FACEBOOK STALLING REPORT ON HUMAN RIGHTS IMPACT IN INDIA -WHISTLEBLOWERS

Thu 20 January 2022: Facebook opponents are urging the company to share the results of a human rights impact assessment it commissioned in 2020 to look into hate speech on its platforms in India. The social network firm, now known as Meta, is under increased criticism for its management of abuses on its services, particularly […]

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MICROSOFT TO BUY VIDEO GAME MAKER ACTIVISION IN $68.7 BILLION ALL-CASH DEAL

Wed 19 January 2022: Microsoft is buying the gaming company Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, gaining access to blockbuster games like “Call of Duty” and ”Candy Crush.” The boards of microsoft and Activision Blizzard have agreed to the software giant purchasing the major computer games company, a deal that would create the third largest gaming […]

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APPLE TO REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO SUBMIT PROOF OF COVID BOOSTER SHOT

Mon 17 January 2022: According to The Verge, Apple has implemented a new policy requiring employees to produce confirmation of receiving the Covid booster dose. “Due to waning efficacy of the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and the emergence of highly transmissible variants such as Omicron, a booster shot is now part of staying up […]

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GOOGLE MANDATES WEEKLY COVID-19 TESTS FOR US OFFICES: REPORT

Sat 15 January 2022: Alphabet Inc’s Google is temporarily mandating weekly COVID-19 tests for any person entering Google offices or facilities in the United States, CNBC reported on Friday, citing a memo obtained by the news channel. Anyone who comes into a Google’s U.S. work sites will require a negative test, be required to report […]

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FACEBOOK FACES $3.2 BILLION UK CLASS ACTION OVER MARKET DOMINANCE

Fri 14 January 2022: Facebook is facing a $3.2 billion class-action lawsuit in the United Kingdom for allegedly misusing user data. It has been accused of abusing its market dominance by gaining access to roughly 44 million consumers’ personal information. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, a senior adviser at the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, […]

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YOUTUBE LETS ITS PLATFORM BE ‘WEAPONIZED’, SAYS FACT CHECKERS

Thu 13 January 2022: Over 80 fact-checking organizations from around the world have urged YouTube to do more to combat disinformation and prevent its online video platform from being “weaponized by unscrupulous actors.” In an open letter to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, organizations as diverse as Africa Check in Kenya and Politifact and the Washington […]

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AMAZON’S ALEXA VOICE ASSISTANT ‘CHALLENGED’ CHILD TO TOUCH PENNY TO EXPOSED PLUG

Wed 29 December 2021: A mother in the United States was shocked when Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa “challenged” her 10-year-old daughter to place a penny on a partially exposed live electric plug. Kristin Livdahl, the girl’s mother, said the dangerous suggestion came after her daughter asked Alexa for “a challenge to do.” “Plug in a […]

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IRAN HALTS AUTHORIZED CRYPTO MINING TO PREVENT WINTER BLACKOUTS

Wed 29 December 2021: According to Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, director of the state-run Iran Grid Management Co. and a spokesman for Iran’s power industry, Iran has ordered the shutdown of authorized cryptocurrency mining centers for the second time this year as part of efforts to ease the strain on the country’s power plants and avoid […]

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