Historically, Google has been averse to policing misinformation on its own platforms and within its ad network. However, since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the company has taken a more aggressive position against content that could harm viewers. In April , Google committed $6.5 million to fact-checkers and organizations actively combating COVID-19 misinformation. It’s also taken steps across all of its platforms to raise factual information to the top of pages, suppress dubious claims, and pull down information that actively harms human health. In employing these new standards, Google has been very nuanced about what content violates its policies, and it’s not always clear what constitutes information that poses a risk to human health. … [Read more...] about Google is placing ads next to COVID-19 misinformation on conspiracy sites
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The group’s report reflects how deceptive ads are further complicating the U.S. government’s relief efforts, along with plenty of other stimulus scams that U.S. residents should watch out for. As of June 8, as many as 35 million Americans were still waiting for their “economic impact payments,” which have spanned direct deposits, physical checks, and generic prepaid cards that some residents are—understandably—tossing out like spam. … [Read more...] about Searching for stimulus check updates on Google? Be careful what you click on
The number of registrations was significant, but so too were the types of voters drawn out by Facebook’s effort. Facebook did not disclose demographics or other data from its effort, but the platform has historically been more popular among younger users and women, according to 2019 data from the Pew Research Center, and both groups tend to lean Democratic. “It’s pretty clear that the Facebook reminder campaign disproportionately motivated young people to register,” Padilla told the Times in 2016. Still, Facebook’s users have appeared to skew older in recent years, and data from CrowdTangle show that the majority of the platform’s most shared stories come from right-wing sources. … [Read more...] about The problem with Facebook’s plan to sign up 4 million voters
Buchanan has a number of other criticisms of the Microsoft study–because of its design, she doesn’t think it necessarily reflects the views of the public at large. But she does note that it’s only now, once the initial furor has died down, that more nuance has been able to enter the conversation about Facebook’s research. Last week, Nature published an op-ed defending Facebook’s research on behalf of 27 other social scientists. Facebook changed its News Feed algorithms all the time anyway, they wrote, and the reaction to a study like this could have a chilling effect on future research. … [Read more...] about Why Did We Care About the Facebook Contagion Study? Or Did We Even Care At All?
Overall, sectors like aviation, fashion and apparel, movies and dining continued to lag, while over-the-top (OTT) entertainment services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc., and education platforms led the recovery. In Tier II and III towns and cities, pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics have pushed revival. … [Read more...] about UPI, mobile wallet, card transactions jump to pre-COVID-19 levels: Report