Amazon bans police use of facial recognition technology for a year
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Rights groups and researchers have long criticized Amazon's facial recognition software, saying it incorrectly identifies people with darker skin. The decision also came amid widespread anti-police brutality protests.
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Some Amazon employees staged a walkout on Wednesday to protest against the e-commerce giant's changes to its climate policy, layoffs and a return-to-office mandate.
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