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Facebook Board Upholds Trump Ban, For Now

The board called the ban an inappropriate penalty and called for another review.

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Former President Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook and Instagram will remain in place after a decision Wednesday morning.

The platform’s Oversight Board called for the ban to be looked at again, however, saying Facebook “must reexamine the arbitrary penalty it imposed on January 7 and decide the appropriate penalty.”

The board continued “This penalty must be based on the gravity of the violation and the prospect of future harm. It must also be consistent with Facebook’s rules for severe violations, which must, in turn, be clear, necessary and proportionate.”

Trump’s page and ones tied to his campaign and presidency were shut down by Facebook in the hours after supporters were able to force their way into the Capitol on January 6th. Congress was meeting in a joint session to ratify the Electoral College at the time.

The oversight board called on Facebook to re-evaluate the ban within six months.

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CNN Will No Longer Distribute Content on Facebook in Australia

A CNN spokesperson acknowledged in a statement that Facebook “chose not to” help them regarding this matter.

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In Australia, the country’s highest court ruled that media companies are liable for people’s comments under articles on Facebook. As a result, CNN states it will no longer distribute content on the social media platform in Australia.

CNN did try to continue posting on Facebook in the country as it asked the platform’s tech firm if it would “support CNN and other publishers by disabling the comment functionality on their platform in Australia.” 

Furthermore, a CNN spokesperson acknowledged in a statement that Facebook “chose not to” help them regarding this matter.

“We are disappointed that Facebook, once again, has failed to ensure its platform is a place for credible journalism and productive dialogue around current events among its users,” the CNN spokesperson said. 

Facebook allows people and publishers with pages to turn off comments to their posts or otherwise limit the capacity for people to comment to chosen pages and profiles. 

However, CNN requested a feature that allows a page-wide setting to turn off comments in Australia. Instead, Facebook gave directions for how the media organization can disable comments post by post.

With Facebook no helping and the high courts in Australia not on their side, CNN decided the best decision was to stop posting content. 

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Katty Kay Resigns From Role Following Ozy Media Controversy

Kay arrived in May to become the senior editor and executive producer after she departed the BBC

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Ozy Media is in a crisis following a report from The New York Times where a top executive tried to deceive potential investors. As a result, a prominent journalist from the media outlet has handed in her resignation. 

Veteran reporter and political analyst Katty Kay announced on Twitter that she’s resigning from her position within Ozy. 

“Yesterday morning, I handed in my resignation to Ozy Media,” Kay tweeted. “I was looking forward to working with the talented young reporters, but I did not expect this!”

Kay arrived in May to become the senior editor and executive producer after she departed the BBC. The reason for Kay’s decision to exit Ozy was the report of an executive impersonated a YouTube staffer while on a conference call with possible investors from Goldman Sachs. 

During the call, the Ozy executive stated, “Ozy was a great success on YouTube, racking up significant views and ad dollars,” according to the Times reported.

YouTube decided to investigate the matter once it was brought to their attention that someone impersonated a representative. 

Ozy founder and CEO Carlos Watson apologized to Goldman Sachs, stating that an Ozy executive impersonated a YouTube staffer, Chief Operating Officer Samir Rao, who had been going through a mental health crisis. 

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Capital Gazette Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

On Tuesday, he heard the impact statements of families of the victims in the courtroom

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The victims of the Capital Gazette shooting now have justice as Jarrod Ramos, the man who opened fire in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md., in 2018, received a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.

During the shooting, Ramos shot and killed five newspaper employees. After much deliberation, a jury decided that he had the mental and emotional capacity to be held criminally accountable for the attack. 

Ramos was upset with his coverage by the Capital Gazette, which resulted in him meticulously organizing the attack following a harassment conviction involving a former classmate in 2011.

On Tuesday, he heard the impact statements of families of the victims in the courtroom, which was relayed by The Washington Post.

“There were days I wondered why I lived or if I should live at all,” Selene San Felice, a reporter that survived the shooting, said. “I live to spread the truth. We will press on.”

A daughter of slain staffer Wendi Winters stated to reporters outside the courthouse that the life sentence Ramos received “brings us solace that the person that took her from us will never breathe freedom again.”

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