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Facebook disables ethnicity advert targeting system

Facebook has temporarily turned off a system that let advertisers choose which ethnic and minority groups saw their ads. It said it would investigate how the feature was being used by advertisers. News organisation ProPublica discovered that the system could be abused by posting discriminatory ads on the social network. Facebook said it would look for a way to change the system so it could not be used “inappropriately”. Legal action Last year, ProPublica first discovered the ethnic discrimination via advertising was possible. US laws prohibit discrimination in the way…

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Google disables touch function on Home Mini

Google has stopped its Home Mini speakers responding when users touch them. It permanently turned off the touch activation feature after it found that sensors primed to spot a finger tap were too sensitive. Early users found that the touch sensors were registering “phantom” touches that turned them on. This meant the speakers were recording everything around them thousands of times a day. Google said it disabled the feature to give users “peace of mind”. Google’s Home Mini gadgets were unveiled on 4 October as part of a revamp of…

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