Friday Five: UK plans customised rules for tech giants

1. UK plans customised rules for tech giants

The UK is planning to issue Facebook, Google and other tech giants sets of rules customised to each company. The tailored codes of conduct are part of a plan unveiled by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which will take over responsibilities at a local level from the European Commission due to Brexit.

2. Co-op scans shoppers with facial recognition

Branches of Co-op in the south of England are using real-time facial recognitioncameras to scan shoppers entering stores. The tech is being trialled at 18 shops in the Southern Co-op franchise in a bid to reduce abuse against staff and shoplifting (look, I didn’t mean to scan those mangos as potatoes at the self-checkout, OK?).

3. Santa’s putting bank cards on the naughty list

Employing Father Christmas to do the voice at the Poundland self-service tills is a lovely festive touch, right? Well, maybe not if your card gets declined and a booming voice (think Brian Blessed) announces to the entire store that “card not accepted, is it on the naughty list?” before launching into ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’.

4. YouTube to remove election ‘fraud’ videos

More than a month after Joe Biden’s victory, YouTube has announced it will begin removing any content that alleges widespread voter fraud influenced the outcome of the US presidential election. YouTube had come under fire for allowing channels such as One America News Network to publish videos declaring that Trump won.

5. Wimborne Militia back after Facebook battle

If I were to tell you that the Wimborne Militia had their Facebook page disabled, you’d probably think that was a good thing. But this particular group are actually a harmless bunch from a town in Dorset who recreate historical events and are a popular attraction at events such as the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights.

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