Democrats and Republicans split over social media content moderation

first_img Politics Tech Industry Twitter and Facebook applications are seen grouped in a Social Media folder on an iPhone.  Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter can’t please everyone when they decide what content to leave up or pull down. It turns out, Democrats and Republicans don’t always see eye to eye on content moderation. screen-shot-2019-06-18-at-2-27-16-pm Pew Research Center A study released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday showed that about 77 percent of Democrats think social media companies “have a responsibility to remove offensive content from their platforms.” By comparison, about 52 percent of Republicans had the same view.The findings illustrate some of the challenges social media companies are facing as they try to improve how they police content on their sites. Facebook, for example, is creating an independent board that will handle appeals for content decisions. Social networks have faced allegations that they’re censoring conservative speech, which the companies have repeatedly denied. At the same time, they’re also under pressure to do more to combat hate speech, violence and other content that violates their rules. More recently, Facebook faced criticism after the company decided to not remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made it seem like the California Democrat was slurring her words. Instead, the company displayed related articles from fact-checkers debunking the video. Overall, 66 percent of Americans say social media companies have a responsibility to pull down offensive content. But only 31 percent of Americans have at least a fair amount of confidence in social media companies to decide what content to pull down. A higher percentage of women, African-Americans and older adults also think social media companies have a responsibility to remove offensive content. The Pew Research Center surveyed more than 10,000 US adults between April 29 and May 13. The survey doesn’t define what’s considered offensive content and most people don’t agree what’s considered racist and sexist language, the study showed.  null Share your voice Tags 0 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Another Royal Bengal Tiger on the run One cow calf critically injured

Another Royal Bengal Tiger on the run One cow calf critically injured

first_imgKolkata: Once again, residents of Lalgarh are spending sleepless nights being scared that a tiger might have entered the village.The fear has hit the entire village of Lalgarh in Jhargram after one full grown cow and a calf were found critically injured in an attack by an unidentified animal on Saturday morning.The Forest department officials are yet to confirm the animal that had attacked the cow and a calf. A search was conducted by the Forest department officials on Sunday but they have failed to trace the animal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that a full grown Royal Bengal tiger was found dead a few months ago in the same area where the incident took place on Saturday.The tiger had strayed into the forests of Lalgarh, from a tiger habitat, hundreds of kilometres away. It was found dead inside the Baghghara forest area in April this year with multiple injury marks on his neck and eyes. The villagers have claimed to have found pug marks at various places in the past few days. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Forest department is yet to confirm whether the footprints found in the Lalgarh forests are of a tiger. Senior forest department officials suspect that they might be of some other animal. A probe has been started in this regard.It was learnt that one Aswini Manna, a resident of Baghghara forest, had taken his four cows and a calf for grazing in the forest on Saturday morning. He left the cows inside the forest and returned home. In the afternoon, three cows returned home, however, the other two did not.Manna went back into the forest only to find his cow and calf serious injured. Several deep injury marks were there on various parts of their bodies. The injuries were caused by sharp claws, suspect the villagers.A senior forest department official in the district said they are looked into matter.Forest personnel have already started a search operation in the area. There is nothing to spread panic, the official said.last_img read more

Googles new Chrome extension Password CheckUp checks if your username or password

Googles new Chrome extension Password CheckUp checks if your username or password

first_imgGoogle released a new Chrome extension on Tuesday, called the  ‘Password CheckUp’. This extension will inform users if the username and password that they are currently using was stolen in any data breaches. It then sends a prompt for them to reset their password. If a user’s Google account credentials have been exposed in a third-party data breach, the company automatically resets their passwords. The new Chrome extension will ensure the same level of protection to all services on the web. On installing, Password Checkup will appear in the browser bar as a green shield. The extension will then check the login details against a database of around four billion usernames and passwords. If a match is found, a dialogue box prompting users to “Change your password” will appear and the icon will turn bright red. Source: Google Password Checkup was designed by Google along with cryptography experts at Stanford University, keeping in mind that Google should not be able to capture a user’s credentials, to prevent a “wider exposure” of the situation. Google’s blog states “We also designed Password Checkup to prevent an attacker from abusing Password Checkup to reveal unsafe usernames and passwords.” Password Checkup uses multiple rounds of hashing, k-anonymity, private information retrieval, and a technique called blinding to achieve encryption of the user’s credentials. You can check out Google’s blog for technical details on the extension. Read Next Google Chrome announces an update on its Autoplay policy and its existing YouTube video annotationsMeet Carlo, a web rendering surface for Node applications by the Google Chrome teamGoogle Chrome 70 now supports WebAssembly threads to build multi-threaded web applicationslast_img read more