Amazon claims Woody Allen ‘sabotaged’ films with #MeToo comments

Tech giant says it was justified in terminating four-film deal with director who has since taken $68m legal action Amazon has responded to the $68m (52m) breach of contract legal action In legal documents filed in the sistrict of New York, Amazon cited which he denied by saying: Even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Times Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesnt make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago. After numerous actors, including Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, Timothe Chalamet and Colin Firth, Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated …

‘Shame!’ Amazon gets $23m from Virginia county amid fierce protests

Tech giant will build second HQ in Crystal City but protesters echo New Yorkers who forced company out Protesters repeatedly shouted shame as a northern Virginia county board unanimously approved a $23m incentives package for Amazon to build a new headquarters there. The Arlington county boards 5-0 vote on Saturday came after hours of heated public testimony, news outlets reported. Supporters said Amazons plan to build a massive facility in Crystal City will lead to tens of thousands of good jobs and bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. Opponents said the tech giant neither needs nor deserves public subsidies. They also said lower-income residents would be driven out by rising rents. In November, Amazon selected New …

Russia passes law to jail people for 15 days for ‘disrespecting’ government

Law allowing courts to fine or jail offenders is reminiscent of Soviet-era laws used to target dissidents, say critics Russias parliament has approved a controversial law that allows courts to jail people for online disrespect of government or state officials, including the president, Vladimir Putin. The law, which critics say is reminiscent of Soviet-era legislation used to target political dissidents, stipulates fines of up to 100,000 roubles (1,155) for indecent online posts that demonstrate a blatant disrespect for society, the country, Russias official state symbols, the constitution, or the authorities. Repeat offenders can be hit with fines of up to twice this sum, or 15 days behind bars. Alexander Verkhovsky, the head of the Moscow-based Sova Centre, which monitors abuse …

Former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Says the Internet Needs Regulation

It was hard not to fear the worst when President Barack Obama appointed Tom Wheeler as chair of the Federal Communications Commission in 2013. Wheeler was the CEO of the wireless industry group CTIA from 1992 to 2004, and the CEO of the National Cable Television Association from 1979 to 1984. As the agency drafted its net neutrality rules, comedian John Oliver famously compared putting Wheeler in charge of the FCC to hiring a dingo to babysit your kids. But Wheeler wasn't a dingo. On his watch, the FCC passed the Open Internet Order that established net neutrality and reclassified broadband internet providers as "common carriers" similar to landline and cellular phone providers. Maybe that shouldn't have been so surprising. …

Facebook criticised after women complain of inaction over abuse

Amnesty says social media firm must do more to support users who report harassment Human rights campaigners have called for action after a survey revealed that more than half of the reports that women lodge about harassment on Facebook are met with no action from the social media company. The Survation poll, commissioned by the feminist campaign group Level Up, found that 29% of the 1,000 women who took part had been harassed on Facebook. A spokesperson for Amnesty International UK said the extremely worrying findings were indicative of a new frontier of human rights abuses which are often unaddressed: Time and time again we hear social media companies making pledges that they will do better, but their efforts have …

From self-harm to terrorism, online recommendations cast a deadly shadow | John Naughton

The tragic case of Molly Russell has highlighted their malign influence My eye was caught by a headline in Wired magazine: Custodians of the Internet, Gillespies excellent book on the moderation of online content, I might also be interested in Safiya Umoja Nobles Molly Russell, the young teenager who sought out images of self-harm before she took her own life in 2017. It was later discovered, the authors report, that these images were also being delivered to her, recommended by her favourite social media platforms. Her Instagram feed was full of them. Even in the months after her death, Pinterest continued to send her automated emails, its algorithms automatically recommending graphic images of self-harm, including a slashed thigh and cartoon …

YouTube CEO Defends Its Efforts to Reduce Violent Content

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki defended her company’s efforts to keep violent content off the video platform at the sixth annual Lesbians Who Tech Summit Friday in San Francisco. Wojcicki was interviewed by New York Times columnist Kara Swisher, who took the YouTube leader to task for the platform’s failure to keep dangerous content away from kids. Last week reports emerged that scenes describing how to commit suicide were spliced into YouTube videos aimed at children, only the latest example in a long list of troublesome content plaguing the platform. “We take kids’ safety incredibly seriously, and I would say that the last two years have really been focused on the responsibility of our platforms,” Wojcicki said. “I’m a mom, I …