Facebook Adds Blackface to Banned Photos

  • Facebook has updated its rules to tackle posts containing depictions of “blackface” and common anti-Semitic stereotypes.
  • Its Community Standards now explicitly state such content should be removed if used to target or mock people, after the company said it had consulted more than 60 outside experts before making the move.
  • Zubaida Haque, interim director of the Runnymede Trust race-equality think tank said “We welcome Facebook’s decision, but I’m not entirely convinced these steps are part of a robust strategy to proactively deal with this hatred as opposed to it being a crisis-led sort of thing.”

Facebook will Warn Users Before Sharing Posts Related to COVID-19

  • Facebook will now provide users with a new notification screen when sharing or viewing articles about COVID-19, which will provide context, information on sources, and when it was first shared. 
  • This is Facebook’s latest attempt to halt the spread of misinformation regarding COVID-19, after widespread criticism for not doing enough. 
  • The goal, Facebook says, is to “help people understand the recency and source of the content before they share it” and to direct “people to our COVID-19 Information Center to ensure people have access to credible information about COVID-19 from global health authorities.”

England set to Relaunch Contact Tracing App 

Principal of Prestigious Ballet School Caught Grooming Students for Sex

Xbox Releases Top End Mobile Games

  • Microsoft is about to launch a games-streaming service that will let subscribers play top-end Xbox games on a mobile phone.
  • This is a Netflix-style service for video games, which many experts think will be the future of gaming.
  • The monthly fee is set at £10.99 and will only work on Android devices.
  • It is set to be launched on 15 September – but Microsoft told tech site The Verge that a beta test has been launched on 11 August, with about 30 of the promised 100+ games that will come with the full service.
  • To play, gamers will need to be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber to take part, download the beta version of the app from the Google Play Store and also have an Xbox controller that connects to their phone via Bluetooth.

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