Facebook will restore news in Australia after talks with the government

February 23, 2021

The announcement caps month of bitter dispute between the American tech firm and Canberra, which had been working on legislation that would force tech platforms to pay news publishers for content. The agreement “will allow us to support the publishers we choose to, including small and local publishers,” said Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president for global news partnerships, in a statement. She added that the company was “restoring news on…


Google is trying to end the controversy over its Ethical AI team. It’s not going well

February 20, 2021

In a tweet Friday afternoon, Margaret Mitchell wrote, “I’m fired.” Mitchell, a Google researcher who founded the company’s Ethical AI team, was put on administrative leave in January and had her email access blocked then, as she confirmed to CNN Business at the time. Mitchell had been outspoken on Twitter for months following the December exit of Timnit Gebru, which came as a shock to Mitchell and many other employees…