CORRECTED-Facebook, Twitter outpaced by smaller platforms in fight against harmful content -agency

(Corrects headline and first paragraph to show Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet fell short of the progress of smaller companies, not that they failed to curb hate speech and misinformation altogether, according to the study)

Feb 8 (Reuters) – Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet’s YouTube made smaller strides battling harmful content such as hate speech and misinformation during the second half of 2020 than their smaller social media rivals including TikTok and Reddit, a study released on Monday showed.

Advertising agency IPG Mediabrands conducted an audit examining how the top social media platforms performed across 10 categories that encompass what it calls “media responsibility,” including protecting children’s wellbeing and providing more transparency for advertisers.

Facebook showed improvements in clamping down on false and misleading content, for instance removing pages and groups related to the QAnon conspiracy theory. YouTube made no significant changes to its misinformation policies, leading to a lower score in

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XPrize details Elon Musk’s $100M prize to fight climate change

Elon Musk in profile against a blue sky and clouds. Wind stirs his hair.

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Last month, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO and richest person in the world Elon Musk announced he’d put a small percentage of his billions toward “a prize for best carbon capture technology.”  On Monday, XPrize announced the broad outline of the competition.

The nonprofit will run the contest, which it says will be the largest incentive prize in history. Teams from anywhere in the world are invited “to create and demonstrate a solution that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans and lock it away permanently in an environmentally benign way,” according to a post on YouTube.

Carbon capture refers to a wide array of mostly nascent technologies that can take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and either store it somewhere (underground, for example) or convert it into products ranging from fuel to sunglasses.

The goal here is to reduce the overall level

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Quibi wins round in mobile technology fight with rival

Quibi CEO Meg Whitman and Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg inside the company's Hollywood office. <span class="copyright">(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Quibi CEO Meg Whitman and Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg inside the company’s Hollywood office. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

After months of scrutiny from outsiders over its business, Hollywood streaming service Quibi on Monday got some legal relief.

Tech rival Eko had accused Quibi of infringing on a patent with a feature on its app called “turnstyle,” and asked an L.A. federal court judge to block Quibi from using it. On Monday, Judge Christina A. Snyder denied the request for a preliminary injunction.

“In short, Eko fails to make a clear showing of irreparable harm suffered by way of reputation and goodwill,” Snyder said in her decision.

Eko, a New York-based tech firm, sued Quibi in March for patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. Eko said that “turnstyle,” which allows Quibi users to rotate their smartphones to change their viewing perspective on shows, copied Eko’s technology.


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