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September 8, 2018

Apple Has Permanently Banned Alex Jones’ Infowars App From The App Store

Around this time yesterday, John Paczowkski and Charlie Warzel posted this on BuzzFeed News:

A day after being banned from Twitter, Alex Jones and Infowars have been booted from yet another platform: Apple’s popular App Store. As of Friday evening, searches on the App Store for Infowars return no results.

Apple confirmed the app’s removal to BuzzFeed News, but declined to comment, pointing to its App Store Review Guidelines. The company said Infowars would not be permitted to return to the App Store.

The first clause of those guidelines explicitly rejects “defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups, particularly if the app is likely to humiliate, intimidate, or place a targeted individual or group in harm’s way.”

Interestingly enough, nothing about the guidelines or the InfoWars app has changed recently, yet they’re just now taking action. I suspect they saw Twitter do it and being the racist-haven they’ve become, if Twitter can do it, Apple probably should, too.

John Gruber posted about this earlier today, as well, and cited a rather interesting extra bit of information about Popper’s Paradox. Popper’s Paradox explains that if we (society) is limitless in tolerance, the intolerant will eventually overtake and destroy the tolerant:

Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.

It’s essentially the word version of:

this_is_fine

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September 7, 2018

Fake McDonald’s Poster Prank

I saw this first posted on Mashable; these guys noticed a blank wall in their local McDonald’s so they did what I’m sure everyone would do: they created a fake McD poster of themselves and hung it up.

51 days later… it’s still there. 

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Rest in Peace, Burt Reynolds

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit who set out to have as much fun as possible on and off the screen — and wildly succeeded — has died. He was 82.

Reynolds, who received an Oscar nomination when he portrayed porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) and was the No. 1 box-office attraction for a five-year stretch starting in the late 1970s, died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, told The Hollywood Reporter. 

Over and out.

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Alex Jones, Infowars Permanently Banned from Twitter

BuzzFeed:

After weeks of equivocation, Twitter permanently suspended the accounts of Infowars and its founder Alex Jones on Thursday, following similar moves by other large tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify. The decision came after a series of provocations from Jones that Twitter deemed in violation of its “abusive behavior” rules.

and Twitter’s statement:

Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ previous violations.

As we continue to increase transparency around our Rules and enforcement actions, we wanted to be open about this action given the broad interest in this case.

We do not typically comment on enforcement actions we take against individual accounts, for their privacy.We will continue to evaluate reports we receive regarding other accounts potentially associated with @realalexjones or @infowars and will take action if content that violates our Rules is reported or if other accounts are utilized in an attempt to circumvent their ban.

It’s about time.

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September 6, 2018

Medium as a Blogging Platform

All I could do was shake my head when I saw the post from John Gruber that mentioned Medium no longer allowing folks to use custom domains for their Medium-hosted publications (read: blogs). The alternative solution is to resort to a medium.com/publication URL. That sounds fantastic. /s

It seems like only yesterday that I posted about Medium supporting custom domains, though it was really over three years ago.

While old URLs will continue to work, this flies in the face of anyone expecting any kind of long-term stability and consistency from the service and company. This change reminded me of a post from a friend of mine about how self-hosting is the most safe and sustainable option. A couple years later, that’s still the case.

Gruber sums it up well:

There is tremendous strength in independence and decentralization.

and Rafat Ali takes Medium to task (and rightfully so):

Seeing Medium take this course–into blanket depersonalization of authors and content–makes me a bit sad. I have always loved their editor and I knew they were doing something right when WordPress introduced a similarly-behaving editorial experience.

Dave Winer:

The problem isn’t cost, or the tech — it’s users. Medium has momentum, still, as the place-of-record for web writing, much as YouTube is it for video. It’s a shaky foundation. No business model, huge money already invested. Not a good situation.

Without a definite revenue stream (being a Paywall as a Service doesn’t count), I wonder where Medium plans on heading next. Maybe they’ll limit word counts? Maybe most articles will cost money–a la Wall Street Journal? Or better still… good old-fashioned ads? Who am I kidding old-fashioned ads aren’t in style, anymore. these ads will have a cargo ship’s worth of tracking tech baked in.

I joke… but it’s probably coming.

Johnathan Lyman
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