Facebook fined 23 million for violating Germanys hate speech law

first_img 0 Politics Tech Industry Post a comment Share your voice Facebook logo. James Martin/CNET German authorities said Tuesday they had fined Facebook $2.3 million for violating the country’s hate speech law, alleging that the social network under-reported complaints about illegal content. The Federal Office of Justice said in a press release that a transparency report Facebook released for the first six months of 2018 only included “a fraction of complaints about illegal content.”This creates a distorted picture in the public about the extent of illegal content and the way the social network deals with them,” the agency said in statement.The company’s report was also incomplete because it didn’t include enough information about how the social network deals with illegal complaints, the agency said. The company also allegedly gave incorrect information about the feedback it received on the complaints.Under German law, which is called the Network Enforcement Act, social media companies such as Facebook are required to publish a report every six months about how it handles complaints about illegal content. Facebook can still appeal the fine. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The fine is only a small fraction of the amount of the money Facebook makes every quarter from advertising. From January to March, Facebook raked in $15.08 billion in sales.Still, the fine from Germany highlights how Facebook has been under scrutiny from regulators following a series of scandals around privacy, security and content moderation. The US Federal Trade Commission could hit Facebook with a record-setting fine of up to $5 billion for its alleged privacy mishaps, which would be the largest fine the agency has issued against a tech company. Tags Facebooklast_img read more

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Couple burnt to death

first_imgCanning (WB): A couple were burnt to death at their home in South 24 Parganas district early today, hours before panchayat polls were to being in West Bengal, police said. Family members of the victims, stated to be a CPI(M) worker and his wife, alleged that goons of the ruling Trinamool Congress set fire to the house at Kachharabari locality of Kakdwip at around 1 am.”An incident of fire was reported. A man and his wife were burnt to death. Forensic experts have been called,” Sundarbans Coastal police district SP Tathagata Basu said.CPI(M) district secretary Shamik Lahiri named some people claiming that those goons of the Trinamool Congress had assaulted party worker Debaprasad Das and his wife Usha and then set the house afire.Minister and local Trinamool MLA Mantu Pakhira denied the allegation and said the fire may have been caused by short circuit.last_img read more

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Pair the right eyewear with right attire

first_imgThe right kind of eyewear can make or break your entire look. While black rimmed glasses are for the fall season, oversized glasses look great with high waist trousers and polo T-shirt, suggest experts. Ishaan Kataria, Gem Opticians and Salesh Grover, Business Head, OSL luxury, have rolled out tips on how you can amp up your outfits with the perfect glasses:* Formal: The trending black rimmed glasses are meant for the fall season and the formal look. Another easy fit for any formal look is the gradient almost transparent lenses that can add the right amount of suave to your persona. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFormal wear in classic hues of blue, grey, black should be accessorised with basic frames which do not subdue the simple and suave look.* Casual: Face shape and size is an important determinant to choose the eyewear. The double framed look (frame in frame look) with tinted lenses could make an interesting eyewear option.Pastel colour shirts, T-shirts go well with big framed or double framed glasses. Checkered shirts and a pair of shorts or jeans along with simple gold rimmed aviator also does the trick. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Classic: The gold wired metal glasses are a classic and look radically cool. A much less aggressive version of an aviator adds an unusual sense of depth. Also the oversized wired metal glasses harkens back to the 1970’s, minus the weight.For that classic 1970’s look keep your outfit subtle and stylish. Like a pair of high waist trousers, polo T-shirt and oversized sunglasses.last_img read more

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Why Apples Video That Imagines a World Without Apps Makes Me Sad

first_img To open its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple showed a video that imagines what the world would be like if people suddenly lost access to all the apps on their iPhones. In short: pure chaos.In the three-minute spot, people lose the ability to navigate roads and cause accidents, one crazed woman hands out selfies and a couple actually swap faces by visiting a plastic surgeon. Funny, right? The point of the video was to show that the world, and of course Apple, needs developers to make the little programs that now dominate our lives.But watching the video, I couldn’t help but feel that it’s a fairly accurate portrayal of our increasing dependence on our pocket computers. According to data from Pew Research Center, 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone, and seven in 10 are on social media. And if you think that this trend is just linked to millennials, think again: Nielsen found that people between the ages of 35 and 49 spend an average of six hours and 58 minutes a week on social media, compared with six hours and 19 minutes for 18- to 34-year-olds. Those over 50 only spend an average of four hours and nine minutes a week on social media.Related: Feeling Depressed? Stay Off Instagram and Watch YouTube Instead.A different study, by the Royal Society for Public Health, revealed that 91 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds use the internet for social networking, and found a connection between social media use and increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep. It points out that rates of anxiety and depression have increased 70 percent in the past 25 years (which is longer than smartphones have been ubiquitous). The organization is calling for social media companies to introduce “heavy usage” warnings on their platforms.”Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, and is now so entrenched in the lives of young people that it is no longer possible to ignore it when talking about young people’s mental health issues,” RSPH Chief Executive Shirley Cramer said in a statement accompanying the findings.For many people, the smartphone in their hand is an extension of themselves. They just wouldn’t be them without it. And that’s what this Apple video brings to light.But if you find this video speaks to you on a deeper level, do yourself a favor and take a break from technology every once in a while. Turn your phone off, explore the world without any help and resist that urge to take a picture and share it. And hey, maybe learn to navigate with a map. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min readcenter_img Register Now » June 6, 2017last_img read more

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Virgin Trains say they will run most trains as union announces strike

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA train operator has said it will attempt to run as many trains as possible as a railway workers union announced six 24 hour strikes over the course December and January. Rail Union RMT, which represents non-driver staff at Virgin West Coast including managers, catering and others, announced the strike as part of an ongoing pay dispute with the railway operator. The Virgin Trains West Coast franchise runs trains to Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe and Stafford to destinations including Manchester, London and other major cities. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members on Virgin West Coast are striking for workplace equality and workplace justice. “All our members are demanding is a suitable and equal offer to that given to drivers to buy out their claim for a reduction in the base working week. “We have made it clear to the company that the inequality and underhanded approach of Virgin will be fought tooth and nail. We will not accept our members being dealt with less favourably than others. “The message needs to get through to Sir Richard Branson on his luxury island retreat in the sunshine that those who are financing his lifestyle through their hard graft have had enough and are prepared to fight for justice in their workplaces. “The union remains available for talks.” Read MoreHeavy frost and temperature won’t get much above freezing all tomorrow Phil Whittingham, Managing Director for Virgin Trains on the west coast, said he felt Virgin had made ‘generous’ offers to RMT staff – and that the operator aimed to minimise disruption to passengers. He said: “The RMT leadership is attempting to cause disruption when many will want to travel by train to spend time with loved ones. “We have explored a generous 3.6% pay increase, however the trade union’s leadership is insisting on 4%, double the two percent average increase seen across the UK this year. Read MoreCity council leader to step down due to failing eyesight “We know how important it is for friends and families to get together over the festive season, so we will keep the majority of our trains running with fully-trained staff onboard and at stations. We remain open to continuing talks with the RMT.” The six following six strikes are set to take place between: • 0001 and 2359 Friday December 15 2017 • 0001 and 2359 Friday December 22 2017 • 0001 and 2359 Friday January 5 2018 • 0001 and 2359 Monday January 8 2018 • 0001 and 2359 Friday January 26 2018 • 0001 and 2359 Monday January 29 2018last_img read more

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