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Court rules media companies liable for Facebook comments

Media companies are responsible for defamatory comments made on their Facebook pages, an Australian court said in a landmark ruling Monday. The New South Wales Supreme Court ruled that three media companies were responsible for user comments on a story about an indigenous youth detainee, Dylan Voller, in 2016 and 2017. Voller claimed that publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and Sky News were responsible for comments on their public Facebook pages -- alleging he was a rapist and that he attacked a…

‘Bollywood has shunned me since i started talking against Modi’: Prakash Raj

MUMBAI: Bollywood Actor Prakash Raj claims that the Hindi film industry has stopped offering him roles since he started criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The National Award-winning actor said that since October last year, when he first criticised the Prime Minister for his “chilling” silence on the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, the Hindi film industry has sidelined him. Lankesh was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru by unidentified assailants in…

NFL condemns Trump’s comments on football player protests

NEW YORK: President Donald Trump’s call for National Football League owners to fire players who protest during the US national anthem revealed an “unfortunate lack of respect” for the NFL and its players, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Saturday. Goodell, in a statement released a day after Trump suggested any protesting football player was a “son of a bi***” and should lose his job, never mentioned the president by name but made a clear reference to his remarks at a political rally. “Divisive comments like…

Iran army criticises Rouhani’s missile comments

TEHRAN: Iran’s armed forces warned President Hassan Rouhani against discussing the country’s defence programme after he criticised the anti-Israel slogans written on the side of ballistic missiles, local media reported Saturday. During an election debate Friday, Rouhani took the rare step of criticising the elite Revolutionary Guards for the provocative messages they wrote on ballistic missiles before testing them. “We saw how they wrote slogans on missiles and showed underground (missile) cities to disrupt the JCPOA…

Snap stock falls as alleged CEO comments rile some on social media

Shares of Snap fell 1.5 percent on Monday as the Snapchat owner faced criticism for comments allegedly made by its CEO about not prioritising growth in India and Spain because they were "poor" countries. The dip put Snap on track to close at its lowest level in nearly a month, a bad sign following its $3.4 billion public listing that was the hottest by a technology company in three years. Twitter users using the #boycottsnapchat hashtag called for uninstalling the Snapchat app after a legal document unsealed last week…

Norway ‘anti-troll’ site makes you read before commenting

OSLO: Victims of online "trolling", rejoice. A Norwegian site may have found the key to muzzling malicious commenters on the internet: requiring people to read an article before discussing it. As an experiment, NRKbeta, a media and technology subsidiary of public broadcaster NRK, has since mid-February required viewers to correctly answer three questions about articles before being able to comment on them. "Generally, we see that many read only the headline and a few lines before rushing into the comments section to…

Google to help publishers find malicious comments on articles

BRUSSELS: Alphabet Inc's Google and subsidiary Jigsaw launched on Thursday a new technology to help news organizations and online platforms identify abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were "toxic" or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested on the New York Times and the companies hope to extend it to other news organizations such as The Guardian and The Economist as well as…

You can now turn off and like comments on Instagram

Instagram comments are getting more like Facebook. Kevin Systrom, co-founder and CEO unveiled several new features in a blog post on Tuesday. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is bringing changes to the comments section, which includes the ability to turn off comments on specific posts, and to like comments. The changes also include the ability to remove followers from private accounts without blocking them, and to anonymously report accounts on self-harm and injury. Systrom said that while comments are largely…

Trump caught in 2005 tape making crude remarks on women

WASHINGTON: A 2005 video of Donald Trump using lewd and sexually aggressive language in discussing women emerged Friday, further fuelling the narrative about the Republican presidential nominee's misogyny. The video, obtained by the Washington Post and quickly aired on US cable television, captures Trump bragging about women, including someone who was already married. The three-minute video features Trump talking in lewd terms. The tape was shot as Trump arrived on the set of a daytime soap opera, "Days of Our Lives," for…