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Lyft, Uber in the driver’s seat in fight against Texas anti-abortion laws

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Those working for rideshare companies across Texas and surrounds are now protected under new driver defense fund.

Lyft, Uber fighting back against anti-abortion laws

Rideshare companies are set to cover legal costs for drivers who are sued under a controversial Texas anti-abortion law.

Lyft and Uber announced they’ll take responsibility for any form of punishment drivers encounter under a new rule which threatens drivers for taking passengers where they need to go.

The rule specifically focuses on those driving female passengers to medical clinics for pregnancy-termination purposes.

Both transportation services believe passengers are entitled to not disclosing their reasons for travel, especially those exercising their right to choose and access the healthcare they need.

A passenger’s destination is not a driver’s responsibility

Lyft also says a passenger’s reason for travel is not a driver’s responsibility.

“Imagine being a driver and not knowing if you are breaking the law by giving someone a ride,” Lyft co-founders Logan and John say.

“[Also] imagine being a pregnant woman trying to get to a healthcare appointment and not knowing if your driver will cancel on you for fear of breaking the law.”

In response to the mandate, Lyft has created a Driver Legal Defense Fund to cover 100 percent of legal fees sued under the SB8 rule.

Additionally, Lyft is donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood to help ensure that transportation is never a barrier to healthcare access.

Butting heads with Texas

Texas’ new law, signed this week, prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy

The law also empowers private citizens across the country to sue anyone for aiding abortions past that six-week mark, that includes medical clinics and those who drive women to them.

The announcements from Uber and Lyft come after Bumble and Tinder announced the creation of a relief fund for women seeking abortions.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Did The Simpsons predict Musk’s Twitter takeover?

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New Twitter boss Elon Musk claims The Simpsons predicted his takeover years ago

Elon Musk has alluded to the fact that The Simpsons predicted his takeover of Twitter in a 2015 episode.

The episode titled “The Musk who fell to Earth” showcases Lisa Simpson feeding birds in a letter box with the label “Home Tweet Home.”

During the episode, Musk flies in on his rocket ship before meeting the Simpsons family.

Before Musk leaves, the show throws to the bird house. Lisa Simpson then says “I guess humanity wants its change one bird house at a time.”

Fans of the series have been quick to jump on its so-called prediction capabilities. They often draw parallels between the episodes and monumental events in history.

Lovers of the show are convinced it predicted Donald Trump’s Presidential run, Disney’s purchase of Fox and the 9/11 attacks.

More recently, they’re certain the show predicted England and America’s 2022 World Cup match in an 1997 episode.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media

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Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff

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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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