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Twitter Expands Hate Speech Rules

Twitter has once again expanded its hate speech policies to “prohibit language that dehumanizes people on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin.”

CANNES, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Co-chair / founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey attends the ' #SheInspiresMe: Twitter celebrates female voices & visionaries ' Event at Cannes Lions on June 21, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images for Twitter)

Amazon Will Monitor Warehouse Workers with AI Technology

Amazon announced recently that it will deploy machine-learning AI technology to monitor warehouse workers. The technology is designed to ensure that workers are following social distancing guidelines during their shifts. Similar technology will also be deployed to monitor the health of warehouse machinery.

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Wikipedia’s In-House Newsletter Defends Conservative Media Purge, Claims Site Is ‘Center-Right’

In an article published Sunday in the Signpost, Wikipedia’s in-house newsletter, one editor involved in purging conservative media from the site responded to an article in British magazine the Critic, which analyzed left-wing bias on the site and suggested this purge was one result. The Signpost writer defended the process by claiming conservative media is generally less reliable. He further claimed Wikipedia was “center-right” citing a study relying on the political affiliation of people linking to sites on social media.

Turkish officials say Wikipedia failed to remove content deemed to be false from its pages that linked Turkey with terror groups

Microsoft Designs Creepy Employee Surveillance Tools, then Backtracks

Microsoft recently launched a new “Productivity Score” feature as part of Microsoft 365 which tracks workers’ productivity. Now, the company has agreed to remove user names from the feature following backlash from privacy experts. One researcher called the feature a “full-fledged workplace surveillance tool.”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has helped fuel a rebound by the technology giant which has climbed back to the ranks of the world's most valuable companies

Tesla Will Be Added to S&P 500 in December

Tesla will be added to the S&P 500 index on December 21 in a single step despite concerns that the move could impact the U.S. stock market. Tesla CEO Elon Musk made $100 billion in 2020 alone, making him the world’s second-richest man.

Elon Musk CEO of Tesla

Wikipedia Blacklists Newsmax Following Post-Election Popularity Boost

Newsmax has seen growing audiences at its online and televised news platforms since the disputed 2020 Presidential election amid President Donald Trump’s criticism of other conservative media coverage. After a Wikipedia editor suggested having the outlet treated as reliable, other editors responded by having Newsmax banned from use as a source for factual claims instead, partly citing its coverage of election fraud allegations, making it the latest conservative outlet banned on Wikipedia in an ongoing purge.

Turkish officials say Wikipedia failed to remove content deemed to be false from its pages that linked Turkey with terror groups

Amazon Joins Your Alexa Devices Together with Your Neighbors in a ‘Shared Network’ HIvemind

E-commerce giant Amazon is facing a privacy backlash over its new “Sidewalk” feature which joins together Alexa-powered smart devices within your home with those belonging to neighbors. The company claims the “shared network” will help “devices work better.” One cybersecurity expert called Amazon’s new service “deeply problematic from a privacy perspective,” noting that “No one rides on my WiFi for free, especially a giant corporation with billions of dollars.”

Jeff Bezos arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

5 Times Studies Proved Wikipedia’s Left-Wing Bias

Multiple academic studies and critical analyses of Wikipedia have pointed towards the site’s left-wing bias. The findings include its content being more left-leaning than Encyclopedia Britannica and left-leaning editors being more active and partisan than right-leaning editors. Left-wing outlets have been found to be the top-cited sources and represent most citations on articles about American politicians, and right-leaning editors have at the same time been found to be six times more likely to face sanctions.

Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia

Massive Flow of Google Cash Makes Rivals Hesitant to Support Antitrust Action

While rivals have warned of Google’s privacy problems and market dominance through monopoly power, many are reportedly hesitant to pursue antitrust measures due to their reliance on the tech giant’s money. In the case of Mozilla, which makes the Firefox browser to rival Google’s Chrome, the vast majority of its revenue comes from an agreement to make Google the browser’s default search option.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, speaks at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on 28 June 2012

Twitter to Accept Verification Applications in 2021

Twitter reportedly plans to reopen its verification process in 2021 along with new guidelines for users seeking to be verified. Along with various benefits for the “blue check” user themselves, verification assures the general public that the account belongs to the person or brand it claims to represent. Twitter has refused to verify prominent conservatives such as James O’Keefe and Sidney Powell, leading to hoax accounts confusing the public.

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