To date, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s public involvement into video game loot boxes has been restricted to a single word. In a Congressional oversight committee meeting on Tuesday, FTC chairman Joe Simons replied “yes” to a request from Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) that the organization look into, and report back, on loot boxes. So, what happens now? And is the FTC likely to hand down legal restrictions on loot boxes? These in-game devices offer consumers a chance to win in-game items, sometimes in exchange for cash. They have been compared to gambling. Reached for comment, an FTC spokesperson said, “we don’t have anything to add at this point” to Simons’ affirmation. But the Commission has a standard set of procedures that it follows when investigating either individual companies or entire industries, which offer useful clues to future events. I spoke to Bill Rothbard, a former FTC lawyer who now specializes in FTC-related work. … [Read more...] about FTC loot box investigation: What happens next?
Holocaust denial laws
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A shooter opened fire during a baby naming ceremony at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, killing 11 people.At least six other people were wounded, including four police officers who dashed to the scene, authorities said.Police said a suspect was in custody after the attack at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. A law enforcement official identified the suspect as Robert Bowers and said he is in his 40s. The official wasn't authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Bob Jones, the special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Pittsburgh, said investigators Bowers was not known to law enforcement and that they believe he was acting alone. He said Bowers' full motive still isn't known.The social media site Gab.com said the alleged shooter had a profile on its website, which is popular with far-right extremists. The company said the account was verified after the … [Read more...] about City official says 11 killed, six injured in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue
FACEBOOK has been blasted as "hypocritical" after it removed a post by the Anne Frank Center just weeks after its CEO Mark Zuckerberg said holocaust deniers would not be banned. "Hi @Facebook, you removed our post promoting the need for Holocaust Education for apparently violating community standards. You haven't given us a reason, yet allow Holocaust Denial pages to still exist. Seems a little hypocritical?" tweeted the Anne Frank Center on Wednesday. The post in question urged for holocaust and genocide education and included a link to a news article. Last month, Zuckerberg was forced to backtrack from controversial statements he made about allowing conspiracy theorists who doubt the holocaust to remain on the platform. “I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened,” he told Recode's Kara Swisher. “I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because … [Read more...] about Facebook accused of censorship by Anne Frank Center just weeks after Zuckerberg’s holocaust denial debacle
FACEBOOK has been slammed for "censoring" a feminist campaign group after it was accused of "transphobia". Woman's Place UK campaigns for women-only spaces and raises concerns about transgender people being able to self-identify as women. The social network temporarily blocked links to its website over the weekend citing user "safety" as the site was "malicious". "This morning, our supporters are reporting that FB posts which link to our website are being removed," tweeted the group, "the reason give (sic!) is that ‘they may be in breach of community standards’. They are not. We would urge you to visit our website, read the posts and decide for yourself". Its supporters blasted Facebook's clampdown, calling it a "disgrace" and accused the site of "suppressing free speech". "Only fake news and hard brexit is allowed on @facebook. Women's rights are bad, m'kay." tweeted one user. The move coincided with a Twitter post from user @mimmymum, whose profile indicates the account … [Read more...] about Facebook BLOCKS links to women’s rights group after ‘transphobia’ complaints
Jeff Sessions remarks on ‘Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement’ by Dartunorro Clark Attorney General Jeff Sessions called sheriffs a "critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement" during a speech Monday. "We must never erode this historic office," he told the National Sheriffs' Association. "I know this, you know this. We want to be partners, we don’t want to be bosses. We want to strengthen you and help you be more effective in your work." Sessions made the comment after praising the 75-year-old law enforcement group and its effort to help the Justice Department and President Donald Trump crack down on illegal immigration, among other law enforcement issues. The "Anglo-American" phrase was not in the prepared remarks released by the Justice Department earlier Monday before his speech. A similarly worded sentence, "The sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage," does appear. The Justice Department defended Sessions' comments as meant to … [Read more...] about Jeff Sessions: “Sherrifs a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement”