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Critics say Montana’s TikTok ban is a violation of free speech



ABOUTOn Wednesday, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a first-of-its-kind bill to ban Chinese social media app TikTok in the state. The law, due to take effect in January 2024, was quickly criticized for violating free speech laws.

In a statement, Gianforte’s office called the law an attempt to “protect the personal and private data of Montana residents from being collected by the Chinese Communist Party.” Tech and legal experts say the way the ban is implemented in the coming months could set a precedent for how TikTok, which has more than 150 million U.S. users, is regulated nationwide, especially as state and federal legislatures authorities seek to restrict access to the platform. achieve.

“Now we are seeing a patchwork of efforts to limit [app]Whether it’s restricting access to minors or banning downloads on government devices,” says Courtney Rudsch, a research fellow at the UCLA Institute of Technology, Law, and Policy.

Radsch notes that a complete ban in the state will lead to much more complications. “This will be a watershed moment because it will likely be challenged at the constitutional level.”

How will the ban work?

The new law appears to place the responsibility for regulating usage on app stores and TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, rather than on individual users. Platforms like Google and Apple will have to remove the app from their statewide app stores and could be fined $10,000 for every day they don’t comply. (Google and Apple did not respond to TIME’s request for comment.)

It’s currently unclear how the ban will apply beyond that, or how it will affect users who downloaded the app before January 1st, but experts say enforcing it will be a daunting task. Companies are trying to use a tactic called geofencing to block an app based on the user’s geographic boundaries, but users can easily use a VPN to change their location to a different state.

“It will be difficult to implement it in a way that cannot be bypassed,” says Ramya Krishnan, staff lawyer for the Knight First Amendment Institute.

Will the law survive in court? ?

Most likely, a lawsuit will be filed against the ban. Keegan Medrano, policy director for the ACLU of Montana, said in a May 17 interview. a statement that the Montana legislature “trampled” freedom of speech. “We will never trade our First Amendment rights for cheap political glasses.”

In a statement released on Twitter on Wednesday evening, TikTok said“We want to reassure Montana residents that they can continue to use TikTok to express themselves, earn money, and find community as we continue to work to protect the rights of our users inside and outside of Montana.” TikTok did not respond to TIME’s request for comments.

“[TikTok] it’s a place where a lot of people say different things. To make this information inaccessible to the people of Montana, and also to prevent Montans from participating in this discourse, the government will have to present very convincing arguments, ”says Anupam Chander, professor of law and technology at Georgetown University.

Any legal action could be very similar to the latest attempt to block TikTok. In 2020, the courts blocked Trump’s order to ban TikTok and the Chinese messaging app WeChat, ruling that the Trump administration failed to demonstrate enough security risk to restrict users’ freedom of speech.

Montana’s ban is based on the idea that the app poses a security risk, but experts say the state has no evidence to support this. “In order to justify the ban, Montana had to show that its privacy and security issues are real and that they cannot be addressed in narrower ways,” says Krishnan. “He didn’t.”

Krishnan adds that banning TikTok would set a dangerous precedent in how we regulate free speech online. “Restricting access to foreign media is something we usually associate with authoritarian regimes,” she says, “and we have to be very careful before giving such powers to our government.”

How does this fit into the broader TikTok ban trend?

Government officials in Montana are justifying the law as a way to combat data collection and misinformation on the platform, a stance that is becoming increasingly common. Congress recently introduced the RESTRICTION Act, which would allow the Secretary of Commerce to ban foreign technology and companies from operating in the US if they pose a threat to national security.

“The real issue here is the need for a national data protection law,” says Radsch, who says unregulated data collection is likely being done by tech companies both in the US and abroad.

The most effective solution would be to adopt legislation to regulate the collection and use of data. “Many things are national security risks of one level or another. We use the Internet all the time, where our day-to-day activities can be stolen by foreign players,” says Chander. “There is the issue of a national security threat, but it’s just important to remember that these risks are everywhere. It’s not just one application or one domain.”

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Twitter is reportedly accusing Microsoft of violating its data usage policy.



Elon Musk’s personal lawyer, Alex Spiro, reportedly sent a letter to Microsoft accusing it of using the Twitter API “for unauthorized uses and purposes.” In accordance with New York Times another Wall Street Magazine, Spiro wrote that “Microsoft may have been in breach of several provisions of the agreement for an extended period of time.” Specifically, he accuses Microsoft of misusing Twitter data, such as using more than intended and sharing that data with government agencies without permission. Spiro also wrote that Microsoft refused to pay for data usage.

Microsoft has used Twitter data through its API for years in several products, including those related to Xbox, Bing and its advertising tools. However, after Twitter stopped freely accessing its API, Microsoft decided to start distancing itself from the website. It removed Twitter from its social media management tool for advertisers, and disabled the ability to upload screenshots and clips directly to Twitter from Xbox consoles and Windows Game Bar. The tech giant didn’t explain the reason for these decisions, but Twitter is charging organizations up to $50,000 a month to access its new API.

In response to a tweet about Microsoft delisting Twitter from its social media management tool, Elon Musk said: “They illegally trained using Twitter data. Trial time.” It’s also worth noting that Musk and Microsoft have recently had a rocky relationship with a former declaring that the tech giant controls its partner OpenAI. Microsoft, which invested a total of $13 billion in the creator of ChatGPT, said the claim was “actually not rightMusk also said FoxNews that he was concerned that ChatGPT was being “taught to be politically correct”, and that he wanted to create his own generative AI chatbot called “TruthGPT”. Hello criticized OpenAI, which he helped start as a non-profit organization in 2015, for turning it into a for-profit business.

It’s unclear if this event will end in a lawsuit, but Twitter is demanding that Microsoft review data usage across its apps. Twitter also wants Microsoft to submit a report by June on how much data the company has and how it is stored and used. In addition, he wants to know when Microsoft gave government organizations access to its data.

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What happens to the bet when the game is stopped



October 7, 2021

From time to time sporting events are stopped. The reasons for this can be very different, ranging from bad weather to racist insults from the audience. In tennis it is quite common for a game to be interrupted, but it is less likely to be abandoned.

In this article, you will learn what happens to the bet if the game is stopped. There is a difference between “aborted” and “abandoned” that you need to know before placing a bet or when it happens after you have placed a bet.

what’s happening When the game is interrupted

When a game is stopped before it has reached its natural end (i.e. the end of one set in a match between two players or the end of a game in football), it will be marked as abandoned and bets will stand. all offered markets.

All live bets stand unless you have bet specifically on a game that will be abandoned if it is interrupted.

If you have placed a bet on the total number of games, for example in tennis, and have chosen those that were interrupted, then your bet will be refunded if any of these bets are not completed due to interruption.

Bets offering odds based on a game ending in a certain way (e.g. player A winning) will be void if the match is abandoned after it has started, regardless of the result.

what’s happening When the game is over

When a game is stopped before it has reached its natural end (i.e. the end of one set in a match between two players or the end of a game in football), it is marked as abandoned and bets are refunded. in all offered markets.

All live bets will be void unless you have placed a bet specifically on a game which will be abandoned if it is abandoned.

what’s happening When the game is abandoned

If a game is interrupted and abandoned without reaching its natural conclusion (for example, the end of one set in a match between two players or the end of a game in football), bets on all markets offered will be refunded.

All live bets will be void unless you have placed a bet specifically on a game which will be abandoned if it is abandoned.

Let’s assume that a certain number of games have been agreed for betting purposes and they have not been completed due to interruption or rejection. In this case, bets will stand and the total number of games played, for example in tennis, will be settled based on the result after the end of the game.

To give one example, for betting purposes the game between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep in Indian Wells was considered to be played until two more games were played due to a rain break. The match was then abandoned without a natural conclusion (one set each), resulting in void bets on all markets. However, all bets would stand if play were stopped after two games (one set each).

The rules that apply for sports bookmakers are different for live betting operators. If you place a bet on an event that has been abandoned, your bets are automatically returned to your account; however, if you place a bet on an interrupted and then terminated bet, you will still receive a refund.

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7.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Pacific Ocean, tsunami predicted for Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand



An earthquake of magnitude 7.7 has been recorded in the far Pacific Ocean.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand– An earthquake of magnitude 7.7 was registered in the far Pacific Ocean.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck near the Loyalty Islands on Friday. Its depth was 37 kilometers (23 miles).

It is southwest of Fiji, north of New Zealand and east of Australia.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves up to 3 meters (10 feet) above high tide were possible for Vanuatu.

Smaller waves were possible for Fiji, New Caledonia, Kiribati and New Zealand.

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