Facebook Denies Mood-based Ad Tools; ‘Minecraft’ to Teach Coding

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 1:09 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE -A man walks past a mural in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California.

FILE -A man walks past a mural in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California.

Facebook Denies Selling Ad-targeting Based on Users’ Emotions

Facebook has denied a report from The Australian that claimed the social media giant gives advertisers tools to target users whenever they are in emotionally-vulnerable moods. The newspaper claimed that includes insecure teenagers as young as 14. A Facebook spokesman called the claims “misleading” and denied that the company gives advertisers tools to target its users based on their emotions.

GOP’s ‘Internet Freedom Act’ Permanently Guts Net Neutrality Authority

A new bill pushed by nine Republican U.S. senators would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from ever attempting to impose net neutrality regulations. The aptly-named ‘Restoring Internet Freedom Act’ would prevent the classification of internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers. The classification prevented ISPs from blocking or prioritizing internet content in exchange for payment. This is not the first time such a bill is introduced in Congress.

Minecraft: Education Edition Gets Upgrade to Teach Kids Coding

The education version of the popular game of Minecraft is getting a new feature that lets kids learn how to code. Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition will now include an add-on to access a variety of learning platforms, including MakeCode, which lets players learn JavaScript

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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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