Twitter widens ban against ‘dehumanizing’ hateful conduct

Dec. 3 (UPI) — Twitter has expanded its policy against hate speech to cover language that “dehumanizes people” based on race and nationality — the latest step to interdict what social platforms see as a rising problem both on and offline.

The popular social platform announced the change on Wednesday. It’s Twitter’s most recent effort to block hateful content that civil and human rights advocates have denounced for years. The platform last modified its hate speech policy nine months ago.

“Today, we are further expanding our hateful conduct policy to prohibit language that dehumanizes people on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin,” Twitter wrote in a blog post.

“We will also continue to surface potentially violative content through proactive detection and automation. If an account repeatedly breaks the Twitter rules, we may temporarily lock or suspend the account.”

Twitter updated its policy in July 2019 to bar

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Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

Massachusetts lawmakers this week voted to ban the use of facial recognition by law enforcement and public agencies in a sweeping police reform bill that received significant bipartisan support. If signed into law, Massachusetts would become the first state to fully ban the technology, following bans barring the use of facial recognition in police body cameras and other, more limited city-specific bans on the tech.



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The bill, S.2963, marks yet another state government tackling the thorny ethical issue of unregulated facial recognition use in the absence of any federal guidance from Congress. It also includes bans on chokeholds and rubber bullets in addition to restrictions on tear gas and other crowd-control weapons, as reported by TechCrunch. It isn’t a blanket ban on facial recognition; police will still be able to run searches against the state’s driver’s license database but only with a

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UK to ban new Huawei gear installations after Sept

LONDON (AP) — Wireless carriers in the U.K. won’t be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September 2021, the British government said Monday, hardening its line against the Chinese technology company.

The deadline is part of a roadmap the British government is laying down to remove “high risk” equipment suppliers with draft legislation that aims to tighten telecommunications security requirements.

The government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July banned Huawei from having a role in building Britain’s next-generation mobile phone networks over security concerns triggered by U.S. sanctions. Britain and other European countries have started to fall in line after the U.S. lobbied allies to shun Huawei over fears its equipment could be used by China’s communist rulers to facilitate electronic espionage.

Telecom operators were ordered to stop buying Huawei 5G equipment by the end of the year and have until 2027 to rip

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UK Will Ban the Installation of Huawei 5G Equipment in 2021

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The UK has taken another step towards removing Huawei from its 5G network. On Sunday, the British government announced that the country’s telecommunications companies would not be allowed to install new 5G equipment from Huawei after September 2021, Bloomberg reported.

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According to Bloomberg, although the UK announced in July that telecom providers would have to remove Huawei equipment from their networks by the end of 2027, the new restriction could accelerate the plans telecom providers had in place to overhaul their systems. The telecom providers were already prohibited from purchasing new 5G equipment from Huawei beginning in January 2021.

Bloomberg reported that telecom carriers will also be banned from outsourcing service management to Huawei beginning in April 2021.

“We are taking bold steps to implement one of the toughest telecoms security regimes in the world,”

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Edinson Cavani could face three-game ban as FA investigates social media post

Edinson Cavani, the Manchester United striker, could face a three-game ban if the Football Association deems that he used discriminatory or racist language in an Instagram story shared from his account on Sunday evening.



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The FA has confirmed it is investigating the post, which was published shortly after United’s 3-2 win over Southampton, in which Cavani scored two goals after coming on as a half-time substitute.

Related: Edinson Cavani inspires Manchester United to comeback at Southampton

In the post – which was later deleted – the words “gracias negrito!” are used to thank a follower congratulating Cavani on his performance in the match at St. Mary’s.

Social media postings are covered by FA Rule E3, and if a comment is deemed to include a reference to a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race or nationality, then that will be regarded as a potential

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FCC Maintains Ban on Mobile Phone Voice Calls During Flights

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission killed a proposal to allow in-flight voice calls via mobile phones, ending its examination of an idea that evoked fears of air rage from passengers trapped beside jabbering seat mates.



a close up of a bicycle: Passenger seats are seen in the cabin of a grounded Lion Air Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 aircraft at terminal 1 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cenkareng, Indonesia, on Tuesday, March 15, 2019. Sunday’s loss of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737, in which 157 people died, bore similarities to the Oct. 29 crash of another Boeing 737 Max plane, operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air, stoking concern that a feature meant to make the upgraded Max safer than earlier planes has actually made it harder to fly.


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Passenger seats are seen in the cabin of a grounded Lion Air Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 aircraft at terminal 1 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cenkareng, Indonesia, on Tuesday, March 15, 2019. Sunday’s loss of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737, in which 157 people died, bore similarities to the Oct. 29 crash of another Boeing 737 Max plane, operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air, stoking concern that a feature meant to make the upgraded Max safer than earlier planes has actually made it harder to fly.

The idea drew “strong opposition” from pilots and flight attendants, the agency said Friday in a four-paragraph order.

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Russia wants to ban social media sites discriminating against Russian news outlets

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The Russian government is working on a new law to block foreign social media sites inside Russia’s territory as repercussions for “discriminating” against Russian news outlets operating abroad.

Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are specifically mentioned in “explanatory notes” (Word document) accompanying the new draft bill, submitted last week for debate in the Russian Duma (state parliament).

Russian lawmakers say that since April 2020, state authorities had received complaints from editors of Russian news sites that had their social media accounts censored on the aforementioned sites.

“Media outlets such as Russia Today, RIA Novosti, Crimea 24 were censored. In total, about 20 acts of discrimination were recorded,” Russian lawmakers said.

The acts of discrimination referenced in the draft bill’s notes refers to rules introduced at Twitter and Facebook this year, and at YouTube in 2018.

The three sites have been showing special labels on the profiles

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Google is circumventing Apple’s ban on video game streaming apps with a web-based version of Stadia



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  • Google is circumventing Apple’s App Store policies to launch its video game streaming service on iPhones and iPads.
  • Google Stadia will work on Apple devices through a “progressive Web application,” which is to say you can access it through your web browser rather than through a dedicated app.
  • Apple says video game streaming apps like Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Google’s Stadia violate App Store publishing guidelines, and has kept them off the iPhone and iPad.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

After years of hype, the so-called “Netflix of gaming” is actually here: Both Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s Game Pass offer some version of that concept.

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Your games exist “in the cloud,” and can be streamed over the internet to a variety of different platforms.

And Google announced on Thursday

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Google skirting Apple’s ban on video game streaming apps with Stadia

  • Google is circumventing Apple’s App Store policies to launch its video game streaming service on iPhones and iPads.
  • Google Stadia will work on Apple devices through a “progressive Web application,” which is to say you can access it through your web browser rather than through a dedicated app.
  • Apple says video game streaming apps like Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Google’s Stadia violate App Store publishing guidelines, and has kept them off the iPhone and iPad.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

After years of hype, the so-called “Netflix of gaming” is actually here: Both Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s Game Pass offer some version of that concept.

Your games exist “in the cloud,” and can be streamed over the internet to a variety of different platforms.

And Google announced on Thursday that its game streaming service will launch on iOS devices “several weeks from now.” But instead of a

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Ericsson Takes Issue With Swedish Ban on Huawei: FT | Technology News

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Ericsson’s CEO said Sweden’s decision to ban China’s Huawei from its 5G telecoms networks restricts free competition and trade, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

Swedish telecoms regulator PTS earlier this month halted 5G spectrum auctions after a court suspended parts of its decision that had excluded Huawei from 5G networks over national security risks.

The Swedish telecoms gear maker’s CEO Borje Ekholm said it was important to have open markets and free competition.

“I belong in that category that believes competition makes us longer term a better company. It may be painful shorter term but longer term it drives us to be more innovative and make better products for our customers,” he told the FT.

Ericsson has won contracts from all three major operators in China to supply radio equipment for 5G networks, while Nokia has not won any 5G radio contracts in the highly competitive

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