Bay Area’s DoorDash to pay $2.5 million after allegedly tip theft

Bay Area restaurant-delivery firm DoorDash has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a government lawsuit alleging it stole drivers’ tips and deceived customers into thinking their tip money was going to drivers.

Washington, D.C. attorney general Karl Racine filed the civil suit last year, and in a news release accused the San Francisco company of “lowering labor costs by swiping tips left for workers.”

Racine claimed “DoorDash led consumers to believe that any tips would go directly to food delivery workers, while instead effectively treating this money as extra profit for the company.”

The suit in District of Columbia Superior Court alleged DoorDash would reduce drivers’ pay for each job by the amount of any tip. For example, if a customer left no tip on a job that was to pay $10 to the driver — called a “Dasher” by the company — DoorDash would pay the driver $10,

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YouTube suspends OANN for allegedly peddling fake COVID-19 cures

YouTube has temporarily suspended OANN for promoting a fake COVID-19 cure on its channel. 

A spokesperson for the video platform told Axios on Tuesday that One America News Network (OANN), a conservative news outlet, will not be able to post any new content on its YouTube channel for a week — and is also no longer able to monetize video content.

The one-week ban is considered a ‘strike’ under YouTube’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. 

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The policy was implemented by Google in an attempt to stem a wave of fake news across social media and video services at the time of the first coronavirus outbreak, including fake COVID-19 cures and treatments, conspiracy theories concerning the origin of the virus, and stories claiming COVID-19 is a bioweapon. 

YouTube removes content deemed to “pose a serious risk of egregious harm,” including videos peddling COVID-19 prevention,

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Amazon Charged With EU Antitrust Violation For Allegedly Using Sellers’ Data To Compete Against Them

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The European Union has charged Amazon with violating antitrust law in the region, accusing the e-commerce giant of using the data it collects from third-party sellers on the platform to compete against them, bringing into focus Amazon’s contentious dual role both as a retailer and as a marketplace for other vendors.

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The charges have been issued by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body which has been looking into Amazon’s handling of third-party sellers since 2018.

The Commission has alleged that Amazon “systematically uses non-public business data” to “avoid the normal risks of competition and leverage dominance for e-commerce in France and Germany,” Amazon’s two biggest European markets the Commission said.

The EU body has also

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