Google bans Alex Jones ‘InfoWars’ app after coronavirus claims

NEWSWEEK The InfoWars app was removed from the Google Play Store on Friday, in response to a video in which conspiracy theorist Alex Jones spread disinformation about the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Just as on his radio show and other online platforms, Jones published false information via the InfoWars app, which had more than a 100,000 downloads at the time of its removal from the app store. In addition to broadcasting The Alex Jones Show live, products were also sold through the a...
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Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

Google has said it will let its human reviewers listen to audio recordings made by its virtual assistant only if users give it fresh permission to do so. BBC NEWS The company said the option had always been opt-in but it had not been explicit enough that people were involved in transcribing the clips. The pledge follows Apple's switch to an opt-in model in August. Amazon and Facebook, by contrast, make users ask if they want to be excluded. Google's move has been welcomed by digital...
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Google Clashes with China over Web Security

It does not appear that Google's frosty relationship with China will thaw anytime soon, as the search giant this week said it will reject digital certificates from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). At issue are the digital certificates issued on the Web, which ensure that sites are secure and not ridden with malicious software that might steal your information or ruin your device. In this case, Google discovered that CNNIC, which issues certificates for the .cn domain, ma...
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