racism

Facebook bans Holocaust denial amid rapid rise in “deceptive” content

Enlarge / Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters as seen in 2017. Jason Doiy | Getty Images Facebook today is, once again, theoretically ramping up enforcement against hate speech, this time with a new policy prohibiting Holocaust denial on the platform. The change is due to a “well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally,” Facebook executive Monika Bickert …

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Twitter has ‘more analysis to do’ after algorithm shows possible racial bias

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter is learning first-hand about the challenges of eliminating racial bias in algorithms. The social network’s Liz Kelley said the company had “more analysis” to do after cryptographic engineer Tony Arcieri conducted an experiment suggesting Twitter’s algorithm was biased in prioritizing photos. When attaching photos of Barack Obama and …

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Cops in Miami, NYC arrest protesters from facial recognition matches

Enlarge / Demonstrators marching on a roadway during a protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on May 31, 2020, in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Law enforcement in several cities, including New York and Miami, have reportedly been using controversial facial recognition software to track down and arrest individuals …

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Ousted COO sues Pinterest, alleges rampant gender discrimination

Enlarge / A Pinterest logo seen displayed on a smartphone. Mateusz Slodkowski | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images The former chief operating officer of Pinterest is suing her ex-employer, claiming that the platform’s woman-friendly public face is not matched internally and instead “reflects a pattern of discrimination and exclusion.” Pinterest hired Francoise Brougher …

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Rite Aid deployed facial recognition in hundreds of stores, report finds

Enlarge / A woman wearing a mask walks past a Rite-Aid store in Portland, Oregon, in May 2020. hapabapa | Getty Images Pharmacy chain Rite Aid deployed facial recognition technology in hundreds of store locations in the nation’s largest cities, particularly in low-income neighborhoods predominantly home to people of color, a new report has found. …

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Amazon, Google and Wish pull racist products after investigation

Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images Major internet retailers still have an issue with racist products in their stores. Amazon, Google and Wish have removed white supremacist products on sale through their platforms after a BBC Click investigation revealed numerous examples. The online portals not only sold flags, hoods and other neo-Nazi and KKK material, but …

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Pinterest’s moderation doesn’t catch some abusive and false material

Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images Pinterest has received kudos for moderation that relies on customizing search results to hide or counter material, but it appears to have its limits. OneZero has discovered numerous cases where Pinterest’s moderation didn’t catch some abusive or false content, including sexualized photos of young girls, conspiracy theories (including those for …

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Nextdoor pulls ‘Forward to Police’ feature amid concerns over racist abuse

ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images Many companies are acutely aware of the potential misuse of their technology in light of protests against police violence and racism, and Nextdoor is no exception. The neighborhood-focused service has pulled the “Forward to Police” feature that let you send safety posts or urgent alerts to cops. This was both …

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Google’s racial equity push includes $175 million for Black businesses

Raymond Boyd/Getty Images Google’s commitment to supporting the Black community will extend well beyond YouTube’s $100 million fund. Google and Alphabet chief Sundar Pichai has unveiled a racial equity initiative that, among other things, will contribute a total of $175 million toward creating economic opportunities for Black businesses and workers. Most, $100 million, will go …

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IBM stops work on facial recognition over human rights concerns

Sponsored Links KENGKAT via Getty Images The backlash to facial recognition among governments is extending to corporate heavyweights. IBM chief Arvind Krishna has sent a letter (via Axios and CNBC) to Congress revealing that the company has exited its “general purpose” facial recognition business. The company “firmly opposes” use of the technology for surveillance, racial …

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