Facebook pulls Trump ads which used Nazi symbol

first_imgFacebook on Thursday removed ads by President Donald Trump’s campaign containing a symbol used by Nazi Germany, the latest move in a heated battle over inflammatory political content on social media.The leading social network, which has drawn fire over its hands-off approach to political speech in recent months, said the campaign messages with an inverted red triangle and used in Nazi camps violated a policy against “organized hate” and were taken down.”We don’t allow symbols that represent hateful organizations or hateful ideologies unless they are put up with context or condemnation,” Facebook head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher said at a House of Representatives committee hearing.”That’s what we saw in this case with this ad, and anywhere that that symbol is used we would take the same actions.”Facebook’s move comes as it faced intense pressure to remove incendiary comments from the president which critics said promoted violence.Recently Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reiterated that the platform will steer away from moderating political speech but would enforce its rules barring content promoting physical harm.In a tweet from a “Trump War Room,” the campaign contended the upside-down red triangle symbol at issue was “widely used” in reference to left-wing activist group Antifa.Watchdog group Media Matters replied with a tweet saying that is not the case.Since early this month, the Trump campaign has been running “fearmongering” ads about what it says is a far-left group called “antifa,” according to Media Matters.The upside-down red triangle was apparently a new addition to the ad, according to Media Matters, which found at least 88 ads on Facebook pages with that symbol.”Despite violating Facebook’s terms of service, the ads were approved by Facebook in the first place,” said Media Matters president Angelo Carusone.Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman, said that “Facebook still has an inverted red triangle emoji in use, which looks exactly the same, so it’s curious that they would target only this ad.”Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, said the president’s campaign “needs to learn its history, as ignorance is no excuse for using Nazi-related symbols.”Greenblatt added on Twitter: “The Nazis used red triangles to identify their political victims in concentration camps. Using it to attack political opponents is highly offensive.” Battling over ‘facts’ The move by Facebook is unlikely to end a raging battle between social media firms and the White House, which has claimed the Silicon Valley companies are biased against conservatives, despite Trump’s large following.Trump has also pointed this ire at Twitter, which recently labeled some of the president’s tweets as potentially false or as violating their rules about promoting violence. On Thursday evening the platform tagged a video tweeted by Trump as “Manipulated media” for portraying an edited version of a viral clip that showed two toddlers hugging. The version tweeted by Trump makes it appear that news outlet CNN labeled one of the children a “racist” Trump supporter.But Facebook has steadfastly rejected calls to fact-check politicians, including a plea from Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden to clamp down on what he called rampant disinformation from the White House.The California tech giant noted that it has removed Trump ads in the past for policy violations, including a ban on interfering with the US census.Facebook is under pressure to clamp down on political misinformation following failures to block foreign influence campaigns in the 2016 US election, while at the same time remaining an open platform for election debate.Earlier this week, Facebook made a new move by allowing users to turn off all political adsThe feature being rolled out in the United States and some other countries will give Facebook and Instagram users the option of blocking paid ads from candidates and political groups.The large platform has split from Twitter, which earlier this year decided to label comments by Trump as misleading and in another case to limit the reach of the president’s comments for violating the platform’s policy on promoting violence.Zuckerberg has maintained that “the best way to hold politicians accountable is through voting, and I believe we should trust voters to make judgments for themselves.” Topics :last_img read more

GO-TIME: Insurance Department Finds Mcare Savings

first_img December 05, 2016 Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today announced her department has reduced administrative costs for the state’s medical liability insurance program by using its staff to perform work previously done by outside actuaries.“The costs to administer the Mcare Fund are borne by the health care providers it serves. We have decided to bring the annual Mcare assessment calculation in house, and get this done with no additional staff,” Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said. “This will save Pennsylvanians money this year, and every year going forward, while still making sure this vital fund is available for patients who need it.”The Insurance Department administers the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund, known as Mcare, which provides payments to patients who have been injured by medical malpractice. Mcare is funded through annual assessments paid by doctors, hospitals and other health care providers based on criteria laid out in the law governing the fund. Although this calculation is based entirely on Mcare’s own data and the statutory formula, Mcare had paid outside actuaries approximately $23,000 each year to perform the calculations to determine the assessment for the coming year.“Governor Wolf has asked each agency to constantly be looking for ways to save Pennsylvanians money through how we do business, and I am pleased the Insurance Department is able to contribute again to this effort,” Commissioner Miller said.The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services.GO-TIME works with agencies to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. During the 15-16 fiscal year, state agencies saved over $156 million.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf GO-TIME: Insurance Department Finds Mcare Savingscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

AP Pension, Sampension launch DKK3.6bn commercial property loan fund

first_img“There are exciting prospects, and to get that you need to have volume in order to make a sensible entry into the European commercial real estate loans market.“In this way, the joint venture will make something possible that we couldn’t do alone,” he said.Working together with the other pension funds would lead to lower costs and secure a better return for each partner in the fund for the benefit of their customers, Hallarth said.AP Pension said its portion of the overall investment would be DKK750m.The pension provider said it was gradually going down alternative routes in order to create reasonable investment returns for its customers. Most recently it had invested in the agricultural sector trough the launch of a DKK600m fund, and now another opportunity had presented itself, it said.Entering the European property investment had now become attractive, AP Pension said, because the financial crisis seemed to be over and there were clear signs that European growth was returning.“Cooperation between the five pension funds makes it possible to go in the European real estate market with a loan amount large enough to match the best private lending opportunities offered by Europe’s banks,” it said.AXA Real Estate last year agreed a joint venture targeting a similar geographical area with the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, marketing the sovereign fund’s first invetsment in real estate loans. Five Danish pension funds are joining forces to invest DKK3.6bn (€480m) in commercial real estate loans in western Europe in conjunction with AXA Real Estate.Commercial labour-market pension provider AP Pension said it and fellow labour-market pension funds Sampension, TDC Pension, the pension fund for lawyers and economists (JØP) and the Danish engineers’ pension fund DIP would invest DKK3.6bn over the next two years.The investment would be made in a newly established investment fund, it said, set up in conjunction with AXA Real Estate, which it said was the largest manager of property loans in Europe.Erik Hallarth, head of investments at AP Pension, said that he was pleased with the new cooperation between the funds.last_img read more

Children Need Our Marriage Tradition

first_imgJohn Smoot – Public Discourse 13 June 2013John M. Smoot served as a trial court judge of Boston’s Probate and Family Court from 1990 to 2012. He currently serves as a mediator at Boston Area Mediation and blogs at Peter’s Bench.Redefining marriage will make it harder for our children to develop their self-understanding and will sanction procreative methods that treat children like commodities.The mantra of the revolution, “If it feels good, do it,” ultimately weakened the institution of marriage with its inherent restraints and responsibilities, ballooned the divorce rate, and brought the number of out-of-wedlock births to 40 percent of all children born in America. All of which translates into poverty, crime, and suffering.Over the course of twenty-one years as a judge in Boston, I granted thousands of divorces and heard thousands of cases involving children of unmarried parents. Yes, there were adults and children who benefited from divorce just as there were children of single parent families who did fine or excelled. Overall, however, the revolution that encouraged “pleasure, freedom, [and] self-expression” brought an immense amount of pain and misery. Was it bad for everyone? No. Was it bad for millions? Yes.Social policy and cultural change have an impact on all of us. And clearly, the impact is not always for the good. Now, we are transforming marriage by eliminating its inherent gender distinctions.ChildrenWe need to be careful not to project our adult understandings onto children. They will develop identities based on the culture around them, not on the culture we grew up in. In the past, boys knew that if they married when they grew up, they would marry a woman; and girls knew that if they married when they grew up, they would marry a man. Children understood that marriage brought men and women together to form families because every aspect of our culture conveyed that message. There was nothing automatic about it. Change the culture, and you change the outcome…..Commodity FuturesThe second harm that is often overlooked, as Alana Newman has addressed here on Public Discourse, is that same-sex marriage will enshrine in our culture the ongoing industrialization of collecting and distributing sperm and eggs. This would include perpetuating the callous practice of anonymous gamete sales. Unlike adoption, whereby a child already born is placed in a home, the sperm- or egg-purchase method deliberately creates a child but separates him or her from one half of “who he or she is,” as numerous donor-conceived children describe their experience…..http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/06/10344/?utm_source=RTA+Smoot+Children+Need+Marriage+Tradition&utm_campaign=winstorg&utm_medium=emaillast_img read more

MSPs reject petition to legalise adult incest

first_imgChristian Concern 26 January 2016MSPs rejected the petition asking the Scottish government to amend the law on incest, so that it would no longer apply to consenting adults over the age of 21.Richard Morris, it is believed, resides in Australia, but he submitted the petition on behalf of a Scottish man who was convicted of committing incest with his daughter.The petitions committee was legally required to hear Mr Morris’s request, since his petition pertained to a devolved issue. Incest in Scotland is covered under Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act of 1995.In his petition, Mr Morris claimed the current law on incest is “discriminatory”, and related people’s attitudes toward incest to “bigoted” views on homosexuality.“Public fears, prejudice and bigotry about ACI [Adult Consensual Incest] are mostly due to ignorance created over many years mostly by the church and church-influenced governments and newspapers, in much the same way as public fears and bigotry about homosexuality were created”, he wrote.Committee convener Michael McMahon said that it was not in the public interest to pursue a change in the law.Push for normalisationSome in other countries, however, have taken a different view. The German Ethics Council in 2014 said that “the fundamental right of adult siblings to sexual self-determination is to be weighed more heavily than the abstract idea of protection of the family.”That same year in Australia, a judge said that incest was like homosexuality, which was once considered “unnatural”, but is now widely accepted.“A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner”, he stated.“If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy. Those things have gone.”Popular culture has also begun to normalise incest. The hit television series Game of Thrones, based upon the novels by George R. R. Martin, has portrayed a twin brother and sister in an incestuous relationship.BBC’s new adaptation of War and Peace also depicts a brother and sister engaging in sexual behaviour. Andrew Davies, who adapted the classic novel for the BBC, claims he was merely making the relationship more explicit than Leo Tolstoy was able to do because of the cultural norms of his day.Similarly, Cosmopolitan magazine featured a story in October 2015 about a brother and sister who met as adults and became involved in a sexual relationship. The story of ‘Brian’ and ‘Melissa’, originally published in Good Housekeeping, is presented in sympathetic terms. The article is titled “What it’s like to fall in love with your brother”.http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/msps-reject-petition-to-legalise-adult-incest?utm_source=Christian+Concern&utm_campaign=8ba5d64e2b-WN-2016-01-30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e164371ca-8ba5d64e2b-127299873last_img read more

Japan rescuers search for typhoon survivors

first_imgAt least 40 people were killed in thetyphoon that left vast sections of towns in central and eastern Japan underwater, with another 16 missing and 189 injured, public broadcaster NHK said. NAGANO – Rescue workers waded throughmuddy, waist-high waters on Monday searching for missing people after one ofthe worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent history. Over 110,000 police officers, soldiersand coastguard personnel, and around 100 helicopters were mobilized forMonday’s rescue operations, Chief Cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said.     Typhoon Hagibis made landfall onJapan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday and headed out to sea early onSunday.     center_img Government personnel paddle a boat during rescue operations after a typhoon swept through Kawagoe, Saitama prefecture, Japan on Oct. 13. JGSDF/VIA REUTERS Over 92,000 households were stillwithout power early on Monday, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industrysaid. That was down from 262,000 households as of midday on Sunday.(Reuters)last_img read more

Abe crucial to making Tokyo OC best prepared ever: International Olympic Committee

first_imgLAUSANNE: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said that former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was crucial in making the organising committee for the Tokyo Olympics “the best prepared ever.” Abe on Friday announced his resignation as the Japanese Head of Government for health reasons. “I would like to thank Prime Minister Abe for his great leadership in getting the Olympic Games back to Japan after the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964, and in overseeing and supporting the overall preparation of these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said Bach in a statement.”His engagement was crucial to making the Tokyo Organising Committee the best prepared ever. Throughout these years, Prime Minister Abe was a strong partner who always stood up for the interests of Japan, and who at the same time could always be trusted. “In this way, we were able to find solutions, even in the most difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, which allow his vision for Japan to still come true, even if with one year’s delay.” The 65-year-old Abe has been battling ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, for many years and he said that his condition has worsened recently. In September 2013, Abe had intervened in Tokyo’s bid to secure the 2020 Olympics by giving a speech in English at the IOC session in Buenos Aires. In March this year, the organising committee, Bach and Abe agreed to postpone the Games by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Re-Opening Education Institutes Issues & Challengeslast_img read more

NSA Announces Shortlist for 2017 Awards

first_imgTandoh who was highly excited about the response of the public to the forthcoming awards ceremony said it was a delight that the award was moving a notch higher considering the attraction it was getting year in year out.According to him, nominees for this year’s award would be in 16 categories that include Discovery of the Year. Some of the nominees include Akuh Purity, Kennedy Boboye and Sam Vincent. The trio will be competing for the Coach of the Year.While the likes of Aruna Quadri, Ike Diogu and Evelyn Akhator make up the three finalists for Ball Sports of the Year, the trio of Victor Moses, Anthony Okpotu, Stephen Odeh are expected to slug it out for the Male Footballer of the Year honour.The list of categories to be competed for include; Coach of the year, Wrestler of the Year, Ball Sports of the Year, Female Footballer of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Sports Administrator of the Year, Sports Governor of the Year, Sportswriter of the Year (Radio), Male Footballer of the Year, Sports Journalist of the Year (TV), TV Sports Journalist, Print Sports Journalist of the Year and Team of the Year, Discovery of the Year.Besides, Tandoh noted that special recognition award would also be given to five deserving sport individuals and companies who have done tremendously to advance sports in the last 12 months.He said” We have taken time to look at the nominees for the different categories. We did justice to arrive at the nominees for the different categories. The process was transparent and fair. We can proudly say that the nominees selected for the 15 categories deserve to be winners by all standard.”Another member of the panel, Mr. Kayode Idowu who spoke on the final selection for the award said the exercise was quite rigorous as members took time to analyse the choices before arriving at the list.A member of the panel who is also a representative of the Federal Ministry of Sports, Mrs. Hauwa Kulu Akinyemi commended the organisers for the award. She said the award has remained critical to sports development in Nigeria considering its role in motivating the young sport lovers.Speaking on the mechanism for voting, Idowu disclosed that the public would be open to four different options that include messaging option, twitter, manual format and voting through the award website. To vote for nominee of their choice, Idowu said members of the public are expected to log on to the award website, www.nigeriansportsaward.com or vote on the award twitter handle, @ngrsportsawardVoting is open to the public, beginning from today, October 5 and to last till November 12,2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the Nigerian Sports Award (NSA) have announced shortlist of nominees for the sixth anniversary edition of the prestigious sports awards ceremony.At a press briefing held in Lagos thursday, the Chairman of the newly constituted panel, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, however announced nominees for five different categories that include Ball sports Personality of the year, Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Sports Governor of the Year and Team of the Year.last_img read more