The Biden administration eased some sanctions on Iran in an effort to help boost internet access for Iranian people amid protests.
Meanwhile, a new report found the largest online forum of the “incel” movement has seen an increase in calls for violence.
The Treasury Department announced exceptions to Iranian sanctions Friday to allow companies to provide more online services in the country after Iran’s government cut internet access for most of the country amid protests.
The guidance authorized tech companies to offer Iranian people with more options for secure, outside platforms and services, the department said in an announcement.
The update seeks to modernize the existing sanction exemptions for companies to provide internet access by adding exceptions for social media platforms, video conferencing services and cloud-based services.
The largest online forum of the “incel” movement has seen an increase in calls for violence, according to a report released Friday.
The Center for Countering Digital Hate found a 59 percent increase in the use of terms and codewords related to acts of mass violence on the “incel” forum, after analyzing more than 1 million posts between January 2021 and July 2022.
“Hateful” and “dehumanizing” language is central to the movement, with 21 percent of all posts on the “incel” forum studied for Friday’s report featuring misogynistic, racist and homophobic language.
AN ‘EXTREME RISK’
Former Twitter employee Anika Navaroli said the company’s tolerance of former President Trump led her to take the “extreme risk” of testifying before the Jan. 6 Committee, according to an interview with The Washington Post.
“I realize that by being who I am and doing what I’m doing, I’m opening myself and my family to extreme risk,” Navaroli told the Post. “It’s terrifying. This has been one of the most isolating times of my life.”
The Jan. 6 Committee revealed testimony in July from the previously unidentified whistleblower, who told the committee that for months she had been “begging and anticipating and attempting to raise the reality that … if we made no intervention into what I saw occurring, then people were going to die.”
“On Jan. 5, I realized no intervention was coming and … and we were at the whims, at the mercy of a violent crowd that was locked and loaded,” Navaroli testified.
BITS & PIECES
An op-ed to chew on: How the CHIPS and Science act can revolutionize US tech diversity
Notable links from around the web:
The Most Dominant Toxic Election Narratives Online (The New York Times / Cecilia Kang)
Outside audit says Facebook restricted Palestinian posts during Gaza war (The Washington Post / Elizabeth Dwoskin)
U.S. vs. China: The Race to Launch the Next Generation of Space Telescope (The Wall Street Journal)
🎵 Lighter click: Friendly reminder
The innovation office of the U.S. military is introducing an effort to assess cryptocurrency threats to national security and law enforcement, aiding authorities in preventing illegal uses of digital assets.
“The program underway here involves mapping out the cryptocurrency universe in some detail,” DARPA program manager Mark Flood told The Washington Post.
He continued: “We just need to acknowledge that the financial sector may be a component of modern warfare going forward, and anything we can do to reinforce and protect the U.S. financial sector and our allies’ financial sectors is beneficial.”