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Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Amazon launches a $79 Echo Dot Kids Edition with kid-friendly Alexa and one year of FreeTime Unlimited, a bundle of curated content with a Parent Dashboard   —  There's a new version of Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant, that's designed just for kids.  The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition …
Apr 25, 2018, 7:08 AMIn context
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Some YouTube thumbnails depicted bestiality, now pulled; YouTube says monitoring tech missed because bestiality thumbnails may lack signals of typical porn   —  There is bestiality on YouTube, and it's surprisingly easy to find.  It's also surprisingly prevalent, but not in videos …
Apr 24, 2018, 6:20 PMIn context
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
In interview Kogan admits he broke Facebook's ToS but his app was within norms, says he worked on 10+ papers with Pete Fleming, now Instagram's head of research   —  Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University academic whose app has set off the firestorm about online user data, says he's considering suing Facebook.
Apr 22, 2018, 8:02 PMIn context
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Analysis of ~87K articles about Facebook from USA Today, NYT, Guardian, and BuzzFeed from 2006-2018 shows coverage turned mostly negative after 2016 election   —  Mark Zuckerberg waits for a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee, April 10, 2018.
Apr 18, 2018, 12:05 PMIn context
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed:
Sources describe turmoil at Kickstarter under founder and CEO Perry Chen, who retook the top job in March, as ~50 of 120 staff have left, including 7 top execs   —  Since founder Perry Chen took back the reins at Kickstarter, the company has landed in a period of turmoil set in motion …
Apr 17, 2018, 3:45 PMIn context
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
Facebook partners with Mumbai-based Boom on a pilot fact checking project of English-language content in Indian state of Karnataka, ahead of state elections   —  Facebook is finally going to start fact-checking news on its platform in India, its largest market with more than 240 million users.
Apr 17, 2018, 11:39 AMIn context
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
Ahead of key elections in India, experts say Facebook, Google, and Twitter aren't doing enough to prevent abuse and political manipulation on their platforms   —  The world's largest democracy is in danger of having its biggest elections influenced through the internet — but so far …
Apr 14, 2018, 6:05 AMIn context
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed:
Answering lawmakers, Zuckerberg repeatedly relied on the promise of AI to weed out undesirable content, a defense that lets Facebook avoid responsibility   —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies in a Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees joint hearing regarding the company's use and protection of user data.
Apr 11, 2018, 5:30 PMIn context
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed:
Vietnamese human rights groups, independent journalists question if Facebook is helping suppress dissent by removing content flagged by state-sponsored trolls   —  The open letter from human rights activists and independent media groups in Vietnam criticizing Mark Zuckerberg comes ahead …
Apr 10, 2018, 4:25 PMIn context
Emily Smith / BuzzFeed:
The SESTA bill may appear to target child traffickers but actually hurts marginalized sex workers, and this new approach to censorship is unlikely to stop here   —  Marginalized groups often act as “patient zero” for regressive new laws, and a new bill that cuts away broad protections for online speech is no different.
Apr 9, 2018, 8:30 AMIn context

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