Avaaz: Facebook continues to fail at flagging false and misleading posts about U.S. elections

Facebook continues to fail to spot and flag false and misleading posts about elections, according to a new report published by Avaaz. The U.S.-based nonprofit found in an analysis of a cross-section of Georgia-related election misinformation on Facebook that 60% of detected false and misleading posts reached thousands of voters without fact check labels.

The report comes as investigations suggest that Facebook is failing to stem the spread of misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech on its platform. In January, Seattle University associate professor Caitlin Carlson published results from an experiment in which she and a colleague collected more than 300 posts that appeared to violate Facebook’s hate speech rules. (Only about half of the posts were ultimately removed.) Separately, according to The Washington Post and others, allies of President Donald Trump have received few penalties under Facebook’s rules. Former employees told the publication that Trump-aligned accounts have been protected against

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The FTC and state attorneys general are reportedly aiming up to 4 new antitrust lawsuits at Facebook and Google as talk of regulation continues to heat up



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  • The Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general are gearing up to hit Google and Facebook with new antitrust lawsuits in the coming weeks, per a Monday report from The Wall Street Journal.
  • The probes will focus on whether the companies have had unfair advantages in their domination of the search and ad market and social media.
  • The DOJ and state attorneys generals have been probing aspects of Google’s business, including its search, online advertising, and Android practices, since 2019. The DOJ filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google in October.
  • But if the government sued Facebook, it would be the first major US government antitrust action taken against the social media company.
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Federal and state officials are gearing up to slap Facebook and Google with up to four new antitrust lawsuits by

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Walmart Continues Amazon Rivalry With Faster Holiday Shipping

Move over Amazon. Walmart is ramping up its shipping speed.

Walmart (WMT) is preparing for an onslaught of orders on its e-commerce site this holiday season by changing the way it handles fulfilling purchases. The retail giant is shifting some of its fulfillment directly to its more than 2,800 stores in an effort to get orders to customers without delays.

In a blog post, Tom Ward, Senior Vice President of Customer Product at Walmart, said, “We’ve created a program that routes some Walmart.com orders to be fulfilled straight from our stores. We’ll use our existing local delivery capabilities to get orders to customers faster, while reducing the load on our online fulfillment centers.”

The change in strategy comes as Walmart has seen more customers shop online as talk of “shipping woes” during the holidays surface. Delays in shipping are expected during the holiday season as consumers stay away from brick-and-mortar

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Nintendo Continues Cracking Down On People Selling Switch Hacks

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Nintendo filed a lawsuit Wednesday against an Amazon Marketplace user who was allegedly selling devices called RCM loaders. Used to help people jailbreak their Switch, shutting these down is the latest in the company’s efforts to stop players from pirating its games.

As first reported by Polygon, the lawsuit against reseller Le Hoang Minh seeks “relief for unlawful trafficking in circumvention devices in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).” In addition to having the Seattle District Court order Minh to stop selling the devices, Nintendo also wants $2,500 in damages for each one already sold.

“Piracy of video game software has become a serious, worsening international problem,” Nintendo’s lawyers write (without offering any further detail), arguing that the RCM loaders and other devices like them are are a big contributor to that. While jailbreaking a Switch isn’t necessarily itself against the law, pirating games

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Reaching the ‘Latino vote’ continues to vex pollsters, campaigns and social media

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Biden says if Trump administration doesn’t coordinate with his transition team, ‘more people may die’

President-elect Joe Biden is calling for access to the Trump administration’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, saying “more people may die” if there’s no coordination with his transition team.During an address on Monday, Biden celebrated the “great news” that COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer appear to be more than 90 percent effective, but said “the sooner we have access to the administration’s distribution plan, the sooner this transition would smoothly move forward.” As President Trump continues to refuse to concede the 2020 presidential election, Biden’s transition team “does not have access to the administration’s COVID-19 data and vaccine distribution plans,” CNN reports.Asked what is the biggest threat of Trump obstructing a smooth transfer of power, Biden said, “More people may die if we don’t coordinate.” It’s crucial for his transition team to know

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