Greetings from your Login host this week, Scott Rosenberg, filling in while Ina takes a well-deserved summer break.
Today's Login clocks in at a trim 1,372 words (a 5-minute read).
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
The Trump administration's policy toward Big Tech moved in opposite directions late last week, as the White House sought the big platforms' help in predicting mass shootings while it was also reportedly drafting plans to punish them for perceived bias.
Driving the news: Friday, the administration invoked the help of Google, Facebook and other companies to detect and deter mass shooters before they act.
Meanwhile, the White House has circulated a draft of a new executive order aimed at imposing new restrictions on tech platforms' freedom to moderate the content users contribute, according to CNN's Brian Fung.
The catch: The draft order on platform moderation wasn't on the agenda at Friday's White House meeting, and the topic didn't come up at all, according to Axios' reporting.
Between the lines: One reason the administration wants to collaborate with social platforms to identify mass shooters is that this is a step it can take to respond to events like the El Paso and Dayton shootings without offending gun-rights believers or taking firmer and more explicit action against specific brands of extremism.
But, but, but: Today, the U.S.' most urgent domestic terror threat springs from white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other groups that sit at the far right of the ideological spectrum, law enforcement researchers have found.
Our thought bubble: Plenty of inflammatory speech in social media today comes straight from the Oval Office. But if tech companies tried to take action against Trump's incitements, they'd face even louder shouts of censorship.
The bottom line: The Trump strategy of "We want to work with you, but we will attack you until you get nicer" has yet to pay off in the international sphere (see China, Iran). It's hard to imagine things playing out any differently in tech.
Imagine being at a music festival, far enough from the stage that you can’t hear your favorite band — except when you pull out your phone, log into a special WiFi network, and instantly get the live music crystal clear into your earphones.
What's happening: Mixhalo, a San Francisco company, is making this possible, and this weekend was quietly testing its tech at the Outside Lands music festival, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
How it works: For a concert or other type of live event, Mixhalo outfits the venue with its proprietary WiFi and plugs directly into the stage’s soundboard, providing access to the same audio the musicians hear in their in-ear monitors.
Mixhalo says that its business model is similar to a software subscription.
Like large numbers of people on Twitter, I got a lot of chuckles out of the "30–50 feral hogs" meme that spread last week. This was the one where a guy named William McNabb replied to a comment from singer Jason Isbell criticizing the availability of assault weapons.
Yes, but: As so often happens when non-famous people get thrown into a cruel internet spotlight, the high-velocity derision loses steam quickly upon first contact with its target's humanity.
Over the weekend, McNabb stepped forward and gave a fuller explanation of his tweet in a note to journalist Yashar Ali.
McNabb's note is another reminder — like the sagas of Rebecca Black, Justine Sacco and so many other targets of mob mockery — that at the other end of every ridicule-fueled meme is a human being from whom we might learn something.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Online platforms built for the living increasingly have to confront what to do when one of their users dies, leaving an account behind.
Details: Each major platform is different, but all have procedures in place should a user die, Axios' David McCabe reports.
Several platforms encourage users to plan ahead for their own death, often by designating an individual to handle their account. Facebook users can also tell the service to delete their account when they die.
The big picture: Social networks have repeatedly grappled with how to handle this question, developing their policies over the years — and facing criticism along the way.
Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg announced earlier this year that the site was now “only allowing friends and family members to request to have an account memorialized.”
Go deeper: This is one story from this past weekend's Axios Deep Dive on "The New Art of Dying." Read the whole thing here.
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