1. TikTok and 59 other Chinese apps banned in India
Credit: Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority
Yesterday, the Indian government officially banned 60 China-based apps, including some incredibly popular choices such as TikTok, SHAREIt and UC Browser.
The official reason for the ban is that they engage in "activities that undermine India's sovereignty and integrity, India's defense, state security and public order."
It is still unclear exactly how the ban will be enforced, but the apps are expected to be removed from the Google Play Store and App Store soon.
View the full list of banned apps here.
The Indian government has also used ISP level bans in the past in banning online services such as WeTransfer.
TikTok is a global sensation and in India alone, the app has accumulated 611 million downloads, representing 30% of all downloads around the world.
TikTok was also banned last year for not being able to properly screen questionable and pornographic content, although that was destroyed a week later.
No matter how you feel about the ban, the app is far from harmless. Check out this previous Dgit Daily newsletter if you missed it for more information.
These app bans are just the latest in a long history of antagonization between India and China.
Despite citing national security as the official reason for the ban, politics play a major, if not greater, role.
India has several disputed borders with its neighbors, but tensions have intensified in recent months as a result of the Chinese troop movement in the Galwan River Valley region.
These tensions erupted in fighting, killing 20 Indian soldiers on June 20.
The Indian government has responded by hitting Chinese business interests in India rather than directly contacting the Chinese government.
This app ban is just the latest in an ongoing battle between the two governments, so don't expect it to end anytime soon.
2. YouTube, Reddit and others (finally) crackdown on extremists
It's no secret that platforms like YouTube and Reddit have long been breeding grounds for conspiracy theories and disinformation. Intentional or not, algorithms have led millions of ordinary people through the rabbit hole to these communities.
YouTube and others are now actively pursuing policies that ban hate speech and hateful behavior by banning a number of prominent channels.
On YouTube, these banned white supremacist channels from Stefan Molyneux, David Duke and Richard Spencer.
On Reddit, the subreddits / r / The_Donald, / r / DarkHumorAndMemes and about 2000 others have all been removed.
Twitch also suspended Donald Trump's account for spiteful behavior.
While most of the bans targeted right-wing conspiracy groups, some left-wing groups were banned, such as the / r / ChapoTrapHouse subreddit.
Censorship has always been controversial, especially in an election year, but it's worth noting that many of these figures have spoken hate speech for years. David Duke is a former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and an unabashed neo-Nazi.
Ironically, these bans may be due to Trump's threat to remove certain safeguards currently enjoyed by social media platforms thanks to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Section 230 does two things:
Social media platforms cannot be prosecuted for removing content that violates their policies (bypass free speech).
Social media platforms are not treated as publishers of user content and cannot be held legally responsible (unless explicitly illegal such as child pornography).
Without this protection, social media platforms will have to intensify their self-control to avoid legal problems.
3. Do you think smartphone camera technology is now finding its way? Think again: Mobile camera technology was great even before iPhone and Android. (Android authority)
4. "This is not just any Orwellian technology of the future – it is currently used by law enforcement agencies across the country and is currently harming communities." Congress introduces bill to ban federal agencies from using facial recognition. (Vice)
5. Sony's PS5 got its official reveal earlier this month, but Xbox was suspiciously quiet. Rumor has it that a cheaper Xbox (called Xbox Series S) was part of a canceled June event that is now being pushed to August. (Eurogamer)
6. Google Photos is a handy way to store all your photos in the cloud, but recent changes no longer back up some photos by default. To make sure you don't lose them, here's how to backup your Instagram and Whatsapp photos. (Android authority)
7. Apple has made every effort to charge customers exorbitant accessories prices, but the next iPhone could take things to a new level by not even including a charger in the box. (MacRumors)
8. TikTok does more super shady things: Apple suddenly catches TikTok secretly spying on millions of iPhone users. (Forbes)
9. Despite what marketers say, 16-megapixel DSLR cameras still look better than current 108-megapixel smartphones, and it all comes down to a simple reason. Why the size of the camera sensor is more important than more megapixels. (Android authority)
10. Wipe those tears away with $ 100 bills: Zuckerberg loses $ 7 billion when companies boycott Facebook ads. (Bloomberg)
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