Facebook pledges to remove false claims about COVID-19 vaccines

As the UK is on the brink of starting to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, Facebook has updated its misinformation policy to reflect that it will remove false claims about vaccines. The tech giant updated its Coronavirus Newsroom post on Thursday with its commitment to taking down false information that has been debunked by public health experts regarding vaccines across Facebook and Instagram. 



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Facebook said that it has been removing misinformation about COVID-19, including conspiracy theories linking it to 5G or posts that claim it doesn’t exist, since January. To date, the company says, it has pulled down around 12 million pieces of content of this type on Facebook and on Instagram, which it also owns.

News last month that three COVID-19 vaccines — one by Pzifer, one by Moderna and one by Oxford University and Astra Zeneca — have proved

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Microsoft will remove user names from ‘Productivity Score’ feature after privacy backlash

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Microsoft says it will make changes in its new Productivity Score feature, including removing the ability for companies to see data about individual users, to address concerns from privacy experts that the tech giant had effectively rolled out a new tool for snooping on workers.

“Going forward, the communications, meetings, content collaboration, teamwork, and mobility measures in Productivity Score will only aggregate data at the organization level—providing a clear measure of organization-level adoption of key features,” wrote Jared Spataro, Microsoft 365 corporate vice president, in a post this morning. “No one in the organization will be able to use Productivity Score to access data about how an individual user is using apps and services in Microsoft 365.”

The company rolled out its new “Productivity Score” feature as part of Microsoft 365 in late October. It gives companies data to understand how workers are using and adopting different forms

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Democratic senators urge YouTube to remove election misinformation videos.

A group of Democratic senators urged YouTube to reverse its policy of allowing videos containing election outcome misinformation and pushed the company to adopt more aggressive steps to curb the spread of false content and manipulated media ahead of critical runoff elections for Georgia’s two Senate seats in January.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Susan Wojcicki, YouTube’s chief executive, four Democratic senators — Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Gary Peters of Michigan and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota — said they had “deep concern with the proliferation of misinformation” on the platform. The letter pointed to how one YouTube video with the baseless claim of voter fraud in Michigan had five million views.

“These videos seek to undermine our democracy and cast doubt on the legitimacy of President-elect Biden’s incoming administration,” the senators wrote. “Moreover, because the current president has not committed to a peaceful transition

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Amazon will remove HBO from Amazon Channels next year

In a victory for AT&T’s WarnerMedia, HBO will no longer be available as an Amazon Channel after their current placement deal expires next year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Today, HBO’s presence in the Amazon Channels store lets users watch regular HBO programming within the Amazon Fire TV user interface, making it easy for consumers to subscribe and sign up. But this placement was a major sticking point in the negotiations to get HBO Max, the company’s separate streaming service, on to the Amazon Fire TV platform, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the deal terms are private.

Those talks dragged on for months before concluding this week with a deal.

HBO Max includes additional content that’s not available on HBO, like “South Park and “The Big Bang Theory.” Over time, WarnerMedia would like the HBO Max application to be the only point

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eCommerce Tech Must Fight Fraud, Remove Friction

Brands attempting quick pivots to digital have spent months learning by trial and error only to find out that offering something new to consumers is often more complex than in looks from the outset.

Take the drive-thru lane, Vik Dhawan, vice president of Product at Kount, told PYMNTS in an interview.

Drive-thru popularity has spiked during the pandemic because restaurant dining rooms have often been shut down, and drive-thru lanes offer easy paths for low-contact, quick delivery of orders. In fact, the latest PYMNTS Mobile Order-Ahead Tracker found that they’ve been the pandemic’s MVP.

Dhawan said that’s all well and good but for the fact that the more consumers who decide to use drive-thrus, the less able restaurants are to deliver a drive-thru’s speedy service advantage.

“When mass adoption happens, what becomes really apparent is space is limited,” he said. “It suddenly takes

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Instagram launches new technology to identify and remove harmful material

Instagram’s public policy director in Europe, Tara Hopkins, said: “In the EU at the moment, we can only use that mix of sophisticated technology and human review element if a post is reported to us directly by a member of the community.”

She said that because in a small number of cases an assessment would be made by a human reviewer on whether to send additional resources to a user, this could be considered by regulators to be a “mental health assessment” and therefore a part of special category data, which receives greater protection under GDPR.

Ms Hopkins said the company was in discussions with the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) – Facebook’s lead regulator in the EU –  and others over the tools and a potential introduction in the future.

In a blog post announcing the update, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri said it was an “important step” but that

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Florida man invents robot to insert and remove contact lenses

Hershoff was diagnosed with Fuch’s dystrophy in 2000 and almost lost his sight. He received three corneal transplants in 10 years.

After struggling with his eyesight for years, Hershoff discovered a special type of contact lens called scleral lenses which helped him enormously.

However, when his wife passed away, Hershoff went through a period of anxiety which caused his hands to shake while inserting and removing his contact lenses.

This is when the light bulb went off.

“What happens in a few years if I actually have a tremor and I can’t get these lenses in? I need them to see and I don’t have anyone to help put them in for me,” Hershoff told CNN.

And so, the Cliara Lens Robot was born. Cliara is an acronym for Contact Lens Insertion and Removal Apparatus.

The robot uses suction cups to measure the precise amount of force needed to insert

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YouTube, Twitter remove Steve Bannon video calling for violence against Fauci

Twitter  and YouTube  took action against the account of Steve Bannon’s podcast on Thursday evening, after the former White House chief strategist called for the beheading of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. 



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In the video, Bannon says the heads of Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be displayed on pikes in front of the White House “as a warning to federal bureaucrats.”

Twitter said it “permanently suspended” the account, @WarRoomPandemic, for violating its policy against glorifying violence. YouTube said it took down the video for breaking rules against inciting violence, and issued a strike against the account. Under the Google-owned video platform’s three-strikes policy, the offender cannot upload videos for at least a week after the violation. 



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Bannon also has a Facebook page where he posts videos of his

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Apple to reportedly remove app that enabled Google Stadia on iPhone [u]

Apple is removing an app that allowed iPhone users to play Google Stadia streaming games in a specially designed web browser, according to the software’s developer.

Zachary Knox in September launched Stadium, an iOS web browser that effectively bypasses App Store restrictions on cloud-based gaming services to provide support for Stadia on iPhone. He was able to create the workaround, complete with controller integration, with a bit of clever WebKit engineering.

On Monday, Knox said Stadium is being pulled from the App Store because Apple “didn’t like” the results.

“I was extending WebKit’ by hooking it into the native GameController framework and thus Bluetooth controllers, which they didn’t like,” Knox said in a tweet.

The app was downloaded nearly 15,000 times over the past three weeks.

Stadium is still available on the App Store as of this writing. After downloading the app, users can set the

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Apple will remove app that made it easy to play Stadia on iOS

An app that offered a simple way to get Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service running on iOS is being removed from the App Store, its developer says. Stadium creator Zachary Knox announced the news in the app’s Discord server. “I have some bad news,” Knox wrote, “But before I get to that: if you want to use the App Store release of Stadium, download it now.”



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While cloud gaming services like Stadia, xCloud, and GeForce Now are not officially available on iOS because of Apple’s rules, Stadium offered a workaround by streaming Stadia’s games through a web browser. This is theoretically allowed, since Apple’s policies specifically say developers can use “the open Internet and web browser apps” to reach users outside of the App Store. However, it appears Apple isn’t happy with the specifics of Stadium’s implementation.

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Apple objected to Knox “extending WebKit with

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