Mois : décembre 2020 (Page 2 of 4)

YouTube – Supporting the 2020 U.S. election

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“Our Community Guidelines prohibit spam, scams, or other manipulated media, coordinated influence operations, and any content that seeks to incite violence. Since September, we’ve terminated over 8000 channels and thousands of harmful and misleading elections-related videos for violating our existing policies. Over 77% of those removed videos were taken down before they had 100 views. ” […]
Yesterday was the safe harbor deadline for the U.S. Presidential election and enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect. Given that, we will start removing any piece of content uploaded today (or anytime after) that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, in line with our approach towards historical U.S. Presidential elections.

Source : Supporting the 2020 U.S. election

“One rose costs $3.99, six cost $19.99, and 12 go for $29.99. Tim MacGougan, the company’s chief product officer, says the higher price point is meant to encourage scarcity and deep intention behind receiving a rose. If someone is potentially paying $4 to send a rose, you might weigh their like more heavily when deciding whether to like them back. (Any likes sent with roses are automatically sent to the top of people’s matches pile, meaning the sender will definitely be seen when people check their likes.)”

Source : Hinge is about to become The Bachelor – The Verge

The FTC seeks to break up Facebook

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After writing about the potential breakup of Facebook for years, it’s somewhat surreal for me to see the prospect actually arrive. But it’s here: the Federal Trade Commission voted 3-2 to sue Facebook for illegally maintaining a monopoly in social networking, arguing it has used acquisitions and harsh restrictions on third-party developers to prevent competitors from ever gaining a foothold.

If successful, the FTC’s case — which was joined by 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam — could force the company to divest itself of Instagram and WhatsApp, radically reshaping the digital economy. The move comes less than six weeks after the Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit accusing Google of also maintaining an illegally monopoly on search.

“For nearly a decade, Facebook has used its dominance and monopoly power to crush smaller rivals and snuff out competition, all at the expense of everyday users,” said Letitia James, New York’s attorney general. “Today, we are taking action to stand up for the millions of consumers and many small businesses that have been harmed by Facebook’s illegal behavior.”

Source : The FTC seeks to break up Facebook – Platformer

“Pornhub last night purged millions of user-uploaded videos from its platform amid allegations that it was hosting content featuring child sexual exploitation, nonconsensual violence, rape, and other unlawful material. « As part of our policy to ban unverified uploaders, we have now also suspended all previously uploaded content that was not created by content partners or members of the Model Program, » Pornhub said in a company blog post, as first reported by Vice. The purge appears to have hit almost 9 million of the 13.5 million videos on Pornhub as of Sunday, or nearly two-thirds of all the content hosted on the site.”

Source : Millions of videos purged from Pornhub amid crackdown on user content | Ars Technica

Monopolies cost Americans $300 a month. We’re no longer the land of free markets

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“Implementing a pro-competition policy in America will be no easy task. Incumbent companies maintain their power with an array of unfair tactics to exclude rivals – acquisitions of nascent competitors, heavy lobbying of regulators, and lavish expenditures on campaign donations. To be successful in today’s economy, a pro-competition policy would need to tackle the new monopolies as well as the old ones – the Googles and Facebooks and the pharmaceutical and telecom companies alike. The payoffs would be large, however. Based on my research, I estimate that monopolies cost the median American household about $300 a month. Taking into account all the other inefficiencies monopolies entail, I estimate that the lack of competition deprives American workers of about $1.25tn of labor income every year. No wonder, then, that American workers are angry.”

Source : Monopolies cost Americans $300 a month. We’re no longer the land of free markets | US economy | The Guardian

Accord politique sur la suppression des contenus à caractère terroriste en ligne

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“La Commission se félicite de l’accord politique intervenu aujourd’hui entre le Parlement européen et le Conseil sur la proposition de règlement relatif à la prévention de la diffusion de contenus à caractère terroriste en ligne. Une fois adopté, ce règlement garantira que les plateformes en ligne jouent un rôle plus actif dans la détection des contenus à caractère terroriste en ligne et que ceux-ci sont supprimés en l’espace d’une heure au maximum. Grâce à l’accord intervenu, la diffusion des idéologies extrémistes en ligne pourra être contrée, ce qui est vital pour combattre la radicalisation et prévenir les attentats. Ces règles constituent un volet essentiel du programme de lutte antiterroriste pour l’UE présenté par la Commission.”

Source : Accord politique sur la suppression des contenus à caractère terroriste en ligne

Cookies : sanction de 35 millions d’euros à l’encontre d’AMAZON EUROPE CORE

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“Le 7 décembre 2020, la formation restreinte de la CNIL a sanctionné la société AMAZON EUROPE CORE d’une amende de 35 millions d’euros pour avoir déposé des cookies publicitaires sur les ordinateurs d’utilisateurs à partir du site amazon.fr sans consentement préalable et sans information satisfaisante.”

Source : Cookies : sanction de 35 millions d’euros à l’encontre d’AMAZON EUROPE CORE | CNIL

Cookies : sanction de 60 millions d’euros à l’encontre de GOOGLE LLC et de 40 millions d’euros à l’encontre de GOOGLE IRELAND LIMITED

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“Le 7 décembre 2020, la formation restreinte de la CNIL a sanctionné les sociétés GOOGLE LLC et GOOGLE IRELAND LIMITED d’un montant total de 100 millions d’euros d’amende, notamment pour avoir déposé des cookies publicitaires sur les ordinateurs d’utilisateurs du moteur de recherche google.fr sans consentement préalable ni information satisfaisante.”

Source : Cookies : sanction de 60 millions d’euros à l’encontre de GOOGLE LLC et de 40 millions d’euros à l’encontre de GOOGLE IRELAND LIMITED | CNIL

Foxconn electronics giant hit by ransomware, $34 million ransom

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“In an interview with DoppelPaymer, the ransomware gang confirmed that they attacked Foxconn’s North America facility on November 29th but did not attack the whole company. As part of this attack, the threat actors claim to have encrypted about 1,200 servers, stole 100 GB of unencrypted files, and deleted 20-30 TB Of backups. « We encrypted NA segment, not whole foxconn, it’s about 1200-1400 servers, and not focused on workstations. They also had about 75TB’s of misc backups, what we were able to – we destroyed (approx 20-30TB), » DoppelPayment told us about the attack. In a statement to BleepingComputer, Foxconn confirmed the attack and said they are slowly bringing their systems back into service.”

Source : Foxconn electronics giant hit by ransomware, $34 million ransom

Après plusieurs désastres, Uber met un « stop » à la conduite autonome

“Uber et la conduite autonome, c’est terminé. Dans un communiqué publié le 7 décembre, la startup Aurora a annoncé l’acquisition d’Advanced Technologies Group, la division d’Uber dédiée au développement de la conduite autonome. Ces derniers mois, la structure n’a pas été épargnée entre l’accident mortel pendant un test et la condamnation d’un ingénieur accusé de vol industriel et de pratiques déloyales pour embaucher ses anciens collègues de Google (très investi dans la conduite autonome).”

Source : Après plusieurs désastres, Uber met un « stop » à la conduite autonome

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