San Bruno, Jan 26 (AP/UNB) — If you believe the world is flat, don't count on YouTube recommending videos supporting your theory.
That's because YouTube is promising to stop promoting so many sensationalistic clips that revolve around scientifically proven falsehoods and other suspect information, such as conspiracy theories revolving around the U.S. government's involvement in the 9/11 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York.
YouTube, part of Google, announced its de-emphasis on misleading videos Friday. It's the latest example of a widely used digital service trying to stop the spread of misinformation as lawmakers scrutinize the role that technology companies play in distributing potentially toxic propaganda. Both Facebook and Twitter are trying to take similar steps.
The misleading videos will remain on YouTube, even after they are phased out from its recommendation list.
Dhaka, Jan 25 (UNB)- Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg once killed a goat with a stun gun and served it to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for dinner. Dorsey revealed the incident during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, reports NDTV.
The Twitter CEO was asked about his 'most memorable experience' with Facebook's founder. He also mentioned that Zuckerberg only ate what we killed for about a year.
On being asked how Zuckerberg arranged the whole thing, Dorsey elaborated that he killed the goat before dinner, and he probably uses a laser gun and a knife. It was then sent to the butcher. Dorsey later said it could be a stun gun, clarifying that they stun the animal and then kill it with a knife.
However, Twitter's CEO said he didn't actually eat the goat, adding that it was cold, even after it was cooked in an oven. He said when Zuckerberg put down the meat, it was cold, and that was memorable. Dorsey said he just ate his salad. It's still unclear when this incident actually took place. Mashable reports it was in 2011 that Zuckerberg said he would only eat animals that he kills himself.
Rolling Stone magazine also asked Dorsey about how he thought of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Dorsey said, "I don't know of another person on the planet who's leading us off the planet because of the damage that we're inflicting to this planet."
The magazine also asked Dorsey if he was the CEO of Facebook how he'd like to do things differently. Dorsey replied to it with, "No, I've got enough on my plate."
Dorsey co-founded Twitter back in 2006 and went on to co-found Square, a mobile payments company later on. He joined Twitter again as the company's CEO in 2015.
San Francisco, Jan 19 (AP/UNB) — Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users.
The FTC is considering hitting Facebook with a penalty that would top its previous record fine of $22.5 million , which it dealt to Google in 2012 for bypassing the privacy controls in Apple's Safari browser, according to The Washington Post. The story published Friday cited three unidentified people familiar with the discussions.
In an automated response, the FTC said it was unable to comment, citing its closure due to the U.S. government shutdown. Facebook declined to comment.
The potential fine stems from an FTC investigation opened after revelations that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had vacuumed up details about as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission.
The FTC has been exploring whether that massive breakdown violated a settlement that Facebook reached in 2011 after government regulators had concluded the Menlo Park, California, company had repeatedly broken its privacy promises .
The FTC decree, which runs through 2031, requires Facebook to get its users' consent to share their personal information in ways that aren't allowed by their privacy settings.
Since the Cambridge Analytica erupted 10 months ago, Facebook has vowed to do a better job corralling its users' data. Nevertheless, its controls have remained leaky. Just last month, the company acknowledged a software flaw had exposed the photos of about 7 million users to a wider audience than they had intended.
The FTC's five commissioners have discussed fining Facebook but haven't settled on the amount yet, according to the Post.
Facebook's privacy problems are also under investigation in other countries and the target of a lawsuit filed last month by Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) – Internet search giant Google is celebrating New Year’s Eve with an animated playful doodle.
The animated graphic shows two purple baby elephants wearing a yellow and a green party cap each. The baby elephant on the left is seen blowing balloons while the second elephant is seen tossing popcorn into its mouth. A clock on the top is just about to hit midnight. The Google logo is also seen in the decorations.
Clicking on the doodle will take you to the places where people across countries are waiting for New Year 2019.
In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year.
Last year, on New Year's Eve, Google had marked the occasion with a doodle featuring a family of birds - penguins and parrots.
Jerusalem, Dec 17 (AP/UNB) — Facebook has blocked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair for 24 hours after he wrote a post criticizing the social media platform as "thought police" and sharing previously banned content.
Yair Netanyahu blasted the website on Sunday for removing an earlier post in which he called for "avenging the deaths" of two Israeli soldiers killed last week by Palestinian gunmen and calling for the expulsion of Palestinians. He shared a screenshot of the earlier post in violation of Facebook's community rules.
Facebook deleted a post by Netanyahu last week in which he said he would "prefer" if "All the Muslims leave the land of Israel."
Facebook had no immediate comment.
Netanyahu's son has drawn media criticism for crude social media posts and a life of excess at public expense.