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Caught On Video: Driver Hits Roundabout, Launches 15 Feet Into Air

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LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — A woman was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI after police say she drove straight into a Long Beach roundabout and was launched several feet into the air.

The crash happened just before 2 a.m. Thursday at 4th Street and Daisy Avenue. Surveillance video captured the astonishing scene.

The video shows a BMW speeding westbound and into the roundabout and flying 15 feet into the air […]

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Schiff Welcomes Facebook’s New ‘Deepfakes’ Policy, Wants Other Platforms to Follow

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This week, Facebook announced a new policy to combat so-called “deepfakes” and other forms of manipulated media on their platform.

The social media site announced that it will remove misleading manipulated media that violate two new community standards. One, if “it has has been edited or synthesized – beyond adjustments for clarity or quality – in ways that aren’t apparent to an average person and would likely mislead someone into thinking that a subject of the video said words that they did not actually say.” The second criteria is if the video “is the product of artificial intelligence or machine learning that merges, replaces or superimposes content onto a video, making it appear to be authentic.”

There is a big exception that could let quote a few videos through the cracks, and which is the loophole through which a lot of fake news makes it onto the platform. The new policy does not extend to content that is parody or satire, or video that has been edited solely to omit or change the order of words. 

Videos that don’t meet these standards for removal are still eligible for review by one of Facebook’s independent third-party fact-checkers.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement in response to Facebook’s announcement:

“As we enter 2020, the problem of disinformation, and how it can spread rapidly on social media, is a central and continuing national security concern, and a real threat to the health of our democracy. 

“For more than a year, I’ve been pushing government agencies and tech companies to recognize and take action against the next wave of disinformation that could come in the form of ‘deepfakes’ — AI-generated video, audio, and images that are difficult or impossible to distinguish from real thing. As experts testified in an open hearing in the Intelligence Committee last year, the technology to create deepfakes is advancing rapidly and widely available, to state and non-state actors, and has already been used to target private individuals, primarily women, for abuse and harassment.


“The announcement by Facebook of this new policy which will ban intentionally misleading deepfakes from its platforms is a sensible and responsible step, and I hope that others like YouTube and Twitter will follow suit. As with any new policy, it will be vital to see how it is implemented, and particularly whether Facebook can effectively detect deepfakes at the speed and scale required to prevent them from going viral. The damage done by a convincing deepfake, or a cruder piece of misinformation, is long-lasting, and not undone when the deception is exposed, making speedy takedowns the utmost priority. I will also be focused on how Facebook deals with other harmful disinformation like so-called ‘cheapfakes,’ which are not covered by this new policy because they  are created with less sophisticated techniques but nonetheless purposefully and maliciously distort an existing piece of media. 

“I intend to continue to work with government agencies and the private sector to advance policies and legislation to make sure we’re ready for the next wave of disinformation online, including by improving detection technologies, something which the recently passed Intelligence Authorization Act facilitates with a new prize competition.”

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Christian Hate Group Says Gay Underwear Ad has Ruined Christmas

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Christian Hate Group Says Gay Underwear Ad has Ruined Christmas

AUSTRALIA (Queerty) — Christian hate group has taken extreme offense at an underwear ad featuring a real-life gay couple, so they’re encouraging everyone to complain about it.

For its current Christmas campaign, Bonds underwear is featuring different real-life couples sharing romantic and intimate moments in their underpants.

One ad shows Nicolas and Steve, a real-life gay couple, kissing against the kitchen counter while dressed in matching Bonds boxer briefs, along with the caption: “It’s the little moments that make Christmas season so special.” It’s the little moments that make the Christmas season so special. ??#BondsMakeTheSeason #BondedBy #BehindTheBonds #BondsXmas But FamilyVoice Australia says the ad, which went viral earlier this week, contaminates Christmas and is disrespectful to baby Jesus and the nativity.

In a statement, FamilyVoice Australia spokesperson David d’Lima says, “Images of two men […]

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Lucky Owl Escapes Chimney Just Before Being Roasted

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Owl Gets Stuck in Family's Chimney, Almost Goes Up in Flames

NEW YORK (TMZ) — Santa Claus isn’t the only one coming down the chimney this Christmas as one household learned in dramatic fashion … ya gotta watch out for those night owls too.

This is pretty nuts … a family in upstate New York wanted to light a fire in their fireplace this past weekend for a holiday party but heard fluttering noises from inside their chimney. They figured it was a bird or an animal, so held off on lighting up for the moment.

By Sunday, we’re told the noises had stopped … so the fam figured whatever was in there had gotten out and scrammed. Naturally, they went ahead and started that fire they wanted to get going the night before.

To their surprise … things ended with an unexpected visitor dropping in (literally) and almost getting burnt to a crisp. Luckily, no animals were harmed in the making of this story.

A fully-grown screech-owl fell down the chimney and was frantically trying to escape the flames. The people inside obviously noticed and immediately cut off the fire … and eventually got a hold of the little guy, who might’ve been a little toasty, but wasn’t injured.

We’re told the family called animal control, which came through and took possession of the owl and took it to a shelter, where it was given fluids due to dehydration. It’ll be released in a few days, and yes … it should be A-OK for Christmas.

Just a lesson for the kids … ya never know who’ll pop in for Xmas. ‘Cause it ain’t always ol’ Saint Nick.

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