By Sam Schechner WSJ Fri., May 10, 2019 PARIS—The French government plans to give regulators here sweeping power to audit and fine large social-media companies like Facebook Inc. if they don’t adequately remove hateful content—ratcheting up global oversight of Silicon Valley. France intends to introduce laws that would create a “duty of care” for widely used social-media companies, requiring them to moderate hate speech published on their platforms, according to French officials, speaking ahead of a Friday meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. Richard Allan, a Facebook vice president, said the proposals were in line with the “kind of models we think will be effective in future.” He said “it’s about the platforms doing the work effectively but being very clearly accountable to a regulator.” The French move accelerates efforts by governments from Berlin … [Read more...] about France steps up global tech scrutiny with social-media policing
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When did leggings make the leap from garment to cultural lightning rod? For what are essentially stretchy footless tights in a seemingly endless array of patterns and colours, they have been an unexpected source of controversy.Recently in Indiana, the US, Maryann White, the mother of four sons, wrote a letter to The Observer, the school newspaper for both the University of Notre Dame and the nearby women’s college St. Mary’s, asking female students to ignore fashion and stop wearing leggings. It was for their own as well as the greater good, she suggested, in part because leggings made it hard for men to control themselves.The you-wear-it/you’re-asking-for-it implication of the letter, not to mention the sheer idea of censoring clothing, set off the predictable firestorm of protest, both on campus and off. For two days students wore leggings in a show of group defiance, there was a #leggingsdayND hashtag on Twitter, and assorted men and women posted pictures of … [Read more...] about Leggings in a post-#MeToo world: Are they symbols of seduction or freedom?
LONDON: Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury apologised on Monday (Apr 29) after a series of historic offensive social media posts were re-discovered..Choudhury, 21, responded after the Twitter messages from 2013 and 2014 were revealed over the weekend.In June 2013, he wrote: "Why are black people so fast. Because the slow ones are in prison."One tweet was critical of women's football, saying: "That has to be the worst advert sums up womens football to be honest."Choudhury also wrote: "Sorry but I dont feel sorry for people who self harm or commit suicide."Apologising for any offence caused, Choudhury said in a statement: "I've learned a lot as a person in my early years as a professional - certainly enough to know that some of the thoughtless comments I have made in the past are both hurtful and offensive."They do not represent my true beliefs. I'm deeply sorry to anyone I have offended - both at the time and since they've been recirculated."I've grown up a lot since then and learned … [Read more...] about Football: Leicester’s Choudhury apologises over offensive social media posts
By Amanda Taub The New York Times Mon., April 29, 2019 LONDON—Less than a day after the worst terrorist attack in Sri Lanka’s history, thousands of Sri Lankans were consumed with vitriol, outrage and fear. Their community was threatened, they believed. Something must be done. But some settled on a target who was not a perpetrator of the Easter bombings, not a sympathizer, not even someone who lived in Sri Lanka. He was Thusiyan Nandakumar, a doctor and part-time journalist living thousands of miles away in suburban London. He stared at his phone in bafflement and terror as thousands of threats rolled in. “I know where you live,” one message said. “We will come for you terrorist low life to teach you a lesson.” “If I see you anywhere,” read another, “I will cut your throat.” In Sri Lanka, angry mobs attacked Muslims after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack and the island nation braced … [Read more...] about Aftermath of Sri Lanka bombings show how fear of terrorism spurs online mobs
KUALA LUMPUR: There is a need for the quick dissemination of news as social media continues to grow, according to Multimedia and Communications Minister Gobind Singh Deo (pix). He said the public wants easy and quick access to news and journalists must provide this without compromising their ethics. “Everyone can record and provide news but they must be responsible and ethical,” he said. “Journalists must provide accurate news for the sake of stability and the well being of the people,“ he said at the closing ceremony of Mobile Journalism: Digital News in Your Hands programme today. Gobind said the use of smartphones had taken the provision of news to a whole new level. He said such devices allowed media practitioners to be innovative and creative when presenting news. “They can record, edit, take photographs while spreading the news. “Therefore in such instances social media platforms play a vital role in the dissemination of news,“ Gobind … [Read more...] about Social media and smartphones important in spreading news: Gobind