QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“There is a demon in technology. It was put there by man and man will have to exorcise it before technological civilization can achieve the eighteenth-century ideal of humane civilized life” ~ Rene Dubos
TWITTER’S NEW RULES COULD RESULT IN REMOVAL OF ALT-RIGHT ACCOUNTS
Twitter is enforcing new rules under which it will suspend all the accounts related to hate groups no matter whether it is on or off platform.
WHAT ARE THE NEW RULES?
The announcement about the rules was made in November. According to which, Twitter will penalize the accounts which include hateful display names or even exhibit or represent any unpleasant thing. From now on, people with offensive or abusive username, display name or even profile bio would be castigated.
Moreover, the policy says, “You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.”
There has been immense pressure on Twitter from users in the US and other regulators throughout the world to put a leash on hate disquisition. Twitter has now started confiscating the verification status from those who breach the set policies.
WHAT IS THE MOTIVE OF THE COMPANY?
Twitter’s aim behind setting the rules is to minimize violence, hatred, abuse, and harassment on the social media site. This move is going to see a crackdown on groups who indulge in racial tensions, spread false reports and attack their reviewers. Users of the alt-right, especially neo-Nazi Movement need to pay attention to their deeds and should not indulge in any false or racist activity.
However, Twitter hasn’t mentioned any particular group name in the rules when first previewed in November. The policy is set to proscribe “specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people.”
WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE?
As the deadline December 18 was near, the right-alt users were afraid of the purge. The users also said that they would be shifting to Gab, a social media site which is alt-right friendly. Moreover, they emboldened their proponents to do the same.
Well, the response by Twitter didn’t come instantly. Twitter has said that it would monitor their behavior outside the website as well. This will help the company to decide who has fouled the new regulations.
GOOGLE KILLS TANGO, AR PLATFORM
Google announces that it is shutting down its AR platform Tango.
WHAT IS TANGO & WHY HAS IT BEEN TERMINATED?
Tango is a high-end smartphone augmented reality computed platform. The platform was developed by Advanced Technology and Projects, a skunkworks division of Google. The platform uses computer vision to allow your smartphones and tablets to transform the way you see the world.
Google announced today that it will be shutting down Tango, as the company wants to emphasize on more mass market ARCore product. Well, the news is not a shocker as it was already confirmed that Tango will no longer be functional when the entry of ARcore was announced back in August.
According to the latest announcement that Tango’s support will be stopped on March 1, 2018, should be considered as the final nail in the coffin
The cessation seems to be logical, as there is no point of keeping a fragmented development process for Android that is already difficult to place behind a single AR platform. ARCore, on the other hand, is now trending. It gives developers the access to all the AR magic they need. For now, the technology works with Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2. However, soon it will be accessible on other phones as well.
WHAT GOOGLE HAS TO SAY?
The company tweeted, “Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years. We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore.”
Google AR/VR boss Clay Bavor said, “Our goal with Tango was really to prove out the core technology and show the world that it’s possible. Obviously, others have started to invest in smartphone AR, our goal with Tango has always been to drive that capability into as many devices as possible.”
Well with Google and Apple both working on AR technology, we will be hearing a lot about AR more than often.