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According to the latest news, Facebook will not be removing any of the fake videos which feature the President of United States Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian, and Mark Zuckerberg. The company has come out with an official statement stating that. Today, Video News came out with the creators of the video Bill Posters and Daniel Howe. They also included the names of different audio manipulation companies which are Reflect, Respeecher and CannyAI.

The work features in a site-specific installation in the United Kingdom as well as circulating in video online. This was the first test of the content review policy.

 “We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians,” Pelosi said in an interview with radio station KQED, quoted by The New York Times. “I think they have proven — by not taking down something they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election.”

The incident which happened in the month of May, Facebook’s Neil Potts testified before a smorgasbord of all the regulations which work on an international level in Ottawa about the deep fakes. The company will also not be removing any video of Mark Zuckerberg.

An Instagram spokesperson in an email to TechCrunch mentioned:

“We will treat this content the same way we treat all misinformation on Instagram. If third-party fact-checkers mark it as false, we will filter it from Instagram’s recommendation surfaces like Explore and hashtag pages.”

The video does not violate any policy for Facebook and will only be treated as a video which just has some misinformation. The video will get blocked from appearing in the explore feature. Facebook now uses the technology of image detection with the help of which it is able to judge the type of content which is present in the video.

“Spectre interrogates and reveals many of the common tactics and methods that are used by corporate or political actors to influence people’s behaviors and decision making,” said Posters in an artist’s statement about the project. “In response to the recent global scandals concerning data, democracy, privacy, and digital surveillance, we wanted to tear open the ‘black box’ of the digital influence industry and reveal to others what it is really like.”

YouTube, on the other hand, removed the Pelosi video and also made sure that it was not monetized because of the violation of YouTube policy.

Tessa Love is a Senior Writer at VOIVO InfoTech. She is very much interested in the latest startups launching in the market. Her work has appeared at various popular media sites such as BBC, The Outline, DAME, etc. Also, she likes to share the latest tech news from the market. To get in touch with Tessa for news reports you can email her on [email protected] or reach her out on social media links given below.

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Google finally announced their $1 billion which is their 10-year plan to add thousands of homes in the Bay area

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Google finally announced their $1 billion which is their 10-year plan to add thousands of homes in the Bay area

A housing crisis is going on in the bay area in San Francisco. It is one of the most controversial topics in the market now. A check for 1 billion dollars is as close as you can get and Google has announced that they are writing one.

In a post, the Chief executing officer of Google Sundar Pichai has carefully explained that in order to make things better, they will be investing their money on this project. One of the most important social issues in the area is housing.

San Francisco is one of the most expensive places to live in the entire world. A lot of people have revealed that the tech industry has ended up making the place expensive.

Google has been one of the reasons for all the protests. Google has been under scrutiny and to make sure that the company can easily regain all its reputation ended up investing money on the housing problem of the Bay area. Google has been facing some problems in different AI ethics and advertising policies.

Google is doing this as an act of remedy and an act of conscience. Google has been able to win a lot of hearts with the help of their 10-year housing plan in the Bay area. A total of $750 million is what comes as the repurposing of the commercial real estate for different residential purposes.

This project will help build a total of 15,000 new homes at different income levels. The Chief Executing Officer said that this will basically help the chronic shortage of affordable housing options. Google has not said how many of the homes they are building will be affordable.

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$6M Raised By GuestReady To Help Hosts On Airbnb And Other Services To Handle Their Property

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$6M Raised By GuestReady To Help Hosts On Airbnb And Other Services To Handle Their Property

GuestReady is a three year old company that allows shared-economy hosts manage their business on rental sites such as Airbnb. They have recently announced to raise $6 million.

The investment was supported by a Russian fund, backer Impulse VC which is backed by Roman Abramovich who is a billionaire Chelsea FC owner. However, other past backers also participated in the investment. This included Aria Group, Boost Hero4es and 808 Tech Ventures.

GuestReady is known to provide a property management platform to the owners that help them to handle the intricacies of working a shared-economy house. The company claims to cover more than 2000 properties in six different countries including Portugal, the UK, France, Malaysia, UAE and Hong Kong. As stated by Alexndar Limpert, CEO of GuestReady, Airbnb happens to be the ideal platform to work with. However, a major portion of the business is known to generate from Expedia’s HomeAway and Booking.com.

Limpert also added that the company’s annual booking volume is going to reach $50 million on a yearly basis. In the past few years, the company’s overall revenue collection have also tripled. Even the burn rate has reduced. However, he didn’t provide any specific figures.

Limpert said that this is by far the largest deal of the company. It is a strategic move to emerge as the market leader in Europe.

CEO GuestReady stated that, “quite a few conversations right now” over potential acquisitions.

He also added:

“We believe the market (for guest services) will consolidate.”

According to him there are many new companies that start out with promises. However, they struggle to reach the 50-100 properties under management.

He further added:

“they realise this is an intensive business without good processes and technology.”

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Days after the expansion, Ethiopia’s government shuts off the internet

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Days after the expansion, Ethiopia’s government shuts off the internet

A couple of days after the Ethiopian ICT officials made all the public pledges so that they can improve net access, the government started to play off again. The government decided to shut off the internet so that they can coincide with the country’s national examination.

Data Provider from Oracle said to Tech Crunch that there was an internet blackout day from the 11th of June till the 14th of June. The connectivity of the internet was returning for a very brief period in the whole time span.

Some of the sources which are in the ground are known to include the countries tech community. The connectivity of IP and Mobile is now managed by a company called Ethio Telecom, which is owned by the state.

Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed and President Sahle-Work Zewde were the people who came up with this solution. Both of the officials have committed that they will break up with the existing telecom company and privatize it.

There are other reasons for the outrage because of that government of Ethiopia has not released the statement. The government official has still not ended up changing the ICT Policy. They also refused to respond to the tech crunch industry.

According to the internet, people are saying that the only reason that the Internet was switched off is because of the students. If the internet was fast, students will end up cheating.

Ethiopia is basically an East African nation with 100 million economies and the continent’s largest economy and the next cyber hub.

The start-up culture of the country has begun to grow and in just a couple of years, you will be able to see the growth of the company along with new startups.

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