Bobby Allyn

Bobby Allyn appears in the following:

'Lex Luthor Of The Internet': Meet The Man Keeping Far-Right Websites Alive

Monday, February 08, 2021

Rob Monster, the chief executive of Epik, says his company's deals with websites Parler, Gab, BitChute and others is an act of free speech advocacy. Others say Epik is supporting hate speech.

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Meet Rob Monster, The Self-Described 'Lex Luther of the Internet'

Monday, February 08, 2021

NPR's Bobby Allyn speaks with Rob Monster, who sees his domain-registrar company Epik as a counter to Big Tech. He welcomes views banned on most other parts of the internet.

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Parler CEO Is Fired After 'Constant Resistance' Inside The Conservative-Friendly Site

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

John Matze was ousted as the social media company struggles to find a way back online, with Big Tech companies cracking down on the site after the riot at the Capitol.

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The Redditors Behind The GameStop Wall Street Frenzy

Friday, January 29, 2021

We meet two followers of the Reddit thread WallStreetbets, who helped push stock of struggling retailer GameStop to new heights.

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Judge Refuses To Reinstate Parler After Amazon Shut It Down

Thursday, January 21, 2021

U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein sided with Amazon, which argued that Parler would not remove posts from its site that threatened public safety in the wake of the Capitol riot.

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Web Hosts, Services Connecting Websites To The Internet, Gain More Power

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The social media site Parler went dark after Amazon's web-hosting services pulled the plug. This highlighted the often invisible Internet infrastructure that makes using the Internet possible.

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Social Media Site Gab Is Surging, Even As Critics Blame It For Capitol Violence

Sunday, January 17, 2021

As federal investigators begin to launch criminal cases against some of the perpetrators of the violence, a growing chorus of advocates and lawmakers say tech companies bear some responsibility, too.

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Tech Companies Crack Down On President Trump

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Major social media platforms have banned President Trump, citing a risk of violence. Meanwhile, tech giants say some alternative sites aren't doing enough to stop violent speech.

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Twitter Permanently Suspends Trump, Citing 'Risk Of Further Incitement Of Violence'

Friday, January 08, 2021

Twitter has permanently blocked the @realDonaldTrump account after President Trump posted messages that violated the company's rules.

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Google Workers Speak Out About Why They Formed A Union: 'To Protect Ourselves'

Friday, January 08, 2021

More than 600 Google workers have joined a union in a move that is a rarity in Silicon Valley. The group says it hopes to change both workplace culture and the company's role in society.

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Facebook Bans President Trump From Posting For The Rest Of His Presidency

Thursday, January 07, 2021

The move is the most severe punishment any social media company has taken in response to Trump, who used online platforms to encourage the violent mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.

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Twitter Locks Trump's Account, Warns Of 'Permanent Suspension' If Violations Continue

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Twitter on Wednesday put President Trump on notice: If he does not stop breaking the platform's rules, he will be permanently banned.

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Twitter Temporarily Locks Trump's Account

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Twitter removed three of President Trump's tweets on Wednesday regarding the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and locked out his account for at least 12 hours.

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Trump Video No Longer On Twitter, Facebook, YouTube Amid Chaos On The Capitol

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Facebook and YouTube removed the video message, citing the risk of violence and the baseless allegations of election fraud. Following an uproar, Twitter also removed the video.

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Trump Orders Ban On Chinese Software Apps, Citing Potential Espionage

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

The order, which takes effect in 45 days, says the apps use "personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers" to "access and capture vast swaths of information from users."

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Group Behind Alleged Russia Hack Broke Into Microsoft's Internal Systems

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Microsoft previously said it was among thousands of companies that discovered malware on its systems. But now it is revealing the attack allowed hackers to access its closely guarded source code.

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Dubsmash Creators Of Color Say They Deserve Credit — And Money — On TikTok

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

A battle is being fought over who owns viral dance moves on Internet video apps. Black and Brown creators on Dubsmash say TikTok creators are profiting off their dance moves.

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Reddit Acquires Dubsmash, TikTok's Fast-Growing Alternative

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Message board Reddit has acquired video-sharing app Dubsmash, a fast-growing rival to TikTok. A major part of its appeal is showcasing mostly Black creators who say it's more welcoming than TikTok.

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Ousted Black Google Researcher: 'They Wanted To Have My Presence, But Not Me Exactly'

Thursday, December 17, 2020

The discontent inside Google continues weeks after the company abruptly pushed out renowned Black researcher Timnit Gebru, who studied how technology harms marginalized communities.

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Google Employees Demand Company Rehire Black Scientist Who Spoke Up About Diversity

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Inside Google, tensions are growing weeks after the company fired a high-profile Black researcher. Questions are still simmering about whether Google can tolerate dissent and criticism.

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