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The social media giant is still a law unto itself. Can anybody hold it to account?Half a billion Facebook users' accounts stolen. Personal information compromised. Telephone numbers and birth dates drifting across the internet being used for God knows what. And for four days, from Facebook's corporate headquarters, nothing but silence.If this sounds familiar, it's because it is. This week saw reports of a massive new Facebook breach and everything about it, from Facebook's denials [...]
Over 100 Instagram accounts are promoting dangerous antivax views and selling ‘detox' products, investigation findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid conspiracy theorists are seeking to profit from the millions of followers they have built up on Instagram during the pandemic by marketing health supplements, wellness courses and juicers to them.The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has identified more than 100 Covid conspiracy accounts promoting products to an audience of almost 6 million people on [...]
Making a plan now can prevent identity theft, save records and stop friends getting painful pop-up reminders when you're goneTwo things are certain in life: death and the internet.With so many day-to-day functions, tasks and memories now taking place online, the question of what will become of your digital legacy – who will preserve, control or delete your accounts when you are gone – has become increasingly important. Continue reading... [...]
There have been many reports but little action: UK university science departments need to do more to fix their serious diversity problem‘Not built for minorities to succeed': black scientists on academia's race problemThe Nobel laureate poet Sir Derek Walcott once said that the English language is nobody's special property: “It is the property of the imagination.” Much the same could be said for science. It should be said. Except this isn't quite so. Not yet.Data [...]
Neuralink video appears to show monkey controlling game paddle simply by thinkingThe billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's brain-chip startup released footage on Friday appearing to show a monkey playing a simple video game after getting implants of the new technology.The three-minute video by Neuralink shows Pager, a male macaque with chips embedded on each side of its brain, playing Mind Pong. Although he was trained to move a joystick, it is now unplugged. He appears to [...]
Workers at Bessemer warehouse reject joining RWDSULegal challenge looks inevitable due to many contested ballotsAmazon has won a victory in its hard-fought campaign to stop workers at an Alabama warehouse forming the company's first union, in a tough blow for the US labor movement.Workers at the Bessemer, Alabama, plant have voted 1,798 to 738 to reject the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Counting concluded on Friday morning, and attention will now focus on some [...]
Firm takes action after criticism by UK competitions regulator for failing to clamp down on illegal tradeFacebook has removed more than 16,000 groups trading fake reviews after the UK's competition regulator criticised the company for failing to make good on a previous promise to clamp down on the practice.In January 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority secured an agreement from Facebook to “better identify, investigate and remove groups and other pages where fake and misleading [...]
Over the past year, I've reconnected with my laziest self. Now I need a jump startBefore I met my wife, my capacity to do nothing was infinite. After I met my wife, my capacity to do nothing remained infinite, but I was retrained to believe that staring into space doesn't count as a hobby.Over the past year, though, I've reconnected with my laziest self. Lockdown has meant we have been encouraged to kick back, and [...]
Chelsey Glasson alleged she had been discriminated against while pregnant and had witnessed others being treated similarlyWhen Chelsey Glasson found out she was pregnant with her second child in 2019, she did not anticipate the first three years of her new baby's life would be overshadowed by an epic legal battle against a trillion-dollar company.The 38-year-old sued Google, her former employer, in 2020 alleging she had been discriminated against while pregnant and witnessed others being [...]
Pseudocide looks at infamous, grisly cases of death fraud. Plus: deliciously devellish scares in At Your Peril, and a rich true crime investigation in West CorkPseudocide Spotify's new podcast about people who faked their own deaths is a hub of tangled twists and turns. Alice Fiennes and Poppy Damon host the show, but in the first episode they let key players tell the story of the “Belrose Bomb”. Brett Boyd was left with life-changing injuries [...]