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17 Jun 2019 | 1:31 PM

Twitch sues troll streamers over violent videos, pornography

Twitch Interactive Inc, the livestreaming platform owned by Amazon.com Inc, sued anonymous trolls who flooded the site last month with pornography, violent content and copyrighted movies and television shows.

Twitch said that if it learns the identities of the anonymous streamers who have abused its terms of service – named in the lawsuit as "John and Jane Does 1-100” – it will ask the court to prohibit them from using the platform and order them to pay restitution and damages. — Bloomberg
27 May 2019 | 6:00 PM

Apple accused of selling iTunes customers' listening data

Apple Inc was sued by customers who claim the company is unlawfully disclosing and selling information about people’s iTunes purchases as well as their personal data.

The disclosure of iTunes customers’ personal data isn’t only unlawful but can also be dangerous. — AFP
6 May 2019 | 2:31 PM

Amazon can’t duck Williams-Sonoma suit over furniture sales

Amazon.com Inc failed to dodge a lawsuit that accused it of trying to trick shoppers into thinking it was an authorised reseller of Williams-Sonoma products.

Williams-Sonoma filed the trademark-infringement lawsuit last year to protest a section of the Amazon website that displays hundreds of its products and doesn’t make clear that the products aren’t coming directly from Williams-Sonoma. — AP
14 Dec 2018 | 4:00 PM

Lyft, like Uber, faces thousands of driver pay arbitration cases

Lyft Inc was sued for allegedly refusing to pay US$9mil (RM37.6mil) for private arbitration for thousands of drivers who were blocked by the company from pursing claims in court that they are wrongly classified as independent contractors.

About 3,240 drivers want Lyft to spend US$2,650 (RM11,080) on each individual arbitration. — AP
5 Dec 2018 | 4:18 PM

Facebook faces bare-all moment in bikini photo-finder fallout

Facebook Inc touted itself as championing privacy four years ago when it decided to restrict outsider developers’ access to data about its users’ friends.

confidential documents that have spilled out of a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled developer tell a different story: That Facebook was quietly facilitating the commercial exploitation of user data to bolster its bottom line. — Bloomberg
27 Nov 2018 | 1:57 PM

Facebook secrets in bikini app flap stir international intrigue

An online ad for a Facebook app that debuted in 2014 showed a man in a bar pointing his phone at women to zap away their clothes, leaving them wearing only bikinis.

Sensitive internal Facebook records that were supposed to remain sealed in a California court case were leaked to a UK parliamentary committee by one of the founders of the Pikini app. — Bloomberg
8 Oct 2018 | 6:30 PM

Google settles age-bias lawsuit for undisclosed amount

Google agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to settle the claims of job applicants who said the company discriminated against them on the basis of age.

The lawsuit, filed in 2015, alleged that qualified older job workers were less likely than similarly qualified younger applicants to be hired by the search giant. — Reuters
5 Sep 2018 | 11:19 AM

Facebook accuses BlackBerry of stealing voice-messaging tech

Facebook Inc is suing BlackBerry Ltd for patent infringement, escalating the legal battle between the two companies over protected technology.

Facebook has accused BlackBerry of stealing its voice messaging technology, among other patented processes. — Reuters
24 Aug 2018 | 12:12 PM

Twitter beats censorship lawsuit by banned white nationalist

Twitter Inc won a battle in the culture wars with a court ruling that upheld its decision to delete the accounts of a self-proclaimed “white advocate”.

The San Francisco-based three-judge appeals panel agreed with Twitter in a ruling dated Aug 17 that it’s protected by a federal law that recognises online service providers have the right to decide what content to publish or withdraw. — AFP
3 Aug 2018 | 2:00 PM

For Google rejects, team effort to prove age bias advances

Google failed to block a class-action lawsuit by rejected job applicants who accuse the search engine giant of systematically favouring younger candidates.

Fillekes alleged that Google’s hiring process – even if it appeared neutral – resulted in a “practice and pattern” of discrimination against older applicants. — AFP Relaxnews