Recode Daily: RIP Instagram influencers?

Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Plus: A new report tracks the spreading use of facial recognition technology across the US. Instagram is expanding a test that hides the “Like” button on posts. According to Vox, Instagram has been running this experiment in Canada and is now rolling it out to users in Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. The test, which only shows a post’s like count to the…

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Police posted thousands of offensive memes on Facebook. Now some of them are being fired.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced on July 18, 2019, that 13 officers will be fired for racist and violent Facebook posts. The firing comes as fallout continues from a report of offensive social media activity from officers in several police departments. | Matt Rourke/AP Philadelphia is firing 13 officers for racist Facebook posts. Other departments could soon follow. The Philadelphia police department announced on Thursday that 13 officers will be fired for social media posts…

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Exploring TV’s weird role in the moon landing — and moon landing conspiracy theories

Astronaut Ed White goes on his historic spacewalk. | Courtesy of NASA, June 1965 3 surprising true stories about television’s role in one of the most famous moments in history. The moon landing is one of the most famous events in human history. When it was broadcast on TV in July 1969 — July 20 in some parts of the world and July 21 in others — 500 million people around the globe watched it,…

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Elizabeth Warren’s latest Wall Street enemy: private equity

Elizabeth Warren just rolled out her latest plan to take on Wall Street. Her target: private equity. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The Massachusetts Democrat says she wants to stop “Wall Street looting.” Elizabeth Warren has a plan for the private equity industry — and they’re probably not going to like it. For workers at the now-defunct Toys R Us, Payless, and Shopko, had her plan already been enacted, it could have made a difference. This…

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A plan to fix inequality would target CEOs who make 100 times more than their employees

Income inequality is inescapable on the streets of San Francisco. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images “The CEO tax targets just what people want to be targeting.” America is riven by enormous income inequality. Should Silicon Valley’s very richest pay to make that better? That’s the question behind an intriguing and politically timely new proposal that San Francisco lawmakers plan to put before voters next spring and that could lead to similar efforts across the country: A…

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