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The site has been showing an inappropriate autocomplete search result for the term "how to have", which automatically populates as "how to have s*x with your kids", according to BuzzFeed.

The issue was first reported by BuzzFeed early on Monday morning, after users flagged the issue.

YouTube did not respond to a request for comment, but told outraged users on Twitter: "This is an awful autocomplete result and we really appreciate you making us aware.

We've removed it and are working to remove similar results.

We will continue to investigate what caused this!"

It's the latest scandal to hit YouTube, after media investigations found predators were leaving creepy comments under YouTube videos of children, and that content creators posted inappropriate content targeted at kids. businessinsider.com
Facebook is using artificial intelligence to scan users’ posts for signs they’re having suicidal thoughts.

When it finds someone that could be in danger, the company flags the post to human moderators who respond by sending the user resources on mental health, or, in more urgent cases, contacting first-responders who can try to find the individual.

The social network has been testing the tool for months in the US, but is now rolling out the program to other countries.

The tool won’t be active in any European Union nations, where data protection laws prevent companies from profiling users in this way.

In a Facebook post, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he hoped the tool would remind people that AI is “helping save peoples’ lives today.” theverge.com
This is software to save lives.

Facebook’s new “proactive detection” artificial intelligence technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts, and when necessary send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders.

By using AI to flag worrisome posts to human moderators instead of waiting for user reports, Facebook can decrease how long it takes to send help.

Facebook previously tested using AI to detect troubling posts and more prominently surface suicide reporting options to friends in the U.S.

Now Facebook is will scour all types of content around the world with this AI, except in the European Union, where General Data Protection Regulation privacy laws on profiling users based on sensitive information complicate the use of this tech.

Facebook also will use AI to prioritize particularly risky or urgent user reports so they’re more quickly addressed by moderators, and tools to instantly surface local language resources and first-responder contact info.  techcrunch.com
The price of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin has risen more than 12% in the last week, moving past $9,000 early Sunday morning to yet another in a long string of all-time highs – the cryptocurrency’s total market value is now more than $150 billion.

Other cryptocurrencies have also had a very strong week, with Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash also up for the week.

This continues a roughly eight-month winning streak for Bitcoin and other cryptos, which use decentralized ledgers and cryptographic security to move value over the internet.

Since April 20, when it was worth just over $1,200 (per Coinmarketcap.com), Bitcoin has risen nearly 650%.

The extended surge can be explained most of all by the entrance of a broader swathe of global retail investors into the market.

Previous Bitcoin surges generated headlines and gave skeptics a chance to familiarize themselves with the technology, but it’s far easier for individuals to actually buy cryptocurrency today, through a huge number of online exchanges, than it was back in 2013. fortune.com
Bitcoin rose more than 6 percent to a record high of $8,725.13, according to CoinDesk, trading around $8,674 midday on Saturday.

Another digital currency, ethereum, also hit an all-time high of $485.18, according to CoinMarketCap.

"The move appears to be retail driven," said Brian Kelly, a CNBC contributor and CEO of BKCM, which runs a digital assets strategy.

The largest bitcoin exchange in the U.S., Coinbase, added about 100,000 accounts between Wednesday and Friday — just around Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday — to a total of 13.1 million.

That's according to public data available on Coinbase's website and historical records compiled by Alistair Milne, co-founder and chief investment officer of Altana Digital Currency Fund.

Coinbase had about 4.9 million users last November, Milne's data showed. cnbc.com
BuzzFeed News has uncovered a new network of suspected Twitter propaganda accounts – sharing messages about Brexit, Donald Trump, and Angela Merkel – that have close connections to the Russian-linked bot accounts identified by the social media platform in its evidence to the US Congress.

The 45 suspect accounts were uncovered through basic analysis of those that interacted or retweeted accounts cited by Twitter to Congress, yet none of them appeared on the company's list.

The relative ease of discovery raises serious questions as to just how many Russian-linked bots may still be active on Twitter, how the company identifies and removes such accounts, and whether its process for identifying accounts for its evidence was inadequate.

Until BuzzFeed News approached Twitter on Tuesday afternoon with details of the accounts, they all remained active on the platform, though dormant. But within 24 hours, all 45 had been suspended. buzzfeed.com
Broadband firms will no longer be able to advertise their fast net services based on the speeds just a few customers get, from May next year.

Currently ISPs are allowed to use headline speeds that only 10% of customers will actually receive – in future, adverts must be based on what is available to at least half of customers at peak times.

It follows research that suggested broadband advertising can be misleading for consumers.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) looked into consumers' understanding of broadband speed claims and found that many were confused by headline speeds that they would never actually get in their own homes.

The concerns were passed on to the Committees of Advertising Practice (Cap) which consulted with ISPs, consumer groups and Ofcom to find a better way to advertise fast net services.

As well as insisting ISPs use "average" instead of "up to" speeds, Cap also urged ISPs to promote speed-checking facilities in their adverts so that users could test out the speeds they were likely to get from any given service. bbc.com
The Federal Communications Commission has officially released its regulations that would, if approved, replace the net neutrality rules passed in 2015 under President Obama.

Those rules, supported by then-President Obama and passed by the agency when it was chaired by Democrat Tom Wheeler, banned the blocking and throttling of consumer-sought legal content online.

Current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed to the post by President Trump, voted against those rules as a commissioner and has championed another strategy: fewer less cumbersome regulations to free up Internet service providers (ISPs) to better invest and innovate.

Pai's announcement Tuesday about the new proposed rules -- and Wednesday's release of the 200-plus page document which includes the official draft order -- set off a clamor of debate about the issue, which will likely continue even after the Republican-controlled FCC is expected to pass the order at its Dec. 14 meeting.

Opponents including consumer interest groups, Congressional Democrats and Internet-based companies small and large decry the overturning of the 2015 rules as a move that reduces competition and gives too much power to large ISPs such as AT&T, Charter, Comcast and Verizon. usatoday.com