By Cat Zakrzewski Cat Zakrzewski
The border fence between Mexico and the United States in Nogales, Ariz., on Jan. 17. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
The Democrats are trying to belittle the concept of a Wall, calling it old fashioned. The fact is there is nothing else’s that will work, and that has been true for thousands of years. It’s like the wheel, there is nothing better. I know tech better than anyone, & technology.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
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Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos in Washington on Sept. 13, 2018. (Cliff Owen/AP)
Trump has threatened Amazon with antitrust enforcement, higher taxes and higher shipping fees but the threats haven't materialized so far, Bloomberg News reported. And the government maintains a relationship with Amazon. The company has pitched its facial recognition technology to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement while Amazon Web Services is competing for a Defense Department's cloud computing contract — competitors in the bidding have said the Pentagon's approach to the contract gives an unfair advantage to Amazon.
People ride Lime electric scooters on Aug. 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Yet some customers have criticized the penalties and the way the companies impose them. “I felt like they put me in a position that was really unfair,” Ben Terrell, who faced a $100 penalty from Lime for allegedly hoarding a scooter after using Lime three times in November last year in Los Angeles, told the Journal. “I did what they told me to do, and even though I followed the rules, I was still being punished.” Terrell said that he was reimbursed following a complaint.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg in Washington on Sept. 5, 2018. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
The problem of whether and how to police content on Facebook also emerged in the years preceding Facebook's 2012 initial public offering as some employees worried about abuse on the platform, but the company didn't not move to massively hire content moderators at the time, the Information reported. “On several occasions, when confronted about the problems with content on the platform, such as hate speech, bullying and disinformation, Ms. Sandberg dismissed the issue entirely, repeating the mantra that the platform ‘polices itself,’ because users could report bad behavior by other users,” Albergotti wrote.
RANT AND RAVE
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in San Francisco on April 12, 2016. (Eric Risberg/AP)
From the New York Times's Sheera Frenkel:
Facebook is now making critical decisions on issues ranging from content moderation to what qualifies as disinformation. I know they've formed outside councils and partnered with fact checkers, but ultimately, this is a company controlled by one person.— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) February 4, 2019
Zuckerberg is talking about Facebook like it's 2011 and the Arab Spring just happened. Since then, powerful institutions/governments (like Russia) have figured out how to use social media against people. And FB has become a powerful institution itself. https://t.co/EUCre9JGIy pic.twitter.com/iglAvjsGpb— Sarah Frier (@sarahfrier) February 4, 2019
Zuckerberg also continues a talking point that we've seen in speeches from Sheryl Sandberg that "some people" resisting change will "overly emphasize the negative."— Ryan Mac (@RMac18) February 4, 2019
This is... wild. Dismissing valid criticisms (i.e. Myanmar) as noise from people resistant to change is gross. pic.twitter.com/nlEjPNxGEu
— Antonio García Martínez (@antoniogm) February 4, 2019
— Peter W. Singer (@peterwsinger) February 4, 2019
The big question now is: What responsibility is it of platforms (like Facebook, but realistically many more now and in the future) to shape the actions of individuals and whole societies, and are we willing to cede that power to these corporations?— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) February 4, 2019
It's like the 10-year challenge on Facebook but instead of an old picture of yourself it's comparing Mark Zuckerberg's Internet posts from 2003 and todayhttps://t.co/qOL24pbUdihttps://t.co/eSFU1fng67 pic.twitter.com/OaJKu7l99V— Hamza Shaban (@hshaban) February 4, 2019
A street sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange on Dec. 28, 2016. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)
— Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, said the company will work to better protect users from self-harm imagery following the death of British teenager Molly Russell, the Guardian's Alex Hern reported. Mosseri said the company will use “sensitivity screens” to blur self-harm images until users indicate they want to see the content. The parents of the teenager think she took her life after seeing self-harm and suicide imagery on Instagram and Pinterest, the Guardian reported.
“We are not yet where we need to be on the issues of suicide and self-harm,” Mosseri wrote in an op-ed for the Telegraph. “We need to do everything we can to keep the most vulnerable people who use our platform safe. To be very clear, we do not allow posts that promote or encourage suicide or self-harm.”
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Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) on Capitol Hill on Oct. 24, 2013. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)
— Lawmakers, companies and labor groups in California are set to debate whether to restrict or codify a court ruling limiting companies' ability to classify workers as independent contractors, the San Francisco Chronicle's Carolyn Said reported. The ruling, which California's Supreme Court issued in April in a case involving a company called Dynamex, could have broad implications for gig economy firms as well as other traditional areas of the economy. “Unions want Dynamex to be enshrined as state law; companies do not,” according to the Chronicle. “So far Dynamex has not resulted in any large-scale reclassification, although it has been cited as precedent in a few legal cases.”
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The logo of Amazon in Boves, France, on Aug. 8, 2018. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)
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— Today in funding news:
- The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds an event titled “China's Digital Silk Road.”
- The New America think tank holds a discussion on “the future of spectrum auctions and 5G.”
- CompTIA DC Fly-In technology conference in Washington through tomorrow.
- Senate Commerce Committee hearing on 5G and technology innovation tomorrow.
- House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology hearing on the consequences of the repeal of net neutrality rules on Thursday.
- The Brookings Institution holds a panel discussion titled “Smart cities and artificial intelligence” on Feb. 11.
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Source: The Washington Post