Facebook failed to warn Georgia voters about misinformation, activists say


Facebook is still grappling with political misinformation after election day.

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Facebook has been using labels to warn users about posts that contain misinformation, but a global activist group says false claims are still slipping through the cracks ahead of runoff elections in Georgia that will decide which party controls the US Senate.

Avaaz, a global activist group, said Friday it examined 204 Facebook posts in English and Spanish that contained 12 false Georgia election-related claims debunked by fact checkers. As of Nov 20, about 60% of these posts didn’t have a label that warned users the post contained false information. Some of the posts weren’t labeled at all and others had a different label that directed Facebook users to an online hub with election information.

The analysis raises questions about whether

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The US labor board accused Google of illegally spying on employee activists, firing them, and blocking workers from organizing

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  • The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday filed a complaint accusing Google of violating several labor laws during a crackdown of worker activism last year.
  • The complaint said Google unlawfully terminated two employees involved in worker activism.
  • It also accused Google of violating US labor laws by monitoring and interrogating workers involved in the protests.
  • Five employees were fired late last year for their involvement in protests at the company. Two of those employees are mentioned in the complaint.
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The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) on Wednesday issued a complaint accusing Google of violating several labor laws during a crackdown on worker activism last year.

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International coalition of activists launches protest against Amazon

An international group of climate activists and Amazon warehouse workers have launched an online campaign called “Make Amazon Pay,” calling on the tech giant to provide better working conditions for its employees and to reduce its expanding carbon footprint. The protests come just as the New York Times reports that the Seattle-based company has been on a hiring spree this year, expanding its global workforce.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, Amazon became a trillion dollar corporation, with CEO Jeff Bezos becoming the first person in history to amass $200 billion in personal wealth,” the campaign states on its website. “Meanwhile, Amazon warehouse workers risked their lives as essential workers, and faced threats and intimidation if they spoke out for their rights to a fair wage.”

Launched on Black Friday, the campaign provides a list of demands for Amazon, which include raising pay

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Student activists on the Harvard-Yale protest, one year later

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Josephine Steuer Ingall had no idea what to expect when she ran onto the Yale football field a year ago today. As kickers were warming up for the second half, the Yale student activist and freshman wondered if the protest she had helped plan for weeks would actually succeed.

“I was like, there’s absolutely no way this is going to work,” Ingall told Deadspin.

Jordi Bertrán, another Yale student activist and freshman, was by her side.

“I have to say that I mirrored the feelings of dread,” he said. “Part of me was scared. What if no one comes down with us?” He wondered.

In a matter of minutes, both would be proven wrong.

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I was there too, by happenstance. I drove up I-95 that morning with my dad to meet my

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San Diego County approves Otay Ranch development, activists threaten lawsuits

Despite objections from the state Attorney General and various environmental activists, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a large development in a fire-prone area northeast of Chula Vista.

The Board relied on the testimony of Cal Fire San Diego Unit Chief Tony Mecham, who said the Otay Ranch Village 13 development, “of all the projects that we’ve brought before the board, is probably the safest from a fire protection standpoint.”

The proposed development, dubbed Otay Ranch Resort Village, features 1,938 homes, a resort hotel, elementary school, fire station, more than 3 miles of trails, 40,000 square feet of commercial space, and 1,107 acres of nature preserves.

It would be located just northeast of Eastlake and south of Otay Village 14, another large development approved by the Board of Supervisors in June.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra and environmental activists from the Sierra Club said approving such a large development

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Privacy activists in EU file complaints over iPhone tracking

BERLIN (AP) — European privacy activists have filed complaints against Apple over its use of software to track the behavior of iPhone users.

The Vienna-based group NOYB – short for “none of your business” – said Monday that it has asked data protection authorities in Germany and Spain to examine the legality of Apple’s tracking codes.

The codes, known as IDFA or Identifier for Advertisers, are similar to the cookies that websites use to store information on user behavior.

NOYB says the iOS operating system creates unique codes for each iPhone that allow Apple and other third parties to “identify users across applications and even connect online and mobile behaviour.”

The group argues that this amounts to tracking without users’ knowledge or consent, a practice that is banned under the European Union’s electronic privacy rules.

“Tracking is only allowed if users explicitly consent to it,” said Stefano Rossetti, a lawyer

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