Rugby Australia terminates Folau’s contract

Sports 05/17/19, 00:24

Rugby Australia has terminated star fullback Israel Folau's contract after he was found guilty of a high-level breach of the players' code of conduct for a social media post that condemned gay people and other "sinners" to eternal damnation.The 30-year-old Folau was found guilty on May 7 after a hearing ...

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

World 05/16/19, 12:09

Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens ...

Taboos fall away as far-right EU candidates breach red line

Europe 05/16/19, 07:07

Europe's taboos are falling away. Virulent language castigating immigration and Islam is creeping from extremist fringe groups on social media and the dark web into politics, and getting new visibility in the final thrust of campaigning for this month's European Parliament elections. It's raising concerns that ideas that once shocked are ...

White House launches survey looking for tech industry bias

Politics 05/15/19, 18:57

On the heels of President Donald Trump's repeated assertions claiming anti-conservative bias by tech companies, the White House has launched an online form asking people to share their experiences if they think political partisanship has led them to be silenced by social media sites. The White House's official Twitter account tweeted ...

Cory Booker’s tech startup failed but industry ties lasted

Politics 05/13/19, 12:58

Cory Booker was the mayor of New Jersey's largest city and considering a run for higher office, but he had a different goal in mind when he appeared on stage at the 2012 Tech Disrupt Conference in San Francisco. Booker was there to promote Waywire, the social media company that he ...

Sri Lanka imposes curfew, blocks social media amid violence

World 05/13/19, 11:51

Sri Lanka's government imposed a nationwide curfew Monday and temporarily blocked social media following a flare-up of communal violence in apparent response to last month's Easter attacks that killed more than 250 people, officials said.Acting police chief C.D. Wickramaratne said the violence started with a few shops being stoned in ...

Venice Biennale invites heavy thinking on political issues

Entertainment 05/10/19, 05:24

Political issues that excite newsprint, airwaves and social media are getting a very open airing at the 58th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair. They include fake news, migration, poverty, global warming and armed conflict. American curator Ralph Rugoff titled the main exhibition "May You Live in Interesting Times," which opens Saturday ...

Co-Founder Chris Hughes: Time to break up Facebook

Business 05/09/19, 10:57

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it's time to break up the social media behemoth.He says in a New York Times opinion piece that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has allowed a relentless focus on growth to crush competitors and "sacrifice security and civility for clicks."Hughes says Facebook is a monopoly and should ...

BBC DJ fired after royal baby tweet with chimpanzee picture

Europe 05/09/19, 06:24

A BBC disc jockey has been fired after using a picture of a chimpanzee in a tweet about the royal baby born to Meghan the Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry.Danny Baker tweeted Thursday that he has been fired after posting an image of a couple holding hands ...

Australia takes responsibility for typos on 46M bank notes

Amazing 05/09/19, 03:11

Australia's central bank has taken responsibility for typos on 46 million bank notes after a radio station posted an image of the microscopic error on social media.Triple M radio posted on Instagram on Thursday a magnified photograph of a 50 Australian dollar ($35) note showing the misspelling of "responsibility." The ...

Melania Trump announces expansion of ‘Be Best’ initiative

Politics 05/07/19, 12:21

Melania Trump celebrated Tuesday's anniversary of her "Be Best" initiative by announcing its expansion and another international trip to promote it. The first lady launched "Be Best," her first major initiative, a year ago Tuesday to focus on child well-being, social media use and drug abuse. She celebrated its anniversary from ...

Players seeking change for women’s soccer in Latin America

Sports 05/06/19, 16:05

For women in many parts of the world, a level playing field in soccer can simply mean having a playable practice field.Players in Latin America face clear political, cultural and even historical challenges when it comes to soccer and sports overall. Their struggle to close gender gaps is entirely different ...

Players seeking change for women’s soccer in Latin America

Sports 05/06/19, 01:14

For women in many parts of the world, a level playing field in soccer can simply mean having a playable practice field.Players in Latin America face clear political, cultural and even historical challenges when it comes to soccer and sports overall. Their struggle to close gender gaps is entirely different ...

2 arrested after clash in Sri Lanka town hit by Easter blast

Asia & Pacific 05/05/19, 23:10

Two people have been arrested and an overnight curfew lifted Monday in a Sri Lankan town where a suicide bombing targeted a Catholic church last month and weekend clashes were said to involve majority ethnic Sinhalese and Muslims.Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the situation has been brought under control. He ...

President Trump attacks social media companies after Facebook bans

Politics 05/04/19, 11:41

President Donald Trump criticized social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was "monitoring and watching, closely!!" Trump, who tweeted and re-tweeted complaints Friday and Saturday, said he would "monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms. " He has previously asserted that ...

Supporters of Chinese billionaire’s accuser decry censorship

World 05/03/19, 04:53

For three years, Chen Chun has published articles on his public WeChat account touching on politics, philosophy and current affairs — subjects that are often censored on Chinese social media.More recently, the writer in southern China has focused on the country's growing #MeToo movement. He drew attention to several sexual ...

Kansas military school moves to keep property from founder

U.S. 05/02/19, 15:01

Nearly seven months before publicly announcing its plans to close, an embattled Kansas military school amended its incorporation document to remove the Episcopalian church that founded it from getting the property once the school shuts down.The revelation came when the document, signed by the school's president last year and filed ...

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