CNET: Put a stop to coronavirus price gouging, state AGs tell Amazon, Facebook and others

CNET: Put a stop to coronavirus price gouging, state AGs tell Amazon, Facebook and others. “Thirty-four state attorneys general are calling on companies like Amazon, Craigslist, Facebook, eBay and Walmart to take a harder stance of price gouging in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The letters to each company cite specific examples, like a Craigslist ad for a 2-liter bottle of Purell Advanced hand sanitizer with a $250 price tag. While the attorneys general acknowledge that these companies have taken steps toward curtailing price gouging, the latter calls for further action.”

CNET: Craigslist must remove posts that profit off coronavirus fears, NY AG says

CNET: Craigslist must remove posts that profit off coronavirus fears, NY AG says. “New York Attorney General Letitia James demanded that Craigslist remove posts attempting to illegally profit off of consumers’ coronavirus fears. James said she’s also calling for assurance that the company has policies in place to stop scammers.”

TechCrunch: Add Craigslist to the tech platforms Russians used to manipulate the 2016 election

TechCrunch: Add Craigslist to the tech platforms Russians used to manipulate the 2016 election. “In one of the weirder revelations to come out of the Mueller report released this morning, it seems that Craigslist was yet another tech platform used in Russia’s election influence campaign. Facebook? Sure. Instagram? Yup, that too. YouTube? Twitter? Oh my, yes. Even Tumblr makes an appearance (LOL. Tumblr). But Craigslist?”

The Register: Those Stanford whiz kids have done it again. Now a chatty AI bot to negotiate sales for you with Craigslist riffraff

The Register: Those Stanford whiz kids have done it again. Now a chatty AI bot to negotiate sales for you with Craigslist riffraff . “Artificially intelligent bots are notoriously bad at communicating with, well, anything. Conversations with the code, whether it’s between themselves or with people, often go awry, and veer off topic. Grammar goes out the window, and sentences become nonsensical. Remember the time this happened between a pair of Facebook-built chatbots, when they freaked people out so much that folks began to think the software had, supposedly, invented its own language? Well, a group of researchers at Stanford University in the US have figured out how to, in theory, prevent that chaos and confusion from happening.”

CNET: Facebook spearheads $14M consortium to counter fake news

CNET: Facebook spearheads $14M consortium to counter fake news. “Facebook, Mozilla and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark want you to be able to trust the news again. The three are part of a consortium of tech leaders, academics and nonprofits that are pouring $14 million into the creation of the News Integrity Initiative, they jointly announced on Monday.” Facebook needs to start one for its fake advertising.