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Hashtag Trending May 27 – Twitter shareholders sues Elon Musk; Amazon rejects worker wellbeing suggestions; and FTC fines Twitter

Twitter shareholders sue Elon Musk, Amazon shareholders reject resolutions targeting worker wellbeing, and the FTC fines Twitter $150 million for misusing user data.

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That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now, welcome to Hashtag Trending. It’s Friday, May 27, and I’m your host, Tom Li.

Twitter shareholders have handed Elon Musk a lawsuit alleging that the Tesla CEO is messing with its stock prices. Musk’s deal to purchase Twitter remains in limbo as he waits for proof that fewer than 5 per cent of its users are bots. However, Twitter shareholders believe that Musk is attempting to drive down Twitter share prices with negative statements to create leverage for a cheaper re-negotiation. The lawsuit alleged that Musk’s actions were illegal and breaks the contractual terms he had agreed to. While the deal doesn’t seem to be progressing, it doesn’t seem to be regressing either. Musk still hasn’t announced that he’s backing out from buying the platform.

Source: The Verge

Amazon shareholders rejected 15 resolutions proposed by investors aimed at reshaping the company’s environmental and worker policies. In a vote on Wednesday, the shareholders rebuffed all the proposals, including ones targeting the report on worker wellbeing, and a review of how the company uses plastics. Amazon’s board of directors had recommended shareholders vote against the resolutions as it believes the company is already rectifying these issues. Amazon did not disclose the result of the voting and by what percentage the proposals were rejected.

Source: The Guardian

The Federal Trade Commission has fined Twitter $150 million for wrongfully using consumer information. Between 2013 and 2019, Twitter began asking users for their email and phone numbers, supposedly to secure their accounts. But according to the FTC, the company did not inform the users that it would also use this information to deliver targeted ads. The FTC estimates that more than 140 million users gave Twitter their information for security purposes. In addition to the fine, the FTC has prohibited Twitter from using phone numbers and emails it illegally collected to serve ads. This case also serves to enforce the FTC’s regulatory authority.

Source: FTC

Raven Software, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, has voted to unionize. The workers, many of whom are quality assurance testers, united under the Game Workers Alliance banner, and called for better working conditions. According to reports, they often had to work 12 to 14 hours in the final months of a game’s release, and often had to wrestle with contract reapplications. Responding to the movement, Microsoft has confirmed that it will recognize the union after it acquires Activision Blizzard.

Source: Jacobin Mag, Gamer Rant

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Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT World Canada. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at tli@itwc.ca.

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