Snapchat and Instagram remove Giphy feature due to racial slur GIF

Snapchat and Instagram have temporarily removed their Giphy GIF sticker features after users saw an extremely racist GIF as an option to add to their images. Snapchat confirms to TechCrunch “As soon

CTRL+T podcast: Artificial intelligence may become a human rights issue

Welcome back to another glorious episode of CTRL+T. This week, Henry Pickavet and I explore Amazon’s new cashier-less stores that promise no waiting in line — except to get in — and

Twitter removes verified checkmarks from several white supremacists’ profiles

A few hours after announcing a review of its verification program, Twitter began revoking the verified status of some accounts. White supremacists Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler are among the users

Tesla says a new lawsuit alleging racial harassment at its California factory is a “hotbed of misinformation”

Tesla has hit back at a class-action lawsuit that alleges its Fremont, California manufacturing plant is a “hotbed for racist behavior.” Filed earlier this week by Marcus Vaughn, who worked at the

Tech leaders weigh in on diversity, inclusion and sexual harassment on stage at Disrupt

At TechCrunch Disrupt SF last month, themes around diversifying the tech industry emerged in both in panels explicitly about those challenges and in unexpected places too. We’ve collected some o

Study finds Reddit’s controversial ban of its most toxic subreddits actually worked

It seems like just the other day that Reddit finally banned a handful of its most hateful and deplorable subreddits, including r/coontown and r/fatpeoplehate. The move was, at the time, derided by som

Another neo-Nazi site, Stormfront, is shut down

Stormfront, the oldest neo-Nazi forum on the web, has been shut down by its name provider, Network Solutions, and the domain officially put on hold. The news followed the shutdown of DailyStormer, ano

Twitter users are calling out participants in the Charlottesville white supremacist rallies

As the nation recovers from yesterday’s tragic violence caused by pro-nazi and white supremacist rallies that took place in Charlottesville, Va., Twitter users have been mobilizing to identify t

Another black activist, Ijeoma Oluo, is suspended by Facebook for posting about racism

Activist and writer Ijeoma Oluo is the latest to suffer for Facebook's inability — or perhaps unwillingness — to improve its reporting and moderation infrastructure. After receiving hundreds of ra

FaceApp apologizes for building a racist AI

If only all algorithmic bias were as easy to spot as this: FaceApp, a photo-editing app that uses a neural network for editing selfies in a photorealistic way, has apologized for building a racist alg

Google taps Van Jones and Anil Dash to discuss race and algorithmic bias

You may remember that time Google was under fire for wrongfully indicating that photos of black people were gorillas, and the time Microsoft’s AI bot named Tay turned incredibly racist. Today a

ADL report indicates anti-semitism against journalists has exploded on Twitter

According to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League, anti-semitic hate speech targeting journalists has seen a meteoric rise on Twitter -- thanks to the rhetoric in the 2016 Presidential Campaig

Here’s Airbnb’s plan to fix its racism and discrimination problem

Airbnb has been under fire lately for instances of racism and discrimination exhibited by some hosts on the home-sharing platform. In order to combat that, Airbnb is making several positive changes to

Black Caucus urges Airbnb to take reports of racism seriously

Airbnb has been under fire recently for some bad, racist behavior by hosts on its platform. Now, the Congressional Black Caucus is urging Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky to take further action in addressing

Airbnb bans racist host

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has come out and said that racism and discrimination is not allowed on the platform. This comes after an Airbnb host in North Carolina canceled on a black person and sent her

Surveillance as a tool for racism

I’ve been working in the privacy space for the last six years, and privacy never really mattered that much to me. I can’t say I was ever in the “if-you’re-not-doing-anything-wrong, you’ve-go

Artificial intelligence and racism

AI is here -- although Microsoft’s blunder with Tay, the ���teenaged girl AI” embodied by a Twitter account who “turned racist” shows that we obviously still have a long ways to go. The

Navarrow Wright: There Is A Diversity Problem In Silicon Valley

<a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/person/navarrow-wright">Navarrow Wright</a>, the co-founder of Global Grind and current CTO of <a href="http://interactiveone.com/">InteractIve One</a>, which operat

Racism And Meritocracy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the recent dust-up over race and Silicon Valley. Like almost every discussion of diversity and meritocracy in this town, it turned <a

The Resident Evil 5 racism debate continues, for some reason

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/re5r.jpg" />For reasons known only to God and his brother Jim—<i>ooh, sacrilege</i>—plenty of people are still calling <i>Res
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