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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Imagine you're working on a Google Doc when, seemingly out of nowhere, your ability to edit the online file gets revoked. What you see instead is an error message indicating that you've violated Google's terms of service.
For anyone who stores work in the cloud, suddenly being unable to access your data -- especially due to a terms of service violation -- may sound scary. And it's really happening to some people, according to reports on Twitter. Rachael Bale, a wildlife crime reporter for National Geographic, said Tuesday that a draft of her story was "frozen" by Google.

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"Tfw your finalizing a piece on E. Europe post-socialist parties in Google Drive and Google removes it because it's in violation of its ToS?? - Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray) October 31, 2017" In response to some of these reports, a Google employee tweeted that the team handling Google Docs was looking into the matter. Later Tuesday, Google said in a statement that it had "made a code push that incorrectly flagged a small percentage of Google Docs as abusive, which caused those documents to be automatically blocked. A fix is in place and all users should have full access to their docs." Although the error appeared to be a technical glitch, the fact that Google is capable of identifying "bad" Google Docs at all is a reminder: Much of what you upload, receive or type to Google is monitored. While many people may be aware that Gmail scans your emails -- for instance, so that its smart-reply feature can figure out what responses to suggest -- this policy extends to other Google products, too.

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"...flagged a small percentage of Google Docs as abusive, which caused those documents to be automatically blocked."

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-01 12:05 PM | Reply


Google Drive ate our homework! Doc block blamed on code blunder
www.theregister.co.uk

...It's that flagging mechanism that went haywire, we're told. Shortly after noon Pacific Time, Google acknowledged its errant flagging frenzy and attributed it to bad code.

"This morning, we made a code push that incorrectly flagged a small percentage of Google Docs as abusive, which caused those documents to be automatically blocked," a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement to The Register. "A fix is in place and all users should have full access to their docs."...


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-01 12:10 PM | Reply

"knowledge is power"

-Francis Bacon,

Google is attempting to be very powerful, and they are doing it under most people's radar....

#3 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-11-01 01:19 PM | Reply

attempting to be very powerful...

#3 | POSTED BY PINKYANTHEBRAIN

I would say that they have been extremely successful at it.

In my public speaking class, I saved all of my speeches on google docs, except for the one about the Federal Reserve, which was my term paper. I figured something like this would be forthcoming.

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-01 01:29 PM | Reply

Thats the least of it.

#5 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-11-01 02:20 PM | Reply

#4 I didn't take you for slightly paranoid type Kudzu. (Judging you, yet not judging you all in the same breathe, You of all people should understand that)

Well played though, I wouldn't have either.

Really wondering what all Google is planning to do, with the data the like to collect. ;) Is The Mark Of The Beast coming soon?

#6 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-11-01 03:35 PM | Reply

- The Mark Of The Beast

The Beast already has its tentacles in Goog, Apple, AT&T, Verizon, DR, etc.

It's permanent. Independent thought and privacy is over. 1984 is here.

Even while typing on your own computer, an algorithm, or a moderator, is deciding if you're allowed to write it.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-01 05:41 PM | Reply

Just use dog whistle code words like the rest of republicans and you will be fine.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2017-11-01 08:53 PM | Reply

The Mark Of The Beast

1+5+10+50+100+500 = 😈

#9 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-11-03 02:36 AM | Reply

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