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Trending hashtags January 13 – Celebrities promote cryptocurrency; Mozilla tracks Facebook; YouTube and Fake News | IT World Canada News

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Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather are facing a class action lawsuit over crypto promotions, Mozilla will track how Facebook tracks its users, and a coalition of fact checkers are accusing YouTube of spreading fake news.

This is trending tech news right now, welcome to trending hashtags. January 13 is Thursday, and I’m your host, Sameera Balsara.

Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather sued by investors over alleged crypto scam from Technology

TV star Kim Kardashian and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather are facing a class-action lawsuit for raising the price of a cryptocurrency they were paid to promote. The lawsuit alleges that the pair inflated the value of a cryptocurrency, Ethereummax, on social media, causing its investors to lose money. Kardashian promoted the coin on her Instagram social feed, while Mayweather endorsed the coin at her boxing match with YouTube producer Logan Paul. For context, the coin has lost about 97 percent of its value since June. The decline was so rapid that some have called it a “pump and dump” scheme, the same strategy used by Jordan Belfort in the film The Wolf of Wall Street.

Mozilla Is Going to Track Facebook’s Tracking You Tech

Facebook tracking its users on and off its platform is nothing new. But Mozilla, the company behind the privacy-focused Firefox browser, is now looking to get it back on track. Mozilla has announced the Facebook Pixel Hunt project in collaboration with The Markup, a non-profit newsroom. Facebook’s partners embed tracking elements, called Facebook pixels, into the web pages you visit. These pixels collect information about a user’s browsing behavior upon a specific action, such as adding an item to the cart. Through its Pixel Hunt, Mozilla is hoping to better understand what kind of information these trackers actually collect.

Fact-checkers from tech say YouTube is a major source of fake news

A coalition of fact-checking organizations is accusing YouTube of spreading misinformation on its platform. The coalition of 80 groups says that the video platform is giving false information on cases like Kovid and is doing little to curb them. In a letter to YouTube, the coalition called on independent research teams from the video platform to increase factuality by halting its algorithms for funding, fact-checking non-English videos, and recommending repeat offenders.

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Now for something different. A Russian farm is experimenting with ways to reduce anxiety in cows with a VR headset. According to the BBC, cows that were exposed to a quiet environment through specially designed VR headsets produced more and higher quality milk. Studies have long shown that cows are intelligent and emotional creatures, so it only makes sense that they are more relaxed when exposed to their natural habitats. Simulating the environment using a VR headset is new territory and the researchers will examine its efficiency in a long-term study.

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