Hashtag Trending, June 11, 2021 – Fb’s Intercourse Trafficking Underbelly; Antitrust payments might reshape Huge Tech; Fastly Clears the Air

Report finds Facebook is rampant with sex trafficking, an antitrust law that could reshape big tech, and Fastly issues a statement

It’s all the business / tech news that’s popular right now. Welcome to hashtag trends! It’s Friday June 11th and I’m your host, Alex Coop.

More than half of online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases last year came on Facebook, a report from Technology said

Facebook comes under fire after a report by the Human Trafficking Institute found that over half of all online sex trafficking recruits in the past year were from their website. The report, which was included in the group’s 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report, shows that 59% of all cases occurred on Facebook alone, while 65% of all child sex trafficking victims recruited through social media were on Facebook. In a statement on the matter, Facebook reacted strongly against the exploitation on the ground, stating that tools were in place to contain the “heinous” activity. Facebook also added that it is working with “security groups, anti-human trafficking organizations and other technology companies to address this.” [CBS]

Democrats are circulating draft antitrust laws that could turn Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google off the technology

House Democrats are currently debating draft antitrust laws that would significantly change the way big tech companies like Apple, Google and Amazon work. One of the effects of the proposed bills is a measure that will prevent companies like Apple and Amazon from selling their own products on their digital marketplaces. Other possible changes include measures that make it difficult to complete large mergers, as well as other antimonopoly and cartel reforms. It’s unclear at the moment whether Republicans across the aisle would support these bills, although several were on record aimed at ruling big tech, according to the CNBC article. [CNBC]

On June 8th, we experienced a worldwide downtime. Here’s what happened – and what happens next. Https://t.co/gffDur5Moh

– Fastly (@fastly) June 9, 2021

Finally, Content Delivery Network Fastly, the company behind Tuesday’s big internet outage, posted a blog post explaining the cause of the big outage that brought several large websites to a standstill. Nick Rockwell, Senior VP Engineering and Infrastructure, said the bug lingered until a customer updated their settings, which in turn destroyed “85% of the corporate network.” Rockwell went on to write that the problem was spotted almost immediately after the failure and that 95% of the Fastly network was back to normal within 49 minutes. You can find a link to the full blog post detailing the issues in the show notes for this episode on ITWorldCanada.com [Fastly]

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