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”

India to repeal controversial farming laws following persistent protests – DW News

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Friday in an address to the nation that he will be repealing three controversial farm laws. Farmers in the northern part of the country have been protesting against the laws for over a year. The announcement came on the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti, a celebration of the birthdayContinue reading “India to repeal controversial farming laws following persistent protests – DW News”

White House condemns Gosar video, Pelosi urges investigations

The White House and Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday condemned an anime video tweeted by Republican congressman Paul Gosar that depicted him swinging swords at President Joe Biden and killing Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “This should not be happening, and we should be condemning it,” White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said. House ofContinue reading “White House condemns Gosar video, Pelosi urges investigations”

Trump-loving QAnon follower gets probation for shooting up federal courthouse in Portland

A QAnon follower and Donald Trump supporter has been sentenced to five years of probation for repeatedly firing a gun into the facade of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland in January. Cody Melby, 40, fired a 9mm handgun at the courthouse multiple times because he “wanted to get in front of the court forContinue reading “Trump-loving QAnon follower gets probation for shooting up federal courthouse in Portland”

The FBI Received Highly Specific Tips About Violence Set for Jan. 6—But Declined to Act

A blockbuster new investigation by the Washington Post details previously unreported “red flags.” A sprawling new investigation by the Washington Post into the events leading up to the Capitol insurrection has revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigations received numerous and highly-detailed tips on the potential for serious violence by followers of then-president Donald Trump on JanuaryContinue reading “The FBI Received Highly Specific Tips About Violence Set for Jan. 6—But Declined to Act”

Misinformation: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses how misinformation spreads among immigrant diaspora communities, how little some platforms have done to stop it, and, most importantly, how to have a very good morning.

Let’s talk about the message from Southwest pilots – Beau of the Fifth Column

Trump, right-wingers praise anti-vax Southwest pilots — who turn out to be imaginary

Ted Cruz tries to rewrite baseless claim about Southwest pilots — Trump claims they’re protesting “rigged” election Former President Trump and several right-wing Republican lawmakers claimed over the holiday weekend that hundreds of canceled and delayed Southwest Airlines flights resulted from pilots and other airline employees resisting vaccine mandates. But the airline, the pilots union and the FAA haveContinue reading “Trump, right-wingers praise anti-vax Southwest pilots — who turn out to be imaginary”

Texas removes suicide hotline from LGBTQ site because it could hurt GOP governor’s reelection

Greg Abbott’s primary opponent said it’s “offensive to see Greg Abbott use our tax dollars to advocate for transgender ideology,” because a state website linked an LGBTQ suicide hotline. It was promptly removed. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) quietly removed information intended to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicide from one ofContinue reading “Texas removes suicide hotline from LGBTQ site because it could hurt GOP governor’s reelection”

Far-right Covid conspiracy theories fuelling antisemitism, warn UK experts

Organisers of exhibition on history of British fascism say parallels can be drawn with current thinking A surge in Covid-19 conspiracy theories risks boosting antisemitism, hate crime campaigners have warned after the opening of an exhibition shedding light on interwar British fascism and its parallels today. The Wiener Holocaust Library in London is staging the exhibition –Continue reading “Far-right Covid conspiracy theories fuelling antisemitism, warn UK experts”

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