Daily Digest (10/13)

Facebook to Ban Posts Denying Holocaust; Microsoft Disrupts Global Cybercrime Network; Adobe’s New Marketing Software Contains AI; Despite Electronic Data Snafus, Georgians Turned Out for Early Voting. Click “Continue reading” below.

Facebook to Ban Posts Denying Holocaust

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday that the company would ban posts denying or distorting the Nazi genocide and other events regarding the Holocaust.

This is the latest attempt from the company to act against conspiracy theories and misinformation as the U.S. presidential election nears, The Associated Press reports.

The policy stems from Holocaust survivors around the world targeting Zuckerberg in a campaign this summer, urging the CEO to take down denial and disinformation posts.

Facebook said that the new policy was supported, though the company documented increased accounts of global anti-Semitism on social media, according to AP.

“I’ve struggled with the tension between standing for free expression and the harm caused by minimizing or denying the horror of the Holocaust,” Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post.

“My own thinking has evolved, as I’ve seen data showing an increase in anti-Semitic violence, as have our wider policies on hate speech.”

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Microsoft Disrupts Global Cybercrime Network

Microsoft announced legal action Monday that sought to disrupt a cybercrime digital network that looted bank accounts and spread ransomware.

Experts say that the criminal hacking group posed a great threat to the U.S. election, The Associated Press reports.

Microsoft’s goal is to knock offline the command-and-control servers that are used for the global botnet.

The company was given permission Oct. 6 by a Virginia federal court to use an infrastructure called Tricknet to infect botnet computers with malware, according to AP.

“It is very hard to tell how effective it will be, but we are confident it will have a very long-lasting effect,” said Jean-Ian Boutin, head of threat research at ESET, told AP.


Adobe’s New Marketing Software Contains AI  

Adobe said Monday that its digital marketing software contained new artificial-intelligence tools to aid companies in sharpening their marketing campaigns.

The company now is one of the biggest software providers for running marketing campaigns, which businesses use to help show content to potential customers, Reuters reports.

The new AI features released Monday can now scan and label thousands of products by image, color and shape — as well as use natural-language processing technology to read articles, according to the report.

The technology has existed for years, but it had required marketing departments to export data from their systems, slowing down work, Reuters reports.

“When you’re thinking about the need to be agile and work in real time, this is not a process that works very well,” said Ali Bohra, Adobe’s strategic director.

To combat large exports of data, Adobe since has added the AI technology directly inside the marketing systems, reducing the need to export.


Despite Electronic Data Snafus, Georgians Turned Out for Early Voting

Despite problems with electronic poll books used to check voters in two Georgia counties — and similar issues halting some poll stations altogether — residents turned out for early voting that began Monday for the 2020 presidential election.

Thousands of people waited in line, many telling The Associated Press that they waited six or more hours to vote.

One site with problems with the electronic pollbooks that halted voting temporarily was the State Farm Arena, where the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks play.

Technicians resolved the problem — and the lines soon cleared at the arena, Georgia’s largest early voting site, with 300 voting machines, AP reports.

“We’re disappointed that it happened,” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin told reporters, noting that early in-person voting ended Oct. 30 in Georgia.


— By DPN Staff