An investigation has been started by Amazon after 550 employees of AWS signed a petition against harassment, discrimination, bullying, and bias against women and under-represented groups. It was also pointed out in the petition that Amazon’s system to investigate claims of discrimination is not fair, objective, or transparent. Cases of discrimination against, former employees like Cindy Warner have also been cited in the petition.
Some of the most popular websites and apps all over the world including UPS, FedEx, Airbnb, Fidelity, and the PlayStation Network went down on Thursday. The incident happened after Akamai reported an issue with their Edge DNS. The cause of which is still under investigation. Akamai denied any cyberattack. They have implemented a fix for the issue and the service is resuming normal operations.
After the recent allegations of the spyware sold by Israeli cyber firm NSO being abused on a global scale, an inter-ministerial team has been set up to “look into” the matter. Israel’s National Security Council is heading this team. NSO has denied the allegations and said the claims were just assumptions made by journalists and Pegasus software is used only to fight terrorism and crime.
Mastercard has been denied from having new clients in India from July 22, 2021, by the RBI. All three categories of debit, credit, and prepaid have been restricted. The restriction comes after Mastercard violated the central bank’s norms on the storage of payment systems data in India despite being given considerable time and enough opportunities. RBI said, the existing customers will not be affected and all banks will be informed about the restrictions.
Microblogging platform Twitter saw a rise in demands from the govt for the removal of content of journalists and news outlets. 199 verified accounts of journalists and news outlets faced 361 content removal legal demands. Five such tweets were removed. Globally India had the maximum reports. Last year, Twitter received 14,500 requests for info and 38,500 requests for content removal. Twitter’s tech is identifying 65% of abusive content for human review.
French antitrust watchdog has fined Google with 500mn euros for failing to comply fully with temporary orders the regulator had given in a row with the country’s news publishers. In the next two months, Google either comes up with how to compensate news agencies or pay fines of 900,000 euros per day. Major news publishers APIG, SEPM, and AFP accuse the tech company of not discussing the monetization of news content online.
The microblogging platform Twitter has finally agreed to comply with India’s new IT rules. Twitter has taken down 22,564 accounts for “kid sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity” as well as “terrorist propaganda.” The platform, in its first compliance report, also stated that it has taken action against 133 posts for various reasons, including harassment and invasion of privacy. This has come after Twitter’s intermediary platform protection was lost in the country.
Amid ongoing Twitter-Centre face-off, new Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Thursday kick started his regime with an ‘on-point’ statement, saying “Everyone has to follow law of the country.” Thanking the PM for this opportunity, Vaishnaw said “There are no words to say thanks to the Prime Minister for giving me such a big opportunity to serve the country.”
Former US President Donald Trump has sued Facebook, Twitter and Google, and its CEOs for blocking his accounts. He filed three separate class-action lawsuits in federal court in Florida as a move to defend First Amendment rights. The tech giants blocked his accounts on concerns over his role in stoking the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6. NetChoice CEO Steve DelBianco said, “President Trump has no case”.