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- Google to ban ads for ‘stalkerware’The search giant will no longer allow ads for tools or software designed to track people without their knowledge By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs July 10, 2020 Google has announced that it will ban advertisements for products or services that secretly track or monitor people. In an update to its Enabling Dishonest Behavior policy, Google said the changes will apply to spyware and technology used for intimate partner surveillance, including tech used to monitor texts, phone calls, or browsing history. The update will also apply to GPS devices touted as tools for spying on someone without their knowledge, as well as surveillance equipment such as cameras, audio recorders, dash cams, and nanny cams. We constantly evaluate and update our ad policies to ensure we are protecting users, a Google spokesperson said in a statement. We routinely update our language with examples to help clarify what we consider policy violating.… ..... Read More.2 days ago
- Misinformation about COVID-19 likely spreads because of consumers’ urge to shareResearchers say social media is the main source of this sharing By Kristen Dalli of ConsumerAffairs July 10, 2020 Misinformation was circulating around the internet well before the COVID-19 pandemic; however, since the start of the pandemic, popular sites like Facebook and YouTube have been in the news for contributing to the spread of misinformation about the virus. Now, a new study conducted by researchers from MIT shows that its consumers natural inclination to share things on social media that is a big factor in the spread of misinformation. There is just something more systemic and fundamental about the social media context that distracts people from accuracy, said researcher David Rand. I think part of it is that youre getting this instantaneous social feedback all the time. Every time you post something, you immediately get to see how many people liked it. And that really focuses your attention on: How… ..... Read More.2 days ago
- May 2019 Tornadoes in Missouri Caused Nearly $190M in Insured LossesThe May 2019 tornadoes that ravaged several parts of Missouri caused significant damage to both residential and commercial properties, and resulted in close to $190 million in insured losses, the state Department of Commerce and Insurance reported. The department has … ..... Read More.2 days ago
- Louisiana Governor Signs Law Protecting Schools from Most Virus LawsuitsLouisiana’s K-12 schools and colleges will be shielded from most civil lawsuits if a student or teacher contracts the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus under a bill that Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law on July 8. Lawmakers … ..... Read More.2 days ago
- 2 Workers Hurt in Boiler Room Fire at Tyson Chicken Plant in ArkansasA boiler room outside of a southwest Arkansas chicken processing plant caught fire and exploded early on July 9, injuring two employees, an official said. The explosion was reported at about 1:30 a.m. at a Tyson Foods plant in Nashville, … ..... Read More.2 days ago
- 1 Dead After Tornado Hits Western Minnesota, Authorities SayAt least one powerful tornado damaged farms, left one person dead and two others injured in western Minnesota as severe storms moved across parts of the Midwest, authorities said. A 30-year-old man was killed near Dalton when a twister destroyed … ..... Read More.2 days ago
- Volunteer Firefighter In Louisiana Arrested for ArsonA volunteer firefighter has been accused of starting a fire in south Louisiana. The State Fire Marshal’s Office, in a news release, said Kentrelle Beasley Jr., 18, was arrested on a charge of simple arson for setting an abandoned house … ..... Read More.2 days ago