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🎢 OpenAI investors push for return of ousted CEO Sam Altman
✈️ Airlines will make a record $118 billion in extra fees this year thanks to their websites
🚫 Disney, Apple and others stop advertising on X
💬 Nothing pulls its iMessage-compatible Chats app over privacy issues
👋 Meta disbanded its Responsible AI team
🎢 OpenAI investors push for return of ousted CEO Sam AltmanLINK
Meta has disbanded its Responsible AI (RAI) team, integrating most members into its generative AI product team and AI infrastructure team.
Despite the disbandment, Meta's spokesperson Jon Carvill assures continued commitment to safe and responsible AI development, with RAI members supporting cross-company efforts.
The restructuring follows earlier changes this year, amidst broader industry and governmental focus on AI regulation, including efforts by the US and the European Union.
✈️ Airlines will make a record $118 billion in extra fees this year thanks to their websitesLINK
Airlines increasingly rely on ancillary sales such as seat selection and baggage fees to boost profits, with practices spreading across all carriers, including premium airlines.
Dark patterns—deceptive design strategies—are used by airlines on their websites to manipulate customers into spending more, with tactics like distraction, urgency, and preventing easy price comparison.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is working to enforce transparency in airline fees, requiring full price disclosure upfront, in response to rising consumer complaints about misleading advertising tactics.
🚫 Disney, Apple and others stop advertising on XLINK
Disney and other major brands like Apple have pulled ads from X, following owner Elon Musk's endorsement of antisemitic conspiracy theories.
Musk has received widespread criticism and a White House condemnation for his statements, amid a backdrop of major advertisers withdrawing from the platform.
Despite efforts to control damage, a Media Matters report shows brands' ads were still placed next to pro-Nazi content, leading to Musk threatening legal action against the organization.
💬 Nothing pulls its iMessage-compatible Chats app over privacy issuesLINK
Nothing has withdrawn its Nothing Chats app from the Google Play Store due to privacy concerns and unresolved bugs.
The app, intended to allow iMessage on the Nothing Phone 2, exposed users to risks, as messages could be unencrypted and accessed by the platform provider Sunbird.
Sunbird's system reportedly decrypted messages and stored them insecurely, while also misusing debug services to log messages as errors, prompting scrutiny and backlash.
👋 Meta disbanded its Responsible AI teamLINK
Meta Platforms is restructuring its Responsible AI team to integrate the members into different parts of the company.
The shift aims to incorporate AI safety efforts directly into the development of Meta's core products and technologies.
The reorganization comes as Meta expands its generative AI capabilities, offering tools for content creation to advertisers.
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