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Facebook moves against white nationalist content
After months of grappling with its stance, Facebook has finally decided to ban white nationalist content on both Facebook and Instagram. Starting next week, US users who attempt to search for or post this type of content will be redirected to a nonprofit that works to help people leave hate groups. Facebook appears to be the first platform to take a stand against white nationalism specifically, but the question of whether other platforms will follow suit, and if Facebook can actually rid its platforms of these kinds of posts, remains to be seen.
The US is forcing the Chinese owners of Grindr to sell
The US government has deemed that the Chinese gaming company that owns the gay dating app Grindr poses a national security risk. While it’s not clear exactly what the issues are, the government has previously expressed concern that Chinese companies could help their government spy on users. Considering Grindr has access to user information that includes sexual preferences, geolocation, and HIV status—it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Meet the robot that’s ruining apple picking dates
Yes, there are now robots that can not only pick apples, but determine ripeness too. The bot uses laser-vision to map out the field, and enables farmers to have 24/7 apple-pickers.
Birth control has long been women’s burden to bare. But scientists are closing in on several forms of male birth control to change that. The problem? It’s not the technology, but the question of whether men actually want it. It can be hard to find funding for technology for men that men aren’t interested in buying. What will happen if these birth control ideas ever hit the market? Will it bring birth control equality, or be dead on arrival?
WIRED Recommends: Amazon Gear
If you were considering getting an Amazon tablet or smart speaker, now is the time. The company is currently running a deal on lots of the Amazon gear we’ve previously reviewed, and you can cash in anytime between now and March 29.