Facial recognition startup fends off accuracy doubts and legal claims after NYT report

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Clearview AI, an artificial intelligence firm providing facial recognition technology to US law enforcement, may be overstating how effective its services are in catching terrorist suspects and preventing attacks, according to a report from BuzzFeed News.

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Facebook bans deepfake videos ahead of the 2020 election

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With a presidential election campaign underway in the United States, Facebook announced Monday that it has banned manipulated videos and photos, often called deepfakes, from its platforms.
The policy change was announced through a blog post late Monday night, confirming an earlier report from The Washington Post.

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Finland is making its online AI crash course free to the world

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Last year, Finland launched a free online crash course in artificial intelligence with the aim of educating its citizens about the new technology. Now, as a Christmas present to the world, the European nation is making the six week program available for anyone to take.
Strictly speaking, it’s a present for the European Union.

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Facebook built a chatbot to help employees deflect criticism over the holidays

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Facebook’s public image is in such a disastrous state that the company’s public relations team built an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot to help its employees deflect criticism from family members over the holidays, reports The New York Times.

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Facebook launches new market research app after shutting down its controversial VPN service

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Facebook has a new market research app launching today called Viewpoints, just a few months after the company introduced an Android data collection app called Study designed to monitor what and for how long users are accessing other software on the Google-owned operating system.
Both apps have a controversial history.

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Facebook and Google surveillance is an ‘assault on privacy,’ says Amnesty International

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Facebook and Google’s persistent surveillance of billions of people around the world threatens human rights and free expression, says Amnesty International. In a new report, the NGO argues the companies need to change their business model and stop being reliant on people’s data.

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Condé Nast’s CEO still isn’t sure about the impact of Apple News Plus

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Condé Nast’s CEO Roger Lynch thinks that Apple’s premium magazine service, Apple News Plus, has yet to prove itself, Variety reports. Speaking at Recode’s Code Media conference in Los Angeles the CEO said that “the jury is out” on Apple’s $9.99 a month subscription service.

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