Sunday, June 28, 2020

Facebook to ban ads encouraging racial divisions, religious affiliation

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California (ANI): Social media giant Facebook will update its advertising policy to restrict hateful content and explicitly ban ads that encourage racial divisions.

Specifically, the new policy will "prohibit claims that people from a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status are a threat to the physical safety, health or survival of others."

The policy will also restrict ads that express contempt for immigrants or refugees, The Verge reported. Notably, the new restrictions apply only to advertisements and will not affect posts without paid promotion.

"Facebook stands for giving people a voice, and that especially means people who have previously not had as much voice, or as much power to share their own experiences. It's really important that we make sure our platforms live up to these principles," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a company town hall while announcing the changes.

The restrictions are part of a suite of changes Facebook is making in advance of the 2020 US elections. (ANI)

Shooting during Louisville protests leaves 1 person dead, another injured

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Louisville (ANI): One person was killed and another injured in a shooting during protests in the US city of Louisville, the city's Police Department (LMPD) said in a statement.

"Just about 9pm [01:00 GMT Sunday], there were reports of shots fired in Jefferson Square Park. Calls then came in the Sheriff's Department personnel were in the park performing life-saving measures on a male who eventually died at the scene. A short time later, we got a report of another shooting victim at the Hall of Justice. That person was taken to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries," the statement, posted on Facebook, read.

According to the Courier-Journal newspaper, the protests over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor have been going on in the city park for weeks.

The LMPD noted in the statement that Jefferson Square Park would remain closed for several hours.

On March 13, Taylor, 26, was shot dead by police in her home as officers entered to execute a search warrant targeting her former boyfriend.

The death of Taylor, George Floyd in Minneapolis, and other African Americans served as a catalyst for protests against police brutality throughout the United States as well as the world. However, many protests turned into riots complete with violence against police and civilians as well as acts of vandalism, arson, and looting.

The incidents have also amplified calls by activists across the United States for the defunding of police departments and redirecting funds to other areas to help communities, such as education and housing. (Sputnik/ANI)

Pakistan becomes 12th country to surpass 2,00,000 coronavirus cases

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Islamabad (ANI): Pakistan has become the 12th country in the world where the coronavirus count has surpassed 2,00,000 mark, Geo TV reported citing Johns Hopkins University on Saturday.

The Country has reported 4,098 deaths due the virus. According to official data, over 5,000 medical workers have contracted the virus in the country.

Geo TV reported the infection rate has multiplied manifold over the last few weeks ever since the government has eased lockdown restrictions last month.

On April 23, the World Health Organisation has warned Pakistan against lifting restrictions.

"With effective interventions, there could be an estimated 200K+ cases by mid-July. The impacts on the economy could be devastating, doubling the number of people living in poverty," Director-General WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom had said.

However, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has downplayed the importance of lockdown saying the country couldn't afford to match the losses incurred during the lockdown as many other countries had done. (ANI).

PM Modi to share thoughts in Mann ki Baat on Sunday

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New Delhi (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts on the 66th edition of his monthly radio programme 'Mann ki Baat' on Sunday.

"Tune in tomorrow at 11 AM! MannKiBaat," he said in a tweet.

The Prime Minister addresses Mann ki Baat on last Sunday of every month. (ANI)

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