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PayPal shuts down accounts for Proud Boys and founder McInnes as well as antifa groups – TechCrunch

PayPal shuts down accounts for Proud Boys and founder McInnes as well as antifa groups – TechCrunch PayPal has shut down several accounts, including those for far-right group the Proud Boys and their founder, Gavin McInnes, for the promotion of “hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance.” Several anti-fascist groups …

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Study of political junk on Facebook raises fresh questions about its metrics – TechCrunch

Study of political junk on Facebook raises fresh questions about its metrics – TechCrunch A midterms election study of political disinformation being fenced by Facebook’s platform supports the company’s assertion that a clutch of mostly right-leaning and politically fringe Pages it removed in October for sharing “inauthentic activity” were pulled for …

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Current tech for detecting hate speech is woefully inadequate, researchers find

Current tech for detecting hate speech is woefully inadequate, researchers find Researchers from Finland have analyzed various anti-hate speech systems, including tools built by Google’s Counter Abuse team. Their findings show just how easily these systems can be tricked. The post Current tech for detecting hate speech is woefully inadequate, …

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Hate speech, collusion, and the constitution – TechCrunch

Hate speech, collusion, and the constitution – TechCrunch Half an hour into their two-hour testimony on Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were asked about collaboration between social media companies. “Our collaboration has greatly increased,” Sandberg stated before turning to Dorsey …

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It’s time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech – TechCrunch

It’s time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech – TechCrunch Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there has been burgeoning awareness of the hate speech on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. While activists have pressured these companies to improve their content moderation, …

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Apple defends decision not to remove InfoWars’ app – TechCrunch

Apple defends decision not to remove InfoWars’ app – TechCrunch Apple has commented on its decision to continue to allow conspiracy theorist profiteer InfoWars to livestream video podcasts via an app in its App Store, despite removing links to all but one of Alex Jones’ podcast content from its iTunes …

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MailChimp bans Alex Jones for hateful conduct – TechCrunch

MailChimp bans Alex Jones for hateful conduct – TechCrunch Another tech platform has closed the door on InfoWars’ Alex Jones . Mail messaging platform MailChimp first confirmed the move in a statement to US media watchdog Media Matters which said the accounts had been closed for “hateful conduct”. A MailChimp spokeswoman also …

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It’s a fudge – TechCrunch

It’s a fudge – TechCrunch The number of tech platforms taking action against Alex Jones, the far right InfoWars conspiracy theorist and hate speech preacher, has been rising in recent weeks — with bans or partial bans including from Google, Apple and Facebook. However, as we noted earlier, Twitter is …

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Now even YouPorn has banned Alex Jones, but he’s still on Twitter – TechCrunch

Now even YouPorn has banned Alex Jones, but he’s still on Twitter – TechCrunch Streaming adult video site YouPorn, announced today that it has banned Alex Jones from its platform, following actions against the conspiracy-monger by tech companies including Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify—but notably, not Twitter. Before you go …

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Is it time to remove Zuckerberg from (his) office? – TechCrunch

Is it time to remove Zuckerberg from (his) office? – TechCrunch A colleague, who shall remain nameless (because privacy is not dead), gave a thumbs down to a recent column in the NYT. The complaint was that the writer had attacked tech companies (mostly but not exclusively Facebook) without offering …

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