Survey Finds Facebook Boycott Will Continue to Grow as Companies Outside USA Take Part

Google Photo App No Longer Backs up Photos from Social Media 

  • Google will no longer automatically back up images and videos from social media platforms in its photo app.
  • Previously, the Google Photos app created a folder to store any media received through apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • Google said the changes were to save internet resources as “people are sharing more photos and videos” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The feature used up bandwidth and took up memory on devices.
  • Earlier this year, YouTube and Netflix made similar moves to reduce internet traffic, as more people were using broadband at home due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Facebook Removes Far-Right Pages Linked to Boogaloo Movement

  • Facebook says it has removed and banned hundreds of accounts connected to a “violent” and “anti-government” US movement, as well as the broader far-right “Boogaloo” movement. 
  • In a statement, Facebook said, “it is actively promoting violence against civilians, law enforcement and government officials and institutions”. Armed Boogaloo members have been seen at recent US protests.
  • The Boogaloo movement shares followers with some neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, as well as libertarians and anarchists.
  • The boogaloo Movement is a leaderless movement in which followers generally sign up to two fundamental beliefs: a desire for an armed overthrow of the government, and an unwavering commitment to gun ownership.

Nearly Half of Black UK Households Living in Poverty

  • Black and minority ethnic (BAME) households in the UK are over twice as likely to live in poverty as their white counterparts, leaving them disproportionately exposed to job losses and pay cuts caused by the coronavirus pandemic, an independent study has revealed.
  • The latest annual report by the Social Metrics Commission found that nearly half of black African Caribbean households were in poverty, compared with just under one in five white families, while BAME families as a whole were between two and three times as likely to be in persistent poverty than white households.
  • Overall, 14.4 million people in the UK were living in poverty in 2018-19, up by 100,000 on the previous year, of which 4.5 million were children. 
  • About 4.5 million people – 7% of the population – were in deep poverty, and 7.1 million people (11%) were in persistent poverty, meaning they had lived below the breadline for at least two of the last three years.

Police Face Criticism After Injured Child Was Stopped and Searched by Police

  • Rights groups have criticised the Metropolitan Police after a boy of 16, attacked by far-right opponents of a Black Lives Matter demonstration in London, said he was stopped and searched by the policeman he had asked for help.
  • The teenager, who is black, said that even though he had been injured in the attack, the police officer he approached for protection looked him over, searched him, and told him to find medical help elsewhere.
  • Katrina French, chief executive of StopWatch, the UK organisation that works to promote fair and accountable policing, said: “It is disgraceful that an injured child asks the police for assistance and is treated like a criminal”.

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