The U.S has asked Australia to scrap proposed laws that will make it the first country in the world to force Facebook and Google to pay for news sourced from local media outlets : worldnews
Fascinating – I would have expected that when Biden took office – he has former Facebook bosses on his transition team. I think we'll see the pressure go up.
For the past several decades, US companies have relied on cheap labor for profit – in special economic zones in countries like Bangladesh – and pressure to maintain that status quo has been lightly applied.
This article suggests that regulation of most online businesses becomes the next similar battlefield (hopefully not literally). How much pressure will the US be able to put on Australia to ensure compliance?
Let's be clear – by aggregating messages produced by other outlets, Facebook can "cut down" other countries' work and present "taken" workers for their own clicks / profits. This is a form of resource extraction.
Should Facebook pay for the resources it extracts in the local economies where the resources come from? I would say yes, but this is relatively unprecedented for US companies around the world.
Time to ask – how much of "international trade commitments" is a loyalty paid to the US?
This is the best I could do. original reduced by 75%. (I am a bot)
A popular South Korean chatbot was suspended after complaints that it used hate speech against sexual minorities in conversations with its users.
While chatbots are nothing new, Luda had impressed users with the depth and natural tone of his responses, drawn from 10 billion real-life conversations between young couples from KakaoTalk, South Korea's most popular messaging app.
Scatter Lab, whose services are very popular with South Korean teenagers, said it had taken every precaution not to provide Luda with a language that was inconsistent with South Korean social norms and values, but its executive director, Kim Jong-yoon, admitted Too Impossible Prevent Inappropriate Conversation By Simply Filtering Out Keywords, the Korea Herald said.