DHS Looking to Ban Laptops in All Cabins of Flights From Europe

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Just a heads up if you’re looking to fly from Europe to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security within the U.S. is looking to ban laptops in the cabins of all flights.  European security officials made mention of Thursday’s expected announcement to The Daily Beast.

At first, the ban on laptops and tablets had applied only to U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East.  However, it is unclear if the European ban will also apply to tablets.

According to the DHS in a statement to The Daily Beast: “No final decisions have been made on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins; however, it is under consideration. DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe.”

Stay tuned.

Facebook Looking to Hire for Role to Combat Fake News

A picture of a fake news newspaper
The problem is finding someone with the chops for it.

Earlier this month we wrote about how search engine giant Google was stepping up its efforts to help users discern fake news.  According to Recode, Facebook is wanting join in the effort by hiring for a position to head up its news products, with the goal of helping to defeat fake news on its service.

While Facebook is said to be speaking with experienced individuals in both the tech and media industries, multiple sources are reporting that the company is said to be having trouble finding someone with both the necessary applicable skills in news and technology.

Fidji Simo, who is Facebook’s VP in charge of news and video, would oversee the role.  However, the position is not currently listed on the company’s website.  Nonetheless, those sources are reporting that whomever is in the new position would assist Facebook in creating news products for media partners, such as Instant Articles, in addition to looking for ways to help prevent “fake” news from being spread.

As many know, since the US Presidential election, the sharing of misinformation has grown significantly, with some critics having blamed Facebook for the outcome of the election.

Facebook’s recent efforts for combating misinformation have included flagging inaccurate news stories as well as working with third-party fact checkers.

Search Giant Google Aims To Help Extinguish Fake News

A colorful logo of a Google Doodle while looking for the news

Our Facebook timelines and Twitter feeds sure have evolved over the last few years haven’t they?  They started as a means to see what is going on in our friends lives to maybe having a chance to get a re-tweet from a celebrity. News mediums have taken over, with many using their social media feeds to share and re-share news links.  However, given our heated political climate, how do we know what news may or may not be “fake news”?

There is no doubt that Google reigns supreme on the Internet when it comes to searching for information, aiming to help users obtain useful content that sites and publishers create.  But as Google came to realize, multitudes of new articles are published constantly every day, and that sheer amount of content could be overwhelming to most.  Therein lies the rub of also being able to help readers decide whether information could be factual, or sadly, false.

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