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”

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”

‘Unprecedented’ Video Leak Shows Rampant Torture at Russian Prisons – NGO

A prominent NGO that tracks abuses in Russia’s prison system says it has received “thousands” of leaked video clips showing inmates being beaten and tortured by guards in several prisons across the country.  “This is an unprecedented leak that will send shockwaves across the country. In total we have over 40 gigabytes of files showingContinue reading “‘Unprecedented’ Video Leak Shows Rampant Torture at Russian Prisons – NGO”

Whistleblower’s SEC complaint: Facebook knew platform was used to “promote human trafficking and domestic servitude”

For the first time, read the whistleblower’s complaints to the SEC that led to 60 Minutes’ report on Facebook. For the first time, 60 Minutes is publishing whistleblower complaints filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission against Facebook by former employee Frances Haugen. The filings, submitted by Haugen’s lawyers, state, “Our anonymous client is disclosingContinue reading “Whistleblower’s SEC complaint: Facebook knew platform was used to “promote human trafficking and domestic servitude””

European politicians call for Facebook investigation after whistleblower revelation

Two members of the European parliament have called for an investigation into allegations by a whistleblower that Facebook (FB.O) prioritised profits above the public good. The whistleblower, Frances Haugen, who had worked as a product manager on the civic misinformation team at Facebook, shared internal documents with newspapers and attorneys general from several U.S. states. read more AContinue reading “European politicians call for Facebook investigation after whistleblower revelation”

Ex-Facebook manager alleges social network fed Capitol riot

Facebook prematurely turned off safeguards designed to thwart misinformation and rabble rousing after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in last year’s elections in a moneymaking move that a company whistleblower alleges contributed to the deadly Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol. The whistleblower, former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen, also asserted during an exclusive interview thatContinue reading “Ex-Facebook manager alleges social network fed Capitol riot”

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Released from Prison as Family Pushes Biden to Pardon Her

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Leigh Winner was released from prison Monday to serve the rest of her sentence in a halfway house. We get an update from the lawyer handling her commutation and pardon process. Winner was arrested in 2017 under the Espionage Act for leaking classified government information about Russian interference inContinue reading “NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Released from Prison as Family Pushes Biden to Pardon Her”

Children pay the price in Pakistan’s mass HIV outbreak

Since his son was diagnosed with HIV during a mass outbreak in Pakistan among babies and children, hard-up Shahzado Shar has often been forced to choose between food and medicine. His five-year-old was one of hundreds who tested positive in 2019 after a whistleblower doctor uncovered a scandal involving the re-use of needles in southernContinue reading “Children pay the price in Pakistan’s mass HIV outbreak”

Lawsuit: Texas AG Ken Paxton swapped political favors for home remodel, job for alleged ‘mistress’

The new allegations offer up the most detailed theory to date about why Paxton helped Austin real estate developer Nate Paul even as his top aides balked at his behavior. Four former high ranking agency officials are accusing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of swapping political favors for a donor’s help with a home remodelContinue reading “Lawsuit: Texas AG Ken Paxton swapped political favors for home remodel, job for alleged ‘mistress’”

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