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This Week in Technology: Christmas Strike and More

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German Union Calls For Christmas Amazon Strike

A German union has called for a pre-Christmas Amazon strike. Verdi currently wants better pay and working conditions for employees. Recently, unions have staged repeated strikes against Amazon, as they hope to force the retail giant to recognize collective bargaining agreements. In addition, Verdi wants Amazon to quadruple staff bonuses from $441.

“Verdi wants to use the high-turnover days before Christmas to raise the pressure for collective wage bargaining at Amazon,” the union said in a statement. Also, the leader of the strike Mechthild Middeke added, “It’s precisely during Christmas business that colleagues are most heavily burdened, under stress and doing overtime, and that should be recognized with collectively agreed Christmas money.”

Instagram Training AI To Detect Offensive Captions

Instagram is currently training an AI to detect offensive captions. The AI will warn users when their caption is offensive. Overall, Instagram’s idea is to give users a chance to “pause and reconsider”. The Facebook-owned company said that they want to help combat online bullying. Recently, this has been a major problem for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

The AI will send users a message when they attempt to post an offensive caption. Then, Instagram will give users a chance to edit the caption. “In addition to limiting the reach of bullying, this warning helps educate people on what we don’t allow on Instagram and when an account may be at risk of breaking our rules,” Instagram said.

Cadillac’s Switching To Electric By 2030

Cadillac announced that a majority, if not all, of its vehicles will be fully electric by 2030 on Thursday. In addition, Cadillac president Steve Carlisle said that the company was on track for low double-digit growth in China among a drop in sales in the world’s biggest car market.

In addition, Cadillac will use vehicle names in future electric models. Instead of letter and number names like CT6 or XT5, they will return to names like Escalade. Cadillac will focus on existing gas models one last time over the next decade and then move completely on to electric models.

Apple Shareholders To Vote On Human Rights Policies

Currently, Apple shareholders will vote on whether or not Apple should change its human rights policies. The shareholders will be asked if they want Apple to make a commitment to respect freedom of expression. Recently, Apple removed a mapping app during the Hong Kong protests, igniting concerns that they pandered to Beijing. Apple did not respond to a request to comment.

Disney+ Downloaded 22M Times

The Disney+ mobile app has been downloaded 22M times since its launch in November. However, its competitors Netflix and Hulu remained largely unaffected by the service. During the first four weeks of Disney+’s launch, users spent nearly 200 million hours on the service. Conversely, Netflix clocked in at nearly 1 billion.