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Google Says Google Translate Can’t Replace Human Translators. Immigration Officials Have Used It to Vet Refugees.

Documents shared with ProPublica show that immigration officials have been told to vet refugees’ social media posts using Google Translate. Language experts caution even students against using the service.

Big Tech Bulks Up Its Anti-Extremism Group. But Will It Do More than Talk?

Facebook and others launched GIFCT to stop violent groups from exploiting online platforms.

Employers Used Facebook to Keep Women and Older Workers From Seeing Job Ads. The Federal Government Thinks That’s Illegal.

Dozens of other complaints have been filed with the EEOC about discrimination in targeted advertising on Facebook.

Pentagon Looking for AI to Interpret ‘Strategic Activity’ Around the Globe

The commercial tools, requested by the Defense Innovation Unit, would derive insights from global news outlets, social media platforms and other publicly available resources.

States Try to Stop Political Deepfake Videos

State lawmakers are increasingly focused on deceptively edited videos, a pervasive technology that advocates say has the potential to disrupt elections. But are bans constitutional?

I Won’t Buy My Teenagers Smartphones

Denying a teen a smartphone in 2019 is a tough decision, and one that requires an organized and impenetrable defense.

In the Deepfake Era, Counterterrorism Is Harder

After failing to detect the 9/11 plot, spy agencies reinvented themselves for an age of terrorism, but a new generation of technological threats requires a new round of reforms.

Twitter Bots Are Becoming More Human-Like: Study

In 2016, they were mostly retweeters on timers. Now they’re gathering intelligence.

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You Won't Believe How Well This Algorithm Spots Clickbait

With training from humans and machines, an artificial intelligence model can outperform other clickbait detectors, according to new research.

Facebook Expands Tool That Lets Local Governments Send Alerts

The system will offer authorities a way to send targeted notifications about emergencies and other issues to residents.

China’s Spies Are on the Offensive

China’s spies are waging an intensifying espionage offensive against the United States. Does America have what it takes to stop them?

Twitter, Facebook Turn Off Hundreds of Accounts Linked to Chinese Disinformation about Hong Kong Protests

In simultaneous press releases, the social-media companies say they have shut down large amounts of Beijing-controlled activity.

Lawmakers Summon 8chan Owner to Testify Before Congress

The congressmen want to know how the platform is working to help stop the spread of extremist content online.

Instagram Wants Memers to Like It Again

After a series of account purges, meme pages are at war with their platform. Now Instagram is trying to smooth things over.