Tuesday, July 27

tech companies

Facebook, Misinformation, Science, Social Media, tech companies, Tech Insider

How JFK’s nephew became one of Facebook’s most prolific anti-vax misinformation spreaders

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the "disinformation dozen" spreading vaccine misinformation online. He cemented himself as a prominent anti-vaxxer long before the pandemic. Here's how the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy became an online anti-vax influencer. LoadingSomething is loading. A recent report found that most COVID-19 disinfo...
996, China, Elon Musk, Jack Ma, Overtime, Overwork, Science, Tech, tech companies, Tech Insider

This is 996 culture, a grueling 72-hour work week popular in China that’s been criticized for ruining work-life balance

The 996 schedule compels employees to work from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week. The schedule is widespread in China, especially among tech companies in China's Silicon Valley. Chinese workers have blasted the policy on social media for ruining their personal lives. LoadingSomething is loading. The brutal work schedule known as the "996" has bee...
Analysis, content moderation, Facebook, Social Media, tech companies, Tech Insider

Facebook will let users become’experts’ to cut down on misinformation. It’s another attempt to avoid responsibility for harmful content.

Facebook will let people in groups become experts, whose posts will be amplified. The idea is to designate "knowledgeable experts" who can serve as authoritative voices. But the move is another way Facebook is skirting responsibility for what is posted on its site. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
Dara Khosrowshahi, San Francisco, tech companies, Tech Insider, Transportation, Uber

Uber’s CEO’nearly got killed’ while delivering for UberEats on bike in San Francisco

Uber's CEO delivered food for UberEats, and he told the New York Times he "nearly got killed." Dara Khosrowshahi said "traffic was nuts" as he rode his bike near a baseball park in San Francisco. The executive spent time delivering food in late June and made 0.3% of his daily salary in one day. See more stories on Insider's business page. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi delivered for UberEats via bike in late June, and San Francisco's bustling streets apparently didn't take it easy on him.In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times' Maureen Dowd, Khosrowshahi said he was a bit nervous at first about delivering for his ride-shar...
AI, Careers, Enterprise, firings, Google, Strategy, tech companies, Tech Insider

A Google privacy engineer says he quit over’constant gaslighting’ following the firing of two AI experts

A Google privacy engineer said he quit after the company controversially fired two AI ethicists. One of them, Timnit Gebru, was fired in December, prompting widespread employee outrage. The engineer, Damien Desfontaines, has been with the company since 2014, per his LinkedIn profile. See more stories on Insider's business page. A senior privacy software engineer at Google said he quit the tech firm, citing "constant gaslighting" following its prior dismissals of two AI experts, including the high-profile case of Timnit Gebru.Damien Desfontaines, who goes by TedOnPrivacy on Twitter, announced the news Thursday."Personal news! Today'...
Facebook, Politics, Section 230, Social Media, tech companies, Tech Insider

Facebook failed to protect against teen sex trafficking, court rules, paving the way for tech companies to be held liable when they’re used for criminal activity

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that Facebook can be held liable for sex trafficking recruitment. Facebook argued that it should not be held liable because it is shielded by Section 230. A recent report found most online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases in 2020 was on Facebook. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that Facebook can be held liable for sex traffickers that use its platform to recruit and prey on child victims.As the Houston Chronicle reported, the ruling followed three local lawsuits involving teenage victims who had met their traffickers through Facebook's messag...