‘The President was stating a fact’: White House attacks Facebook and Twitter for ‘flagrant bias’ after they removed video of his interview claim that children are ‘almost immune’ from Covid-19

The Mark Zuckerberg-owned company’s refusal to take action on posts in which the president appeared to call for violence against Black Lives Matter protesters sparked outrage among democrats, and helped to inspire the #StopHateForProfit boycott campaign that saw over a thousand companies cease advertising on the site.

Facebook pulls video from Trump’s page labelling it as COVID-19 misinformation

“In some cases, we allow content that would otherwise go against our Community Standards — if it is newsworthy and in the public interest. We only do this after weighing the public interest value against the risk of harm and we look to international human rights standards to make these judgments.”

UK could be breaking international law over cladding, says UN

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the government acted quickly to establish a comprehensive building safety programme – the biggest changes to building safety in a generation – to drive up standards and ensure people are safe in their homes.

Facebook Employees Wonder What Would Happen If Trump Used Their Platform To Dispute Election Results

While there are signs Facebook will stand up to Trump in cases where he violates its rules — as on Wednesday when it removed a video post from the president in which he claimed that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19 — there are others who suggest the company is caving to critical voices on […]

Dr Disrespect Twitch Ban: Popular Streamer Is Considering Legal Action

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Macy Gray: ‘I always had a kind of funny voice and it never occurred to me that I could sing’

Yeah. I still worry about whether people actually want to hear my version of it, but it’s actually really beautiful. The songs are definitely different from the originals and it’s a new take on it. It’s something I really love and I wanted to try. I don’t think anyone’s done a remake of a full […]

Streaming: the best Olivier Assayas films

Which is not to say it’s top-form Assayas. He handles the mechanics of a spy story with sleek elan, but the film’s political and character interests lie on the surface: you can practically feel him straining to burrow into assorted intriguing subplots and sidebars, held back by the leash of a two-hour running time. Perhaps, […]

‘Trident is old technology’: the brave new world of cyber warfare

For half a century, big missile submarines, known as boomers, have been arguably the most decisive weapon systems in modern warfare – the queen on the strategic chessboard – because of their capacity to remain unseen until the critical moment, unleashing enormous destructive force without warning. Now that dominant position is under threat. A submarine […]

Covid-19 policy: UK government’s lack of transparency is worrying

We are concerned about the lack of transparency in these two cases – these are important decisions and the data upon which they are based should be publicly available for scrutiny, as Paul Nurse pointed out in the Guardian (Secrecy has harmed UK government’s response to Covid-19 crisis, says top scientist, 2 August).

Instagram launches Reels, its attempt to keep you off TikTok

Part of that strategy is focusing on what Stein believes Instagram does best: creating easy-to-use technology for whoever wants to make a video. When opening Instagram to make a Reel, people will be able to slide to a new section of the camera that comes with an assortment of tools. Reels can be recorded either […]