Facebook debuts tools to tackle "revenge porn"

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Facebook is rolling out new features to help users report suspected "revenge porn," or intimate images of a person shared online without their consent, and block users from reposting the images.

The details: Users can report suspicious images, which are then vetted by Facebook staffers. The company says it will deploy "photo-matching technologies" to recognize if users are trying to share the image again — across Facebook and its Facebook Messenger and Instagram apps — and stop them from doing so.

Why it matters: The sharing of explicit images without the permission of their subjects has become a pernicious and persistent problem online, including on Facebook. It recently emerged that explicit images of female members of the military were shared in a Facebook group called "Marines United," which had thousands of members. The issue has attracted attention from Washington, as well.

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University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets

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A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a "national leader."

Why it matters: The case represents a dramatic escalation of the Chinese government's attempts to shut down free speech abroad, and a global expansion of a Chinese police campaign a year ago to track down Twitter users in China who posted content critical of the Chinese government.

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⚖️ Live updates: Opening arguments begin in Trump impeachment trial

The second day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump will see a full day of opening arguments from Democratic House impeachment managers.

What to watch for: Democrats now have 24 hours — spread out over three days — to take their time to lay out their case against the president's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It'll also allow them to highlight gaps that could be filled out by additional witnesses and documents from the administration.

This post will be updated with new developments as the trial continues.

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