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Platforms response to coronavirus shows that, when they want, they can

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more March 19, 2020 Platforms response to coronavirus shows that, when they want, they can Denis Charlet / AFP to go further United StatesAmericas Online freedoms Internet News Receive email alerts With the help of regional and international public health organizations, including the WHO, Facebook has been “limiting misinformation and harmful content” about the coronavirus since 30 January, and has modified its recommendation algorithm in order to remove pages and groups linked to the coronavirus. Facebook usually limits the distribution of information that has been verified as misleading by its network of fact-checkers by tagging it as such and by offering alternative sources of information. “During a major public health crisis in which the situation is evolving rapidly, access to reliable information is vital in order to protect the public,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Journalistic freedom and independence play a central role. Platforms must be transparent about the rules governing the promotion of trustworthy information and must continue this approach in the future.” News This is why RSF developed the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), which has formulated indicators of reliable and independent information in order to encourage the use of journalistic methods and compliance with media ethics. Platforms could incorporate the JTI standard as an “integrity factor” into their algorithms. Search engine algorithms are based on many factors but not, at this time, on editorial compliance with certain fundamental principles. According to a confidential US State Department report seen by the Washington Post, between 20 January (the date when the Chinese authorities first reported human-to-human coronavirus transmission) and 10 February, 2 million of the messages posted on Twitter (7% of the total) were spreading conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. To combat this phenomenon, Twitter promotes verified public health accounts and offers users “authoritative” sources of information about the coronavirus. Twitter selects content posted by public health organizations, government officials and certain national media outlets without explaining the rules that determined its selection. News June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation News June 3, 2021 Find out more The measures taken to combat misinformation about Covid-19 shows that platforms have the capacity to implement structural responses to information chaos. In future, RSF urges them to be more transparent about the mechanisms available for promoting reliable information and to undertake to use these mechanisms routinely. These mechanisms should not be discretionary and should be based on transparent principles. RSF_en Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on United States Help by sharing this information WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists In response to the flood of rumours and misinformation about the coronavirus epidemic, leading online platforms have taken unprecedented measures to promote reliable information – measures contrary to their usual practices. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges them to promote trustworthy content whatever the subject concerned. Instagram and Google have modified their interfaces in order to promote verified information. YouTube is offering videos with information panels and is stepping up its efforts to remove false information. In coronavirus related searches, Pinterest just offers information published by the WHO. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas Online freedoms Internet last_img read more

Attorney General Curtis Hill Joins Other States In Urging U.S. Supreme Court To Protect…

first_img Attorney General Curtis Hill, as part of a 22-state coalition, is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the practice of lawmaker-led prayer at public meetings.The coalition filed a brief Wednesday afternoon asking the Supreme Court to hear arguments and confirm the constitutionality of the practice following an adverse ruling by a federal appeals court stemming from a North Carolina case. A follow-up ruling by the Supreme Court would clear confusion among the lower courts and, the coalition hopes, strike down the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which could negatively affect free exercise of religion in Indiana and other states.“The First Amendment was never intended to prohibit elected officials from praying aloud at official government functions,” Attorney General Hill said. “Our tradition of liberty in America has always promoted and protected the free exercise of religion rather than stifle it.”The coalition argues that lawmaker-led prayer is woven into the fabric of American society and is fully consistent with the Constitution. The coalition notes that non-coercive expressions of faith in the public sector have long characterized official public proceedings in the United States. The brief further cites numerous examples nationwide of states, counties and municipalities that open meetings with prayers by government officials.The North Carolina case, Lund vs. Rowan County, focuses on a tradition among county commissioners of opening meetings with prayers offered by one of the commissioners. The coalition’s friend-of-the-court brief is filed in support of Rowan County.Indiana filed its brief in support of free expression of faith along with West Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin, along with the Governor of Kentucky.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE that Mulzer Crushed Stone which has been a riverfront institution for many years may be changing hands?…Mulzer or the “litter box by the Ohio” as some have called it is rumored to be in the final stages of selling out to a foreign company Oldcastle Materials?…this means that the profits from the Mulzer operation will be heading off to Ireland when the deal is done?…we hope that the new owners will be just a good as corporate citizens as Jeff Mulzer and his team have been for many years?IS IT TRUE that the brick and mortar retail business world keeps getting hammered by online shopping?…retail outlets with troubles usually manage to make it through the Christmas season to offload as much inventory as possible before folding their tents soon after the new year?…the age old department chain named after JC Penney that has been a fixture at the south end of the Eastland Mall has announced that they will be closing between 150 and 160 stores across the country?…the specific locations slated to close have not been released to the public yet?…of all the large store formats in the Eastland Mall, JC Penny is the only one that has not changed brands at least once since Eastland was opened in the late 1970s?…we could hope that the Eastland Store is not on the list but the reality is that it eventually will be so we had best be prepared when the axe comes down?…the entire Family Christian chain has announced that all stores will be closed?…this brand has spent many years across Green River Road from Eastland and it looks like that location is going to be “available” soon?…Target is an endangered species too with their latest corporate rescue plan of “margin compression”?…that is business speak for price cutting, fire selling, or whatever else such things are called these days?…it looks like there is going to be a glut of commercial property in the near future?IS IT TRUE that DMD purchased the Knotty Pine Restaurant site on North main street and demolished it for a public parking lot? …the Integra Bank building located on North main street now houses the newly reorganized Evansville Land Bank Corp thanks to a sweetheart deal given to them by DMD?IS IT TRUE that Turonis Restaurant owners purchased the vacant Integra Bank building on North Main from DMD for $235,000 plus dollars to be used for a parking lot for their customers? …a short while later DMD re-purchased the vacant Integra Bank building from Turonis Restaurant owners for over $260,000? …DMD then cut a sweetheart deal to lease the Integra Bank building to the Evansville Land Bank Corp?  …the Evansville Land Bank Corp are now allowing Turonis Restaurant customers to park at the old Integra Bank parking lot when their main lot is full?IS IT TRUE we wonder if Executive Director of DMD and ERC Board of Directors spend their personal money the same way the spend our tax dollars?  …we bet you know the answer to this question?FOOTNOTE: Todays ‘Readers Polls” question is: Do you feel that it’s time for the State and Federal authorities do an comprehensive audit of the financial activities of the Evansville DMD?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more