Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook and Instagram has been upheld by Facebook’s Oversight Board.
But it criticised the permanent nature of the ban as beyond the scope of Facebook’s normal penalties.
It has ordered Facebook to review the decision and “justify a proportionate response” that is applied to everyone, including ordinary users.
The former president was banned from both sites in January following the Capitol Hill riots.
The Oversight Board said the initial decision to permanently suspend Mr Trump was “indeterminate and standardless”, and that the correct response should be “consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform”.
There has been a LOT of discussion about whether, and to what extent, social media companies such as Facebook should be able to limit, or in this case ban entirely, people from their platform. What are some of the issues on both sides?
What do you think it means that any ban needs to be “consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform” ?
Shopify Inc. executives believe the shift toward online sales triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is here to stay.
Chief executive Tobi Lutke and president Harley Finkelstein said Wednesday that early patterns emerging in lockdown-free countries like New Zealand and Australia show consumers have embraced e-commerce even after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted — and they expect North America to eventually see the same.
“Consumer preferences have shifted permanently,” said Finkelstein, in a call with analysts.
“The centre of gravity was off-line. It is now online and there’s no going back to the pre-pandemic version of that.”
The shift has been a boon for the Ottawa e-commerce giant, which helps businesses run online stores but has long had to contend with online purchases compromising less than 10 per cent of retail sales for years.
Why don’t you take a look at how to fix your smartphone screen. I used the videos from iCracked. Here’s the one for an iPhone 7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eQiFPzC7Vk The video has been viewed over 1/2 million times, is 40 minutes long, and has the detail enough to cover the entire process. I have personally replaced 5 cracked iPhone screens. The repair kits come with all the tools.
What sort of business could you set up to help keep technology waste out of the landfill / dump?
Technology might be trumping old-school fishing tackle, but an Ottawa biology professor is calling for limits on the increasingly fancy lures and high-tech gear.
Some sport fishermen with deep pockets are using drones to drop baited lines, electric lures that flash lights or emit scent, and fish finders so advanced that they create 3D images of the prey, turning angling into a kind of video game.
That might be making fishing fun for some, but it’s far less sporting for the fish, according to Steven Cooke, who’s calling for the technology to be reeled in.
Most of us have something about us that we’re not 100% in love with—an impulsive streak, perhaps, or a short temper. What if those personality traits could be modified with daily use of a smartphone app? That was the focus of a new study from an international research team led by the University of Zurich, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Changes that were noticed by friends and family members were mostly in participants who wanted to increase expression of a certain personality trait. On the other hand, the people close to those who wanted to reduce expression of a personality trait noticed little change.
But it’s important to note that the group who wanted to reduce expression of a personality trait mostly wanted to become less emotionally vulnerable—a primarily inner process that’s not always easy to observe from the outside.
Amazon is expanding its palm-scanning payment system to a Whole Foods store in Seattle, the company announced Wednesday, the first of many planned rollouts at other locations.
Amazon One, which debuted in September and is currently in use at about a dozen Amazon physical stores, allows shoppers to pay for items by placing their palm over a scanning device. The first time shoppers use the kiosk, they have to insert a credit card to link it with their palm print. But after that, shoppers can pay simply by holding their hand over the kiosk.
Amazon One is distinct from the company’s Just Walk Out technology, which allows shoppers to pick up items and walk out of the store without going through a checkout line. However the two technologies can work together, and Amazon employs them both at its cashierless Amazon Go stores.
In 2018, I did something that would make cautious investors cringe: With almost no savings to my name, I bought cryptocurrency.
I don’t need to tell you that when you’re low on cash, whether you’ve got debt or are in your first job after university as I was, a get-rich-quick scheme is always more attractive than a solid, boring investment.
Reader, I did not get rich quick, or at all. Sure, the small amount of XRP, or Ripple, I bought in 2018 recently more than tripled its value, after several years of ups and downs. But triple a very small amount of money is still quite a small amount of money.
Today, I no longer see cryptocurrency as my lottery ticket to financial freedom. Instead, cryptocurrency is my “fun” fund, a way to play around with what many are saying will be the future of finance and develop a stomach of steel for investment volatility, while I build up my solid, boring investments in significantly less risky picks.
Hidden information inside digital photos can reveal much more than photographers and their subjects bargain for.
Just ask John McAfee, founder of the eponymous antivirus software. In 2012, he was on the run from the Belizean authorities in Central America. Reporters from Vice magazine tracked him down and published an image of him online, under the headline “We Are With John McAfee Right Now, Suckers”. Yet without them realising, location data embedded in the photo inadvertently revealed that McAfee was in Guatemala. He was soon found, and detained.