Facebook has come under sharp scrutiny following the armed protests against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her stay-at-home orders, which led to the Michigan state capitol being closed Thursday. Facebook insists it is taking measures to prevent being used as a channel for hate groups and conspiracy theorists.
Victims of computer crime suffer psychological and emotional harm that can have as shattering an impact as on those who have been physically assaulted or robbed—in some cases even more so, according to a survey conducted by the University of Portsmouth in the UK.
The company is facing a backlash from users worried about the lack of end-to-end encryption of meeting sessions and “zoombombing,” where uninvited guests crash into meetings. A study published last week found new and significant security flaws in Zoom, including ties to China, and the company is reportedly facing several investigations on data privacy and security.
Examining the potential for responding to such attacks in the United Kingdom, two researchers concluded that domestic law is an “imperfect instrument” for deterrence or prevention. But civil law and regulations could offer some guidance, they suggested.
The tweet, spread by thousands online and retweeted by a member of President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign advisory board, shows the breakneck speed at which misinformation can spread, and illustrates an eagerness to use such events for partisan purposes.