USC Viterbi: Busting Anti-Queer Bias in Text Prediction

USC Viterbi: Busting Anti-Queer Bias in Text Prediction. “A team of researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Information Sciences Institute and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, led by Katy Felkner, a USC Viterbi Ph.D. in computer science student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient, has developed a system to quantify and fix anti-queer bias in the artificial intelligence behind text prediction.”

Bleeping Computer: LGBTQ+ community warned of extortionists abusing dating apps

Bleeping Computer: LGBTQ+ community warned of extortionists abusing dating apps. “According to the FTC, the criminals pose as potential romantic partners on LGBTQ+ dating apps, sending explicit photos to their targets and asking them to reciprocate. If they fall for it, the victims get blackmailed into paying a ransom, usually in untraceable gift cards, under the threat of having sexual imagery they shared with the scammers leaked to their family, friends, or employers.”

NBC News: Trans woman’s photo used to spread baseless online theory about Texas shooter

NBC News: Trans woman’s photo used to spread baseless online theory about Texas shooter. “Social media users and trolls on 4chan, Twitter and Facebook are using Sam’s photos and images of at least two other transgender women to spread the baseless theory that the shooter was transgender. In some cases, they have created collages that place the women’s photos alongside images from an Instagram page believed to have belonged to the shooter.”

William & Mary: William & Mary Libraries announces new Archive of American LGBTQ Political and Legal History

William & Mary: William & Mary Libraries announces new Archive of American LGBTQ Political and Legal History. “Established in memory of William & Mary alumnus John Boswell, one of the most important scholars of LGBTQ history, the new archive will provide researchers and historians a foundational understanding of the political and legal advances and setbacks of LGBTQ Americans in the struggle for full citizenship.”

The Guardian: Malaysian government’s ‘gay conversion’ app pulled by Google Play

The Guardian: Malaysian government’s ‘gay conversion’ app pulled by Google Play. “An app produced by the Malaysian government that promised to help the LGBTI community ‘return to nature’ has been removed from the Google Play store, after it was found to be in breach of the platform’s guidelines. The app was first released in July 2016, but attracted fresh attention after it was shared on Twitter by the Malaysian government’s Islamic development department.”

Mashable: TikTok’s ban on misogyny and misgendering attempts to clean up For You Pages

Mashable: TikTok’s ban on misogyny and misgendering attempts to clean up For You Pages. “TikTok has long prohibited hate-speech and violence on its social video platform, but a recent update is getting more specific about what can and can’t be posted on videos. The China-based tech firm ByteDance, which created and owns TikTok, updated its community guidelines with new ban-worthy offenses on Tuesday. The change targets content that’s aimed at offending LGBTQ users broadly as well as trans users specifically.”

Media Matters: On Facebook, a Dr. Phil episode about nonbinary identity becomes a bonanza for right-wing hate

Media Matters: On Facebook, a Dr. Phil episode about nonbinary identity becomes a bonanza for right-wing hate. “Right-wing figures, particularly from the Daily Wire, weaponized a January 19 Dr. Phil episode to spread anti-trans hatred and drive Facebook engagement on their posts. The episode posited nonbinary identities as up for ‘debate’ and featured nonbinary people and allies alongside anti-trans parents and the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh.”

Meduza: Google reportedly threatens to delete video from U.S.-based blogger after Russian censor flags it as ‘illegal gay propaganda’

Meduza: Google reportedly threatens to delete video from U.S.-based blogger after Russian censor flags it as ‘illegal gay propaganda’. “A U.S.-based Russian-language blogger says Google is threatening to delete one of his YouTube posts after Russia’s federal censor flagged it as prohibited content and a Russian court added it to Russia’s Internet blacklist. Court records from late November 2021 confirm that a judge in Vladivostok granted a request by Russia’s media regulator Roskomnadzor to ban a video uploaded to YouTube on June 11, 2019, by a man named Felix Glyukman because the content supposedly violates Russia’s law against ‘gay propaganda.’”

The Verge: Disney’s text-to-speech TikTok voices censored words like “gay” and “lesbian”

The Verge: Disney’s text-to-speech TikTok voices censored words like “gay” and “lesbian”. “TikTokers have demonstrated that Disney’s text-to-speech TikTok voice, meant to sound like Rocket the Raccoon, would refuse to read words like ‘gay,’ ‘lesbian,’ or ‘queer’ out loud. This decision seems to have been reverted — you can now get the voice to read out those words, but it’s unclear why it was happening. The change, however, is very recent — The Verge confirmed that the voice wouldn’t say the words, but it started to do so in a subsequent test minutes later on Monday afternoon. TikTok hasn’t commented on why this happened, but videos posted to highlight the issue still have the words blanked out.”

Wired: Apple and Google still have an LGBTQ problem

Wired: Apple and Google still have an LGBTQ problem . “Apple’s ‘clarification’ of its policies around hookup apps, its missteps regarding queer teenagers, and Google’s new rules are just another example of why Silicon Valley should get out of the business of regulating sexually explicit materials. The vague guidance and inconsistent standards used against apps harm LGBTQ people, especially those who are using dating apps to find community, love, or plain ol’ hook-ups in countries with explicitly anti-LGBTQ laws.”

KTVZ: University seeks to shine light on its past acts of discrimination

KTVZ: University seeks to shine light on its past acts of discrimination. “A UW-Madison student evicted from university housing for dating a Black man. Others expelled amid an administrative campaign to systematically seek out and remove homosexual male students from campus. Abusive conduct by a UW-Madison police officer who led the department for decades with impunity. It’s not exactly the stuff of college brochures. But beginning next fall, information about some of the university’s past blemishes will be on public display at the direction of top administrators.”

Washington Post: Marginalized streamers beg Twitch to ‘do better’ in wake of hate raids, poor pay

Washington Post: Marginalized streamers beg Twitch to ‘do better’ in wake of hate raids, poor pay. “During an Aug. 6 broadcast, the Twitch streamer RekItRaven — who is Black and uses they/them pronouns — emotionally described a series of traumatic, real-life experiences that informed who they are today. In response, viewers in chat told Raven that they were ‘loved.’ This made what happened next especially hurtful. About 20 minutes later, Raven’s chat was suddenly flooded by dozens of users spamming the same message, which read in part: ‘This channel now belongs to the KKK.’ It was the second time that had happened in just one week.”