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YouTube loses major advertisers over controversial videos

YouTube loses major advertisers over controversial videos

YouTube has lost major advertisers as the controversy over inappropriate videos targeting and featuring minors on its site grows. At the heart of the matter are a glut of videos hosted on YouTube that feature predatory comments directed at children, as well as inappropriate videos that target and/or feature minors. YouTube has taken steps to address the problems amid the controversy, but it hasn't been enough to stop some brands from pulling their ads.

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Facebook suicide prevention tool uses AI to detect users at risk

Facebook suicide prevention tool uses AI to detect users at risk

Facebook's latest suicide prevention tool update doesn't rely on user reports to detect suicidal users, instead using artificial intelligence to detect when a user may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. This ability also includes Facebook Live; the company plans to roll it out to users around the world with the exception of Europe. This is part of what Facebook calls proactive detection.

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Imgur hack exposes 1.7m accounts: What you need to know

Imgur hack exposes 1.7m accounts: What you need to know

Another day, another security breach: Imgur has confirmed reports of a breach affected around 1.7 million users. While Imgur has a vast user base and that's a comparatively small chunk of it, that's still a whole lot of affected users, making this a hugely important issue for the company. Even though security breaches like this one seem all too common these days, there are a few things about this Imgur breach that make it stand out from the rest.

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Speaking on FCC and Net Neutrality at Thanksgiving is your civic duty

Speaking on FCC and Net Neutrality at Thanksgiving is your civic duty

Speaking about Net Neutrality with your friends and family is your civic duty this week - today we're going to run down how to do it. Whether you're back to your parents house this holiday season or hosting Thanksgiving yourself, there's a few very simple arguments that you're honor-bound as a citizen of these internets to share with your fellow turkey-devourers. What better way to be thankful for your rights as a United States citizen then by informing your fellow citizens about the death of the internet as we know it?

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Facebook will soon alert users who liked a Russia-linked page

Facebook will soon alert users who liked a Russia-linked page

Facebook will start alerting users who 'liked' a page that has been linked to Russia, the company says. This is part of Facebook's transparency over the matter, it said in a recent release, explaining that "this is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy."

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The FCC Net Neutrality death proposal is here: It’s worse than we thought

The FCC Net Neutrality death proposal is here: It’s worse than we thought

Today Trump-installed FCC chairman Ajit Pai released his plan to destroy Net Neutrality. It's worse than we thought it might be. Yesterday we went over the Trump Administration's 3-point plan to steal internet from poor people and cut all rules from internet provider businesses. Today we're seeing that the plan cuts much more than what we assumed it would.

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FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

Three moments in time, all within the last couple of months, all add up to one thing: current FCC leadership wants to keep poor people off the internet and give ISPs complete control over the internet. Current head of the FCC Ajit Pai suggested multiple times over the past year that the First Amendment should apply to internet service providers, and as such, they should be allowed to control every aspect of the internet they provide. Never mind the fact that the Net Neutrality rules Pai is dismantling were put in place to protect citizens from the internet companies Pai is fighting for.

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Project Fi wants you to refer new subscribers for a cause

Project Fi wants you to refer new subscribers for a cause

Technology, especially information technology, has become part and parcel of modern life that it has also become one of the essential services that need to be restored in times of disasters and crises. Google and parent company Alphabet have made efforts to leverage its resources and clout towards improving the deployment of IT services in such instances, like Project Loon’s recent operation in Puerto Rico. To increase both awareness as well as funds for such goals, Google launched a new “Fi it Forward” referral program, with a small donation attached, so that everyone wins in the end.

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NETGEAR Wi-Fi products get Circle with Disney parental control

NETGEAR Wi-Fi products get Circle with Disney parental control

Most mobile devices and operating systems these days include some form of parental control. Sooner or later, however, this per-device system becomes inconvenient and sometimes even ineffective. The best way to monitor, check, and curb Internet use is really at the source, which, in the case of a home network, is often the router. That is why NETGEAR and Circle Media have teamed up to install the Circle with Disney parental control system directly on NETGEAR’s Wi-Fi systems and routers.

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Facebook has a surprisingly good reason to see your naked photos

Facebook has a surprisingly good reason to see your naked photos

A couple of days back, Facebook launched a limited-scale pilot program in Australia to combat the particularly troubling problem of revenge porn. Revenge porn has become a major issue on a lot of social media sites, and this new pilot is meant to put an end to it. In reality, though, the way Facebook is going about combating revenge porn left a lot of people scratching their heads.

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Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Some people’s solution to problems, especially business problems, is to throw more money at the problem. Twitter’s solution to its declining numbers? Throw more letters. It has just recently doubled the amount of characters you can type into a tweet, which isn’t exactly doing it any favors. Now it is doubling the number of characters you can use in your display name, which will potentially open things up to further abuse and, therefore, more criticism.

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YouTube tweak will help filter bizarre videos from Kids app

YouTube tweak will help filter bizarre videos from Kids app

YouTube has increasingly faced criticism for a large library of bizarre videos collectively dubbed the 'ElsaGate' collection. These videos feature keyword-stuffed titles that seem to be aimed at luring in as many clicks as possible, and many of these involve the fictional character Elsa, as well as Spiderman and other superhero characters. Many of the videos have been criticized for containing disturbing, sometimes violent or inappropriate content that is targeted at the platform's youngest viewers.

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