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Clearview AI landed a new facial recognition contract with ICE – TechCrunch

Clearview AI landed a new facial recognition contract with ICE – TechCrunch

The controversial facial recognition software maker has a new contract with ICE, the most controversial U.S. government agency. Clearview was already known to work with the branch of Homeland Security fiercely criticized for implementing the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies. The new contract makes it clear that relationship is ongoing — and that Clearview isn’t just playing a bit part in tech’s lucrative scrum for federal contracts.First by tech watchdog Tech Inquiry, the new contract is worth $224,000 and will provide the agency with what is only described as “Clearview...

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Twitter locked the Trump campaign out of its account for sharing COVID-19 misinformation – TechCrunch

Twitter locked the Trump campaign out of its account for sharing COVID-19 misinformation – TechCrunch

took action against the official Trump campaign Twitter account Wednesday, freezing ability to tweet until it removed a video in which the president made misleading claims about the coronavirus. In the video clip, taken from a , President Trump makes the unfounded assertion that children are “almost immune” from COVID-19.“If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease,” Trump said. “They don’t have a problem. They just don’t have a problem.”While Trump’s main account @realDonaldTrump in violation, it did not directly...

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Tech’s top CEOs will face Congress in antitrust hearing now set for Wednesday – TechCrunch

Tech’s top CEOs will face Congress in antitrust hearing now set for Wednesday – TechCrunch

A rare public showdown between Congress and the CEOs of tech’s biggest companies is still on track after being postponed last week. The House Judiciary Committee hearing, originally set for Monday, will now take place Wednesday, July 29 at 12 PM Eastern Time. The date was changed in light of the death of the civil rights leader and Georgia Representative John Lewis, who will be in the Capitol building.The hearing, titled “,” will see an unusually comprehensive cast of tech’s most powerful leaders face off with lawmakers.Any hearing that manages to drag to Washington, D.C. — even virtually,...

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Lawsuits allege Microsoft, Amazon and Google violated Illinois facial recognition privacy law – TechCrunch

Lawsuits allege Microsoft, Amazon and Google violated Illinois facial recognition privacy law – TechCrunch

In a set of new lawsuits, two Illinois residents argue that three tech giants violated state laws prohibiting the use of personal biometric data without permission. Illinois residents that images of their faces appeared in IBM’s “Diversity in Faces” database without their consent and were used to train facial recognition systems at Amazon, Microsoft and Google’s parent company Alphabet.While all three companies are based on the West Coast, the suit accuses the tech giants of running afoul of an Illinois law known as the . The suit names Vance and Janecyk as plaintiffs but also seeks class...

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Facebook and Instagram boot close Trump ally Roger Stone for network of fake accounts – TechCrunch

Facebook and Instagram boot close Trump ally Roger Stone for network of fake accounts – TechCrunch

released today its latest report detailing disinformation campaigns operating on its massive social network, and this one came with a few surprises. In the , Facebook disclosed that it had removed a network of accounts linked to close Trump ally and former campaign advisor Roger Stone for “inauthentic” activity and coordinated fake accounts around the time of the 2016 presidential election. Facebook has since removed Stone’s own accounts from both Facebook and Instagram.The accounts linked to Stone, who is set to go to prison next week, posted on a number of topics, mostly from 2015 to...

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Google adds contextual fact-checking for some image search results – TechCrunch

Google adds contextual fact-checking for some image search results – TechCrunch

Acknowledging the role that misleadingly edited or out-of-context images play in seeding the internet with misinformation, is introducing fact-checking labels for some Google image searches. The feature, available starting today, provides a few lines of context with select searches, drawing on services provided by third-party fact-checkers. The tool is powered by publishers themselves, who can now opt to tag images that have been fact-checked using , a method for publishers to communicate to search engines that an image has been verified.“Photos and videos are an incredible way to help...

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Facebook adds option for US users to turn off political ads, launches voting info hub – TechCrunch

Facebook adds option for US users to turn off political ads, launches voting info hub – TechCrunch

Beginning today, users in the U.S. will have the option to “turn off” all political advertising on the platform. The company made the controversial decision not to fact-check or otherwise moderate political ads last year, but the new feature will give users more control over what they see — at least for users who decide to flip the new setting to “off.”Facebook made the announcement Tuesday in a and an . The post noted that the company originally but would now add it to the platform as it prepares for the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The option will appear immediately for some U.S....

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Trump signs an executive order taking direct aim at social media companies – TechCrunch

Trump signs an executive order taking direct aim at social media companies – TechCrunch

On Thursday, President Trump signed an targeting the legal shield that internet companies rely on to protect them from liability for user-created content. That law, known as of the Communications Decency Act, is essential to large social platforms like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, the kind of companies the president has long accused, without evidence, of deliberately suppressing conservative views.Trump was joined during the signing by Attorney General William Barr, who has in stripping away or limiting the same legal protections for tech companies.We previously that’s nearly identical to...

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Twitter adds a warning label fact-checking Trump’s false voting claims – TechCrunch

Twitter adds a warning label fact-checking Trump’s false voting claims – TechCrunch

On the heels of a furor over his tweets , Twitter has quietly begun to fact-check the president.A new label prompting users to “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” appeared on a series of tweets in which the president baselessly claimed ballots received through mail-in voting methods are “fraudulent.”In a statement to TechCrunch, a Twitter spokesperson said the from the president “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”“This decision is in line with the approach we shared earlier this...

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Facebook makes big remote work moves with plan for new hubs in Dallas, Denver and Atlanta – TechCrunch

Facebook makes big remote work moves with plan for new hubs in Dallas, Denver and Atlanta – TechCrunch

In a live-streamed town hall, Mark Zuckerberg gave an overview for what he expects in the near future as pursues accommodations to keep workers productive and safe during the COVID-19 crisis. The move comes as large tech companies reassess the viability of their iconic Silicon Valley campuses, now empty as the pandemic keeps most employees at home.Part of Zuckerberg’s vision, announced Thursday, includes the surprise announcement that Facebook will be setting up new company hubs in Denver, Dallas and Atlanta. Zuckerberg also noted that Facebook will focus on finding new hires in areas near...

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With pandemic-era acquisitions, big tech is back in the antitrust crosshairs – TechCrunch

With pandemic-era acquisitions, big tech is back in the antitrust crosshairs – TechCrunch

With many major sectors totally frozen and reeling from losses, tech’s biggest players are proving themselves to be the exception to the rule yet again. Friday, , a popular gif search engine, in a deal believed to be worth $400 million.Facebook has indicated it wants to forge new developer and content relationships for Giphy, but what the world’s largest social network really wants with the popular gif platform might be more than meets the eye. As and other outlets have suggested, it’s possible that Facebook really wants the company as a lens into how users engage with its competitors’...

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Platforms scramble as ‘Plandemic’ conspiracy video spreads misinformation like wildfire – TechCrunch

Platforms scramble as ‘Plandemic’ conspiracy video spreads misinformation like wildfire – TechCrunch

A coronavirus conspiracy video featuring a well-known vaccine conspiracist is spreading like wildfire on social media this week, even as platforms talk tough about misinformation in the midst of the pandemic.In the professionally-produced video, a solemn interviewer named Mikki Willis interviews Judy Mikovits, a figure best known for her in recent years. The video touches on a number of topics favored among online conspiracists at the moment, filtering most of them through the lens that vaccines are a money-making enterprise that causes medical harm.The video took off mid-week after first...

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