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Alibaba sexual harassment investigation: ‘no evidence to prove rape’

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Police have found no evidence that an Alibaba employee was raped by her boss and a client on a business trip

Chinese police say there is not enough evidence to prove that a manager and client raped an Alibaba employee at a business trip.

In their initial findings police say the former manager was suspected of committing “forcible indecency” against the woman.

Two senior executives at the e-commerce giant have resigned and Chief Executive Daniel Zhang says the company’s handling of the incident is a “humiliation”.

Alibaba launches investigation

Alibaba launched an investigation after an anonymous employee published an 11-page document detailing how her boss and a client assaulted her on a business trip.

The document has circulated widely online, prompting a social media storm. The story was one of the top trending items on Weibo over the weekend of publication.

The woman says her boss coerced her into going on a business trip with him to meet one of her team’s clients in the city of Jinan.

The woman recounts that she woke with no clothing or memory of what happened

After drinking with the client one evening, she says she woke up in a hotel room the following day with no clothing or recollection of what happened.

CCTV footage from the hotel showed that her boss visited the room four times during the evening.

The woman reported the incident to human resources and management. However, no further action was taken against her boss.

Police in China’s city of Jinan said they were investigating the incident while Alibaba launches an investigation

“Alibaba Group has a zero-tolerance policy against sexual misconduct,” a spokesperson said. “We have suspended relevant parties suspected of violating our policies and values.”

The spokesperson also said Alibaba has created an “internal task force” to investigate the incident and support the police investigation.

Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang addressed the incident in a post to the company’s internal message board

“It is not just Human Resources who should apologize. The related business department managers also hold responsibility and should apologize for their silence,” Zhang wrote.

“Starting from me, starting from management, starting from human resources, everyone at Alibaba must empathize, reflect, and take action.”

Alibaba has responded by suspending the woman’s supervisor. It has also suspended the human resource worker who failed to take action against the alleged perpetrator.

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Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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ChatGPT creator releases tool to detect A.I. generated text

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OpenAI has released a software tool that can identify if text has been generated by artificial intelligence

The company behind the popular chatbot ChatGPT says it has trained a language model to distinguish between something written by a human, and A.I.

‘AI Classifier’ uses a variety of providers to address issues such as automated misinformation campaigns and academic dishonesty.

The detection tool is very unreliable on texts under one thousand characters, and AI-written text can be edited to trick the classifier.

Many schools across the world have already banned ChatGPT from being used for projects.

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Elon Musk asks court to throw case out

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Twitter CEO Elon Musk has asked a judge in the U.S. to throw out a case against him

 
The suit claims Musk’s delayed disclosure over his large stake in the social media giant defrauded shareholders, who sold out at artificially lower prices.

Musk says investors in the proposed class action have no independent right to obtain damages.

The CEO believes he properly disclosed his stakes in Tesla and the former SolarCity Corp on several occasions, as per requirements.

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Eurostar trains empty with Brexit leading to border delays

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Eurostar boss says peak trains are empty because of post-Brexit passport delays

You can perhaps understand why British residents are becoming increasingly frustrated by Brexit.

During peak hour in London, Eurostar trains are running across the Channel with hundreds of empty places.

Around 350 of 900 seats are normally left unsold on the first services between London, Paris and Brussels despite “huge demand”.

It’s all because border police can’t process passports quickly enough.

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