Technews Pinboard 490 – Feb 12, 2017

Facebook, Google, Others Launch Drive Against Fake News in France | NewsFactor Network
Social media companies Facebook, Google and a group of news organizations launched an initiative on Monday to tackle fake news stories in France, with the media in the spotlight as the country’s presidential election approaches.

Top Italian official says Facebook must do more against hate speech | Reuters
Facebook must do much more to stamp out hate speech on its site, the president of Italy’s lower house of parliament said, warning that rising abuse on various social media was being fueled by fake news.

Fighting Fake News Isn’t Just Up to Facebook and Google | NewsFactor Network
You, too, can join the battle against misleading and other “fake” news online. But your options are somewhat limited unless you’re already an academic or data scientist who’s been studying the subject since way before Donald Trump started running for president.

Twitter Moves Again To Clamp Down on Abuse, Hate Speech | NewsFactor Network
Announced today, Twitter’s latest effort includes a change designed to prevent suspended users from repeatedly returning under new account names. Twitter will also give users new abilities to filter out potentially offensive content via “safe search,” and will work to hide — though not delete — conversations that might be abusive.

Why Twitter’s new anti-harassment tools will fail | Computerworld
Twitter’s new policies won’t solve the harassment problem, and they’ll ruin engagement, too

Facebook Stops Advertisers Illegally Discriminating by Race | NewsFactor Network
Enforcing the rules may be tricky, but Facebook plans to use new technology “that leverages machine learning” to identify the most egregious offenders — those that “offer housing, employment or credit opportunities” in a discriminatory manner.

NBC: Russia ‘considers’ sending Snowden back to US
A report by NBC News cites unnamed US intelligence sources claiming that Russian officials are deliberating a handover of Edward Snowden as a “gift” to the Trump administration. Since leaking information on the NSA’s “PRISM” surveillance, the former government contractor has been living in Russia since 2013 on a permit and is a year away from being able to apply for citizenship. He still faces federal charges, and previously, Donald Trump has called Snowden a “traitor,” and a “spy who should be executed.”

Chinese Firms Racing to the Front of the AI Revolution | TOP500 Supercomputer Sites
While US-based firms such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft still dominate the artificial intelligence space, Chinese counterparts like Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba are quickly catching up, and in some cases, surpassing their US competition. As a consequence, China appears to be on a path to reproduce its success in supercomputing in AI.

Anonymous Hacker Takes Down More than 10,000 Dark Web Sites | NewsFactor Network
More than 10,000 Web sites were taken down in an attack launched over the weekend that was aimed at sites hosting child pornography, according to reports. The scale of the hack is massive, accounting for about 20 percent of the so-called Dark Web, and appears to have been the work of a single hacker.

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