Four reasons why a removable battery for the iPhone is a horrible idea

{ object.primary_image.title }}

Reducing e-waste is a noble goal. Forcing gadget-makers to make batteries removable is not the best way to go about it. Earlier this week, the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad published a scoop ( via Business Insider ) that sent ripples through the tech industry: the European Union is drafting legislation that would legally require tech companies to make products with batteries that users could easily replace on their own. Read Full Story

Read Full Article on Fast Company

The GOP’s Marsha Blackburn explains her new bill to rein in social media companies

{ object.primary_image.title }}

The new bill, sponsored by Senators Blackburn, Lindsey Graham, and Roger Wicker, attempts to condition tech platforms’ legal immunity on transparent and neutral content moderation. Republican Senators Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina introduced a new bill Tuesday that would change the terms of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act , which shields tech companies from legal responsibility for user content they host, or expunge, from their platforms. The bill, called the Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act , would narrow the kind of user content tech companies can remove from their platforms, and restrict their ability to make “editorial” choices about what content to host and where it appears. Read Full Story

More

‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ website goes dark as platforms scramble to scrub misinformation

{ object.primary_image.title }}

Tech companies are struggling to scrub their platforms of a viral video that contains misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. The latest salvo in the battle to control online information is a group calling itself “America’s Frontline Doctors.” After its video making false claims about the coronavirus pandemic ricocheted across social media platforms yesterday, tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others scrambled to stop the content from further going viral. It was removed from most major platforms, even as copies continued to reappear and spread all over again, leading to the familiar game of whack-a-mole that so often ensues when undesirable content proliferates. Read Full Story

More

The ‘Plandemic’ video is a dangerous mashup of COVID-19 conspiracies

{ object.primary_image.title }}

The viral video uses similar tactics to QAnon to sew mistrust in an eventual vaccine—and in the U.S. government. YouTube and Facebook have now removed it from their platforms. A new conspiracy theory is making the rounds to cast doubt on an eventual COVID-19 vaccine and question the credibility of the U.S. government’s response. A viral video that details the false claims, called “Plandemic,” has been removed from both Facebook and YouTube after being shared widely. Read Full Story

More

‘COVID-19 does discriminate.’ It’s making it harder for women of color to get into tech

{ object.primary_image.title }}

The CEO of Reboot Representation observes that as COVID-19 makes the lives of late high school and early college students uncertain, young women of color working toward a career in tech are facing a steeper uphill battle. The spread of COVID-19—which has higher hospitalizations and death rates among communities of color—is threatening the gains we’ve made in the tech industry and an education system already grappling with inequities. Read Full Story

More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Join our newsletter and never miss out trending marketing news.

HitcountVariables(pk=373, ajax_url='/api/hit/ajax/', hits='8')