Trump pushes Twitter’s buttons (again)
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Good morning! This Friday, the White House picks a free-speech fight, C-suite execs cause cybersecurity problems and streaming services jump on the co-watching bandwagon.
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On Protocol: Restaurants need to diversify their revenue streams to survive post-COVID, Resy CEO Ben Leventhal said:
Udemy co-founder Gagan Biyani tweetstormed a good story about how he failed with Sprig:
"Do something." That was the directive from President Trump to his staff, according to a White House official who spoke to Protocol, after Twitter put a fact-check label on the President's tweets about mail-order ballots. So they did … something: grabbed an old draft of an executive order related to social media, spruced it up, and turned it into the document Trump signed on Thursday afternoon.
Protocol's Issie Lapowsky and Emily Birnbaum wrote a great story about the order, which aims to spur a review of Section 230 and classify social media platforms as protected public spaces. Lots of people, even in the White House, are frustrated with the way it came together. And Ron Wyden summed up a lot of the outcry in a tweet: "Trump's order is plainly illegal."
Is this all a lot of bluster over something that'll either be defeated in court or be forgotten before it gets there? Probably. Will it still change the way we talk about Section 230, free speech, and the future of the internet? Yup.
In case you're looking for some weekend reading on the subject, here are a few articles to start with:
More than 75% of C-suite executives requested to bypass one of their company's security protocols over the last year. That's according to a study from MobileIron, a London-based security firm that surveyed business leaders across Europe and the U.S.
It turns out the biggest security risks in a company are the people at the top.
A whopping 84% of C-level execs said they'd been targeted by cyberthreats in the last year, mostly via phishing attacks.
With more people working from home, employees of all kinds are asking for more help and more affordances. But there's a security cost to each one — so even if you're the boss and can get away with flouting the system, maybe keep that two-factor auth turned on?
'Neighbors Helping Neighbors' With Help From Walmart
Walmart and Nextdoor announced the launch of a program to make it easier for neighbors across the country to help one another during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watching movies and TV shows together over the internet has been a popular way to beat quarantine boredom. First, everyone tried — and failed — to watch videos over Zoom. Then, a bunch of hacks and tools emerged to simplify co-viewing. And now, the streaming services themselves are starting to jump on the bandwagon.
Protocol's Janko Roettgers pulled together a list of the best watch-together options for your weekend viewing:
This isn't the first time people have tried to make consuming media together over the internet a thing. Remember Turntable.fm? Chill.com? Rabb.it? In the past, this often failed because people simply don't like appointment viewing. But as with so many things during COVID, watch parties may actually succeed this time around.
What have you been watching in quarantine? I'm caught up on all my shows, I finished YouTube, and need something new to watch. Reply to this email with all your faves, or send them to email@example.com.
Rony Abovitz is stepping down as Magic Leap's CEO. Business Insider reported that he told his team that the company had secured new funding, as it continues to pivot to becoming an enterprise product.
Surabhi Gupta is Robinhood's new VP of engineering. She joins from Airbnb, and will be responsible for all things product engineering – including keeping the Robinhood app from crashing at inopportune moments.
Zoom hired Damien Hooper-Campbell as its chief diversity officer. He was previously in the same role at eBay, and has led diversity efforts at Google and Uber.
Rob Chesnut is leaving Airbnb, after four years as the company's chief ethics officer and general counsel. He'll still be an advisor to the company, and will also be "helping companies find purpose and drive integrity into their culture."
The other day, Protocol copy chief Karyne Levy got very excited in our Slack. Why? Because the AP Stylebook just updated its stance on a bunch of tech terms, as it does from time to time. (Remember when it was "proper style" to write e-mail?) I asked Karyne for a few of the greatest hits, and here's what she sent me:
At the rate things move, the AP's six-paragraph redefinition of "technology" will only make sense for about a week. But it's a good start.
Walmart Adds Another Way For Customers To Shop Safely
Walmart and Nextdoor's "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program makes it easier for vulnerable community members to coordinate their grocery shopping completely contact-free.
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