Tag: category-/Sensitive Subjects

Racism, sexism, and politics pose biggest risk for brand advertisers

Racism, sexism, and politics pose the highest risks to brands buying media today, according to a brand suitability survey by services firm Channel Factory. Channel Factory surveyed media buyers across the U.S. and Western Europe to determine which content topics were most likely to cause sensitivity. While the survey covered all brand marketing, I heard […]

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AI helped Facebook identify and ban 200 white supremacist groups

In a blog post this afternoon, Facebook detailed the progress it’s made in combatting terrorists, violent extremist groups, and hate organizations on both its platform and Instagram. The bulk of recent successes were enabled by automated techniques, according to the Menlo Park tech giant, but also by a 350-person counterterrorism team whose scope has expanded […]

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Game dev groups address tragic events related to abuse allegations

A number of game developer groups have issued statements relating to the tragic events associated with sexual abuse in the game industry. Last week, a number of men were accused on Twitter for allegedly abusing women in the game industry as the #MeToo movement came to games. Over the weekend, Night in the Woods co-designer […]

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Australia to block internet domains that host extremist content during terror attacks

(Reuters) — Australia will block access to internet domains hosting terrorist material during crisis events and will consider legislation to force digital platforms to improve the safety of their services, officials said on Sunday. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is in France to take part in the G7 leaders’ forum, said the government intended […]

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Facebook admits it’s still being exploited to incite ethnic violence in Myanmar

Facebook said today that it removed 216 social media pages, groups and accounts in Myanmar where it continues to be exploited in an ethnic cleansing campaign. In a blog post, Facebook said the actors behind the accounts include Myanmar’s military, which has been using the social media platform in its effort to target the country’s […]

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Take-Two boss: Gun violence is ‘uniquely American’

Take-Two chief executive officer Strauss Zelnick is on something of a victory lap. The publisher had one of the best earnings reports of the season. This is due to a variety of games, such as Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption 2, and NBA 2K. The company also has high hopes for the upcoming […]

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AI luminary Marvin Minsky allegedly had sex with trafficking victim on Jeffrey Epstein’s island

An alleged sex trafficking victim said she was told to have sex with former MIT professor and AI luminary Marvin Minsky on Jeffrey Epstein’s island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The accusation was revealed in a 2016 deposition unsealed today with Virginia Giuffre. Giuffre said she was also instructed to have sex with former New […]

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Trump condemns role of video games in ‘glorification of violence’

U.S. President Donald Trump condemned the role that video games play in creating a culture of “the glorification of violence in our society” and said it has to stop during a White House briefing today. He did not offer further details on actions to take regarding violence in games. The comments were part of a […]

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Cloudflare terminates 8chan account over ‘hate-filled’ content

(Reuters) – U.S. cyber security firm Cloudflare on Monday said the company will terminate online message board 8chan as its customer after a shooter used the messaging forum just before killing 20 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas on Saturday. The shooter is believed to have posted a four-page statement on 8chan, […]

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Efforts to curb cyberbullying won’t stop the broader tech backlash

“We are committed to leading the industry in the fight against online bullying, and we are rethinking the whole experience of Instagram to meet that commitment,” proclaimed Instagram head Adam Mosseri in a blog post this week. Technology companies under increasing pressure to thwart online abuse are coming out with a steady stream of new […]

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YouTube’s cesspool of anger and hate faces growing scrutiny

In the ongoing social media conflagration, Facebook has been drawing the most heat, followed by Twitter. But Google’s YouTube now seems to be making a bid to be justifiably recognized as its own special circle of internet hell. Like these other sites that have become a swarming hive of disinformation, racism and hatred, YouTube has […]

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ProBeat: YouTube is no better than Facebook or Twitter

What a whirlwind week of YouTube news. On Monday, the spotlight shone on YouTube’s pedophilia problem. On Tuesday, YouTube decided that homophobic slurs don’t violate its policies. And then on Wednesday, YouTube banned videos promoting groups that claim superiority to justify discrimination and videos that deny factual catastrophes. Also on Wednesday, YouTube decided that it […]

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Google updates SOS Alerts with visualizations of natural disasters

Google has announced a number of enhancements to SOS Alerts, a safety feature first introduced to Google Maps and Search nearly two years ago. SOS Alerts are designed to surface key information during natural disasters and human-induced catastrophes — this could include maps showing where wildfires are active, local news coverage, Twitter updates, relevant telephone […]

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YouTube bans videos that deny factual catastrophes such as the Holocaust ever happened

(Reuters) — YouTube said on Wednesday it would remove videos that deny factual catastrophes such as the Holocaust ever happened and stop sharing ad revenue with channels that skirt too close to its rules, a major policy reversal as it fights criticism that it provides a platform for hate speech and harassment. The streaming service, […]

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