Social Media Use Skyrocketing; Google Denies Bias Against Women

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 12:57 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A man walks in front of social media logos in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Reuters)

FILE – A man walks in front of social media logos in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Reuters)

Social Media Gains 14 New Users Every Second

Internet users around the world have increased by one percent since January of 2017, accounting for more than 3.8 billion people. The percentage represents an increase of 28 million people. And in the past three months alone, nearly 110 million people started using social media. That takes the global population using social media services past 2.9 billion users. And according to writer Simon Kemp, that’s an increase of more than one million users per day or 14 new social media users every second.

Google: We’re Not Biased Against Women and These Details on Pay Prove It

Responding to a U.S. Department of Labor claim that it underpays its female workers, Google said it is blind to gender when paying employees. Going the extra mile to disprove the claim, the company released details about its methodology for calculating pay. The Labor Department claimed in court on Friday that it found “systematic disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce” at Google.

Windows 10 Creators Update Rollout Begins With Privacy Dialogue

Windows 10 users are getting a major new update Tuesday, also known as Windows 10 Creators Update. You could wait for all the bugs to be ironed out or, if you can’t wait and want to go ahead and try it out, you probably should revisit your privacy settings to see what has changed and where they should be.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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