apps
FaceApp Blames AI for Whitening up Black People

People who actually want to see their faces reflected in their phone screens have been having fun with FaceApp recently, with Facebook and Twitter currently overloaded with images of users sharing what they look like young, old and "hot" as adapted by the app's filters. Read More >>

movies
Hidden Figures Reveals Why Politics is an Intrinsic Part of Technological Progress

Hidden Figures finally hits UK cinemas later this month - and is a powerful recreation of the story of three black women, Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) and Katherine G Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), who worked at NASA during the 60s - and who were responsible for making the calculations that ensured American rockets kept up with the Soviet Union. Read More >>

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Airbnb Is Finally Trying To Fix Its Racism Problem 

Airbnb has long dealt with a problem of racist hosts who discriminate against people for reasons including race, ethnicity, and gender. After facing widespread criticism and class action lawsuits, the burgeoning startup valued at upwards of $25 billion is rolling out new rules in an attempt to combat racism. Read More >>

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Snapchat Got Racist Again

It seems like only yesterday Snapchat was putting out a blackface Bob Marley filter. Now, it appears the company has moved on to yellowface. Read More >>

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Airbnb Bans Racist Host for Being Very Racist

Amid growing accusations of racism, Airbnb has permanently banned a North Carolina host who cancelled a black guest’s reservation and called her racist slurs. The ban is Airbnb’s attempt to do damage control at a time when social-media campaigns, personal accounts, and even a Harvard research paper claim that the site is a hotbed of racism. It also provides a glimpse into the power of social media and the challenge of regulating users in the sharing economy. Read More >>

apple
Apple Security Caught Booting Black Kids Out of an Apple Store

An Apple Store manager in Melbourne has been forced to apologise to a group of local schoolkids, after staff and security guards kicked them out of the shop for suggesting it looked like they "might steal something." Read More >>

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Racist Fools Accuse Star Wars of Being ‘Anti-White’ (and it’s Quite Entertaining)

A bunch of racist idiots want to boycott Star Wars: The Force Awakens, because they reckon it’s ‘anti-white’. The upcoming movie has dominated the headlines this week, following the release of a new trailer and poster, as well as cinema tickets. Read More >>

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Racist Google Photos Blunder Auto-Tags Black Couple ‘Gorillas’

The Google Photos auto-tagging algorithm has found itself at the centre of a bizarre racism storm, after one black user found it had auto-tagged a photo of him and his friend as "gorillas." Read More >>

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Stan Collymore Accuses Twitter of Putting Profits Before Morals Over Racism Row

Internet trolls; whether on message boards, social media sites or even in online games, we've all faced them. But are the owners of web services really doing enough to stamp them out? After receiving a barrage of racist abuse and even death threats, ex-footballer Stan Collymore has called out Twitter as preferring to protect its bank balance rather than its users. Read More >>

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Lord Sugar Investigated Over Bizarre Chinese Child “Hate Tweet”

That image there is a joke Lord Sugar thought up and put on the internet. The joke being that underage staff might work in Apple's production lines. It's not a great joke, and if it occurred to Michael McIntyre he probably wouldn't bother writing it down, but is it really racist enough to be described by police as a hate crime? Read More >>

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There Is Blatant Racist and Sexist Language Hiding in Open Source Code

GitHub is an exceptionally popular open-source community where any developer can find code for pretty much anything. But there's a problem — some of that code contains extremely offensive racist, sexist, and homophobic, language. Read More >>

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Greek Olympic Athlete Booted Out of the Games For Twitter Gaffe

LOCOG's warned that social media could be dangerous for athletes, but it's not a Brit that's the first casualty -- a Greek triple jumper got ejected from her Olympic squad after racist "joke" tweets sent the Greek Olympic Committee reaching for the you're fired button. Read More >>

business
When Applying for a Tech Job, Don’t Be a Racist Arsehole

Justin Ching works on different tech-related products around the silicon valley, including at Google, and needed a web designer. He interviewed David Bernett, and kept him in consideration for the position afterwards. Then Bernett sent him a horribly racist email, invoking Asian slurs, for reasons unknown to all other parties involved. Read More >>