YouTube Will Prompt You to Reword Potentially Offensive Comments

YouTube creators love to connect with their audience through the platform’s comments section, but it’s not much fun when posts left by viewers are offensive, bullying, or just plain nasty.

YouTube has implemented various measures over the years to try to ensure such comments stay off its video-sharing platform, or at least get pushed down the list to reduce visibility, but this week it’s launching a new feature aimed at encouraging people to think twice before posting a potentially offensive comment.

It means that when YouTube’s algorithms detect a such a comment, it’ll issue a note to the poster saying, “Keep comments respectful,” adding, “If you’re not sure whether your comment is appropriate, review our Community Guidelines.” It also asks the poster to let YouTube know if they think its algorithm has made a mistake in singling out the comment as potentially offensive. Indeed, YouTube notes that its computer systems

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On Facebook, Comments About ‘Whites,’ ‘Men,’ And ‘Americans’ Will Face Less Moderation

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Facebook has shifted a long-standing policy of so-called “race-blind” hate speech moderation to consider the detection and deletion of certain comments about “whites,” “men,” and “Americans” low-priority compared to those about historically marginalized groups.  

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First reported by The Washington Post on Thursday morning and confirmed to Forbes by a Facebook spokesperson, Facebook says it has been working on Project WoW—an effort to better detect and delete content that it considers to be “the worst of the worst”—since 2019.

Facebook now differentiates between slurs directed toward certain groups, like Blacks, Muslims, the LGBTQ+ community and Jews, and those who haven’t been historically marginalized. 

As of now, the application is relatively limited: Facebook has changed its proactive technology to stop identifying a certain subset of comments about “Whites,” “men” and “Americans” that would be taken down if they referenced other groups. 

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YouTube introduces new features to address toxic comments

YouTube today announced it’s launching a new feature that will push commenters to reconsider their hateful and offensive remarks before posting. It will also begin testing a filter that allows creators to avoid having to read some of the hurtful comments on their channel that had been automatically held for review. The new features are meant to address long standing issues with the quality of comments on YouTube’s platform — a problem creators have complained about for years.

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The company said it will also soon run a survey aimed at giving equal opportunity to creators, and whose data can help the company to better understand how some creators are more disproportionately impacted by online hate and harassment.

The new commenting feature, rolling out today, is a significant change for YouTube.

The feature appears when users are about to post something offensive in a video’s comments section and warns

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Elys Game Technology Comments on Canadian Legislation to Legalize Single-Event Sports Wagering in Canada


Elys Game Technology, Corp. (“Elys” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:ELYS), an interactive gaming and sports betting technology company, today commented on proposed Canadian Federal Government legislation to legalize single-event sports wagering in Canada (Bill C-13 “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (single event sport betting).”


The proposed changes would give provinces and territories the ability to offer single-event sport betting products and the discretion to manage single-event sport betting in their respective jurisdictions. In provinces and territories that choose to offer single-event sport betting, Canadians would have an opportunity to engage in this activity in a regulated environment, either online or in physical facilities.


“We commend Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General for introducing this important legislation in support of single-event sports betting,” stated Michele (Mike) Ciavarella, Chairman and CEO of Elys Game Technology, Corp. “We believe there is strong bi-partisan support for this bill

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realme’s 50M Sales Achievement Attracts Positive Comments From Industry Leaders Anticipating Its Future

realme’s 50M Sales Achievement Attracts Positive Comments From Industry Leaders Anticipating Its Future

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — realme has proven itself once again to not only be a reliable smartphone brand but one that excels and pushes past limits as it hit the 50 million mark in sales, just 2 years since it was established. Not long after reaching this milestone, congratulations and well wishes poured in from global industry leaders. 



The experts have high praise for realme’s business strategy and work ethic. Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research said that “Apart from the strong product portfolio, the efficiency of realme to tackle the rapid market changes is also a key success factor. realme is a young brand,and thus we expect its organization and decision-making flow to be more immediate and flexible than the traditional electronics giants.” While the COVID-19 period has been a challenging time

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realme’s 50M Sales Achievement Attracts Positive Comments From Industry Leaders Anticipating Its Future | News

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — realme has proven itself once again to not only be a reliable smartphone brand but one that excels and pushes past limits as it hit the 50 million mark in sales, just 2 years since it was established. Not long after reaching this milestone, congratulations and well wishes poured in from global industry leaders. 

The experts have high praise for realme’s business strategy and work ethic. Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research said that “Apart from the strong product portfolio, the efficiency of realme to tackle the rapid market changes is also a key success factor. realme is a young brand,and thus we expect its organization and decision-making flow to be more immediate and flexible than the traditional electronics giants.” While the COVID-19 period has been a challenging time for the world, realme’s strategy that is tailored for its target

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Bill Gates comments on social media platform Parler

Post-election, many conservatives, and some extremists, have been heading to Parler, a conservative social media app funded by Republican megadonor Rebekah Mercer, which bills itself as a free speech Twitter-spin off.

But billionaire Bill Gates isn’t a fan of the platform, calling some of its content “crazy stuff.”

If somebody goes to Parler, they are saying, “I like crazy stuff,” Gates said Tuesday at The New York Times DealBook Summit. “If you want Holocaust denial, hey, Parler is going to be great for you,” Gates said.

(In October, Facebook announced a ban on content denying or distorting the Holocaust, classifying it as hate speech. Parler, however, does not police any content on its platform, so popular but controversial topics that appear on the site include voter fraud, Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic remarks, according to the Anti-Defamation League.)

Parler, which was founded by Mercer, John Matze and Jared Thomson in 2018,

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Tricking fake news detectors with malicious user comments — ScienceDaily

Fake news detectors, which have been deployed by social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to add warnings to misleading posts, have traditionally flagged online articles as false based on the story’s headline or content. However, recent approaches have considered other signals, such as network features and user engagements, in addition to the story’s content to boost their accuracies.

However, new research from a team at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology shows how these fake news detectors can be manipulated through user comments to flag true news as false and false news as true. This attack approach could give adversaries the ability to influence the detector’s assessment of the story even if they are not the story’s original author.

“Our model does not require the adversaries to modify the target article’s title or content,” explained Thai Le, lead author of the paper and doctoral student in the

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FASC Comments on Final Rule Regarding IT Supply Chain Risk

On November 2, 2020, the comment period for the Federal Acquisition Security Council’s (“FASC”) interim final rule (the “Interim Final Rule”) implementing the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act of 2018 (the “2018 Act”) will close.

The FASC was established by the 2018 Act. As an executive branch interagency council, FASC is tasked with recommending to other federal agencies orders to exclude or remove from government information systems and future procurements certain “sources” (i.e., non-federal suppliers or potential suppliers of products or services) and “covered articles” (i.e., information technology, including cloud computing services; telecommunications equipment or services; certain processing of information on a Federal or non-federal information system; or hardware, systems, devices, software or services that include embedded or incidental information technology). The FASC’s recommended exclusion and removal orders are intended to reduce supply chain risk – that is, the risk of surveillance, denial, disruption or

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Oil Industry Expresses Concern, Not Alarm, About Biden Comments

The timing of the transition is hard to pin down, in part because the energy industry has been undergoing rapid change in recent years. The United States was importing increasing amounts of oil and natural gas just 15 years ago when suddenly hydraulic fracturing produced a glut of both fuels and made the United States a large exporter.

Now electric cars are becoming increasingly popular, and the costs of wind and solar power are dropping rapidly. Coal, which was the dominant power fuel at the beginning of the century, is in deep decline, losing out to natural gas and renewables.

“The fact that oil and gas are 70 percent of the world’s energy means that you can’t change that on a dime,” said Jon Olson, chairman of the petroleum and geosystems engineering department at the University of Texas at Austin. “If we don’t manage the transition really well, we could

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