Facebook bans 12 dangerous British farright groups and individuals

first_imgSome far-right groups in the UK are now outlawed on Facebook. Photofusion/Ian Francis/UIG via Getty Images Facebook banned a handful of prominent British far-right groups on Thursday, as part of the implementation of its “dangerous organizations and individuals” policy.In total 12 people and groups were outlawed by the social network, including the British National Party (BNP) and its president Nick Griffin, Britain First, the English Defence League, Knights Templar International and the National Front. Co-founder of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson is already banned under the same policy.”Individuals and organizations who spread hate, or attack or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are, have no place on Facebook,” said a spokeswoman for the company in a statement. “Our work against organised hate is ongoing and we will continue to review individuals, organizations, pages, groups and content against our Community Standards.”The ban applies not only to the individuals and groups, but to posts and other content that express praise or support for them.Its introduction follows criticisms made as part of a Channel 4 documentary last year that said Facebook wasn’t doing enough to stem the flow of far-right hate on the platform. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube have all come under pressure in the UK, the US and elsewhere to prevent the spread of hate speech. But they’ve had to simultaneously work out how to balance banning groups and individuals with free speech concerns. Internet Services Share your voice Comments 3 Tags Facebooklast_img read more

City looks at heavy rainfall on Sunday after 48 hrs of discomfort

first_imgKolkata: The city-dwellers may witness hot and humid weather in the next two days before a heavy shower hits the South Bengal districts on Sunday, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore.The weather office, however, says that scattered rainfall may occur in various places of South Bengal in the next two days. But the rain will not be able to bring down the temperature and reduce the humidity level. The weather office says that the temperature will go down slightly in the city and the South Bengal districts following the heavy rain expected on Sunday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned here that Bengal has received less rainfall in June compared to previous years, due to the late onset of monsoon and an irregularity in the rainfall. The situation may not improve in the current month as there may be a rain deficit in the state. The paddy cultivation has also been affected in different districts due to scarcity of rainfall. Various crops were also damaged due to high humidity levels. The rain deficit in the last month has affected the farmers and they may face a similar fate in July as there is also a prediction of rain deficit in the current month as well. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWeather experts said that the monsoon deficit in South Bengal currently stands at 48 percent, while the North Bengal districts have received heavy rainfall ever since the South-Western monsoon made incursion into the region. A weather official said that the sky in the city and in various other South Bengal districts remains mostly cloudy as of now. Once the cloud disappears, the mercury and humidity may further go up. It is expected that people in South Bengal may have to face discomfort for another two days. Once a heavy rain lashes the city, the humidity level will go down. The irregular rainfall has also been affecting the people, many of whom are complaining of fever and other ailments due to the fluctuating weather. The city doctors have also issued some tips in order to stay fit. They said children should drink more water and avoid spicy foods. People have been advised to bathe twice a day to get relief from the hot weather condition. They have also asked the people to avoid direct sunlight.last_img read more