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Facebook Took Two Weeks to Delete a Post Selling a Child Bride in South Sudan: Report Facebook Took Two Weeks to Delete a Post Selling a Child Bride in South Sudan: Report

A 16-year-old girl in South Sudan was recently auctioned on Facebook for marriage, according to a report from CNN. The social network reportedly didn’t remove the post until 15 days after it was published and nearly a week after she was already married.

Report: Even Facebook Employees Are Bummed About Facebook Report: Even Facebook Employees Are Bummed About Facebook

The societal, psychological, and sometimes violent consequences of social media are now reverberating from the inside: A recent survey of Facebook employees reportedly found that their opinion of the company has begun to tank.

Senators Urge FTC to Investigate Manipulative Ads in Children’s Apps Senators Urge FTC to Investigate Manipulative Ads in Children’s Apps

Three senators sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday, urging the agency to investigate advertising in children’s apps. The senators believe that, according to a recent study that looked at the prevalence of these apps, the techniques are in violation of a section of the FTC Act that prohibits…

eBay and Airbnb Join Tech Giants in Banning Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Cases eBay and Airbnb Join Tech Giants in Banning Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Cases

Just over a week after the massive Google walkout, some tech companies are taking strides toward ending a commonly used practice in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to keep disputes out of the limelight. And on Monday, it was revealed that two more companies followed suit.

You're Totally Going to Bone in Self-Driving Cars, Scientists Predict You're Totally Going to Bone in Self-Driving Cars, Scientists Predict

If humans are dependable for anything, it’s discovering new ways to get horny over new tech. And according to a new report, self-driving will really get people riled up.

Google Contractors Say Reporting Process for Sexual Misconduct Remains Flawed Google Contractors Say Reporting Process for Sexual Misconduct Remains Flawed

Last week, thousands of Google staffers walked out of their offices and into the streets in what is perhaps the largest collective protest of tech workers in history. The demonstration, which included Google offices across several continents, was sparked by reports that the company offered lucrative exit packages to…

Google Vows to Overhaul Its Handling of Sexual Harassment Claims After Thousands Protest Google Vows to Overhaul Its Handling of Sexual Harassment Claims After Thousands Protest

On Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to all employees promising a number of changes to the company’s policies following last week’s massive walkout. Many of these changes addressed the demands made by the walkout organizers, including optional arbitration for sexual harassment and assault claims and an…

Facebook Pumps Brakes on Political Ad Disclaimers After Discovering Existence of Lying Facebook Pumps Brakes on Political Ad Disclaimers After Discovering Existence of Lying

A litany of screwups drove Facebook to be more transparent about political advertising. But now, a litany of screwups is halting those very same plans.

Again With the Needle

For those of you who stayed up to watch the numbers roll in during the 2016 presidential election, you likely remember that fucking needle. The New York Times tracked the leading candidates’ odds of winning, and also our collective descent into madness. Well it’s back, baby.

Massive Google Walkout Over Sexual Misconduct Marks Tech's 'Time's Up' Moment Massive Google Walkout Over Sexual Misconduct Marks Tech's 'Time's Up' Moment

On Thursday, an estimated thousands of Google employees around the world walked out of their offices to protest the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment and assault cases, in what is likely the largest collective demonstration among technology workers.

'Thousands' of Google Employees Expected to Walk Out on Thursday Over Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases 'Thousands' of Google Employees Expected to Walk Out on Thursday Over Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases

“Thousands” of employees at Google offices around the world are expected to participate in a “women’s walk” protest on Thursday in response to the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment and other tensions within the technology giant.

An AI Lie Detector Is Going to Start Questioning Travelers in the EU An AI Lie Detector Is Going to Start Questioning Travelers in the EU

A number of border control checkpoints in the European Union are about to get increasingly—and unsettlingly—futuristic.

Take a Wild Guess Why Visiting 9,000 Porn Sites on Your Government Computer Is a Dumb Idea Take a Wild Guess Why Visiting 9,000 Porn Sites on Your Government Computer Is a Dumb Idea

A United States Geological Survey employee allegedly infected the scientific agency’s networks with malware after visiting thousands of porn websites on their government-issued laptop. According to a report released this month from the Office of Inspector General, many of those sites had malware.

This Sensor Is a Party Narc This Sensor Is a Party Narc

Amid a wave of nightmarish Airbnb incidents, in which hosts have been caught spying on guests without their consent, a company called NoiseAware is getting some attention for its upcoming, internet-connected party-alarm sensors. They don’t record audio or video, but they can surveil guests and fire out an alert if it…

New Documents Show Amazon's Face-Scanning Tech for Cops Was a Headache From the Start New Documents Show Amazon's Face-Scanning Tech for Cops Was a Headache From the Start

Earlier this year, Amazon’s facial recognition tech Rekognition—which can scan photos and videos and match them against databases of faces—faced a flood of criticism from Amazon employees, shareholders, and civil rights activists who argued that its use by government agencies was unethical or even dangerous. That…

Man Arrested for Attempted Theft of Magna Carta After Display Smashed With Hammer Man Arrested for Attempted Theft of Magna Carta After Display Smashed With Hammer

On Thursday, a 45-year-old man wielding a hammer reportedly smashed through a glass screen protecting one of only four copies of the original Magna Carta. The incident, which predictably has a lot of people making National Treasure jokes, happened at Salisbury Cathedral in the UK. The man, who is not Nicolas Cage, is…

Oculus Just Rolled Out Updated Anti-Harassment Tools Oculus Just Rolled Out Updated Anti-Harassment Tools

Facebook is rolling out new anti-harassment tools for its virtual reality platform as it continues to push for more users to plug in.

Facebook Is Using New AI Tools to Detect Child Porn and Catch Predators Facebook Is Using New AI Tools to Detect Child Porn and Catch Predators

Facebook is using new machine learning tech to flag child exploitation and nudity on the service, the company’s global safety head Antigone Davis announced today. In the last quarter alone, Davis says the new tools helped the company delete “8.7 million pieces of content” that “violated our child nudity or sexual…

Linux Founder Apparently Completes Empathy Journey in About a Month Linux Founder Apparently Completes Empathy Journey in About a Month

Linux founder Linus Torvalds temporarily took time off from the organization in September in order to “get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.” During his helm within the open-source software community, he developed a reputation for his egregious verbal abuse. Now, about a…

Teens Are Deserting Facebook for Facebook-Owned Instagram, Survey Finds Teens Are Deserting Facebook for Facebook-Owned Instagram, Survey Finds

If teens are the litmus test for what’s cool, Facebook is hurdling into mediocrity. A new survey indicates that slightly more than a third of teenagers use Facebook at least once a month, a number that has only decreased over the last few years.

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