Apple Music, Spotify and other services pull racist music after investigation

By apple, apple music, deezer, engadget, entertainment, gear, google, Internet, music, News, racism, services, spotify, Streaming, youtube, youtube music

Streaming music services had only limited success in purging racist songs from their catalogs. The BBC has discovered through an investigation (via AppleInsider) that Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and YouTube Music were all offering racist and …

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Disney Plus has a new warning label for content with racist stereotypes

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Several movies and shows on Disney+ now carry an unskippable content warning that flags racist stereotypes. "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures,” the warning reads (via Polygon). “These ste…

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Reddit has banned nearly 7,000 hateful subreddits since June 29th

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Reddit says it’s ramping up its fight against hate speech. Since rolling out its new content policies on June 29th, the platform has banned nearly 7,000 subreddits for hateful content. While the company admits it has more work to do, it says i…

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Infinity Ward tries to make its ‘Call of Duty’ Border War skin less offensive

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On Tuesday, Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward changed the name of Modern Warfare and Warzone’s Border War skin. The cowboy cop skin is now called “Home on the Range.” The change seems to be an attempt to crack down on racism in Call of Duty…

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Pinterest’s moderation doesn’t catch some abusive and false material

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Pinterest has received kudos for moderation that relies on customizing search results to hide or counter material, but it appears to have its limits. OneZero has discovered numerous cases where Pinterest’s moderation didn’t catch some abusive …

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IBM stops work on facial recognition over human rights concerns

By AI, artificial intelligence, arvind krishna, bias, engadget, facial recognition, Human Rights, ibm, News, privacy, racism, surveillance, tomorrow

The backlash to facial recognition among governments is extending to corporate heavyweights. IBM chief Arvind Krishna has sent a letter (via Axios and CNBC) to Congress revealing that the company has exited its “general purpose” facial recogni…

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Criterion will stream notable titles by black filmmakers for free

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In response to the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade and Breonna Taylor, as well as the disproportionate toll COVID-19 has had on communities of color, the Criterion Collection announced a few steps it’s taking to fight syste…

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‘Call of Duty’ developer will further crack down on racist players

By black lives matter, call of duty, call of duty modern warfare, call of duty: warzone, engadget, games, gaming, hate, hate speech, infinity ward, modern warfare, News, racism, video games, warzone

Activision and Infinity Ward are responding to Black Lives Matter protests with more than delayed Call of Duty seasons. Infinity Ward has vowed to crack down harder on racism in its military shooters, including more efforts to monitor and iden…

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Banjo CEO resigns to preserve the company’s AI surveillance deals

By AI, artificial intelligence, banjo, bias, damien patton, engadget, facial recognition, gear, Internet, mass surveillance, News, privacy, racism, surveillance, utah

Banjo is shuffling its leadership in a bid to keep its AI surveillance business with Utah and other customers worried about CEO Damien Patton’s racist past. Patton has resigned from the CEO position effective immediately, with CTO Justin Linds…

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Christchurch shooting videos are still on Facebook over a month later

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Current methods for filtering out terrorist content are still quite limited, and a recent discovery makes that all too clear. Motherboard and the Global Intellectual Property Enforcement Center’s Eric Feinberg have discovered that variants of the Chr…

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‘When They See Us’ recreates the story of the Central Park Five

By av, ava duvernay, central park five, engadget, entertainment, felicity huffman, john leguizamo, joshua jackson, michael kenneth williams, netflix, racism, trailer, vera farminga, when they see us

This spring, Netflix will turn the harrowing story of the Central Park Five into a four-part mini-series, When They See Us. The show takes a closer look at the infamous 1989 case, in which five black teens were coerced into confessing to a cri…

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MIT hopes to automatically ‘de-bias’ face detection AI

By AI, algorithm, artificialintelligence, computervision, csail, engadget, facedetection, facerecognition, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, Internet, mit, racism, science

There have been efforts to fight racist biases in face detection systems through better training data, but that usually involves a human manually supplying the new material. MIT’s CSAIL might have a better approach. It’s developing an algorithm tha…

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Dear tech: Stop doing business with Nazis

By 4chan, asmr, badpassword, Business, column, dailystormer, donaldtrump, engadget, facebook, gab, gear, godaddy, google, hatecrime, infowars, instagram, Internet, joyent, nazi, neo-nazi, Paypal, politics, racism, services, siliconvalley, spotify, stripe, tomorrow, Twitter, youtube, Zoho

Kicking Nazis off tech companies’ services is so easy, and such a simple thing to do. It is such a basic act of human decency, a trivial task that would stop PayPal, Stripe, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, GoDaddy and many more from being unquestionabl…

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Facebook hit with federal complaint over discriminatory housing ads

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Despite past efforts, Facebook hasn’t avoided federal-level trouble over allegations it enabled discriminatory housing ads. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has officially filed a complaint against Facebook, accusing the social network…

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Twitter bans far-right group Proud Boys ahead of Washington rally

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Just because Twitter is reluctant to take action against some of its more malicious users doesn’t mean it isn’t cracking down against others. Twitter has confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it banned the accounts of the far-right group Proud Boys for re…

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Google search showed ‘Nazism’ as a California Republican Party ideology

By antisemitism, california, engadget, gear, google, googlesearch, Internet, nazi, politics, racism, republicans, services, wikipedia

As California gears up for its primary, many of the state’s Republicans are fuming over how Google described their party in its search results. Those searching for “California Republicans” or “California Republican Party” would have found a result th…

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