Digital Platforms Work to Stop Spread of HateBy Miriam Bello | Thu, 09/02/2021 - 15:49
Platforms are strengthening their efforts to fight hate speech and integrating policies to avoid multisectoral problems such as election interference. Meanwhile, online retailers explore new payment methods.
Here is the week in Tech!
Fintech Companies Strengthen Capabilities
Konfío, a fintech specialized in providing loans to small and medium-sized enterprises, has completed the purchase of Sr. Pago platform, which will allow the former to expand its product offering in the short term. Sr. Pago had become one of the most important players in mobile point of sale (MPOS) and e-commerce in Mexico. Read MBN full article on the purchase.
Mexico’s IFT to create 5G Committee
In light of the economic generative potential that 5G offers the Mexican economy, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) is looking to promote the development of this network by creating a committee of industry stakeholders to encourage collaboration and competition. The committee looks to provide non-binding recommendations to analyze each case and even review if the assignment of a certain spectrum is required for a specific application to develop. Read MBN’s coverage on what this will imply for the industry.
Amazon Implements Buy Now, Pay Latter Modality
Amazon partnered with payment network Affirm to test the Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) modality with select consumers on its platform. If found viable, the project will be made broadly available across the platform, according to a press release by Affirm.
Twitter Against Hate
Social media companies are working to stop the spread of hate in their widely used networks. This week, Twitter announced a “Safety Mode” that protect users from hate speech and will temporarily block the accounts that use “potentially harmful language” and bully other accounts. According to Twitter, this a joint work between the company, experts in human rights and mental health advocates.
Twitch Users to Protect Each Other
Twitter is not the only platform addressing hate speech. This week, gamers on the platform Twitch called for a live broadcast strike to protest against the wave of racist and misogynistic harassment faced by many content creators and to demand that the platform take measures to better protect them. Twitch users called this global protest #ADayOffTwitch.
Facebook is Asked to Control Misinformation
Facebook received widespread criticism from its handling of content during the last US Presidential election. As a result, the network is creating a new Election Commission to combat misinformation during election times, specially during the incoming US midterm elections. This new area will also work during other election processes around the world . Read the complete NYT article on the subject here.
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