Elon Musk cleared of defamation in ‘pedo guy’ tweet trial

A Los Angeles jury has found Elon Musk did not defame a British cave explorer when he called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press December 7, 2019, 3:02 AM 5 min read Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO …

Facebook, Twitter And Google Failing To Tackle Manipulation On Their Platforms: NATO StratCom

A year ahead of the US presidential election, the world’s biggest social media companies are still failing to tackle manipulation on their platforms, an exercise by NATO StratCom has found. To test the ability of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram to detect potentially malicious activity, researchers at the NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence ran a four-month experiment starting in …

Fake ‘Likes’ Remain Just a Few Dollars Away, Researchers Say

“A very #MerryChristmas⁠ ⁠to all,” Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s top antitrust enforcer, wrote on Facebook last December. Her post attracted 144 “likes.” A few months later, as an experiment, researchers paid a company a few dollars to attract attention to her well wishes. In 30 minutes, the post had 100 more likes. The researchers had similar results on a holiday post …

Facebook extends crisis response tools to WhatsApp

CLOSE Here’s how you can delete old and embarrassing Faacebok posts. Buzz60 Facebook is expanding the way people in disaster zones can request help.  Earlier this week, the social networking giant extended part of the platform’s “Crisis Response” widget to WhatsApp. The move would mean people in areas with poor connectivity can alert friends and family about what’s happening through WhatsApp, which …

Huawei asks court to throw out US telecom funds ban

Huawei asking U.S. court to throw out rule that bars use of government money to buy its equipment on security grounds By SAM McNEIL Associated Press December 5, 2019, 5:50 AM 3 min read Chinese tech giant Huawei is asking a U.S. federal court to throw out a rule that bars rural phone carriers from using government money to purchase …

Amazon Workers In Sacramento Are Demanding Paid Time Off

Amazon delivery station employees in Sacramento are demanding fair treatment and benefits equal to those of other Amazon workers. By Sunday, more than 200 workers had signed a petition requesting an explanation for why they receive fewer paid days off per year than typical Amazon warehouse workers. These workers, who sort and prepare packages for final-mile delivery in a station …

Elon Musk’s Defense: ‘Pedo Guy’ Tweet Was a Generic Insult

At the time, Mr. Musk suggested the use of a small submarine, which Mr. Unsworth brushed off in a CNN interview, saying Mr. Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts.” Mr. Musk fired back in a series of angry tweets, referring to Mr. Unsworth as “pedo guy.” He later deleted the tweets, explaining that they were issued “in anger …

Google Photos has new option for private sharing with grandma, friends

CLOSE Google Photos, the popular app used by over 1 billion people monthly, introduced a new way to share photos that skirts the social media practice of broadcasting to the entire world. Old way: Create an album in the app, by highlighting several photos, titling the album and then sending a share link to family and friends. New way: Highlight one …

Eilish, Lizzo, Lil Nas X named 1st Apple Music Award winners

Billie Eilish is a three-time winner of the first Apple Music Awards; Lizzo named breakthrough artist December 3, 2019, 5:13 AM 1 min read Billie Eilish will be the first recipient of the Apple Music Award for global artist of the year, one of three honors for the pop singer. Apple announced Monday that Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, …

Match Group Doesn’t Screen Tinder, OkCupid And PlentyofFish For Sexual Predators

This article is copublished with Columbia Journalism Investigations and ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Susan Deveau saw Mark Papamechail’s online dating profile on Plenty of Fish in late 2016. Scrolling through his pictures, she saw a 54-year-old man, balding and broad, dressed in a T-shirt. Papamechail lived near her home in a suburb of Boston and, …