AI Ethics Weekly – Jan 12: Democracy, White Supremacy, and Big Tech

AI Ethics Weekly – Jan 12: Democracy, White Supremacy, and Big Tech
January 11, 2021 LH3_Admin

This past week, America faced an insurrection incited by a losing president and the belated response from big tech highlights their considerable power.You are Fired

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Insurrection Day: when white supremacist terror came to the US Capitol
If there was one single moment when the veil of American resilience crumbled and the Trumpist assault on democracy turned into an invasion, it arrived just before 1pm on Wednesday. Read more.

Trump goes “ballistic” after Twitter ban, says he’s looking at creating own platform.
Twitter banned Trump a day after Facebook prevented Trump from posting on the platform for at least the rest of his term. Snapchat and Twitch have also disabled Trump’s account. Read more.

Parler goes offline after Amazon drops it due to ‘violent content’
h/t The Guardian @guardian
The “free speech” social network Parler, popular with Donald Trump supporters, has been forced off the internet after Amazon pulled its hosting services. Read more.

Mozilla Calls for Sites to Do More Than Just Deplatform Bigots
h/t Hessie Jones @hessiejones
Platforms need to “commit to meaningful transparency” of their algorithms for recommending content, and automatically enable any settings or tools designed to amplify verified sources of information. Read more.

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