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No testing, no beds: How Delhi's battle against COVID-19 is unravelling


A number of Delhi residents have complained over the lack of facilities at Delhi hospitals for coronavirus patients.

Taking to Twitter, some residents have even claimed that despite them or their family members testing positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

One Twitter user Radhika Agarwal highlighted her plight on the social media platform. Saying that her aunt was showing COVID-19 symptoms on June, but authorities at Khetrapal Hospital on Najafgarh, she alleged, did not test family members, and only tested her aunt after a long argument with the authorities. Unfortunately, Agrawal’s aunt passed away on Thursday.

However, the trouble for the family only intensified as 15 family members, which included two people aged over 80, and one person with breathing problems, visited various hospitals in the national capital to explain their plight, only to be turned away. Agarwal has said that not only have the hospitals refused to test the family members, but the authorities have not sealed the area as a containment zone.

It was only after she put out the thread that a member from Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party contacted her. Local MLA Naresh Balyan got in touch with her following which necessary protocols were taken and the family was tested.

However, Agarwal isn’t the only one to face such an ordeal. Entrepreneur Japleen Pasricha took to Twitter to highlight how some family members tested positive, but no action was taken. Claiming that a lab told her that they have been instructed by the Delhi government to stop collecting samples, Pasricha added that there was a rumour doing the rounds that the Delhi government doesn’t want to increase the numbers.


Japleen Pasricha

@japna_p
Some of my family members have COVID symptoms & I have been trying to book a test. Today, a lab told me that they have been instructed by the Delhi govt to stop collecting samples. 

Rumour is that the govt doesn't want to increase numbers.

What is happening? @ArvindKejriwal

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The Delhi government has not responded to these allegations. It, however, has said that action will be taken against hospitals who deny people beds.

Incidentally, Khetrapal Hospital in not on the list of the Delhi government-listed hospitals put on the website. However, Apollo and Gangaram Hospitals are, and they denied beds to the father-in-law of one Mandeep Singh, as described in this Huffington Post report. The hospitals, according to the first-hand report shared by Singh said that they did not have enough hospital beds. However, data from the Delhi government website, dated June 4, shows that all the hospitals mentioned by Singh were probably full.

One portion of the list of vacant beds in New Delhi
One portion of the list of vacant beds in New DelhiScreenshot. Delhi govt
The piece, however, talks about a lot of red-tapism while admitting a COVID-19 patient into hospital. While getting through the helpline is a challenge, doctors, Singh said, are reluctant to treat patients.

Currently, the Delhi government has listed 8,512 beds of which 5,183 beds are vacant. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website, Delhi has reported over 25,000 cases of coronavirus.




Watch: George Floyd incident repeated in Jodhpur but with a twist in the tale


On Thursday afternoon, an incident took place in Jodhpur which had slight resemblance to the George Floyd incident which saw a cop place his knee on a black man’s neck while restraining him. A man named Mukesh Kumar Prajapat, a resident of Baldev Nagar in Jodhpur was issued a challan for roaming around with a mask.

However, when approached by the cops he threatened them saying no one could stop him and adds for good measure: “Ankh phod dunga. (I will gouge your eyeballs).”

Since the man started arguing, the cops called up the thana for a jeep to take him into custody.

When the cops try to stop him, he ends up hitting the policeman according to a video that has gone viral. This leads to retaliation from the cops who throw him on the ground and press their knee against his throat to control him.


Sangeeta Pranvendra
@sangpran
What led to a #GeorgeFloyd moment in Jodhpur?
Man stopped by police for not using mask attacks cops. 
Police hits back & presses knee on his throat, man breaks free & hits police again 
All this as they wait for thana jeep to take away arrested man. @fpjindia @PoliceRajasthan

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Left: George Floyd in Minneapolis USA 
Right: George Floyd moment recaptured in Jodhpur

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Man can be heard threatening a cop in Jodhpur. He can be heard saying to the cop: "Aankh phod dunga." @sangpran

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Man can be heard threatening a cop in Jodhpur. He can be heard saying to the cop: "Aankh phod dunga." @sangpran

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Things get a little physical in Part 2.  The man is habitual offender. He was earlier arrested for damaging father's eye with screwdriver. @sangpran

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However, this is where the timeline diverts from the incident in Minneapolis.

Mukesh sprints back up and keeps on hitting the cops and keeps on scratching their mask until others come and intervene to help the policeman. He also manages to land a few slaps.

The man pictured in the video is a serial offender and was arrested for damaging his father’s eye with a screwdriver.

There have been protests around the world after Derek Chauvin kept his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes which led to his death.

Nationwide protests have erupted across the United States condemning this act of police brutality. Some of the protests have even turned violent and there have been instances of looting in various cities. President Trump has said earlier this week that he is an 'ally of peaceful protesters' but should the protests turn violent and the city and state authorities are unable to do contain it, he would have to deploy the US military to enforce law and order.




End of times: Watch houses swept away in Norway's Alta


How is 2020 treating people? Well, not so well. Several houses near the coastal areas swept into the sea due to a landslide in Alta, norther Norway on Wednesday.


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Just now in Alta, Norway: Huge mudslide dragging several houses into the sea.

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Speaking to CNN, Anders Bjordal, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Dictorate engineer, told CNN that he had seen a 'big clay slide' after he was called at the spot at around 4 pm on Wednesday in order to guide the police and the rescue team.

According to Bjordal, "the slide was 650 meters (2,133 feet) wide and 150 meters (492 feet) deep which destroyed eight buildings that included four cabins which act as weekend residences," CNN reported.

Fortunately, no one was injured and all residents were successfully evacuated from the buildings, Bjordal said.

According to the New York Post, however, Finnmark's police officer Torfinn Halvari said that they could not yet ascertain if any lives were lost.

He added that a dog also swept away in the landslide but he swam back to the land. An emergency rescue team retrieved the pupper who was waiting on the mainland to be rescued. It is yet to be ascertained if the pup was a stray or a lost dog looking for his/her owner.


ralph waldo cybersyn (cw: police violence in RTs)
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The only victim caught up in the enormous mudslide in Norway was this dog, who swam to shore and is fine https://www.vgtv.no/video/197869/her-reddes-hunden-fra-raset …

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He added that the landslides of this scale happen in Norway happen in every one or two years adding that "but here in Alta there has never been a slide that big."

Alta, located in Norway's northermost Finnmark country, is famous for its forests, coastal landscapes, mountain plateaus and Norther lights.

Now, the officials will be monitoring the land to keep an eye on any further movement of the landslides over the next few days. They will also keep a check on the sea and seabed levels and next week soil measurements will also be taken, Bjordal told CNN.




Abu Dhabi's Mubadala to buy 1.85% stake in Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio Platforms for Rs 9,093.6 cr


Abu Dhabi-based sovereign investor Mubadala Investment Company will buy 1.85 per cent stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 9,093.6 crore, RIL said on Friday.

With this investment, Jio Platforms has raised Rs 87,655.35 crore from leading global technology and growth investors, including Facebook, Silver Lake, Vista Equity Partners, General Atlantic, KKR and Mubadala, in less than six weeks.

The investment from Mubadala comes in Jio Platforms at an equity value of Rs 4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of Rs 5.16 lakh crore.

"Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) will invest Rs 9,093.60 crore in Jio Platforms at an equity value of Rs 4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of Rs 5.16 lakh crore. Mubadala's investment will translate into a 1.85 per cent equity stake in Jio Platforms on a fully diluted basis," RIL said in a statement.

RIL subsidiary Jio Platforms is a next-generation technology platform focused on providing high-quality and affordable digital services across India, with more than 388 million subscribers. The telecom services arm Reliance Jio comes under Jio Platforms.

"Through my longstanding ties with Abu Dhabi, I have personally seen the impact of Mubadala's work in diversifying and globally connecting the UAE's knowledge-based economy. We look forward to benefitting from Mubadala's experience and insights from supporting growth journeys across the world," RIL chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani said.

Mubadala owns electronic chip manufacturing company Global Foundries and has stake in several technology companies like AMD.

It has an investment portfolio across several fields, including petroleum, renewable energy, aerospace, satellite communications, agriculture, healthcare, metals and mining.

"We have seen how Jio has already transformed communications and connectivity in India, and as an investor and partner, we are committed to supporting India's digital growth journey. With Jio's network of investors and partners, we believe that the platform company will further the development of the digital economy," Mubadala Investment Company managing director and Group CEO Khaldoon Al Mubarak said.


Mubadala

@Mubadala
As part of our mandate to advance Abu Dhabi’s diversified, globally integrated economy, we invest across sectors that are driving global growth and addressing critical challenges. (1/2)

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Mubadala established its ventures arm in 2017 to partner early with visionary founders and support innovative businesses. Mubadala's Ventures business currently manages several venture funds in the US, Europe and Middle East.




Mumbai traffic: Snarls seen on Eastern and Western Express Highway; water-logging reported in Dadar, Sion


Heavy rain continued to lash Mumbai and its suburbs on Thursday morning that resulted in water-logging in several parts of the city, and in the process traffic snarls.

A traffic police official told Free Press Journal said that the deployment of other of traffic police personnel was already in place at several busy junctions in the city.

There was delay and backlog of at least 10 minutes on the Eastern Express Highway, while the Western Express Highway witnessed a 15-minute delay in vehicle movement due to traffic.

Water logging was reported in King’s Circle, Mahatma Gandhi Market, Parel, Dadar and Sion.

A senior traffic policeman, who requested anonymity said, "We are tending to every distress call for traffic due to water logging and sending a team to manage the situation. In addition to deployment, we are making appropriate traffic diversions to avoid vehicles breaking down to water logging and leading to a major backlog, subsequently stunting vehicular movement."

The officials of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said these heavy rains are remnants of Cyclone Nisarga, which resulted in lashes at Malad, Sion, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, Santacruz and Dadar, among others who witnessed moderate rainfall.

"Due to strong westerly winds along the west coast, Mumbai, received rainfall- 50 mm at Colaba and 25 mm at Santacruz till 8.30am and these rains are expected to continue for a couple of hours," the IMD said.

 
 
 



George Floyd Murder: NYT staff furious after Op-Ed asks for troops to 'take care' of protesters


Journalists at The New York Times have expressed dismay after an opinion piece by Republican senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas called for ‘sending the troops’ to curb the Black Lives Matter protests and riots in several parts of the country.

The riots are the result of the murder of George Floyd, an African American person, at the hands of an police officer working with the Minnesota Police.

“The rioting has nothing to do with George Floyd, whose bereaved relatives have condemned violence. On the contrary, nihilist criminals are simply out for loot and the thrill of destruction, with cadres of left-wing radicals like antifa infiltrating protest marches to exploit Floyd’s death for their own anarchic purposes.

“These rioters, if not subdued, not only will destroy the livelihoods of law-abiding citizens but will also take more innocent lives. Many poor communities that still bear scars from past upheavals will be set back still further,” Cotton wrote in his opinion piece.

The staff members at the New York Times – both in the opinion and news sections – expressed dismay at the piece getting published, with a bunch of them tweeting that black staff members weren’t safe at the New York Times.


Kwame Opam

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Running this puts Black @nytimes staff in danger.

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Mara Gay

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Running this puts black people in danger. And other Americans standing up for our humanity and democracy, too. @nytimes

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Kathleen McLaughlin

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June 3, 1989, the troops started clearing Tiananmen Square. QUITE an anniversary for a US senator to drop this.

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The News Guild of New York also put out a statement saying, "The moments that are hardest to bear witness to are also the moments that none of us can afford to look away from. Read our statement on the racist policing targeting Black people and the shameful and brazen attacks on the civil rights and liberties of protestors and journalists.”

This is the detailed statement.

George Floyd Murder: NYT staff furious after Op-Ed asks for troops to 'take care' of protesters
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Meanwhile, New York Times opinion editor James Bennet put out a series of tweets, defending his stance on putting up the piece. “The Times editorial board has forcefully defended the protests as patriotic and criticized the use of force, saying earlier today that police too often have “responded with more violence — against protesters, journalists and bystanders. We’ve also crusaded for years against the underlying, systemic cruelties that led to these protests. As part of our explorations of these issues, Times Opinion has published powerful arguments supporting protests, advocating fundamental change and criticising police abuses. Times Opinion owes it to our readers to show them counter-arguments, particularly those made by people in a position to set policy. We understand that many readers find Senator Cotton's argument painful, even dangerous. We believe that is one reason it requires public scrutiny and debate.” (sic)

Interestingly, the New York Times Op-Ed has been known to have controversial Op-Eds in the past. Last year, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote a piece, claiming that he had called for peace with India, and that India was responsible for the violence in Jammu & Kashmir. In February this year, they even published an article written by the deputy head of the terrorist organisation, The Taliban.




Missing the intimacy Scott Morrison gets nostalgic about the infamous 'Modi hug'


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday said that he wished he could be in India for the famous 'Modi hug'.

During the first-ever India-Australia virtual summit, Scott Morrison said, "I wish I could be there for what has become the famous 'Modi hug' and share my samosas. Next time, it will have to be the Gujarati Khichdi. I will try that in the kitchen before next time we meet in person."


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#WATCH: Australian PM Scott Morrison says, "I wish I could be there for what has become the famous 'Modi hug' & share my samosas. Next time, it will have to be the Gujarati Khichdi. I will try that in the kitchen before next time we meet in person."

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To which, PM Narendra Modi replied, "I am pleased to know about your offer. The samosas you made is being talked about a lot here in India. Now that you’ve mentioned khichdi, it will make Gujaratis very happy. Many Gujarati families live in Australia."

PM Modi has gained a reputation of being a 'big hugger' ever time he meets foreign dignitaries. His signature bear hug is now world-famous.

After Scott Morrison said he is missing the 'famous Modi hug', netizens took to Twitter and expressed what they felt about it. The tweets that have been doing rounds have been are hilarious.

Here’s what netizens had to say:


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#WATCH: PM Modi laughs as Australian PM Scott Morrison says,"It doesn't surprise me, this is how (virtually) we'd continue to meet in these circumstances. You are the one who started hologram in your campaigning many years ago, maybe next time we can have a hologram of you here."

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That's a thug laugh.... https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1268421826234871808 …

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#WATCH: PM Modi laughs as Australian PM Scott Morrison says,"It doesn't surprise me, this is how (virtually) we'd continue to meet in these circumstances. You are the one who started hologram in your campaigning many years ago, maybe next time we can have a hologram of you here."

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@uk_2911
Get a YouTube channel guys ???? https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1268421826234871808 …

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#WATCH: PM Modi laughs as Australian PM Scott Morrison says,"It doesn't surprise me, this is how (virtually) we'd continue to meet in these circumstances. You are the one who started hologram in your campaigning many years ago, maybe next time we can have a hologram of you here."

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Chat show live streaming....????

this shows, govt and its minions are totally bankrupt of narrative...https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1268421826234871808 …

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#WATCH: PM Modi laughs as Australian PM Scott Morrison says,"It doesn't surprise me, this is how (virtually) we'd continue to meet in these circumstances. You are the one who started hologram in your campaigning many years ago, maybe next time we can have a hologram of you here."

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Earlier, Scott Morrison had shared photos of Samosas he had made, disappointed that he wasn't able to share them with his Indian counterpart.

“Sunday ScoMosas with mango chutney, all made from scratch - including the chutney! A pity my meeting with @narendramodi this week is by videolink. They’re vegetarian, I would have liked to share them with him,” Morrison posted on Twitter and tagged PM Modi.


Scott Morrison

@ScottMorrisonMP
Sunday ScoMosas with mango chutney, all made from scratch - including the chutney! A pity my meeting with @narendramodi this week is by videolink. They’re vegetarian, I would have liked to share them with him.

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PM Modi replied saying, "Connected by the Indian Ocean, united by the Indian Samosa! Looks delicious, PM @ScottMorrisonMP! Once we achieve a decisive victory against COVID-19, we will enjoy the Samosas together. Looking forward to our video meet on the 4th."


Narendra Modi

@narendramodi
Connected by the Indian Ocean, united by the Indian Samosa!

Looks delicious, PM @ScottMorrisonMP! 

Once we achieve a decisive victory against COVID-19, we will enjoy the Samosas together. 

Looking forward to our video meet on the 4th. https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status/1266952463464071171 …

Scott Morrison

@ScottMorrisonMP
Sunday ScoMosas with mango chutney, all made from scratch - including the chutney! A pity my meeting with @narendramodi this week is by videolink. They’re vegetarian, I would have liked to share them with him.

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This was the first virtual summit between the two leaders. Morrison was scheduled to visit India earlier this year but his trip was cancelled due to the bushfires in Australia.




PM Modi tells Australian PM Scott Morrison that COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for both nations to work together


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that India is committed to strengthening its relations with Australia.

"India is committed to strengthening its relations with Australia, it is not only important for our two nations but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the whole world," PM Modi said during first ever 'India-Australia Virtual Summit'.

In his opening remarks, Modi said he believed that it is the "perfect time and perfect opportunity" to further strengthen the relationship between India and Australia.

"We have immense possibilities to make our friendship stronger," Modi said, adding: "How our relations become a 'factor of stability' for our region and for the world, how we work together for global good, all these aspects need to be considered." The prime minister said India was committed to expand its relations with Australia on a wider and faster pace, noting that it is important not only for the two countries, but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the world.

"The role of our comprehensive strategic partnership will be more important in this period of global epidemic. The world needs a coordinated and collaborative approach to get out of the economic and social side effects of this epidemic," he said.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the visit of his Australian counterpart had been cancelled twice this year and urged on him to plan a family visit soon. "As a friend, I urge you to plan a family visit to India soon after the situation improves and accept our hospitality," he told Morrison.

"I believe that this is the perfect time, the perfect opportunity to further strengthen the relations between India and Australia. We have infinite possibilities to make our friendship stronger. How our relationships become a 'factor of stability' for our region and for the world, how we work together for global good, all these aspects need to be considered," the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister pointed out that India is committed to expanding its relations with Australia on a wider and faster pace. This is important not only for our two countries but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the world, stressed Modi, adding further that Australia is one of India's friends. "So the criteria for the pace of development in our relations should also be ambitious," he said.

The Prime Minister also expressed his heartfelt condolences to all the people and families affected by COVID-19 in Australia on behalf of the people of India.

This is the first virtual summit between the two leaders. Morrison was scheduled to visit India earlier this year but his trip was cancelled due to the bushfires in Australia.

The two Prime Ministers earlier had a telephonic conversation on 6th April 2020, where they discussed the ongoing COVID-19, including facilitation and support for citizens stranded in each other's country.

The virtual summit provides an opportunity for the two leaders to review the broad framework of the relationship, in the context of growing ties between India and Australia, and to discuss their respective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
 
 



Cyclone Nisarga: Mumbai Police imposes Section 144 till Thursday afternoon


The Mumbai Police on Wednesday imposed Section 144 in the city from midnight to Thursday afternoon in the wake of impending Cyclone Nisarga.

"Prohibitory orders issued under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), in view of cyclonic conditions in the city to ensure that there is no danger to human life, health or safety," Office of Mumbai Police commissioner said in a statement. The police also banned citizens from visiting places like beaches, parks and promenades along the coastline.


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Prohibitory orders issued under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), in view of cyclonic conditions in the city to ensure that there is no danger to human life, health or safety: Office of the Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai. #CycloneNisarga

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Even the BMC advised people to stay home in wake of Cyclone Nisarga. "While it’s best that you stay at home during heavy rainfall; but if, for some unavoidable reason, you need to drive your car, please ensure that you carry hammer or objects that can help you break glass in case your car doors get jammed," BMC said in a statement.

With an expected increase in wind conditions up to 120 kilometres, cyclone Nisarga is likely to make landfall on the north coast of Maharashtra later today. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), cyclone Nisarga is expected to affect the city today between 11 am to 7 pm.

"Wind conditions will further increase up to 100-110 gusting to 120 kmph as conditions are favourable for intensification. The higher sea surface temperature and low vertical wind shear favoured the intensification of severe cyclonic circulation," said IMD in a series of tweets.

Explaining the nature of wind speed, IMD further tweeted, "Eye diameter is about 65 km as observed through Radar. Thus the diameter has decreased during past 01 hours indicating intensification of the system. Hence wind speed has increased from 85-95 kmph to 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph."




George Floyd Murder: Facebook engineer resigns, slams Mark Zuckerberg's 'inaction' over Trump's 'call for violence'


A software engineer from Facebook put out a lengthy post on social media on Tuesday evening, explaining to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg why he was resigning.

Slamming Zuckerberg for his silence over US President Donald Trump’s repeated statements on social media that are deemed ‘newsworthy’, Timothy J Aveni wrote, “For years, President Trump has enjoyed an exception to Facebook’s Community Standards; over and over, he posts abhorrent, targeted messages that would get any other Facebook user suspended from the platform. He’s permitted to break the rules, since his political speech is ‘newsworthy.’”

 
 

Critical of Zuckerberg’s inability to take a stand despite repeated claims that ‘Facebook would not tolerate hate speech’, Aveni added, “Mark always told us that he would draw the line at speech that calls for violence. He showed us on Friday that this was a lie. Facebook will keep moving the goalposts every time Trump escalates, finding excuse after excuse not to act on increasingly dangerous rhetoric. Since Friday, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand and process the decision not to remove the racist, violent post Trump made Thursday night, but Facebook, complicit in the propagation of weaponised hatred, is on the wrong side of history.”

 
 

Saying that he could not keep excusing Facebook’s behaviour, Aveni said, the social media site is providing a platform that enables politicians to radicalise individuals and glorify violence. “We are watching the United States succumb to the same kind of social media-fuelled division that has gotten people killed in the Philippines, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka. I’m scared for my country and I’m done trying to justify this,” he added.


The death of George Floyd, 46, an African-American man has sparked debates regarding police brutality and institutional racism in the United States of America yet again.

In Minneapolis, where the incident occurred, widespread protests have broken out and protesters even set fire to a police precinct on Thursday night.

In reaction to this, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to condemn the inaction of the Mayor Jacob Frey, whom he referred to as 'radically left'. He also warned Frey to "get his act together and get the city under control" or else he would send in the National Guard "to get the job done right".

In a follow-up tweet which has now been blocked by Twitter , the POTUS also mentioned that he spoke to the Minneapolis Governor, Tim Walz and assured him that the "military was with him all the way". However, in the same tweet, he described the protesters as 'thugs' and accused them of dishonouring the memory of George Floyd. He said that if there was anymore difficulty, they would assume control and warned that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

This remark has resulted in Twitter flagging this tweet of the President. Jack Dorsey, Twitter founder and CEO took to Twitter on Thursday to fact-check Trump, where he said that the platform would continue to point out incorrect information pertaining to elections.

Jack also said that this does not make Twitter the 'arbiter of truth' and they they merely aim to "connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions."





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