This article reports on recent tech news related to censorship, protests, and accusations.
The article covers Kevin Roose and Rowan Niemisto's take on the "Bad Month" for censorship startups Censor, and S.B.F, as well as Dan Powell and Elon Musk's accusation that Apple is attempting to sabotage Twitter.
The article also dives into Paul Mozur's report on the tactics Chinese protesters are using to avoid being caught by China's sophisticated censorship apparatus, and ends with a mention of S.B.F.
The article begins by discussing the recent difficulties faced by censorship startups Censor and S.B.F, which have been facing issues such as legal troubles, negative publicity, and cancelled partnerships.
The New York Times' Kevin Roose and Rowan Niemisto argue that this is because "the idea of censorship as a marketable product is fundamentally flawed", and that these startups are discovering this the hard way.
Meanwhile, S.B.F faces additional issues, such as its stated goal of building a censorship-resistant product, which has led to criticism that it could be used to facilitate illegal activities.
Next, the article covers a recent accusation made by Dan Powell and Elon Musk that Apple is engaging in anticompetitive behavior by suppressing the reach of the social media app Parler, which they say is a direct competitor to Twitter.
Powell and Musk argue that Apple's actions are an attempt to sabotage Parler and give Twitter an unfair advantage.
However, Apple denies these allegations, stating that they are based on "flimsy evidence with a lot of assumptions".
The article then shifts to a report by Paul Mozur on the tactics Chinese protesters are using to outsmart China's most sophisticated censorship apparatus.
Mozur describes how protesters are using a combination of encrypted messaging apps, virtual private networks (VPNs), and other tools to bypass China's Great Firewall and avoid detection.
Despite this, Mozur notes that China's government is quickly adapting to these tactics, making it difficult for protesters to stay ahead of the game.
Finally, the article briefly mentions S.B.F again, noting that the company is now offering a new product called the "DeFI wallet", which is designed to allow users to store and trade various cryptocurrencies.