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Facebook's proposed Instagram for kids worries child safety groups

Facebook's proposed Instagram for kids worries child safety groups

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 15, 2021, 10:11 AM UTCBy Olivia SolonAn international coalition of public health and child safety advocates urged Facebook executives Thursday to abandon plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under age 13 because its members feared it would put young users at "great risk."The coalition of 35 organizations and 64 individual experts, coordinated by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, a Boston-based nonprofit, raised concerns about privacy, screen time, mental health, self-esteem...

April 15, 2021
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Kentucky mom alleges hospital workers missed her cancer — then covered up their mistake

Kentucky mom alleges hospital workers missed her cancer — then covered up their mistake

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.March 3, 2021, 8:30 PM UTCBy Olivia Solon and Mike HixenbaughKim Johnson was nervous as she sat down at her dining room table in January 2015, clutching an unopened letter from the radiology department at Fleming County Hospital in Flemingsburg, Kentucky.Breast cancer had killed Johnson’s mother years earlier, a painfully slow death that took a toll on her entire family. The prospect of that happening to her was all Johnson had been able to think about since she’d discovered a tender lump in her right breast...

March 3, 2021
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Amazon worker died by suicide at Las Vegas facility

Amazon worker died by suicide at Las Vegas facility

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.March 2, 2021, 3:27 AM UTCBy Olivia Solon and Cyrus FarivarA man who appeared to have "fallen or jumped" was pronounced dead inside an Amazon facility in North Las Vegas, Nevada, early Monday, police said. The coroner later determined the man died by suicide.Officers arrived just before 7 a.m. and found the man inside the building on East Tropical Parkway, in the northeast corner of metropolitan Las Vegas, said Alexander Cuevas, a spokesperson for the North Las Vegas Police Department.On Tuesday afternoon, a...

March 2, 2021
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Pornhub crackdown by credit card companies cuts off sex workers’ livelihoods

Pornhub crackdown by credit card companies cuts off sex workers’ livelihoods

Dec. 15, 2020, 5:00 PM UTCBy Olivia SolonAfter recent moves by payment platforms like Visa, Mastercard and Discover to cut off access to Pornhub, the world’s largest porn site, several sex workers said they fear an oncoming “war on porn” that prevents them from making money for their work.Eight adult performers, four of whom sell content on Pornhub, told NBC News that the payment companies’ latest actions hurt them financially far more than they hurt Pornhub. It’s especially destructive, they said, at a time when they have few other financial options.The payment companies blocked the use of...

December 15, 2020
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Accused hate groups receive pandemic aid

Accused hate groups receive pandemic aid

Dec. 9, 2020, 3:45 PM UTCBy April Glaser and Olivia SolonFourteen organizations designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Anti-Defamation League have received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program totaling $4.3 million, according to data released last week by the Small Business Administration, revealing who benefited from the pandemic federal relief funds.Those organizations include the , known for publishing the white supremacist website and now-discontinued magazine American Renaissance. That group is run by prominent white supremacist Jared Taylor, who...

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December 9, 2020
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Google workers mobilize against firing of top Black female executive

Google workers mobilize against firing of top Black female executive

Dec. 4, 2020, 8:04 PM UTCBy Olivia Solon and April GlaserNearly 800 Google employees have joined a solidarity campaign in support of one of the company’s top female executives, a known advocate for diversity in the industry who said she was fired after what her boss described as a dispute over a research paper.The executive, Timnit Gebru, technical co-lead of Google’s Ethical Artificial Intelligence Team, announced on Twitter late Wednesday that she had been fired after sending an email to co-workers stating that the company’s leadership had forced her to retract a paper focusing on ethical...

December 4, 2020
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China's influence operations offer glimpse into information warfare's future

China's influence operations offer glimpse into information warfare's future

Oct. 21, 2020, 9:00 AM UTCBy Olivia Solon and Ken DilanianWhile U.S. intelligence experts generally agree that Russia is better than any other country at spreading disinformation to undermine voter confidence leading up to the election, security experts have been preoccupied with a longer-term threat. They fear that the Chinese government's disinformation operations pose a far more insidious menace to democracy that will continue well past Election Day.Scholars studying the efforts say the Chinese are growing bolder and more brazen, often taking pages from what used to be seen as Russia's...

October 21, 2020
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Qualcomm announces photo verification tool that defends against claims of manipulation and fakery

Qualcomm announces photo verification tool that defends against claims of manipulation and fakery

Oct. 15, 2020, 7:11 PM UTCBy Olivia SolonAs major tech platforms try to fight the spread of misinformation, Qualcomm, one of the largest manufacturers of smartphone microprocessors, is taking a different approach by targeting its creation.Qualcomm announced Thursday that it has partnered with the San Diego technology company Truepic to begin embedding a photo and video verification tool within smartphone chips that will be available in some Android devices next year.The feature enables a “secure” photo capture mode within a device’s native camera app to sit alongside other modes such as...

October 15, 2020
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