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Yes, and ReCaptcha have always been open about it, before and after being acquired by Google. From its formation, one of ReCaptcha's main selling points was that the data would be used. At first, it was used for fixing errors and ambiguities in the digitisation of books. Here's an example of this being praised back in 2007, 2 years before Google acquired it,...


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Yes, they do. They will also delete likes. However, the comments quoted and the general complaints on that video about dislikes going away are based on the claim that Gillette is either paying YouTube to delete dislikes, or that Gillette is doing it, itself. One reason why YouTube deletes some likes and dislikes is because people often use likes, dislikes, ...


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YouTube itself says that it can remove dislikes. From Likes and Dislikes report: You may see like/dislike counts change as some may be marked invalid and periodically removed from the counts. Learn more about our Likes Policy. [outdated link]


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Google's own statement to The Washington Times explains the underlying issue: Our Autocomplete algorithm will not show a predicted query that is offensive or disparaging when displayed in conjunction with a person’s name. More generally, our autocomplete predictions are produced based on a number of factors including the popularity of search terms and as ...


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Yes! Luis von Ahn, one of original developers, talked in one TEDx conference about reCAPTCHA technology, and his new Project DuoLingo In this presentation, he talks about CAPTCHA history and problems and how people were wasting about 500,000 hours every day using CAPTCHA. Then he thought how use this time in a useful thing, like helping OCR books. He ...


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Yes, YouTube moderators can delete Likes and Dislikes. Cinema of Change tracked the responses to the Gillette video over a short period. With the help of YouTube’s API and Archive.fo’s screenshots of the video’s public numbers, we were able to test the claims of whether Gillette’s dislike and comment count were being subject to unusual moderator deletion. [....


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No. The NYT has a good breakdown of why this claim is inaccurate. Epstein is quoted as saying that the numbers Trump gives are incorrect. The white paper that is the source of the claim Trump is referring to was released in 2017, and in fact states that 2.6 million is the potential number of votes that could be influenced IF Google had actively manipulated ...


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It's been previously documented that "glitches" can also alter the like/dislike ratio on a large scale, for example, a Justin Bieber video (including, bizarrely, adding dislikes to likes), so it's entirely possible: https://heavy.com/social/2013/05/youtube-glitch-removes-dislikes-adds-likes/ Given YouTube control the stats behind the scenes, they can ...


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It seems the OP jumped the gun by writing a draft of the post and sitting on it, and then posting the question without checking up on the old video. AJ+ has deleted that video and put up a new one, which apologizes as follows: The internet, AJ+ included, got this story wrong: Google did not remove Palestine from Maps. It was never there to begin with. (...


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He's not working for Google rather, he works with IBM. More specifically, he volunteers his time in order to improve AI, and IBM gives him the resources necessary to do so. Details are drawn from this article, published less than a month ago : Though he technically does not work for IBM, because he is not paid, Bakshi has continued to partner with the ...


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Politifact rated the claim "False" on 19 August 2019. Politifact examined the claim, reaching out to both the author of the paper and other researchers. From Robert Epstein himself - We reached out to Epstein to ask if he took issue with how Trump characterized his findings. "I sure do," said Epstein, who supported Clinton in 2016. &...


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Yes, they do hire people to filter content. I wasn't aware that this information could be considered controversial. It's not really a secret, it's called Commercial Content Moderation and most big companies who work with user content do it. For the sake of giving a source, a paper published on the Western University Portal: Commercial Content Moderation: ...


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Amber tinted screens do not make the device better for reading in the sense that they allow you to read more easily. The purpose of the tint is to diminish the effect that the phone's screen has on your sleep cycle. Studies indicate that bright blue lights can interfere with the body's sleep cycle by changing one's levels of melatonin, a hormone that ...


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There are two aspects to this question: Did Sergei Brin's family enter the US on a refugee visa? According to an article in the New York Times, Sergei Brin considers the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society to be instrumental in his family's arrival to the US. Their website contains an entry about his parents, which links to a lengthy interview with the Brin ...


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The discovery is detailed in Hiding in Plain Sight: The Discovery of a New Monumental Structure at Petra, Jordan, Using WorldView-1 and WorldView-2 Satellite Imagery Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research No. 375 (May 2016), pp. 35-51 (alternative official link) "Building" is not the best word, but yes, ruins of buildings have been discover. ...


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In answer to the title of the question (see the addendum to this answer for details) No, Google does not cause 40% of the CO2 emissions of all Internet Traffic. There's a case that can be made, however, for the statistic involving absolute emissions. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/12/6/16734228/google-renewable-energy-wind-solar-2017 From ...


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