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“They have put their astronomical profits before people”: Facebook whistleblower slams big tech

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A former Facebook employee has slammed the social media company during a US hearing, saying the organisation “harms children, stokes division and weakens democracy”

Frances Haugen is the former product manager now turned whistleblower, and has appeared at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Facebook has hit back at the claims, saying Haugen was speaking about the areas of the company in which she has no knowledge about.

This comes as scrutiny around the company’s operations and dealings grows… with many pushing for further regulation.

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers who were conducting the hearing were united in the need for change at the organisation.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal says this moment is the very definition of a bombshell.

Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn believes the social media giant “is not interested in making significant changes to improve kids’ safety on their platforms at least not when that would result in losing eyeballs on posts or decreasing their ad revenues.”

This all follows Haugen appearing on an episode of 60 minutes saying that Facebook continuously chooses profit over the mental health of its users.

At the hearing, Haugen also criticised the leadership of the company’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, saying no one is currently holding him accountable except for himself.

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Dream team: Disney & Nvidia join forces to produce autonomous AI-powered robots

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Disney revealed a sneak peek into their breath-taking AI-Powered ‘Star Wars’ robots, produced by Nvidia.

On this episode of Ahron & Mike – Disney & Nvidia unite to create robots, home employees are being caught using mouse jiggling tech, and Black Berry makes a bold return.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss.

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Nintendo’s latest presentation showcased exciting revivals and fresh new titles for Q4

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Nintendo’s exciting 2024 lineup revealed following June Direct: revivals, new titles, and fresh takes.

From enhanced classics like Donkey Kong Country Returns HD to highly anticipated new entries such as Metroid Prime 4, Nintendo’s 2024 releases promise something for every gamer.

Emily Leaney from TeamRetro joins to unpack all the big announcements.

Follow the link here for the full presentation on Nintendo’s official YouTube channel.

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Google head of search: AI’s flaws won’t stop advancement

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Google’s Head of Search reassures employees about AI’s inevitable errors, promising to persist with its deployment despite occasional absurd mistakes.

Despite advancements in AI, errors such as misinformation in search results or inaccurate predictions are still prevalent.

However, Google remains dedicated to refining its algorithms to minimise such occurrences.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbranda.ai joins to discuss. #featured

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