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Social Media Vs Democracy | Avast

Social Media Vs Democracy | Avast

Kevin Townsend, 1 October 2020 Although it has the potential to be a powerful democratizing tool, social media can easily become another proxyThe phenomenon that we now call ‘social media’ arguably started around the turn of the millennium with sites like Friends Reunited, at first offering a simple way for the internet to allow old…

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Instagram Promotes Obesity While Refusing Ads For Weight Loss Programs Because They May Hurt People’s Feelings

Instagram Promotes Obesity While Refusing Ads For Weight Loss Programs Because They May Hurt People’s Feelings

Social media giant Instagram is promoting images of obese people in the name of ‘body positivity’ while refusing to accept healthy eating ads which include photos that show people with well toned bodies.Fitness guru Alex Feinberg tweeted about the issue, noting that an ad campaign for weight loss that showed images of his successful dieting…

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Students Threatened With Police Action For Displaying Anti-Lockdown Signs in Windows

Students Threatened With Police Action For Displaying Anti-Lockdown Signs in Windows

Manchester Metropolitan University not allowed to leave. Students at Manchester Metropolitan University were threatened with police action if they didn’t remove signs complaining about draconian lockdown restrictions that were placed in windows at their halls of residence.Students across the city have been placed under a new 2 week lockdown, meaning they are under de facto…

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UK: Singing and Dancing Banned Under Draconian New COVID Rules

UK: Singing and Dancing Banned Under Draconian New COVID Rules

Oliver Cromwell puritanism returns. Draconian new coronavirus rules to enforce social distancing in the UK ban people from singing or dancing in pubs.No fun allowed.Existing laws already mandate pubs and restaurants to close at 10pm, a measure that has further crippled a hospitality industry which is already on its knees.The move has also received a…

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Students Say They’re Being Treated Like ‘Prisoners’ Due to Draconian COVID Measures

Students Say They’re Being Treated Like ‘Prisoners’ Due to Draconian COVID Measures

Students at universities throughout the United Kingdom are being treated like ‘prisoners’ as draconian coronavirus rules mandate they eat alone, aren’t allowed to go out and are forced to cut themselves off from others or face suspension.Interviews with students at Edinburgh University illustrate how overbearing the new rules are, with students being made to bring…

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Zoom refuses to stream university event featuring member of terrorist organization

Zoom refuses to stream university event featuring member of terrorist organization

Pre-COVID-19, colleges and universities decided which speakers were too controversial to visit their campuses. But this week’s events at San Francisco State University demonstrate how tech companies increasingly are the arbiters of who’s fit to address students. Here’s what happened: two professors, Rabab Abdulhadi, professor of Arab and Muslim ethnicities and diasporas studies at San…

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Thousands Call on Facebook to Stop Censoring Palestine

Thousands Call on Facebook to Stop Censoring Palestine

WASHINGTON – With tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram stories, videos and live protest, thousands of people from Ramallah to San Francisco called on Facebook to stop unfairly censoring Palestinian voices and those in support of Palestinian rights. Over 23,000 people signed the petition Tell Facebook: Part ways with Emi Palmor and stop censoring Palestinians.  The coalition…

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DOJ: Here’s our plan to hold online platforms accountable for ‘unlawfully censoring’ speech

DOJ: Here’s our plan to hold online platforms accountable for ‘unlawfully censoring’ speech

The Department of Justice on Wednesday proposed changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to combat censorship. President Trump said in a discussion at the White House that “a small group of powerful technology platforms have tightened their grip over commerce and communications in America.” “They’ve used this power to engage in unscrupulous…

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