as critics worry about the social media giant’s potential impact on the US election less than two months away.

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Jamal Greene, a co-chair of the Oversight Board, told CNN Business in an interview this week that “sometime next month, in mid-to-late October, we’ll be able to announce the board is ready to start hearing cases.”

While Greene declined to offer a specific prediction of how many cases the Oversight Board will receive at launch, he said the organization’s initial goal is to hear roughly 100 cases a year.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg first pitched the Oversight Board in 2018 as a kind of social media Supreme Court that can make independent, binding decisions that may overrule Facebook’s content removal decisions. If a user feels treated unfairly by Facebook,

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Build Your Own Raspberry Pi Home Network Content Filter


Every device on your network is bombarded 24/7 with malware, banner ads, pop-ups, and activity-tracking scripts. All that extra cruft slows down your browsing. But with a bit of tinkering, you can program a tiny and cheap Raspberry Pi computer to block this noisome dross. Follow these instructions to install the free program Pi-hole, which checks all incoming data against blacklists of your choosing before deciding whether the packets should be passed on to your devices. It’s more efficient than a standard ad blocker; the filtering works across every device on your network, banishing ads, trackers, and malicious code from phones, iPads, PCs, game consoles, Rokus, and even smart TVs.


What You’ll Need

  • Raspberry Pi ($35) with the free Raspberry Pi OS software installed
  • Home network router (either the one from your ISP or your own—we like the TP-Link AX6000)
  • Mac or Windows PC for installing
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Facebook says it could restrict some content if election leads to unrest

Facebook has “some break-glass options available” including limiting the spread of certain content if the November election results in political instability, Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global affairs, told The Financial Times on Tuesday.

“There are some break-glass options available to us if there really is an extremely chaotic and, worse still, violent set of circumstances,” Clegg said.

Clegg noted that Facebook had acted aggressively in “other parts of the world” where there’s been instability, using what he called “pretty exceptional measures to significantly restrict the circulation of content on our platform.” He did not provide any examples.

His comments echo previous warnings from Facebook that it was preparing for scenarios where the winner of the presidential race isn’t initially known or is in dispute. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in August that he believed there was “significant risk of civil unrest” leading up to the election.

Facebook already restricts

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‘Bloodborne’ Remaster Content Details Leaked, Hunt Continues On PS5 and PC


  • “Bloodborne” Remaster is reportedly in development
  • The game would be reportedly released on PC and PS5
  • “Bloodborne” Remaster could have a cut of the content of the original game, according to a new rumor

“Bloodborne” Remaster is in development for PS5 and PC gamers with an extra content cut from the original game, according to a new rumor.

YouTuber Red Gaming Tech shared earlier today that “Bloodborne” Remaster is in development. The tipster is known for his information about new hardware and now claims that his sources revealed that the long-rumored remaster of “Bloodborne” is in development. The said game would reportedly launch on PS5 and PC.

The remaster reportedly features content that was cut from the original title. For “Bloodborne” fans it could mean a lot of things, considering that multiple enemy designs and pages of lore were removed from the game during its development. Granting that

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