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People on the internet are calling for Las Vegas mass shooting to be labeled as a terrorist act

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Image: Getty Images How do we distinguish a crime from a terrorist attack? It’s a convoluted conversation that appears after every horrific mass shooting in America, and Sunday night’s Las Vegas attack—the deadliest in U.S. history—is no exception.  As many on Twitter have pointed out, the president did not use the words “terror” or “terrorist” during his remarks about the shooting, despite his flippant use of the term in previous instances on Twitter. Today, the word is the top dictionary lookup online, according to Merriam-Webster, who defines it as “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an […]

Google exec’s op-ed lists 4-point plan to combat terrorism on YouTube

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Image: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Following a wave of terrorist attacks in the UK in recent months, Google’s senior vice-president and general counsel, Kent Walker, used one of the leading publications in the country to outline a plan to combat the use by terrorists of Google’s tools. SEE ALSO: Theresa May renews her call for internet regulation following the London Bridge attack On Sunday, Walker posted an op-ed in the Financial Times that listed four distinct steps Google is taking to fight extremists who harness the power of tools like YouTube to spread their messages. “We will now devote more […]

Facebook wants to crush terrorism on its network using a new algorithm

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Image: Shutterstock / Prazis Facebook has a terrorism problem, and its vowing to fix it. On Thursday, the social media giant announced new plans to use artificial intelligence to scrape words, images, and video in order to wipe terrorist propaganda from its network entirely. The only catch? It still requires a team of 150 counterterrorism experts as well as plenty of other people to fight extremism on the platform. We can only hope this new AI tool is as sophisticated as Facebook claims it is. SEE ALSO: In search of Facebooks conscience “We are currently focusing our most cutting edge […]

eBay blocks the resale of Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester tickets

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Tickets for Ariana Grande’s charity concert, One Love Manchester, went on sale at 10:00 a.m. yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the show was sold out in less than 10 minutes. Demand for the ticket have been extremely high, with some going as far as submitting fake applications for the free tickets reserved for concertgoers who attended Ariana’s concert the night of the attack. SEE ALSO: Ariana Grande is returning to Manchester, and she’s bringing friends Fans were disgusted to find tickets up for resale on websites like eBay, Gumtree, and Stubhub at values between 200 to 500 ($258 to $645). The original tickets […]