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Turkish censorship, Black hair codes, Trump Jr. spreads hoax: ICYMI

Important news you may have missed on Tuesday, Aug. 30.


Dell Cameron


Posted on Aug 30, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 3:29 am CDT

Here’s some news you may have missed:

There’s no such thing as absolute privacy in America, FBI director James Comey told a crowd on Tuesday. Layer 8’s Patrick Howell O’Neill reports: “Comey argued that mandating special access backdoors into encrypted data would not necessarily weaken encryption and overall cybersecurity. A large and vocal pack of technologists disagree with the director.” While Comey acknowledged that sometimes security comes at the cost of liberty, he conspicuously avoided any mention of the NSA toolkit recently leaked online.

Could the woman who leaked Anthony Weiner’s sexts have violated laws around the distribution of revenge porn? Layer 8 reporter Aaron Sankin turns to legal experts for an answer and finds a myriad of issues surrounding the tangled web of laws intended to protect victims of revenge porn: “The disconnect between the borderless nature of the crime and the geographic limitations to prosecute said crime is why activists have pushed for Congress to approve a national revenge porn bill at the federal level.”

Following up a Daily Dot investigation into Twitter censorship in Turkey, O’Neill speaks with Joshua Lund—the developer behind Streisand, an open-source VPN suite helping Turkish users circumvent the government’s free speech suppression.

Donald Trump Jr. helped spread a hoax letter implicating the Clinton campaign in polling fraud, revealing he just might be about the “dirty politics” he eschewed during a recent TV interview.

A 16-year-old girl named Phoebo Connop, who lived in a suburb of Birmingham, England, took her own life after a private Instagram message was shared, reportedly because she feared the message would be perceived as racist.  

California lawmakers have passed legislation making prison time mandatory for those convicted of sexual assault. The law was inspired by the case of Brock Turner, a former Stanford student who raped a woman behind a dumpster and who will serve only three months in jail. However, not everyone disturbed by Turner’s lenient sentence is pleased with the bill.

Tech giant Apple has been ordered to repay €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in back taxes to Ireland following accusations of evasion which CEO Tim Cook bluntly describes as “total political crap.”

More on Apple: Here’s all you need to know about joining the class-action lawsuit over iPhone 6 defects.

Black womens hair has, once again, become a political issue following protests over allegedly racist dress codes at a school in South Africa. The dress code at Pretoria Girls High School reportedly bans certain types of hairstyles unique to black women. “Students have spoken of having their braids measured at school, and of teachers interpreting the code to mean ‘no afros’ or similar natural hairstyles,” IRLs Jaya Saxena reports.  

“The number of ways Russia has been accused of meddling in the U.S. election seems to grow by the day,” Layer 8 editor Andrew Couts writes. Here’s a breakdown of how Russia may be inserting itself into the dynamics of the 2016 election.

TFW it’s Tuesday and you don’t have any tacos.

The GOP may traditionally be known as the “party of Wall Street,” but that’s not the case in 2016: The stock market, analysts say, favors a Clinton landslide. —via Sue Chang, MarketWatch

President Obama will guest-edit Wired’s November issue. —via Wired

The FBI recovered 30 state department emails concerning Benghazi not previously provided by Clinton. —via Eric Tucker and Michael Biesecker, AP

A luxury hotel chain based in Ho Chi Minh City leaked thousands of customers’ credit cards online. —via MacKeeper

A judge in New York ruled Tuesday that “basing visitation and custody rights chiefly on the biological relationship between adult and child has led to a ‘needlessly narrow’ interpretation of what a ‘parent’ is.” —via New York Law Journal

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*First Published: Aug 30, 2016, 9:23 pm CDT