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Taliban slams Facebook for curbing Afghanistan’s freedom of speech

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The Taliban has slammed social media giant Facebook over protections on freedom of speech

The militant group has taken aim at the tech giant for curbing freedom of speech in Afghanistan following a ban on its content, as a result of the crackdown by the US firm.

Reports claim that while answering a question on freedom of speech at a virtual press conference, Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen stated that, “The question should be asked to those people who are claiming to be promoters of freedom of speech who do not allow publication of all information.. the Facebook company, this question should be asked to them.”

On Monday, Facebook confirmed that under the obligation of US law, it was bound to ban the outfit’s content from its social media platforms, including WhatsApp, as the Taliban are designated a terrorist group.

“The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organization policies,”

It was further stated that the company is required to follow the US sanctions

According to the Financial Times, reports also detail that Facebook has been forced to shut down a WhatsApp hotline the Taliban had set up to receive complaints about violence and looting.

The news comes with social media platforms facing pressure to block accounts used by the Taliban since the offensive which led to the takeover of the war-ravaged country.

Facebook said it was using “a dedicated team of Afghanistan experts to help guide policy.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Food delivery drone crashes into powerlines

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Thousands of people have been left without power after a food delivery drone crashed into powerlines

Power was restored after 45 minutes after the drone made a pre-cautionary landing.

‘Wing’ is the company behind the incident who use drones for their food delivery services.

A spokesperson for Energex, the company who supplies power to the 300-affected homes says drones can be dangerous.

It’s believed these instances are very rare and the meal was still hot when emergency crews arrived at the scene.

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Meta’s hiring freeze a result of economic slowdown

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Meta’s hiring freeze is the latest indication that even tech giants are feeling the pinch of the struggling economy

META’S HIRING FREEZE | Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told employees the company is going on a “hiring freeze.”

He says there might also be more layoffs in the future and pointed the blame at the global economy and Apple.

Meta’s revenue has been taking a hit because of the global economic slowdown, and Apple’s recent change to its ad tracking policies hasn’t helped matters either.

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As a result, Meta’s stock price has plunged more than 50% this year.

In May, Zuckerberg warned that Meta might have to make some “tough choices” in the form of layoffs.

But by June, he sounded more optimistic, saying that Meta was “well-positioned” to weather the economic storm.

Now it looks like those tough choices are finally being made.

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Apple exec fired over crude TikTok video

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Apple’s vice president of procurement, Tony Blevins, has been fired from the company after his crude remarks in a TikTok interview went viral

Apple has fired its vice president of procurement, Tony Blevins for making crude comments in a viral TikTok video.

It all started with an interview that went horribly wrong. Creator Daniel Mac posted a video where he asked Blevins what he does for a living, and Blevins response didn’t reference anything respectable.

“I race cars and play golf and fondle big-breasted women. But I take weekends But I take weekends and major holidays off,” Blevins replied.

The video has been viewed over 1.3 million times.

The video didn’t identify Blevins by name and didn’t reference his position at Apple, though Blevins does note that his job offers “a hell of a dental plan.”

But Apple moved quickly to fire Blevins, saying the comments don’t align with their values and respect of women.

Apple is known for being a family-friendly company, so it’s no surprise that they wouldn’t want an employee making crude jokes on TikTok.

This just goes to show that you should be careful what you say on social media.

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