(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company's suspension of former U.S. President Donald Trump but said the company was wrong to make the suspension indefinite and gave it six months to determine a "proportionate response." Trump called the decision and his banning across tech platforms "a total disgrace" and said the companies would "pay a political price." The board's much-awaited verdict has been watched for signals on how the world's largest social media company will treat rule-breaking political leaders in the future, a key area of controversy for online platforms. The board, created by Facebook to rule on a small slice of its content decisions, said the company was right to ban Trump following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump supporters. But it said Facebook inappropriately imposed a suspension without clear standards and that the company should determine a response consistent with rules applied to other users of the ... » Learn More about Trump Facebook ban remains but oversight board rips company policies
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JAKARTA: Train stations and airports in Jakarta were packed with travellers making a last-ditch effort to leave the capital city, with the government set to impose another ban on Thursday (May 6) on the annual exodus to other provinces marking the end of Ramadan. The government fears that Indonesia will see a surge in COVID-19 infections if millions of people are allowed to travel from the cities to their hometowns to celebrate the Idul Fitri holiday. The ban on the mass migration , known as Mudik, will be enforced from midnight on May 6 until May 17. The authorities have pledged to beef up enforcement actions at the checkpoints. Meanwhile, epidemiologists have criticised the ban for being too brief, adding that the short period will defeat the purpose of curbing the spread of the coronavirus. According to train company Kereta Api Indonesia, around 15,000 people have been leaving Jakarta via the two main inter-city stations every day since last week. The two stations are in ... » Learn More about Thousands make last-ditch attempt to leave Jakarta ahead of 2nd Idul Fitri travel ban
Name game: German financial services company Allianz has its name on the Bayern Munich stadium and football grounds in Turin, Nice, Vienna, Sao Paulo and St. Paul, Minnesota as well as a rugby and football stadium in Sydney PARIS - As European football clubs struggle to make up for revenue lost in the pandemic, one untapped source of revenue is stadium naming rights, but exploiting them may not be straightforward. Many football fans have long opposed clubs selling their history, and, during the European Super League fiasco, supporters made clear their hostility to trading tradition for cash. Furthermore, some big-money sport sponsors, notably airlines, have also been hit hard by Covid-19 restrictions. "Many European sports clubs have long been missing out on millions worth of stadia naming sponsorship fees annually," Bryn Anderson, an analyst specialising in sports economics at auditing firm KPMG, told AFP. Today, only 29 of the 98 clubs in the top divisions in England, ... » Learn More about Europe’s clubs caught between a financial pit and hallowed grounds
(Reuters) -Facebook Inc's oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company's decision to ban former U.S. President Donald Trump from the service, but called on the company to decide within six months whether to permanently ban him or restore his account. Here are some key facts about how the board works: WHAT DOES THE OVERSIGHT BOARD REVIEW? The board, which some have dubbed Facebook Inc's "Supreme Court," can overturn the company's decisions on whether some individual pieces of content should be displayed on Facebook or its photo-sharing platform Instagram. It can also recommend changes to Facebook's content policy, based on a case decision or at the company's request, but these are not binding. The board, which only makes rulings on a small slice of Facebook's content decisions, has said it aims to pick cases with wider relevance. It said it has received more than 300,000 cases since it opened its doors in October 2020. Cases so far have involved issues such as hate ... » Learn More about Factbox-What is Facebook’s oversight board?
MANILA, Philippines—A group of local manufacturers, who heeded a government request to repurpose their facilities, is now capable of making tens of millions of personal protective equipment (PPE) in a year but the Duterte administration had bought only a portion of that supply, forcing the group to lay off workers. The Confederation of Philippine Manufacturers of PPE (CPMP) is made up of five manufacturers with decades of experience in electronics and garment manufacturing. They had been asked by the Department of Trade and Industry in March 2020 to repurpose their facilities to make medical grade PPEs, a move which cost the companies an initial investment of $35 million. As of the third quarter of 2020, CPMP has a total capacity to make 720 million face masks, 36 million coveralls and isolation gowns and 120 million units of PPE accessories. “Unfortunately, the local supplier’s capacity was not maximized in the overall government procurement setup,” CPMP said in a statement on ... » Learn More about Underutilized, local PPE makers ask gov’t: What’s the plan?
SINGAPORE - Singapore is gearing up for a temporary disruption to its re-opening plans, as it raises its defences against the coronavirus following the worst spate of Covid-19 community infections in close to a year. Pre-schools will impose curbs on parents entering their premises, restaurants are scrambling to rearrange bookings made for Mother's Day this weekend while more people will start working from home even before restrictions are tightened on Saturday (May 8). At firms such as UOB and power generation company Senoko Energy, workers who are able to do so are already telecommuting full-time. They had embarked on these arrangements earlier this week. This is above and beyond the demands of the new rules, which allow for up to 50 per cent of employees who are able to work from home to be in the office at any one time. Currently, the capacity limit is 75 per cent. There was some respite on Wednesday with just one new Covid-19 case in the community being reported, ... » Learn More about Singapore gets into gear for return of phase 2 Covid-19 curbs
Filipino fashion design student Nina Elicaño won the top prize at the Mary Kay & ArtsThread Challenge 2020-21, an international competition that motivated young student-artists, budding communicators and marketers-in-the-making from all over the world to channel their visions for the next-generation brand campaign. The prestigious contest was co-hosted by Mary Kay Inc., an American cosmetics company dedicated to empowering women and families through various initiatives such as cancer research support and protection of survivors of domestic abuse and violence; and ArtsThread, the global leading digital platform and creative launchpad that represents over 100 countries, some 850 design schools and over 300,000 students. Mary Kay & ArtsThread Challenge 2020-21 invited participants to create a 360 omni-channel brand story with the goal to introduce the core values, advocacies, and heritage of the beauty line to women ages 20 to 25. The entries had to be complete with ... » Learn More about Benilde fashion design student tops global brand campaign challenge
SINGAPORE: This Saturday, May 8, was supposed to be an auspicious date for Mr Dittaya Mhosomboon. It would have been the first day of business at his new gym along Hong Kong Street. He had set aside slots for clients to attend training sessions and to view the new facilities, with classes lined up from 8am to 4pm. Instead, the 31-year-old will now remember it for different reasons, after it was announced that indoor gyms and fitness studios will have to close from May 8 to 30 as Singapore tightens COVID-19 measures amid a rise in community cases. “It was definitely unexpected … It happened to be so unlucky that it was on the first day, the launch,” said Mr Mhosomboon. “The initial first thing that I could think of was: ‘What am I going to do?’” READ: Cap of 5 people for social gatherings, household visits to return as Singapore tightens COVID-19 measures In announcing the new measures on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said: "Based on overseas and local experience, ... » Learn More about Gym and fitness studio owners disappointed at mandated closures as they find ways to adapt
Thai Airways International aircraft are seen parked at Suvarnabhumi airport after most of the fleet was grounded last year. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul) The cabinet remained split over the status of Thai Airways International ahead of a key meeting of creditors to decide the airline's rehabilitation plan, a source at Government House said on Wednesday. The question of whether the ailing carrier should return as a state enterprise was high on the cabinet meeting's agenda. The source said Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow and Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith favoured once again making THAI a state enterprise to increase creditors' confidence and give the airline a better bargaining position with them. They called for a quick decision as the key talks with creditors were drawing near, the source added. The creditors will vote on the rehabilitation plan during the May 12 meeting. THAI lost its status as a state-owned company last year after the ... » Learn More about Thai Airways still in holding pattern after cabinet meeting