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TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Daily Dot: ‘This robot causes harm’: National Eating Disorders Association’s new chatbot advises people with disordering eating to lose weight . “After unionizing, the staff of the National Eating Disorder Association’s (NEDA) support phone line were abruptly fired in March and replaced with a chatbot. Yesterday, many in the larger eating disorder recovery community online tested out the chatbot’s abilities and flagged how it advised them on weight loss.”

The Verge: Twitter is adding crowdsourced fact checks to images. “Twitter is expanding its crowdsourced fact-checking program to include images, shortly after a fake image went viral claiming to show an ‘explosion’ near the Pentagon.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: How to Save Images From Google Maps. “Google Maps provides users with precise and detailed maps and imagery, allowing them to explore the world at their fingertips. Other than viewing locations on the map, users can see images taken by those who have been there. Have you ever found an image you wanted to save but couldn’t? The inability to save images with right-click is one of Google Maps’ limitations, and getting one saved may seem impossible. But there are ways to bypass this limitation, allowing you to save any image on Google Maps.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

The Desk: Scrapers briefly cause outage at Internet Archive. “On Monday, the Internet Archive’s founder Brewster Kahle said the website was down for about an hour after someone using virtual hosts linked back to Amazon Web Services launched ‘tens of thousands of requests’ to download Optical Character Recognition (OCR) files.”

Search Engine Roundtable: Google Search Generative Experience Early Complaints & Responses From Google. “Google began to slowly roll out the Google Search Generative Experience on Thursday and I posted many screenshots of what I found. Since then, Danny Sullivan, Google’s Search Liaison, responded to some public complaints and criticism of this new search experience. John Mueller of Google also responded to some questions and complaints.”

WIRED: Why Fake Drake Is Here to Stay . “We talk to Puja Patel, editor in chief of Pitchfork and cohost of The Pitchfork Review, about how AI is taking over our feeds and where it goes from here.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

AFP: Anti-LGBTQ disinformation surges online in East Africa. “Anti-LGBTQ bills in Kenya and Uganda have unleashed an unprecedented wave of online disinformation targeting the community, with experts accusing political leaders of spreading falsehoods that put lives at risk.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Daily Beast: Twitter Fails to Remove Hate Speech By Blue-Check Users: Report. “Twitter is failing to remove 99 percent of hate speech posted by Twitter Blue users, new research has found, and instead may be boosting paid accounts that spew racism and homophobia. Researchers at the Center For Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) flagged hate speech to the company in tweets from 100 Twitter Blue subscribers. Four days later, they say, 99 percent of the tweets were still up and none of the accounts had been removed.”

Newswise: Issa-kun, the artificial intelligence haiku poet. “Associate Professor Tomohisa Yamashita and his colleagues at the Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering (Harmo Lab, Faculty of Information Science and Technology) devote their research to Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the benefit of human happiness. One of their breakthroughs is the birth of Issa-kun, a haiku generator.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Courthouse News Service: Comedic history found in sobering tale of medieval scribe’s private library. “Centuries before ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ hit theaters, a medieval priest transcribed three brutal tales from a traveling minstrel with one recounting how a deadly run-in with a killer bunny ended with villagers bringing out their dead.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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The National Eating Disorders Association’s new chatbot has been criticized for advising people with eating disorders to lose weight. The chatbot was introduced after the support phone line staff were fired and replaced with the bot. Meanwhile, Twitter has expanded its crowdsourced fact-checking program to include images, following the spread of a fake image that claimed to show an explosion near the Pentagon. Elsewhere, The Internet Archive experienced an hour-long outage after scrapers caused tens of thousands of requests to download Optical Character Recognition files.

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