By Sam Schechner WSJ Fri., May 10, 2019 PARIS—The French government plans to give regulators here sweeping power to audit and fine large social-media companies like Facebook Inc. if they don’t adequately remove hateful content—ratcheting up global oversight of Silicon Valley. France intends to introduce laws that would create a “duty of care” for widely used social-media companies, requiring them to moderate hate speech published on their platforms, according to French officials, speaking ahead of a Friday meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. Richard Allan, a Facebook vice president, said the proposals were in line with the “kind of models we think will be effective in future.” He said “it’s about the platforms doing the work effectively but being very clearly accountable to a regulator.” The French move accelerates efforts by governments from Berlin … [Read more...] about France steps up global tech scrutiny with social-media policing
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SINGAPORE: A warning has been issued to the Go-Jek driver involved in a viral video for unauthorised recording and disclosure of a clip of himself and a passenger, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) confirmed on Wednesday (May 8).On Jan 29, private hire car driver Kamaruzzaman Abdul Latiff recorded a video of himself in an argument with his passenger. He later posted the video on Facebook, where it was shared thousands of times.“LTA would like to remind all taxi drivers and private hire car drivers that they are not allowed to make recordings within their vehicles without LTA’s approval or disclose recordings to unauthorised personnel," a spokesperson said in response to queries.“This is to ensure commuter privacy, safety and protection of personal data.”VIRAL VIDEO OF “HOSTAGE” DISPUTEThe video, which appeared to be taken from the driver’s mounted mobile phone, showed the passenger accusing Mr Kamaruzzaman of trying to … [Read more...] about LTA issues warning to Go-Jek driver in viral video
HYDERABAD, India/SAN FRANCISCO: Over the past year, a team of as many as 260 contract workers in Hyderabad, India has ploughed through millions of Facebook Inc photos, status updates and other content posted since 2014.The workers categorize items according to five "dimensions," as Facebook calls them.These include the subject of the post - is it food, for example, or a selfie or an animal? What is the occasion - an everyday activity or major life event? And what is the author's intention - to plan an event, to inspire, to make a joke?The work is aimed at understanding how the types of things users post on its services are changing, Facebook said. That can help the company develop new features, potentially increasing usage and ad revenue.Details of the effort were provided by multiple employees at outsourcing firm Wipro Ltd over several months. The workers spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of retaliation by the Indian firm. Facebook later confirmed many details of the … [Read more...] about Facebook ‘labels’ posts by hand, posing privacy questions
By Star Editorial Board Mon., April 29, 2019 When it comes to holding social media giants like Facebook to account, Canada’s privacy laws are a bad joke. The federal privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien, admitted as much last week. He and his counterpart in British Columbia, Michael McEvoy, issued a stern rebuke to Facebook for violating the privacy of about 620,000 Canadians — and then pretty much acknowledged that they’re impotent to do anything about it. Facebook refuses to accept it did anything wrong when it let a third-party app harvest Canadians’ personal information, exposing it to potential misuse by Cambridge Analytica, the consulting company at the centre of attempts to influence political campaigns in Britain and the United States. Facebook rejects the commissioners’ recommendations on fixing the problem. It even disputes that they have jurisdiction over its activities. It’s basically telling them to pound sand. But … [Read more...] about Facebook is laughing at Canada’s toothless privacy laws
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?