Washington Post: Misinformation research is buckling under GOP legal attacks. “Academics, universities and government agencies are overhauling or ending research programs designed to counter the spread of online misinformation amid a legal campaign from conservative politicians and activists who accuse them of colluding with tech companies to censor right-wing views.” The link is to a gift article so you should be able to read it without paywall.
Bloomberg: Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, Meta Probed by Lawmakers on Use of AI ‘Ghost’ Staff. “Democratic lawmakers are pressing the top tech firms to open up about the conditions of their ‘ghost work’ — unseen laborers like those labeling data and rating responses who have become pivotal to the artificial intelligence boom.”
ProPublica: Senator Elizabeth Warren Probes Google’s Quest for Soldiers’ Medical Data. “Responding to a ProPublica report, the Massachusetts Democrat has begun investigating Google’s ‘aggressive’ pursuit of a biotechnology archive that could be used to build AI tools. She also faulted the Pentagon for favoring the tech giant.”
New York Times: Trump to Return Ancient Coins and Lamps to Israel’s Antiquities Agency. “Former President Donald J. Trump will return a set of ancient coins and ceramic oil lamps to Israel’s government after reports last week that Israeli officials were pressing to retrieve them.”
Euronews: French authorities ban Twitter Blue for political candidates ahead of elections . “French political candidates will not be allowed to have a blue tick on Twitter six months ahead of an election, campaign financing authorities said. France’s commission for campaign accounts and political financing, the CNCCFP, said in a thread on the social media site that the blue check would be considered a form of ‘sponsored advertising’.”
CBS News: Elizabeth Warren calls for SEC to investigate Tesla, Elon Musk’s ‘conflicts of interest’. “Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren asked the SEC to investigate Tesla and its board of directors to determine whether they violated securities laws after CEO Elon Musk took over Twitter last year.”
Los Angeles Blade: Angered by LGBTQ+ lecture, state GOP lawmakers threaten funds. “A contingent of Alabama Republican Senate lawmakers led by State Sen. Chris Elliott, are filing a bill that will divert $5 million in critical funds from the Alabama Department of Archives and History over its refusal to not hold a noontime lecture focused on LGBTQ+ history this past month in recognition of LGBTQ+ Pride Month.”