Experts cast doubt on whether China’s news anchor is really A.I.

AI may have created the Xinhua anchor and its voice, but the anchor itself cannot think, Ali Shafti, a research associate in robotics and AI at Imperial College London, told CNBC by phone. “What actually creates those images and the movement of the lips and the voice of this anchor is using algorithms that are related to artificial intelligence. But to call this an AI anchor is slightly overselling it.” “The term itself is usually defined as a non-human device or algorithm being able to do behav


AI may have created the Xinhua anchor and its voice, but the anchor itself cannot think, Ali Shafti, a research associate in robotics and AI at Imperial College London, told CNBC by phone. “What actually creates those images and the movement of the lips and the voice of this anchor is using algorithms that are related to artificial intelligence. But to call this an AI anchor is slightly overselling it.” “The term itself is usually defined as a non-human device or algorithm being able to do behav
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Experts cast doubt on whether China's news anchor is really A.I.

As with any new technology, terms can enter people’s vernacular before they are fully understood. “We should also always be really careful I think about the use of the term AI, and in this context you don’t want to suggest that this anchor is actually exhibiting any intelligence, because it’s not, it’s just like a kind of very sophisticated digital puppet.” Knight said.

AI may have created the Xinhua anchor and its voice, but the anchor itself cannot think, Ali Shafti, a research associate in robotics and AI at Imperial College London, told CNBC by phone. “What actually creates those images and the movement of the lips and the voice of this anchor is using algorithms that are related to artificial intelligence. But to call this an AI anchor is slightly overselling it.”

Defining AI isn’t straightforward, Shafti said. “The term itself is usually defined as a non-human device or algorithm being able to do behaviors and actions that are possible only for a person of human intelligence, or maybe not even possible for humans, so above human intelligence,” he said.

“People will probably misunderstand this as the anchor itself is intelligent, it’s like a human and can react to situations with an intelligent behavior which is not the case. It is basically a puppet running script. It can read script. It can do (that) very convincingly and the aspects that it looks so convincingly, that’s the AI, but not what it says and it does,” Shafti added.

The abilities and dangers of AI can be overstated. “As a person who does research in AI and robotics, I think we need to be very careful with how we explain AI to the general public. There is already the fear and the negative thoughts on the subject in the general public. And it is based on what is being said by people like Elon Musk and by movies and films and series that people see. It is not realistic. It is being oversold and it is necessary for people to understand what it is that we are researching and what it is that we are trying to do.”


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‘Shark Tank’s’ Daymond John: ‘Hip-hop was our version of today’s Instagram or Twitter’

“Shark Tank” star and multimillionaire Daymond John had a tough childhood, growing up in the Hollis, Queens neighborhood of New York City when it was hit with the crack epidemic of the 1980s. “Most of my friends would go over to this part of the community and want to aspire to be these drug dealers,” he told CNBC’s “The Brave Ones.” “And many of my friends were dead or in jail at the age of 16 to 17. “They were just as wealthy, or even more wealthy, than these crack dealers, but they were sellin


“Shark Tank” star and multimillionaire Daymond John had a tough childhood, growing up in the Hollis, Queens neighborhood of New York City when it was hit with the crack epidemic of the 1980s. “Most of my friends would go over to this part of the community and want to aspire to be these drug dealers,” he told CNBC’s “The Brave Ones.” “And many of my friends were dead or in jail at the age of 16 to 17. “They were just as wealthy, or even more wealthy, than these crack dealers, but they were sellin
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'Shark Tank's' Daymond John: 'Hip-hop was our version of today's Instagram or Twitter'

“Shark Tank” star and multimillionaire Daymond John had a tough childhood, growing up in the Hollis, Queens neighborhood of New York City when it was hit with the crack epidemic of the 1980s.

“Most of my friends would go over to this part of the community and want to aspire to be these drug dealers,” he told CNBC’s “The Brave Ones.”

“And many of my friends were dead or in jail at the age of 16 to 17. I was losing a friend every three months,” he said.

But then a new kind of activity got popular: making music.

“They were just as wealthy, or even more wealthy, than these crack dealers, but they were selling music. It was LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C., Salt-N-Pepa, Tribe Called Quest, Ja Rule. All of them are from Hollis, Queens,” John said.


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T-Mobile just let students redesign a crucial part of its website and this is what happened

The winning team focused on streamlining the digital experience with T-Mobile and presented a simplified version of the online path a potential customer might take, estimating their improvements would make T-Mobile an additional $8.1 million in annual revenue. “Sometimes it takes an external fresh pair of eyes to say: ‘This is really hard to find’,” Richardson said. “And it was a little bit of a dentist’s chair experience sitting through six finalist teams run through how terrible they felt (par


The winning team focused on streamlining the digital experience with T-Mobile and presented a simplified version of the online path a potential customer might take, estimating their improvements would make T-Mobile an additional $8.1 million in annual revenue. “Sometimes it takes an external fresh pair of eyes to say: ‘This is really hard to find’,” Richardson said. “And it was a little bit of a dentist’s chair experience sitting through six finalist teams run through how terrible they felt (par
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T-Mobile just let students redesign a crucial part of its website and this is what happened

The task was part of a partnership with Adobe, which has run an annual analytics challenge since 2005, where teams of students compete to win a $35,000 prize as well as potential employment. MGM Resorts International, Sony PlayStation, Starwood and Lenovo are some of the companies that have run challenges, with entrants given access to Adobe’s technology to solve live business problems.

The winning team focused on streamlining the digital experience with T-Mobile and presented a simplified version of the online path a potential customer might take, estimating their improvements would make T-Mobile an additional $8.1 million in annual revenue.

“Sometimes it takes an external fresh pair of eyes to say: ‘This is really hard to find’,” Richardson said. Watching the students’ presentations wasn’t always an easy experience, he added. “And it was a little bit of a dentist’s chair experience sitting through six finalist teams run through how terrible they felt (parts of the website experience) was.”

The winning team from the University of Utah also made Richardson reevaluate the importance of store visits and customer service calls.

“They said: ‘Right, we went and real-world tested this. We went to stores, we called the numbers. We walked through, we mystery shopped,’ … Well you know we probably don’t do that enough, so you know we feel like we know our service, but do we? And do we keep testing it on a very regular basis?”

Richardson expects to fly 20 semifinalists from the challenge to its head office in the Seattle area for introductions to the company and intends to hire ten people.


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The ‘world’s first’ A.I. news anchor has gone live in China

China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) anchor, a move it claims to be a world first. “English AI Anchor” debuted Thursday at the World Internet Conference in the country’s eastern Zhejiang Province. One covers China’s announcement that it will launch its first Mars probe in 2020 and ends with the AI anchor paying tribute to Chinese journalists. As an AI anchor under development I know there is a lot for me to improve,” he said. Concerns about the growin


China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) anchor, a move it claims to be a world first. “English AI Anchor” debuted Thursday at the World Internet Conference in the country’s eastern Zhejiang Province. One covers China’s announcement that it will launch its first Mars probe in 2020 and ends with the AI anchor paying tribute to Chinese journalists. As an AI anchor under development I know there is a lot for me to improve,” he said. Concerns about the growin
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The 'world's first' A.I. news anchor has gone live in China

A TV anchor has joined a Chinese news agency, but with a twist: he isn’t human. China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) anchor, a move it claims to be a world first.

“English AI Anchor” debuted Thursday at the World Internet Conference in the country’s eastern Zhejiang Province.

Modeled on the agency’s Zhang Zhao presenter, the new anchor learns from live videos and is able to work 24 hours a day, reporting via social media and on the Xinhua website. “‘He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” the company said in an online statement.

“The development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the international advanced technologies,” the AI anchor said in his first broadcast.

“I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted. I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences.”

Xinhua developed the robot anchor with Chinese search engine Sogou.com and has posted two more reports from the AI broadcaster on its Twitter feed. One covers China’s announcement that it will launch its first Mars probe in 2020 and ends with the AI anchor paying tribute to Chinese journalists.

“Before we go, I’d like to send my good wishes to all of the journalists across the country. As an AI anchor under development I know there is a lot for me to improve,” he said.

Concerns about the growing AI industry include loss of jobs and unintended discrimination. But research firm Gartner predicts that the industry will in fact create 2.3 million jobs and eliminate 1.8 million by 2020, while IBM has researchers tackling bias.

The industry could generate more than $3.9 trillion within the next five years, according to Gartner, with companies such as Apple and Coinbase using it in recruitment where software engineers are interviewed online by AI platform Triplebyte.

CNBC’s Ryan Browne contributed to this report.

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Marketers are spending more on technology and less on people

Chief marketers are urged to use budgets more efficiently, even if times are good. Budgets in 2018 have leveled: In 2017 marketers spent 11.3 percent of their company’s revenue on marketing, while in 2016 the figure was 12.1 percent. But TV advertising could increase in 2019, with 49 percent saying they plan to up their budgets for TV and other offline media. Marketers are showing more of an appetite for spending on sites such as Amazon, with digital commerce set to take 9.2 percent of ad budget


Chief marketers are urged to use budgets more efficiently, even if times are good. Budgets in 2018 have leveled: In 2017 marketers spent 11.3 percent of their company’s revenue on marketing, while in 2016 the figure was 12.1 percent. But TV advertising could increase in 2019, with 49 percent saying they plan to up their budgets for TV and other offline media. Marketers are showing more of an appetite for spending on sites such as Amazon, with digital commerce set to take 9.2 percent of ad budget
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Marketers are spending more on technology and less on people

With CMOs spending an average of 11.2 percent of their company’s revenue on marketing in 2018, they should focus more on measuring the impact of what it does in financial terms, the report suggests. Awareness of a brand is the most-tracked measurement, with 12 percent of respondents saying they do so, while only 7 percent measure the return on investment (ROI). “CMOs must appease the often-skeptical CFO’s expectations for ROI to justify future budgetary commitments, which means being able to clearly link marketing’s investments with business return,” it states.

Chief marketers are urged to use budgets more efficiently, even if times are good. Budgets in 2018 have leveled: In 2017 marketers spent 11.3 percent of their company’s revenue on marketing, while in 2016 the figure was 12.1 percent.

Sixty-three percent of CMOs expect budgets to increase next year, but this optimism may be tempered by trade tariffs and Brexit uncertainty. American businesses paid $4.4 billion in tariffs in September, a 50 percent increase over the same month last year, according to a coalition of industry groups called Tariffs Hurt the Heartland.

The balance between TV and digital ad spend is often discussed, in the light of Facebook and Google taking ever more marketing budget. But TV advertising could increase in 2019, with 49 percent saying they plan to up their budgets for TV and other offline media. Marketers are showing more of an appetite for spending on sites such as Amazon, with digital commerce set to take 9.2 percent of ad budgets.

Some advertisers are even moving more than half the budget they usually spend with Google search to Amazon, according to media agency executives, because some people start their product search on Amazon rather than Google. Brands such as L’Oreal advertise their online shops on Amazon, for example, and promote their products on its search results pages.

In a separate report also published Thursday, U.K. ad spend went up 6.4 percent to £5.6 billion ($7.33 billion) in the second quarter of 2018, marking the 20th consecutive quarter of growth. WARC and the Advertising Association’s expenditure report also upgraded the U.K.’s full-year projection to £23.5 billion. Growth is driven by more spending online, with TV spend growing ahead of expectations, the report stated.

Gartner surveyed 621 executives online and via in North America and the U.K. at companies with more than $500 million in revenue, in July and August 2018.


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Global growth in ad spend on video-on-demand is outpacing traditional media

The growth in ad spend on video-on-demand services is outpacing expenditure on other media such as paid-for search advertising and traditional formats such as TV and print. The global market is projected to be worth $47 billion by 2023, almost double its 2018 value. Ad-funded video-on-demand services in the U.S. include Hulu and HBO Now, distinct from Netflix for example, which people pay a monthly subscription to use and has no external advertising. Together, the two types of video-on-demand pl


The growth in ad spend on video-on-demand services is outpacing expenditure on other media such as paid-for search advertising and traditional formats such as TV and print. The global market is projected to be worth $47 billion by 2023, almost double its 2018 value. Ad-funded video-on-demand services in the U.S. include Hulu and HBO Now, distinct from Netflix for example, which people pay a monthly subscription to use and has no external advertising. Together, the two types of video-on-demand pl
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Global growth in ad spend on video-on-demand is outpacing traditional media

The growth in ad spend on video-on-demand services is outpacing expenditure on other media such as paid-for search advertising and traditional formats such as TV and print.

The global market is projected to be worth $47 billion by 2023, almost double its 2018 value. China is currently leading the market for advertising on video-on-demand services (also known as streaming), with brands expected to spend $8 billion in 2018, beating the U.S., which is set to spend $7.9 billion, according to data from consultancy World Advertising Research Center (WARC) published Friday.

Ad-funded video-on-demand services in the U.S. include Hulu and HBO Now, distinct from Netflix for example, which people pay a monthly subscription to use and has no external advertising. Together, the two types of video-on-demand platform (known as over-the-top or OTT), are set to be worth $68.7 billion globally in 2018, up 28.7 percent on last year’s $53.3 billion value.

Spending on traditional (or linear) TV advertising, meanwhile, is set to grow 1.1 percent to $139.9 billion in 2018, with radio adspend set to grow 0.6 percent to $24.4 billion worldwide.


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Retail boss Philip Green named in parliament as businessman in UK #MeToo scandal

The retail mogul Philip Green has been named in the British parliament as the businessman at the center of a U.K. style #MeToo scandal. The Telegraph newspaper had reported Wednesday that it had been subject to a court injunction, preventing it from revealing the name of the businessman or the allegations against him. Green is a British businessman, and the chairman of Arcadia Group, a retail company that includes Topshop, Topman, Wallis, Evans, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, and Outfi


The retail mogul Philip Green has been named in the British parliament as the businessman at the center of a U.K. style #MeToo scandal. The Telegraph newspaper had reported Wednesday that it had been subject to a court injunction, preventing it from revealing the name of the businessman or the allegations against him. Green is a British businessman, and the chairman of Arcadia Group, a retail company that includes Topshop, Topman, Wallis, Evans, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, and Outfi
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Retail boss Philip Green named in parliament as businessman in UK #MeToo scandal

The retail mogul Philip Green has been named in the British parliament as the businessman at the center of a U.K. style #MeToo scandal.

The Telegraph newspaper had reported Wednesday that it had been subject to a court injunction, preventing it from revealing the name of the businessman or the allegations against him.

But on Thursday, Lord Peter Hain said given the court’s decision he felt compelled to name Green. He made the announcement at the House of Lords, the U.K.’s upper chamber.

“I feel it’s my duty under parliamentary privilege to name Philip Green as the individual in question given that the media have been subject to an injunction preventing publication of the full details of this story which is clearly in the public interest,” said the Labour peer, according to The Telegraph and other media outlets.

Green is a British businessman, and the chairman of Arcadia Group, a retail company that includes Topshop, Topman, Wallis, Evans, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, and Outfit. He has previously been accused of profiting from the demise of the BHS department store, which was left with a £571 million ($732 mn) pension deficit after Green sold it.

In its revelations on Wednesday, the newspaper claimed the scandal “would be sure to reignite the #MeToo movement.” #MeToo is the social media campaign that started after dozens of women accused Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

The Telegraph also reported that the Court of Appeal’s interim injunction order said the businessman had used non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to cover up “discreditable conduct.” In five cases, “substantial payments” were made to five people as part of settlements.

In July, the High Court ruled that the publication of the allegations would be in the public interest, outweighing the confidentiality agreements, but the case was immediately appealed. On Tuesday, the businessman was granted a temporary injunction at the Court of Appeal, which prevented publication. The court ordered that the case go to trial.

The Telegraph said it had interviewed more than two dozen of the businessman’s staff and associates, who alleged bullying as well as more serious accusations of sexual harassment and racism, and that some people had signed NDAs’. It said if those people broke their agreements, they could face legal action as well as losing settlement money.


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McDonald’s adds a new breakfast item inspired by diners’ food hacks

McDonald’s is to add a new, triple-level breakfast item to its U.S. menu from November 1. In an earnings call Tuesday, CEO Steve Easterbrook said it would launch new breakfast items to help stem slowing U.S. sales and on Wednesday the fast-food chain revealed its Triple Breakfast Stacks on Twitter. McDonald’s tweeted: “The secret’s out. We were inspired by your love for menu hacks and our ‘Secret Menu,’ so we created a NEW breakfast item: Triple Breakfast Stacks. McDonald’s did not provide detai


McDonald’s is to add a new, triple-level breakfast item to its U.S. menu from November 1. In an earnings call Tuesday, CEO Steve Easterbrook said it would launch new breakfast items to help stem slowing U.S. sales and on Wednesday the fast-food chain revealed its Triple Breakfast Stacks on Twitter. McDonald’s tweeted: “The secret’s out. We were inspired by your love for menu hacks and our ‘Secret Menu,’ so we created a NEW breakfast item: Triple Breakfast Stacks. McDonald’s did not provide detai
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McDonald's adds a new breakfast item inspired by diners' food hacks

McDonald’s is to add a new, triple-level breakfast item to its U.S. menu from November 1.

In an earnings call Tuesday, CEO Steve Easterbrook said it would launch new breakfast items to help stem slowing U.S. sales and on Wednesday the fast-food chain revealed its Triple Breakfast Stacks on Twitter.

McDonald’s tweeted: “The secret’s out. We were inspired by your love for menu hacks and our ‘Secret Menu,’ so we created a NEW breakfast item: Triple Breakfast Stacks. Big mornings are going to be stacked in your favor starting 11/1.”

Some McDonald’s fans swap items around to create customized versions of the chain’s food, such as by adding hash browns to its Sausage & Egg McMuffin or asking for “secret” items, such as ice cream sandwiched between two cookies instead of being served in a cone.

McDonald’s did not provide details of the new items, but Business Insider reported that the Triple Breakfast Stacks would contain two sausage patties, bacon, two layers of American cheese and an egg, and be available as a biscuit, McMuffin and McGriddle.


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UK newspaper blocked from naming businessman accused of sexual harassment and racial abuse

A British newspaper has been banned from publishing allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse against a leading businessman by former staff and colleagues. #MeToo is the social media campaign that started after dozens of women accused Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. On Wednesday, The Telegraph reported that the Court of Appeal’s interim injunction order said the businessman had used non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to cover up “discreditable conduct.” Under


A British newspaper has been banned from publishing allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse against a leading businessman by former staff and colleagues. #MeToo is the social media campaign that started after dozens of women accused Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. On Wednesday, The Telegraph reported that the Court of Appeal’s interim injunction order said the businessman had used non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to cover up “discreditable conduct.” Under
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UK newspaper blocked from naming businessman accused of sexual harassment and racial abuse

A British newspaper has been banned from publishing allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse against a leading businessman by former staff and colleagues.

The Telegraph has been subjected to a court injunction granted to the businessman on Tuesday, which prevents it from revealing the allegations or naming him, in revelations the newspaper claimed “would be sure to reignite the #MeToo movement.” #MeToo is the social media campaign that started after dozens of women accused Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

On Wednesday, The Telegraph reported that the Court of Appeal’s interim injunction order said the businessman had used non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to cover up “discreditable conduct.” In five cases, “substantial payments” were made to five people as part of settlements.

Under media law in England and Wales, courts can stop publication of stories it deems are not in the public interest and to cover someone’s right to privacy. In 2011, U.K. soccer player Ryan Giggs obtained an injunction preventing The Sun newspaper from publishing details of an alleged affair, but Twitter users outed the story, and Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming named him in Parliament, using parliamentary privilege to do so.

In The Telegraph’s case, the Court of Appeal ruled that the publication could not publish the story because it would break the businessman’s confidential non-disclosure agreements.

“The ruling said that at this interim stage the judges concluded it is ‘likely’ the businessman may establish that his right to keep these matters confidential may outweigh any public interest, adding ‘there is a real prospect that publication by the Telegraph will cause immediate, substantial and possibly irreversible harm to all of the Claimants,'” The Telegraph’s Investigations Editor Claire Newell wrote in the paper’s front-page lead.

The Telegraph said it had interviewed more than two dozen of the businessman’s staff and associates, who alleged bullying as well as more serious accusations of sexual harassment and racism, and that some people had signed NDAs. If those people broke their agreements, they could face legal action as well as losing settlement money.

The newspaper added that it if it had been allowed to publish, it would keep the claimants’ identities anonymous.

NDAs have come under scrutiny as a way to cover up misbehavior. In October 2017, Zelda Perkins, a former Weinstein assistant, publicly broke her agreement and in March called for NDAs to be reformed, as “they are used abusively and within the law.”

In July, the High Court ruled that the publication of the allegations against the businessman in The Telegraph would be in the public interest, outweighing the confidentiality agreements, but the case was immediately appealed. On Tuesday, the businessman was granted a temporary injunction at the Court of Appeal, which prevents publication — for now. The court ordered that the case go to trial.


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US and UK join up to tackle ad fraud, a $50 billion problem

The U.S. and U.K. are working together to tackle ad fraud, a huge problem for brands that has meant they are potentially wasting billions of dollars online. Companies that buy advertising programmatically via automated systems that involve numerous online processes between ad exchanges and publishers, are at risk of having their ads “clicked” on by bots instead of humans. It’s a problem that the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) estimates could cost businesses $50 billion by 2025, and is one


The U.S. and U.K. are working together to tackle ad fraud, a huge problem for brands that has meant they are potentially wasting billions of dollars online. Companies that buy advertising programmatically via automated systems that involve numerous online processes between ad exchanges and publishers, are at risk of having their ads “clicked” on by bots instead of humans. It’s a problem that the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) estimates could cost businesses $50 billion by 2025, and is one
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US and UK join up to tackle ad fraud, a $50 billion problem

The U.S. and U.K. are working together to tackle ad fraud, a huge problem for brands that has meant they are potentially wasting billions of dollars online.

Companies that buy advertising programmatically via automated systems that involve numerous online processes between ad exchanges and publishers, are at risk of having their ads “clicked” on by bots instead of humans. It’s a problem that the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) estimates could cost businesses $50 billion by 2025, and is one of the easiest and most lucrative forms of digital crime, according to a 2016 report from Hewlett Packard Enterprises.

Online publishers have even had bots create fake versions of their websites, meaning marketers pay for advertising that nobody sees.

To combat this, the U.S.’s Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) and the U.K.’s Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards (JICWEBS), announced an initiative on Tuesday, where approved companies in the U.K. will be able to use a “Certified Against Fraud” stamp from January 1, 2019. The program has been in use in the U.S. since 2016.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-10-23  Authors: lucy handley
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, problem, billion, working, world, advertising, bots, fraud, uk, tackle, ad, join, 50, 2016, publishers


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