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Tech firms to remove extremist posts within hours

Tech giants including Facebook, Twitter and Google have agreed to do more to remove extremist content within hours of it being posted. The accord was decided at a two-day meeting between the G7 nations and the tech firms, hosted on the Italian island of Ischia. The aim, according to officials, is to remove jihadist content from the internet within two hours. In a tweet, Twitter said the talks had been “important and productive”. Twitter and Google declined to give further comment. Italy’s interior minister Marco Minniti said they were “important…

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Facebook bans rapper Lil B for 'hate speech' posts

US rapper Lil B, known for his outspoken views on social media, is facing a 30-day ban under Facebook’s hate speech policies. The musician has expressed anger over the suspension and fans have criticised the ban on Twitter. Facebook said some of his posts violated its policies on hate speech. The posts, according to publications with which he later shared the messages, related to white people and gun violence. Political news website The Hill republished two of the banned posts. They read: “White people are the only ones who really…

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Russia releases videos of alleged 'illegal actions' by US at its diplomatic posts

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs blasted America’s seizure of three Russian diplomatic posts on Sunday, calling the actions an “outrageous move” that the country treats as “a blatantly hostile act,” while releasing videos of what it is calling “illegal actions.” The seizures of the properties, which took place Saturday at Russia’s consulate in San Francisco and trade offices in Washington D.C. and New York, are part of an ongoing tit for tat between the two countries, which has escalated after Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s order earlier this summer that the…

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Selena Gomez's hacked Instagram posts nude Justin Bieber pics

Selena Gomez’s Instagram account posted several nude photos of Justin Bieber before it was swiftly taken down after it was hacked on Monday night. Variety confirmed that the account, which is the social media platforms second most-followed account, had been hacked. Variety has reached out to her rep for comment. Selena Gomez accepts the award for favourite female artist pop/rock at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP The Bieber images were the same ones that were published the New York…

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Brexit: UK position paper opposes Irish border posts

The government has said it does not want any border posts between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in its new position paper on Brexit. The paper is part of its negotiations with the European Union and the broad ideas in the document appear familiar. It says the government does not want to see any physical infrastructure at the Irish border, such as customs posts. But Brexit critics have complained that the UK’s proposals lack credible detail on how that aim could be achieved. Northern Ireland is the only…

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More than 80,000 NHS posts vacant, says report

More than 86,000 NHS posts were vacant between January 2017 and March 2017, the latest NHS Digital figures for the health service in England suggest. The report shows the number of vacancies climbed by almost 8,000 compared to the same period in 2016. Nurses and midwives accounted for the highest proportion of shortages, with 11,400 vacant posts in March 2017. The data included job adverts published on the NHS Jobs website between February 2015 and March 2017. Nurse shortages The figures suggest there were 30,613 full-time equivalent vacancies in England…

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Emma Watson posts Facebook plea to help her find missing rings

Emma Watson is offering a reward “for information leading to the return” of three missing silver rings, including one that has particular sentimental value. In a lengthy Facebook post the Harry Potter actress said she accidentally left the items inside a locker’s safe after receiving a spa treatment at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Realising she’d left the rings behind after the spa had closed, she said that security had failed to locate them within the safe but would allow her to come for a closer inspection when it reopened the next day….

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