FROM Xeni Jardin
US to get more money to fight hackers President Trump’s budget proposes $1.5 billion for Homeland Security, specifically for cybersecurity. Two Russian intelligence officers are charged with hacking Yahoo. McDonald’s claims its official Twitter account was hacked as well.
Required for US entry: social media passwords? Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Congress that his department is getting more serious about the vetting process, which means travelers from certain countries might have to hand over their social media passwords before entering the US.
Does Twitter have what it takes against trolls? Twitter announced this week that they’ll implement a fix to combat repeat trolls. Reddit banned two subreddits yesterday. Snapchat, valued at $25 billion, is expected to publicly file its IPO next week.
The Twitter resistance to Trump over climate change The Trump administration issued temporary social media gag orders to major government agencies, including the EPA and USDA. A backlash ensued, and some federal employees apparently went rogue.
Net neutrality under Donald Trump FCC chairman Tom Wheeler announced today that he’ll resign on the same day Donald Trump is sworn in as President. Wheeler helped push through rules last year that require internet service providers to treat all internet traffic equally. It’s a principle many tech companies have favored. Executives from those companies met with Trump in New York yesterday.
Why did Donald Trump call out Chuck Jones on Twitter? President-elect Donald Trump has been tweeting away again, and yesterday the president of the United Steelworkers Union became the target of his trolling. A spotlight has also been shined on a little girl who’s tweeting from Aleppo.
Social media helped Trump win the White House A good part of the country is still taking stock of how and why Donald Trump won the election. The influence of social media tops the list. Even Trump says Facebook, Twitter and Instragram played key roles in his victory.
Dirty web tricks attempt to disenfranchise voters Some memes and tweets are telling voters they can vote online or by text, which you actually cannot do in any state. Some deceptive ads on Twitter have been targeting minority voters. And Trump bots have been out-tweeting Clinton bots during this general election.
Twitter says goodbye Vine, first emojis say hello MOMA Twitter has killed off Vine, where you can see six-second videos on loop. The decision is not being received well on Twitter. Also, New York’s Museum of Modern Art has acquired the original emojis for its permanent collection.
Web Roundup: Wikileaks Wikileaks came up in the debate last night, after Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s emails were hacked and published by the group. But now Julian Assange’s Internet access has been cut off. It’s also now believed that Russia directed the hack of the Democratic National Committee. Are the two related?
Mayor Garcetti on housing, homelessness, and sanctuary rhetoric LA Mayor Garcetti explains his plans to create more housing and help get the homeless out of tent encampments. Also, is he going to run for governor?
Rep. Darrell Issa's raucous town halls, and the rise of Indivisible Rep. Darrell Issa held two town hall meetings Saturday in Oceanside, where constituents asked about replacing Obamacare, the administration’s ties to Russia, climate change, and immigration. More than 100 protesters showed up, some who are linked to Indivisible.
How will the GOP health care bill affect California? We look at who in California would benefit from the Republican-proposed American Health Care Act, and who would be hurt. Two Trump voters living in Bakersfield also weigh in on the bill.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.