Facebook has been working for years on tools to prevent and remove revenge porn on its apps, but that apparently hasn't stopped bad actors trying to share these images. Facebook, which also owns popular apps Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp, has to assess about 500,000 reports of revenge porn each month, according to a report Monday from NBC News. Facebook, the world's largest social network, earlier this year launched artificial intelligence tools that can spot revenge porn, also known as nonconsensual intimate images, before being reported by users. In 2017, the company also launched a pilot program that let users submit intimate pictures to Facebook in an effort to prevent them from being shared on the social network. However, Facebook's Radha Plumb told NBC News that the initial explanation of the pilot wasn't clear enough, and after negative feedback the company launched a research program in 2018 to explore how it can better prevent revenge porn and … [Read more...] about Facebook gets about 500,000 reports of revenge porn a month, report says
Now that the Game of Thrones is finally played out, how will you fill your time? You could watch some of the best fantasy and action TV shows already available, or you could go back to George R.R. Martin's novels when he gets round to completing the Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired HBO's smash hit. But then what?Luckily there's no shortage of epic fantasy, sci-fi and thriller books being adapted into movies and TV shows in the coming months and years. From beloved classics to contemporary best-sellers, these are some of the adaptations that will challenge Game of Thrones' crown to become your new obsession.Dune The cult 1984 movie and 2000 miniseries have their fans, but in November 2020 we're being treated to a new big-screen version of Frank Herbert's classic novel. In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides and his son Paul battle over life-giving spice with the venal Baron Harkonnen on the desert world of Arrakis. After reimagining Blade Runner 2049, … [Read more...] about The next Game of Thrones? Epic books headed to TV and movie screens
There is a plethora of streaming services available for anyone with a credit card handy. Hulu and Netflix are general entertainment providers offering licensed content and originals for subscribers. Others, like anime provider Crunchyroll and NFL Sunday Ticket, are targeted at specific interests. Streaming services like Disney+ and Apple TV Plus are flashy newcomers that are trying to find their place in an overly crowded space. It’s getting trickier to figure out where to spend your money every month. Netflix and Hulu used to be sufficient; subscribers could watch their favorite shows and a popular original like Stranger Things or The Handmaid’s Tale. Now, between live sports, movies, original TV shows, and even nightly news, no single service offers everything. Take a look at the most popular shows streaming today: Friends and The Office are two of the most-watched shows on Netflix, but they’re leaving. Friends is returning to its WarnerMedia home next year when … [Read more...] about Guide to streaming: from Disney+ to NBA League Pass and Crunchyroll
One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today. The problem does not begin with political systems that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday communications without notice. Like everything else in Washington, there’s a legal basis for what many believe is extreme government overreach—in this case, it's Executive Order 12333, issued in 1981. “12333 is used to target foreigners abroad, and collection happens outside the US," whistleblower John Tye, a former State Department official, told Ars recently. "My complaint is not that they’re using it to target Americans, my complaint is that the volume of incidental collection on US persons is unconstitutional.” The document, known in government circles as "twelve triple three," gives incredible leeway to intelligence agencies sweeping up vast quantities of Americans' data. That data ranges from e-mail content to Facebook … [Read more...] about The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni
The Museum of the Bible finally opened its Genesis-inscribed doors Friday (Nov. 17) in Washington, D.C. But questions still linger over the authenticity of some of its star artifacts: fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.The private museum is supporting research into the manuscripts to find out whether they are legitimate, 2,000-year-old scraps of the ancient Hebrew Bible or modern forgeries.The original Dead Sea Scrolls, which make up the earliest surviving pieces of the Old Testament, were found between 1947 and 1956 in the Qumran caves of the Judean Desert. Many of the texts were sold to archaeologists through a local antiquities dealer, Khalil Iskander Shahin, who went by the name "Kando."(This was a time before a 1970 UNESCO convention made it illegal to dig up and sell such cultural artifacts.)Since 2002, about 70 more fragments billed as Dead Sea Scrolls have been acquired by private collections, many of them sold by Kando's son, who was in charge of his father's estate. [In … [Read more...] about Are the Museum of the Bible’s Dead Sea Scrolls Fakes?