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Big Tech companies to hand over misinformation data to Australia

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Internet companies will now be forced to hand over their internal data to the Australian Government

This will allow the country’s media regulator to see how Big Tech companies are handling misinformation and disinformation on their platforms.

Those companies that do not cooperate will have the internet industry code enforced on them all in an effort to reduce the spread of fake news and information online.

The move by the Australian Communications and Media Authority comes after a report found that 80% of Australian adults have come across misinformation about coronavirus.

The majority of those impacted believed that these online platforms should be acting to stop or limit the amount of false information.

Europe has also made similar decisions set to take effect by the end of the year.

The European Union plans to toughen these measures even further in light of the disinformation presented by Russian state-owned media in relation to the invasion of Ukraine.

Australia’s Communications Minister Paul Fletcher says “digital platforms must take responsibility for what is on their sites and take action when harmful or misleading content appears”.

Misleading content was most commonly found on larger services including Facebook and Twitter where misinformation was often presented as highly emotive and amplified.

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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Rolls Royce CEO slams aviation for failing on climate targets

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Aviation needs to act on net-zero targets, that’s according to the CEO of Rolls Royce

Warren East says the sector needs to move towards bio-fuels like hydrogen and electric aircraft.

Travellers can even look forward to flying on planes that has a gas turbine that’s burning hydrogen.

Speaking at a conference in London, East says transitional technology is the answer that plane-makers are searching for.

Some companies are already looking at sustainable fuels that can offer 80 per cent off carbon emissions across their lifetime.

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Amazon halts hiring on all corporate roles

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E-commerce giant is the latest of many to close all corporate job openings due to economic concern

Amazon is pressing pause on corporate hiring for the rest of the year, as economic concerns continue to grow.

The tech giant has instructed all recruiters to close all current corporate job openings… worldwide.

This means more that ten thousand openings will be closed as of Monday evening.

The job postings that will affected include technology positions, in store and online retail businesses, and logistics operations.

However, Amazon spokesman, Brad Glasser, says the company will still continue to have a significant number of other roles open.

He says, “we have many different businesses at various stages of evolution, and we expect to keep adjusting our hiring strategies in each of these businesses at various junctures.”

The freeze sees Amazon joining Meta, Apple, and Google, who have also announced a reduction or temporary pause on hiring.

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What is Elon Musk’s “everything app”?

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Elon Musk’s Twitter deal is back on, and he says it’s the key to creating his much-anticipated ‘everything app’.

The billionaire entrepreneur had been in talks to take the social media platform private, but the deal fell through. However, after news of its reinstatement, Mr Musk said that buying Twitter is an essential part of his plans for X.

The idea behind X is a sort of super app, combining messaging, social media, payments-and lack of reliance on ad revenue, similar to the Chinese WeChat. That already has more than one billion users, but so far no equivalent exists in the West.

With Twitter under his belt, Musk believes he can make X a reality much sooner than originally planned. “It’s brought forward our X project by three to five years, but I could be wrong,” he said.

There are no further details on the X project at this time, but with Musk’s track record of visionary innovation, it’s sure to be something we’re all talking about in the near future.

Why does Elon Musk want to buy Twitter?

Elon Musk is known for his ambitious plans and big ideas, so it’s no surprise that he sees Twitter as a key piece of the puzzle for his next project, X.

The details of the deal have not been made public, but it is thought that Musk is paying a premium for Twitter.

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