Rohingya refugees from Myanmar sue Facebook for $150B for spreading hate speech

Group says social media giant didn’t do enough to stop hate speech that contributed to violence Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are suing Meta Platforms Inc, formerly known as Facebook, for $150 billion US over allegations that the social media company did not take action against anti-Rohingya hate speech that contributed to violence. A U.S. class-actionContinue reading “Rohingya refugees from Myanmar sue Facebook for $150B for spreading hate speech”

US ‘dark money’ groups behind Mississippi abortion case spend millions overseas

Groups behind a Supreme Court test case that threatens the constitutional right to abortion in the US are targeting Europe and Latin America too US conservative groups behind a Supreme Court legal battle that could shape the future of American abortion rights have spent at least $28m around the world between 2016 and 2019 on campaigns against women’s andContinue reading “US ‘dark money’ groups behind Mississippi abortion case spend millions overseas”

Australia to introduce new laws to force media platforms to unmask online trolls

Australia will introduce legislation to make social media giants provide details of users who post defamatory comments, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday. The government has been looking at the extent of the responsibility of platforms, such as Twitter (TWTR.N) and Facebook (FB.O), for defamatory material published on their sites and comes after the country’s highest courtContinue reading “Australia to introduce new laws to force media platforms to unmask online trolls”

GOP lawmaker says gays who get beat up are getting “normal consequences” for “perverse lifestyle”

Montana Sen. Theresa Manzella said LGBTQ people “play the protected class card” when they get beat up for holding hands in public. A Republican lawmaker in Montana said that LGBTQ people who get beat up for holding hands in public are receiving the “normal consequences associated with the choices they made” and said that LGBTQContinue reading “GOP lawmaker says gays who get beat up are getting “normal consequences” for “perverse lifestyle””

Italian LGBTQ+ hate crime bill defeated

The measure would have criminalized violence and hate speech against LGBTQ+ people. Italian senators have killed a bill that would have criminalized violence and hate speech against LGBTQ+ people in Italy. Italy’s Lower House had already approved the bill, which had the backing of the leftist Democrats, the anti-establishment 5Star Movement and the far-left Free and EqualContinue reading “Italian LGBTQ+ hate crime bill defeated”

Polish parliament debates bill to ban “promoting homosexuality” and LGBT parades

A bill proposing to ban LGBT pride parades and other public gatherings that “promote” non-heterosexual orientations and non-biological gender identities was debated yesterday evening in Poland’s parliament. The bill is a citizens’ initiative rather than one proposed by any political group. But it received backing last night from some MPs in Poland’s national-conservative ruling coalition.Continue reading “Polish parliament debates bill to ban “promoting homosexuality” and LGBT parades”

Violence targeting Indigenous people surges 61 percent in Brazil

Land invasions in Brazilian Indigenous territories rose 137 percent last, a rights group reported. Violence against Indigenous people in Brazil surged by more than 60 percent last year, a rights group has said, as land invasions of Indigenous territories increased and the government failed to provide protection. In its annual report, released on Thursday, on violence againstContinue reading “Violence targeting Indigenous people surges 61 percent in Brazil”

Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide – VICE

Over half a million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have fled brutal ethnic violence carried out by their government. While unprecedented numbers of refugees have found safety across the border in Bangladesh, their fates are uncertain. The international community has been reluctant to take action against Myanmar, and plans are underway to return those who escaped.Continue reading “Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide – VICE”

Social media misinformation stokes a worsening civil war in Ethiopia

As Tamu Shatallah walked past the inauguration stage draped in gold, his thoughts were on the deadly civil war that has plagued Ethiopia for nearly a year. It’s a war “between brothers, between sisters,” Tamu said. A war that, as far as he can tell, has done nothing for his country. That stage in Ethiopia’sContinue reading “Social media misinformation stokes a worsening civil war in Ethiopia”

‘Holocaust was a scam’ projected on Swedish synagogue during antisemitism summit

Words were seen on several buildings in country; neo-Nazi group claims responsibility for the incident Swedish police are investigating how the words “the Holocaust was a scam” were projected onto the main synagogue in Malmö while the city was holding an international forum on combating antisemitism. The projection was seen on the Synagogue of MalmöContinue reading “‘Holocaust was a scam’ projected on Swedish synagogue during antisemitism summit”

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