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Facebook ‘overpaid in data settlement to avoid naming Zuckerberg’

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Facebook ‘overpaid in data settlement to avoid naming Zuckerberg’

Mark ZuckerbergFacebook ‘overpaid in data settlement to avoid naming Zuckerberg’Lawsuit alleges settlement in Cambridge Analytica case driven by desire to protect founder Dan Milmo Global technology editorFri 24 Sep 2021 11.12 EDTLast modified on Fri 24 Sep 2021 11.39 EDTFacebook paid $4.9bn more than necessary to the US Federal Trade Commission in a settlement over the Cambridge Analytica scandal in order to protect Mark Zuckerberg, a lawsuit has claimed.The lawsuit alleges that the size of the $5bn settlement was driven by a desire to protect Facebook’s founder and chief executive from being named in the FTC complaint.Facebook was fined by the FTC in 2019 for “deceiving” users about its ability to keep personal information private, after a year-long investigation into the Cambridge Analytica data breach, where a UK analysis firm harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters.“Zuckerberg, [chief operating officer Sheryl] Sandberg, and other Facebook directors agreed to authorise a multibillion settlement with the FTC as an express quid pro quo to protect Zuckerberg from being named in the FTC’s complaint, made subject to personal liability, or even required to sit for a deposition,” said the shareholder lawsuit filed in Delaware last month but made public this week.The suit quotes a commissioner on the FTC, Rohit Chopra, who said the government “essentially traded getting more money, so that an individual did not have to submit to sworn testimony and I just think that’s fundamentally wrong”.The lawsuit claims that the settlement …

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Facebook oversight board to review system that exempts elite users

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FacebookFacebook oversight board to review system that exempts elite usersThe XCheck program allows some users to be ‘whitelisted’ or allowed to post material that violates the company’s policies G …

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How to Avoid Discrimination When Using AI

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How to Avoid Discrimination When Using AI

Given the prevalence and rising use of artificial intelligence for customer service, feedback and general information, it’s no surprise that HR teams are adopting AI-driven bots for workplace communication.Companies are embracing bot tools as time and money savers to conduct and evaluate interviews, substituting them for face-to-face conversations. AI tools can also screen resumes, monitor employees and provide predictive analytics.Jennifer Betts, an attorney with Ogletree Deakins, joined her colleague Joseph L. Beachboard during the session “AI, the Right Way: Avoiding Employment Discrimination with Artificial Intelligence” at the recent SHRM Annual Conference & Expo 2021 to discuss the trend.The Emergence of AIAI uses machines, or computers, to perform tasks in a way that is intelligent, in that the computers can change course depending on the information being collected. These tasks are conducted through algorithms, or a set of instructions for the computer to follow.AI-enabled content generation and other AI-based tools have been available on the marketplace for years. Now they have transitioned from the “hype” of new technology to the adoption phase due to necessities resulting from the pandemic, Betts said.There are many different forms of AI. The two most important forms for employers to understand are machine learning and natural language processing.Machine learning involves AI systems that show improved performance as they are fed more data and as they predict more outcomes. In other words, they become wiser over time and through more extensive use.Natural language processing is the branch of computer science—and more specifically, the branch of AI—concerned with giving computers the ability to understand text and spoken words in much the same way humans can.AI today can be found in autonomous vehicles, injury prediction, fraud detection, precision medicine, photo tagging and “talk to text.”CREATE LASTING IMPACT IN THE WORKPLACEJoin us at the SHRM INCLUSION 2021 conference Oct. 25-27 in Austin, Texas, for three engaging days of learning and networking. You will get the tools, best practices and actionable solutions you need to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. Register Now Proper AI Programming Is KeyAI-powered analytics tools make it easier to effectively and cheaply, for example, measure productivity, identify trends and recognize potential areas for improvement—all necessary enhancements in the workplace of the future. There are many slow adopters and skeptics of AI. Betts said it’s important to realize that “Artificial intelligence itself is neither inherently good nor inherently bad. It’s critical to remember that AI’s effectiveness is all about how the AI and bots are programmed and maintained, not the concept of AI itself.” AI and Hiring PracticesAI has grabbed a lot of headlines about hiring lately, with articles reporting on how applicants can “beat the system” and have their resumes gain more attention by using and prioritizing specific words and phrases that suggest they are a better fit for the job description.Many organizations utilize AI during the initial stages of the hiring process, such as to deliver programmed questions to applicants via a robot, which can save time for hiring managers who …

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‘Smishing’: the rising threat for business owners that brings scams to smartphones

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‘Smishing’: the rising threat for business owners that brings scams to smartphones

US small business‘Smishing’: the rising threat for business owners that brings scams to smartphonesHackers, no longer content with phishing emails, are now sending text messages to entice people to click on fake links Gene Marks@ …

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Google workers demand back pay for temps company underpaid for years

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Google workers demand back pay for temps company underpaid for years

Google Google workers demand back pay for temps company underpaid for years More than 140 workers sign petition decrying ‘massive moral failing’ following Guardian revelations Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco @juliacarriew Wed 15 Sep 2021 16.45 EDT Last modified on Wed 15 Sep 2021 18.05 EDT Google employees and subcontracted workers are demanding that […]

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Amazon offers $3,000 sign-on bonuses to US delivery and warehouse workers

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Amazon Amazon offers $3,000 sign-on bonuses to US delivery and warehouse workers Online retailer will also raise its average starting wage to $18 an hour to help recruit 125,000 people Sarah Butler @whatbutlersaw Tue 14 Sep 2021 12.06 EDT Last modified on Tue 14 Sep 2021 12.45 EDT Amazon is offering sign-on bonuses of up […]

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Facebook: some high-profile users ‘allowed to break platform’s rules’

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Facebook: some high-profile users ‘allowed to break platform’s rules’

Facebook: some high-profile users ‘allowed to break platform’s rules’ XCheck system ‘whitelists’ well-known users who are given special treatment, says Wall Street Journal report Dan Milmo Global technology editor, Mon 13 Sep 2021 15.50 EDT — Facebook gives high-profile users special treatment, which includes immunity from its rules for some, and allowed Brazilian footballer Neymar […]

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Revealed: Google illegally underpaid thousands of workers across dozens of countries

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Google Revealed: Google illegally underpaid thousands of workers across dozens of countries Documents show company dragged feet to correct disparity after learning it was failing to comply with laws in UK, Europe and Asia Julia Carrie Wong @juliacarriew Fri 10 Sep 2021 13.13 EDT Last modified on Fri 10 Sep 2021 13.49 EDT Google has […]

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Amazon offers to pay college fees of 750,000 frontline US workers

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Amazon Amazon offers to pay college fees of 750,000 frontline US workers Company is latest big US firm to offer education-focused perks to workers after Walmart, Target and Kroger Mark Sweney @marksweney Fri 10 Sep 2021 04.58 EDT Last modified on Fri 10 Sep 2021 05.35 EDT Amazon has offered to pay the cost of […]

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#AppleToo: employees organize and allege harassment and discrimination

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Apple #AppleToo: employees organize and allege harassment and discrimination Group of workers launched campaign to gather and share experiences of inequity, intimidation and abuse at company Dani Anguiano @dani_anguiano Fri 3 Sep 2021 08.56 EDT Last modified on Fri 3 Sep 2021 11.16 EDT A group of Apple workers is organizing to fight against what […]

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