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  • Musk floats paid Twitter verification, fires board

    MATT O'BRIEN and BARBARA ORTUTAY|Oct 30, 2022

    Billionaire Elon Musk is already floating major changes for Twitter — and faces major hurdles as he begins his first week as owner of the social-media platform. Twitter's new owner fired the company's board of directors and made himself the board's sole member, according to a company filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Musk later said on Twitter that the new board setup is "temporary," but he didn't provide any details. He's also testing the waters on asking users to pay for verification. A venture capitalist working w...

  • Facebook to shut down face-recognition system, delete data

    MATT O'BRIEN and BARBARA ORTUTAY|Nov 3, 2021

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Facebook said it will shut down its face-recognition system and delete the faceprints of more than 1 billion people amid growing concerns about the technology and its misuse by governments, police and others. "This change will represent one of the largest shifts in facial recognition usage in the technology's history," Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence for Facebook's new parent company, Meta, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. He said the company was trying to weigh the positive use cases for the t...