Tech giants strike deal with advertisers over hate speech
San Francisco (AFP) - Web giants including Facebook struck a deal Wednesday with global advertisers to get on the same page on defining hate speech, a move aimed at helping companies steer clear of being associated with vile content.The agreement -- which also includes Twitter and YouTube -- lays out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful posts.Facebook and others have long grappled with how to purge toxic content from online platforms while fending off accusations they stifle free expression in the process.In July, hundreds of brands suspended advertising at Facebook as pa...
Tech giants face action over URLs
The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry will on Thursday submit more evidence to police to take legal action against social media platforms that do not obey the law and remove URLs deemed inappropriate.“The ministry is compiling more evidence and wil give it to police at the Technology Crime Suppression Division [TCSD],” said DES Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta.Mr Buddhipongse said these social media platforms, including Facebook, were violating the Computer Related Crime Act BE 2550 by not shutting shut down their illegal URLs.He said the DES would also ask the Criminal Court to rejec...
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Tech giants challenge Trump's work-visa ban
More than 50 technology companies and organizations, including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook, filed an amicus brief on Monday in support of lawsuits against the Trump administration's suspension of work visas."The President's suspension of nonimmigrant visa programs, supposedly to 'protect' American workers, actually harms those workers, their employers, and the economy," the companies argued in the brief.US President Donald Trump issued a proclamation in April suspending the entry of nearly all immigrants to the US due to the high unemployment rate. He issued another proclamation in J...
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Tech giants face grilling over power at antitrust hearing
The CEOs of some of the world's best-known tech firms defended themselves at an antitrust hearing on Wednesday (07.29.20), amid claims they have too much power.Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook's CEO's Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg respectively, appeared virtually as David Cicilline, a Democrat representative on the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, opened the hearing saying: "Simply put, they have too much power."He then asked Pichai, the head of Alphabet, Google's owner: "Why does Google steal content from honest businesses?"Whilst he accused the firm of...
Tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google grilled by congressional anti-trust panel
Fending off accusations of stifling competition, four Big Tech CEOs – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple – faced a grilling by the US House Judiciary Committee's anti-trust panel on Wednesday.The powerful CEOs, whose companies together represent about $5 trillion of market value, parried a range of accusations from lawmakers via videoconference at a hearing that marked the first time the four appeared together before lawmakers. It was also the first-ever appearance of Bezos before Congress.The executives provided bursts of data showin...
Tech giants halt data requests as Hong Kong national security law casts long shadow
Hong Kong police force warning citing national security law and its impact on internet freedom. Free image from pxhere.The number of tech giants who say they will reject the Hong Kong government’s user requests following the recent enactment of the China-devised national security law (NSL) is growing.The first tech company to announce its position was Telegram, a mobile messenger app that has been used heavily by Hong Kong protesters to discuss protest strategies and coordinate actions since June 2019.After the Hong Kong Committee for Safeguarding National Security (CSNS) — a body created unde...
Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance
Tech giants love to portray themselves as forces for good and as the United States was gripped by anti-racism protests a number of them publicly disavowed selling controversial facial recognition technology to police forces.Facial recognition has numerous applications that could simplify our lives as we've seen with Apple using it to unlock smartphones or in stores to replace cash registers.But the technology has a dark side, with facial recognition integrated into China's massive public surveillance system and its social credit experiment where even minor infractions of public norms can resul...
Tech giants vow to double number of women managers by 2022
Paris (AFP) - Forty-five tech giants committed Wednesday to doubling the number of women on their management boards to 30 percent by 2022, the French presidency said.Alibaba, BNP Paribas, Booking.com, IBM, L'Oreal and Uber were some of the high-profile companies to sign a pledge at the second "Tech for good" summit taking place in Paris.Businesses that reach the goal are then to pursue complete parity including on executive committees, the Elysee palace said in a statement.A recent tech-sector study by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company showed that women occupied just 15 percent of managem...
Tech giants respond more quickly to hate speech: EU
Brussels (AFP) - Internet giants have more than doubled the rate at which they fight hate speech online than when they joined the European Union's voluntary approach in 2016, EU officials said Monday.Firms like YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook are now assessing 89 percent of flagged content within 24 hours and removing 72 percent of content deemed illegal, the officials said.The figures compare to 40 percent and 28 percent respectively when the firms signed up to a code of conduct in 2016, according to officials with the European Commission, the EU's executive arm."The results show th...
Tech giants warn Australia against law to break encryption
Sydney (AFP) - Digital giants led by Google, Facebook and Amazon have warned Australia against passing a "fundamentally flawed" law allowing security services to spy on encrypted communications among suspected criminals and terrorists.In a submission sent to parliament this week and made available to AFP Thursday, the Digital Industry Group Inc (DIGI) said the legislation proposed by Australia's government would undermine rather than enhance the nation's security.The bill, currently under consideration by a parliamentary committee, would give security agencies wide powers to force telecommunic...