Twitter and Google now under scrutiny for housing discrimination

Twitter and Google now under scrutiny for housing discrimination

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It appears that, just like misery, an investigation into possible discriminatory ad practices facilitated by a tech giant loves company. 

Following the March 28 revelation that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has filed charges against Facebook for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act, the Washington Post now reports that Google and Twitter are under investigation by the same agency. And for more or less the same thing. 

It turns out that HUD is looking into the super specific ad-targeting features offered by the companies in an effort to determine if they facilitate housing discrimination. An advertising platform that, say, allows the owner of an apartment complex to purposefully exclude certain groups — such as people of color — from seeing new listings would be in violation of the law.  Read more…

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Gmail for iOS finally gets customizable swipe actions

Gmail for iOS finally gets customizable swipe actions

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Google is making yet another prominent change to Gmail — one that will make it easier to get work done in a hurry.

The search giant announced on Thursday that its Gmail for iOS app will be updated to add several new customizable swipe actions: archive, trash, mark as read, mark as unread, snooze, and move to [a different folder].

The feature is basically an extension of what’s been available for Android since June 2018. Swipe actions, of course, have been available on iOS for a long time, but haven’t been customizable until today. Google says the feature will rollout to all iOS users over the next 15 days — so don’t stress if you don’t see the new feature right away. Read more…

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Google loses its Human Rights Campaign endorsement over conversion therapy app

Google loses its Human Rights Campaign endorsement over conversion therapy app

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Sometimes, you just need go viral to incite change.

Following a Change.org petition requesting that Google remove an app that promotes conversion therapy that received over 140,000 signatures, the tech company has lost its endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

The app from Living Hope Ministries is available on Google’s app store, and as Change.org explains, it seeks to “help homosexuals leave their destructive lifestyles” while calling homosexuality “a stomach-ulcer-of-a-life.” The app has been removed from Apple’s, Microsoft’s, and Amazon’s app stores, says Axios.  Read more…

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YouTube denies that it is canning scripted series, plans to launch ad-supported slate in coming weeks

YouTube denies that it is canning scripted series, plans to launch ad-supported slate in coming weeks

On the heels of Apple announcing paid, monthly subscription services for video, games, and news, YouTube says it is also doubling down original video content. Parent company Google has denied a report in Bloomberg that YouTube has stopped accepting pitches for scripted shows. But it also confirmed another aspect of the same report: it plans a […]…