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August 4, 2020

Ryan Reynolds has some major regrets about his and Blake Lively's controversial wedding venue.

The actor spoke to Fast Company this week and opened up about criticism he and his wife, Lively, have received for having their 2012 wedding at a former plantation in South Carolina, offering an apology for doing so.

"It's something we'll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for," Reynolds said. "It's impossible to reconcile. What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy."

Reynolds went on to describe this as a "giant f---ing mistake," which "can either cause you to shut down or it can reframe things and move you into action," also saying that "years ago we got married again at home."

The two actors faced renewed criticism over their wedding earlier this year in light of the nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd. In May, they announced they had donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, at the time saying, "We're ashamed that in the past we've allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is." Brendan Morrow

August 28, 2019

Apple is apologizing following reports that contractors were listening to users' Siri recordings, saying it fell short of its "ideals."

The company on Wednesday issued this apology while announcing updates to its audio review policies, reports The Verge. The Guardian reported in July that in reviewing some Siri audio to improve the virtual assistant, "contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex." The fact that humans might listen to audio recorded by Siri wasn't being clearly disclosed to Apple users. Apple at the time said that only a small amount of Siri requests are analyzed in this way.

Apple now says that after reviewing this program, which it previously suspended, "we realize we haven't been fully living up to our high ideals, and for that we apologize." It plans to resume a Siri audio review program, but going forward, customers will have to opt in, and only Apple employees, not contractors, can listen to Siri audio samples. Apple also says it will work to delete any recordings from when Siri is accidentally triggered and won't retain audio recordings of Siri interactions by default. The company is hoping that users do opt into this "knowing that Apple respects their data and has strong privacy controls in place."

Apple certainly wasn't alone in facing criticism over reports of human contractors listening to users' audio that could sometimes include sensitive information, with similar complaints being lodged at Google over its Assistant and Amazon over its Alexa. Amazon earlier this month started allowing users to opt out of human review of Alexa recordings, while Google, like Apple, paused human review of Assistant audio. Apple says it will restart its audio review program with the release of a software update this fall. Brendan Morrow

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