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Deepfakes are on the rise, and experts say the public needs to know the threat they pose. But as people get used to them, it'll be easier for bad actors to dismiss the truth as AI forgery. That paradox is known as the "liar's dividend," a name given to it by law professors Danielle Citron and Robert Chesney. A comparison of an original and deepfake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. But banning deepfakes entirely could make the problem worse, according to Schick, who pointed to China, the only country with a national rule outlawing deepfakes.
Persons: BuzzFeed, Barack Obama deepfake, Donald Trump, Obama, Jordan Peele, EO, loyd, ina, chick,, ike, ike G, ake Organizations: ashington Locations: ideo
Facebook let dictators generate fake support despite employees' warnings, the Guardian reported. Whistleblower Sophie Zhang repeatedly raised concerns to integrity chief Guy Rosen and other execs. But Rosen said the amount of disinformation on the platform meant "job security" for Zhang. But when she raised her concerns about Facebook's inaction in Honduras to Rosen, he dismissed her concerns. However, Facebook didn't dispute any of Zhang's factual claims in the Guardian investigation.
Persons: Sophie Zhang, Guy Rosen, Rosen, Zhang, Liz Bourgeois, we've, We're, Mark Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg, Avaaz, hasn't, MIT Technology Review's Karen Hao Organizations: Facebook, Guardian, BuzzFeed, Cambridge, American, The Washington Post, The New York Times, MIT Technology Review's Locations: Honduras, Azerbaijan, Western Europe, Russia, Iran, America, East, North Africa, Asia Pacific
Amazon is using AI-powered cameras to monitor its drivers, claiming the new tech will make them safer. AI-powered cameras could help — but only if Amazon prioritizes safety over productivity, an expert told Insider. Whether the cameras ultimately accomplish that goal may depend on how much productivity Amazon is willing to sacrifice in order to keep drivers safe, according to a transportation expert who studies AI-powered safety systems. "We can't say that these AI-powered cameras would reduce 10%, 20%, 30%, 50% [of safety incidents]," Camden said. "We can't get that specific number yet because we haven't done the research, but it makes sense that in-vehicle alerts do work to address risky driving,'" Camden said.
Persons: Insider's Avery Hartmans, Kate Taylor they're, Matt Camden, Camden, Alexandra Miller, Netradyne, Miller, VTTI hasn't, VTTI, wouldn't Organizations: Thomson Reuters, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Camden
Former President Donald Trump wants the vaccine to be called the "Trumpcine," Newsweek reported. He has repeatedly expressed his frustration that he isn't getting credit for the COVID-19 shot. In March, Trump claimed that people "probably" wouldn't get the vaccine at all if it wasn't for him. Former President Donald Trump wants you to start calling the COVID-19 vaccine by a different name. Read more: Just 5 governors haven't gotten their COVID-19 vaccine, Insider found.
Persons: Donald Trump, Trump, wouldn't, Kevin Liptak, Read, haven't, Here's, they're, Insider's Tyler Sonnemaker, Insider's Mia Jankowicz, Joe Biden, Biden, Jankowicz, Mitch McConnell, Elaine Chao Organizations: Newsweek, CNN, Twitter, Republican National Committee Locations: Lago, China
But experts said that misrepresents what has happened since November, when Bessemer employees officially asked the NLRB to hold a union election. In European counties, like France, where labor laws more heavily favor workers, some Amazon employees have been able to successfully unionize. In Bessemer, workers had a much tougher road to travel. Once employees took their union drive public, Amazon enlisted expensive "union avoidance" consultants to help kick its union-busting tactics into overdrive. Kochan said the Bessemer union drive was "another clear indication that [US] labor law is broken, perhaps in its current form, beyond repair."
Persons: Bessemer, Rebecca Givan, Tom Kochan, Erin Hatton, Lynne Vincent, Amazon, , John Logan, Vincent, What's, Kochan, Trump, Joe Biden, Joseph Seiner, Republican Sen, Marco Rubio, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Veena Dubal, Dubal, George Floyd's Organizations: Amazon, unionizing, National Labor Relations, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, Bessemer, Rutgers University, MIT, NLRB, University of Buffalo, Syracuse University, Facebook, United States Postal Service, USPS, Department, Union, San Francisco State University, Institute, University of South, Republican, Democratic Rep, UC Hastings, The New York Times, Barnard College Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, France, Bessemer, unionizing, University of South Carolina, Alexandria
A new study found that Black women are three times likelier than white men to die from COVID-19. Data released last year showed Black people were also twice as likely as white people to contract the virus. New research suggests Black women are dying from the coronavirus at higher rates than any other demographic in the US, except Black men. A team of university researchers from schools all around the country published an analysis earlier this week that found Black women are more than three times likelier to die from COVID-19 than white men. And unemployment data consistently shows that Black women are among the hardest hit by the economic uncertainties brought on by the pandemic.
Persons: Heather Shattuck, Heidorn, Shattuck, Dr, Shirley Sze, Sze, Sheryl, Anna Medaris Miller, Marguerite Ward, Tyler Sonnemaker Organizations: Internal, University of Maine, CBS, National Institute for Health Research, Lean Locations: COVID, Georgia, Michigan
The NLRB has counted 3,215 votes in Amazon employees' historic union vote in Bessemer, Alabama. RWDSU, the union under which employees would unionize, said Amazon challenged hundreds of ballots. A total of 3,215 employees at Amazon's fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, cast ballots in a closely watched vote over whether to unionize, according to a press release from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The warehouse has more than 5,800 employees, meaning roughly 55% of employees voted. In the contentious union vote, Amazon has repeatedly contested aspects of the voting process to the NLRB, which denied the company's request to install cameras monitoring the ballot room in the NLRB's Birmingham office.
Organizations: NLRB, RWDSU, Amazon, Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, National Labor Relations Board, Union Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, NLRB's Birmingham
Ex-Google engineer Emi Nietfeld said she endured harassment and retaliation while working there. In an op-ed for The New York Times, she said Google's response led her to vow to "never love a job again." "Saying anything about his behavior meant challenging the story we told ourselves about Google being so special," Nietfeld wrote, adding: "Google was the Garden of Eden; I lived in fear of being cast out." When she eventually filed a formal HR complaint, Nietfeld wrote: "Google went from being a great workplace to being any other company." I fell for the fantasy that it could be," Nietfeld wrote.
Persons: Emi Nietfeld, Nietfeld, , It's Organizations: The New York Times, Workers, Google
The NLRB has paused its counting of Amazon employees' votes over whether to unionize. The NLRB expects to resume counting the votes Friday, but the results will likely be challenged. Votes against forming a union at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, lead by a more than 2-1 margin after the first day of counting ballots. The National Labor Relations Board paused its public counting of Amazon employees' ballots shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday with the anti-union votes leading 1,100 to 463. Per NLRB rules for union votes, both Amazon and the RWDSU can file objections within five days of the conclusion of the count.
Persons: unionizing, Stuart Appelbaum, John Logan, Heather Knox, Logan, Amazon's, wouldn't, Read Organizations: NLRB, National Labor Relations Board, Retail, Wholesale, Department, Union, Amazon, San Francisco State University, Washington Post, United States Postal Service, USPS, Post Office Locations: Bessemer , Alabama, Birmingham , Alabama, Alabama
Uber is spending $250 million to get drivers back on the road amid a pandemic shortage. But Uber said it's a "temporary situation" and that pay will decline again as the pandemic subsides. Uber's business model depends on having lots of drivers competing for rides, pushing down its costs. Uber announced Wednesday it plans to spend an additional $250 million on "boosted incentives and guarantees" to persuade drivers to get back on the road amid a shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, Uber is effectively bribing drivers to get back on the platform until there's enough competing for those returning passengers that Uber can start whittling down driver pay again.
Persons: Uber, Dennis Cinelli, Cinelli, That's Locations: Canada, Philadelphia , Chicago, Austin, Miami, Phoenix
Uber is revoking California drivers' ability to set prices and see trip destinations in advance, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Uber gave drivers more control in 2020 to avoid reclassifying drivers as employees under AB-5. But it reversed course after Prop 22 exempted it from AB-5, saying drivers turned down too many rides. But by revoking some driver-friendly features, Uber — which has yet to turn a profit — also revealed some of its post-pandemic priorities. With fewer drivers on the road and Uber drivers able to freely reject unprofitable rides, they're driving up their wages.
Persons: Uber, Harry Campbell, Guy, Campbell Organizations: San Francisco Chronicle, Barclays, San Francisco, Industry, Workers, Uber Locations: California
Amazon said in a statement Tuesday that it supports efforts to "protect and expand" voting rights. "It has been fifty-six years since the Voting Rights Act became law, yet efforts to disenfranchise Black people and other minorities continue to this day. And many of those lawmakers have a long history of opposing efforts to expand voting rights, both at the federal and state level. Voting rights have been a hyperpartisan issue for years, with Republicans arguing that restrictive voting rules are needed to prevent widespread fraud. Yet Amazon has continued to support GOP lawmakers who even opposed Congress' last successful bipartisan voting rights law in 2002, the Help America Vote Act.
Persons: , Read, Tim Cook, Jamie Dimon, disenfranchise, Jay Carney, Carney, Barack Obama's, that's, spender, Darrell Issa, Issa Organizations: Amazon, Texas GOP, Delta Airlines, Republican, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Microsoft, Apple, JPMorgan, Twitter, Democratic, Facebook, PAC, Commission, Electoral Locations: Texas, Georgia, Virginia, California
IBM expects 80% of its employees to work in hybrid remote roles post-pandemic, Bloomberg reported. CEO Arvind Krishna also said IBM will likely scale back its office space significantly. Krishna told Bloomberg. Currently, Krishna told Bloomberg, IBM has around 15% of its global workforce coming into the office "some" of the time, while "about 5% never went home." "I would imagine that we will get rid of tens of millions," Krishna told Bloomberg, referring to square feet of office space.
Persons: Arvind Krishna, Bloomberg's Emily Chang, Krishna, Nickle LaMoreaux, Uber Organizations: IBM, Bloomberg, HR, Twitter, Google, Facebook
Uber must pay a blind passenger $1.1 million for illegally denying her rides, an arbitrator ruled Thursday. Uber drivers denied Lisa Irving rides 14 times because of her blindness and guide dog, Bernie. An independent arbitrator on Thursday ordered Uber to pay $1.1 million to a blind passenger for illegally discriminating against her after its drivers refused her rides on 14 occasions. The arbitrator also rejected Uber's argument it wasn't liable for discrimination by its drivers because they're contractors. "The bottom line is that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a guide dog should be able to go anywhere that a blind person can go," Cabalo added.
Persons: Uber, Lisa Irving, Bernie, Irving, Catherine Cabalo, Cabalo, Andrew Hasbun, Organizations: San Francisco Bay Area Locations: San Francisco Bay
The convincing Tom Cruise deepfakes that went viral last month took lots of skill to create. But less sophisticated "shallowfakes" and other synthetic media are already creating havoc. DARPA's AI experts mapped out how hard it would be to create these emerging types of fake media. "Deepfakes seem to tap into a really visceral part of people's minds," Henry Ajder, a UK-based deepfakes expert, told Insider. Nina Schick, a deepfake expert and former advisor to Joe Biden, told Insider this "rapid commodification of the technology" is already is wreaking havoc.
Persons: Tom Cruise deepfakes, Tom Cruise, Chris Ume, Miles Fisher, Henry Ajder, Tom Cruise deepfake, Nina Schick, Joe Biden, Schick, DARPA's, Disney, Nancy Pelosi, deepfakes aren't, Ajder, they're, deepfakes Organizations: The New York Times, Research Projects Agency, DARPA, Media Forensics, Facebook Locations: Belgian, Hollywood, Ivory Coast , South Sudan, Kenya, Burma, Pennsylvania
Amazon is facing a fresh round of scrutiny over the army of warehouse workers it enlisted to defend the company and CEO Jeff Bezos on Twitter against criticism of the company's grueling working conditions. Amazon's Twitter army came back under the spotlight this week amid a landmark effort by warehouse employees in its Bessemer, Alabama, facility to unionize — the largest such effort in the company's history. (Amazon told The New York Times' Karen Weise that the account was fake and that it had reported the account to Twitter). Amazon's top executives and public relations teams have also become increasingly confrontational on Twitter recently, sparring publicly with lawmakers including Sens. The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, under which Amazon employees are seeking to organize, said the move was a ploy to stop its members from talking to workers stopped at red lights.
Persons: Jeff Bezos, Sen, Bernie Sanders, Lisa Levandowski, Rashida Tlaib, Debbie Dingell, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Amazon's, Gizmodo, Karen Weise, Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Mark Pocan Organizations: Amazon, FCs, The Intercept, Veritas, FC, Twitter, New York Times, Wholesale, Department Store Union Locations: www.amazonfctours.com, Michigan, Alexandria, Bessemer, Alabama, Sens
Wall Street bonuses have increased by 1,217% since 1985, according to New York comptroller data. If the minimum wage had grown at that same rate, it would be $44 per hour. Since 1985, Wall Street traders' bonuses have grown 1,217% — and that's just a fraction of their overall pay, which was more than $406,000 in 2019, according to data from DiNapoli's office. If the minimum wage had instead grown at the same rate as Wall Street bonuses, it would be $44.12 per hour today. Read more: Reddit day traders wanted to beat Wall Street to prove the system is rigged.
Persons: Thomas DiNapoli, It's, Sarah Anderson, Anderson, they've, Dodd, Frank Organizations: Wall Street, New York State, New, Wall, Institute for Policy Studies Locations: New York, New York City
YouTube is temporarily blocking David Dobrik and Durte Dom from making money off ads. The company said it demonetized the channels following a rape allegation against Durte Dom. YouTube has temporarily blocked David Dobrik and now former Vlog Squad member Dominykas Zeglaitis, also known as Durte Dom, from making money off ads on its platform following a rape allegation against Zeglaitis. We have temporarily suspended monetization on David Dobrik and Durte Dom channels for violating our Creator Responsibility policy," a YouTube spokesperson told Insider. YouTube said it had suspended monetization for three channels operated by Dobrik — David Dobrik, David Dobrik Too, and "Views," a video podcast co-hosted by Dobrik and Jason Nash — as well as Zeglaitis' personal channel.
Persons: David Dobrik, Durte Dom, Dominykas Zeglaitis, Dom, Zeglaitis, Dobrik — David Dobrik, Jason Nash —, Insider's Kat Tenbarge, Dobrik, Honey, Wayne Ting Organizations: YouTube, Vlog, Dobrik, EA Sports, Lime, Spark Capital
Facebook followed the next day, severing ties between Trump and another 33 million accounts. But Axios reported Wednesday that Trump is also in talks with a relatively obscure social media app called FreeSpace, an affiliate of Skylab Apps, that has just 20,000 downloads and not many users. By comparison, Twitter has 192 million daily users, according to its latest quarterly earnings report. The details of a Trump-FreeSpace deal, if one is reached at all, aren't yet clear, according to Axios. FreeSpace says its app is backed by science that makes people "'addicted' to doing good," "built on the power of positivity," and wants to "make social media fun again."
Persons: Donald Trump, Trump, Brad Parscale, Axios, FreeSpace Organizations: Twitter, Facebook, Trump, Trump Organization, Skylab
A Massachusetts court ruled Uber and Lyft must face a lawsuit accusing them of misclassifying drivers. Uber and Lyft are increasingly facing legal challenges for classifying workers as contractors. A Massachusetts state court on Thursday rejected requests by Uber and Lyft to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the companies of illegally misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors. While companies are typically required to pay into state and federal programs benefiting their workers, Uber and Lyft have passed those costs on to taxpayers. A recent Washington Post analysis found more than 27,000 Uber and Lyft drivers received a combined $80 million from the US government to help them get through the pandemic.
Persons: Uber, Maura Healey, Lyft, Instacart —, Biden Organizations: Biden administration's Locations: Massachusetts, Washington, California
The National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that Tesla repeatedly violated labor laws by trying to prevent workers from organizing and discussing working conditions. The NLRB also ruled CEO Elon Musk "unlawfully threatened" workers in a 2018 tweet and must remove it. So, the NLRB said, Musk violated those laws by saying employees "would lose their stock options if they chose the Union as their representative." UAW and Tesla employees had filed labor violation charges against Tesla in 2017, accusing it of trying to silence pro-union workers, leading the NLRB to open a formal complaint against the company. Tesla employees said the company fired some workers who stayed home out of fear of catching the virus, despite telling workers they could do so.
Persons: Tesla, coercively, Richard Ortiz, Elon Musk, Musk Organizations: National Labor Relations Board, NLRB, UAW, Union, United Auto Workers, Tesla, Fremont Locations: Tesla's Fremont , California, Alameda County
Facebook was cited in more legal docs about the Capitol riots than any other social-media platform. Mark Zuckerberg told Congress it's because Facebook has been cooperating with law enforcement. On Thursday, he also downplayed Facebook's role allowing misinformation and violence to spread. Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives have repeatedly downplayed the company's role in the insurrection. Yet Zuckerberg this week continued to deny Facebook has a serious issue with how it moderates content.
Persons: Mark Zuckerberg, it's, Zuckerberg, Paul Tonko, Sheryl Sandberg, Avaaz, Joel Kaplan Organizations: Facebook, Capitol, Twitter, Google, Street Locations: New York
Medium CEO Ev Williams announced yet another major shift in the company's business strategy. The company said it was moving away from editorial and offered employees severance packages as part of its shift. This latest pivot — one of many — comes weeks after employees' failed union drive. As it pursues its latest business strategy, Medium is offering all editorial employees the option to "get off this crazy ride" in the form of a voluntary severance program, Williams said. BuzzFeed News reported in 2017 that, in its first five years alone, Medium had "tried and discarded at least five business models."
Persons: Ev Williams, Williams, Siobhan O'Connor, Zora, What's, we've, Organizations: Twitter, BuzzFeed Locations: unionizing
The Japanese investing conglomerate SoftBank, which has holdings in household names like Apple, Amazon, Tesla, Uber, DoorDash, and Sprint, is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Vice News reported Wednesday. The agency's acknowledgment of its investigation follows reporting by the Financial Times last year that revealed SB Northstar, which is controlled by SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, as the "Nasdaq whale" behind secretive, risky multibillion-dollar bets on tech stocks during last summer's market rally. The SEC disclosed the investigation in response to a public records request from Think Computer Foundation founder Aaron Greenspan, according to the legal transparency group PlainSite. SoftBank and the SEC did not respond to requests for comment on this story. SoftBank eventually relented to that pressure.
Persons: Masayoshi, Aaron Greenspan, Greenspan, SoftBank Organizations: Sprint, Securities and Exchange Commission, Vice, Financial, Northstar, Nasdaq, SEC, Think Computer, Financial Times
Some of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic have finally started adding back jobs recently. Healthcare, hospitality, and sit-down restaurant jobs are on the rise, according to job site data. Healthcare, retail, sit-down restaurants, and even hospitality businesses are seeing major job growth, as are pandemic-tested jobs in manufacturing, software development, warehouse and logistics. As of March 15, hospitality jobs on Snagajob were up 54% from mid-February and 141% from last March. Of the 355,000 hospitality jobs added in February, the BLS said that 286,000 — around 80% — came from restaurants and bars.
Persons: they're, Snagajob, Kevin Harrington, it's, Harrington, Joblist, there's, Monster, Flexjobs Organizations: Healthcare, . Healthcare, Hospitality, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Indeed's, BLS, Retail, Google, Facebook, Tech
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