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Silhouettes of users are seen next to a screen projection of the YouTube logo in this picture illustration on March 28. (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters)
“YouTube said that 6,195 videos it removed in September were found to have violated guidelines against ‘hateful or abusive’ content, about 0.2 percent of the total deleted that month,” my colleagues wrote. “And 94,400, or 3.4 percent of the total deleted in September, were found to have violated guidelines against ‘violent or graphic’ content.” According to the report, automated systems — rather than humans — first spotted 81 percent of the videos that were eventually taken down, and “of this group, the detection happened before a single view by users in 3 out of 4 cases,” Craig and Tony reported.
A sign for an Apple campus on Riata Vista Circle in Austin on Dec. 13. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
The comparatively lower levels of taxation — including the absence of a state income tax in Texas — are also an asset for the city. “The Austin Chamber of Commerce boasts that per-capita state and local taxes are less than the national average, and one-third less than in California,” the Journal reported. Apple said in a news release that its new Austin campus could make the company the largest private employer in the city. It is set to add 5,000 employees initially, and the number of workers could eventually reach 15,000, Apple said.
The Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on July 19, 2016. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
In a blog post describing a new research pilot in Thailand to detect diabetic eye disease with the help of artificial intelligence, Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs at Google, said the potential misuse of AI applications such as facial recognition could have harmful consequences. “We continue to work with many organizations to identify and address these challenges, and unlike some other companies, Google Cloud has chosen not to offer general-purpose facial recognition APIs before working through important technology and policy questions,” Walker said.
The Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia on May 16, 2012. (Matt Rourke/AP)
— Journalists who fact-check stories as part of a partnership with Facebook to help curb misinformation on the platform are increasingly frustrated with the initiative. “Current and former Facebook factcheckers told the Guardian that the tech platform’s collaboration with outside reporters has produced minimal results and that they’ve lost trust in Facebook, which has repeatedly refused to release meaningful data about the impacts of their work,” the Guardian's Sam Levin reported. “Some said Facebook’s hiring of a PR firm that used an antisemitic narrative to discredit critics – fueling the same kind of propaganda factcheckers regularly debunk – should be a deal-breaker.”
— Amazon filed a patent application that suggests the company may consider using facial recognition to further expand its home surveillance business. The patent application “offers a vision of how doorbell cameras could be equipped with new technology that would allow the devices to gather data and identify people considered to be ‘suspicious,’” my colleague Peter Holley reported. (Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Post.)
— More technology news from the private sector:
People cross the street outside Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco on Nov. 15. (Michael Short/Bloomberg News)
— More news about tech workforce and culture:
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) joined the board of software development company Techtonic, according a new release from the company.
— Today in funding news:
- Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao delivers a speech at the CES technology show in Las Vegas on Jan. 9, 2019.
Virgin Galactic launches the first manned U.S. spacecraft to reach space since 2011:
Naughty, instead of nice: Santa Clauses behaving badly:
Kombucha just got boozier, and we're here for it.
Source: The Washington Post