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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Twitter for Allegedly Targeting Female Employees in Layoffs

Unusual Whales: “After Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, one of the major news about the social platform was layoffs after layoffs. Now, Twitter got hit by a class action lawsuit for targeting female employees. The proposed lawsuit says the layoffs included 57% of total females and only 47% of total men, but the new lawsuit brings the number up to 63% of women and 48% of men. The lawsuit was filed by two women who were laid off in November and accused the company of sex discrimination. The lawsuit alleges that Twitter broke federal and California laws. One of the plaintiffs’ lawyers, Shannon Liss-Riordan, said that Musk had intentionally targeted women without regard for their contributions and talent. She said women were targeted when the new Twitter CEO bought the company. To add to the case, Twitter was alleged to let go of employees and contractors without legally required advance notice and did not pay the promised severance. In early November, Twitter laid off about 3,700 employees, with hundreds more resigning after Musk’s previous call to “hardcore” work. The new Twitter CEO gave employees an ultimatum to commit to long work hours at high intensity, per WP…”

UK Chief Medical Officer’s annual report 2022: air pollution

Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2022 Air pollution: “Air pollution affects us all. It is associated with impacts on lung development in children, heart disease, stroke, cancer, exacerbation of asthma and increased mortality, among other health effects. Except for air quality in our own homes, we have little control as individuals over the level of… Continue Reading

UN passes resolution to curb space debris from anti-satellite missile tests

engadget – China, India and Russia all voted against the measure. “The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution today asking countries not to conduct direct-ascent anti-satellite tests (ASAT) that create space junk. The US spearheaded the measure after the International Space Station (ISS) had a close call last year with more than 1,500 pieces… Continue Reading

Former antiabortion advocate describes ‘stealth’ efforts at Supreme Court

“Washington Post $: “Evangelical minister Robert L. Schenck recruited wealthy Christian couples to serve as “stealth missionaries” at the Supreme Court for about two decades, forging friendships with conservative justices to “bolster” their views, particularly on abortion, Schenck told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. “Our overarching goals were to gain insight into the conservative… Continue Reading

Twitter to Start Telling Users When Their Account Has Been ‘Shadowbanned’

PC Mag: “Elon Musk took to Twitter early this morning to announce a surprising new feature is being worked on: finding out if you are “shadowbanned.” Shadow banning is when a user’s account gets blocked or muted, but has no knowledge the block is in place. To them, their tweets/comments appear as normal, but nobody… Continue Reading

UN – Reverse nature’s decline or there is no future

“In order to realise a “world living in harmony with nature” by 2050, UN experts today called on States to ensure that the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is centred on human rights. “Healthy biodiversity and ecosystems are the foundation of life and fundamental to the enjoyment of human rights, including the rights to life, health,… Continue Reading

New Vivaldi version integrates Mastodon into the browser sidebar

Bleeping Computer: “Vivaldi 5.6 was released today with a Mastodon client integrated directly into the browser’s sidebar, seamlessly incorporating the rising social media platform in the browser’s interface. Vivaldi is a cross-platform web browser created by the former co-founder and CEO of Opera Software, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner. It is geared towards power users who… Continue Reading

Overseas Real Property: State’s Initial Assessment of Natural Hazard Risks Faced By its Posts

Overseas Real Property: State’s Initial Assessment of Natural Hazard Risks Faced By its Posts, GAO-23-105452. Published Oct 18, 2022. Publicly Released Nov 17, 2022: “In 2020, the State Department created a Climate Security and Resilience program. The program assesses the risk natural hazards pose to each of its 294 locations around the world. State selected… Continue Reading

Cory Doctorow Wants You to Know What Computers Can and Can’t Do

The New Yorker: “…Doctorow, who is fifty-one, grew up in Toronto, the descendant of Jewish immigrants from what are now Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. Before becoming a novelist, he co-founded a free-software company, served as a co-editor of the blog Boing Boing, and spent several years working for the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation. Our first… Continue Reading

Potentially Adverse Impact of Twitter 2.0 on Scientific and Research Communication

USC Information Sciences Institute: “In just over a month after the change in Twitter leadership, there have been significant changes to the social media platform, in its new “Twitter 2.0.” version. For researchers who use Twitter as a primary source of data, including many of the computer scientists at USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI), the… Continue Reading