The product’s description contained a highly offensive racial slur for black people.
Amazon said it had been removed from sale after the company became aware of the problem, but failed to explain how the offensive word was published in the product description without being caught by any automatic filters.
Amazon said the item – a pair of brown formal shoes – was put up for sale from a ‘marketplace’ seller. These are third parties that sell through Amazon, but are independent from the company.
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and digital rights group ‘Foxglove’ launched a legal challenge against the system. Foxglove characterised it as “speedy boarding for white people”.
The Home Office, however, said it did not accept that description, saying “we have been reviewing how the visa application streaming tool operates and will be redesigning our processes to make them even more streamlined and secure”.
The controversy centred over an applicant’s nationality being used as a part of the automatic system. Use of the controversial algorithm will be suspended on Friday 7 August, with a redesigned system expected to be in place by the autumn.
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Project xCloud will be bundled as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, and comes with more than 100 games available on Android tablets and phones. Game streaming will be limited initially to Android.
“It’s our ambition to scale cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass available on all devices, but we have nothing further to share at this time regarding iOS,” saidys a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement.
Microsoft isn’t detailing all 100-plus games that will be available for game streaming just yet, but has confirmed big names including Gears of War 4 and several Halo games.
Research Finds Lockdown Creating Mental Health Impact on LGBTQ Community
A study of LGBTQ people’s experience during the pandemic, by University College London (UCL) and Sussex University, found 69% of respondents suffered depressive symptoms, rising to about 90% of those who had experienced homophobia or transphobia.
Around a sixth of the 310 respondents to the study said they faced discrimination during the pandemic because of their sexuality. The rate rose to more than a third among those living in homes where they were not open about their identity. Almost 10% of people reported they felt unsafe in their homes.
The study’s co-author, Laia Bécares said the pandemic was having a “pernicious impact” on the LGBTQ community’s mental health, with younger trans and non-binary people suffering more discrimination and reporting the highest levels of depression.
Exams were cancelled for the first time in history due to the coronavirus so results were worked out using estimates made by teachers based on the pupil’s performance over the school year, which the exam board has lowered.
Opposition politicians have accused the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) of treating the professional judgement of teachers with “contempt” by changing so many grades.
The SQA said its moderation process had ensured “fairness to all learners” and maintained “standards and credibility” in the qualification system.