22:31The Guardian’s senior technology reporter, Julia Carrie Wong, has this update on Twitter’s policies for world leader’s tweets:Twitter on Tuesday published additional information about how it plans to act if a world leader tweets something that violates its rules. Since the election of Donald Trump, Twitter has been in the unenviable position of having the ability to censor the president of the United States on the very platform where he is the most unguarded. It has largely resisted the intense pressure to do so, even when it seemed that Trump’s tweets might have fallen afoul of Twitter’s rules if they had been sent by anyone else. Today’s blog post by Twitter also provides a bit more detail about how they plan to approach such a scenario. The company says that it is more likely to allow a violating tweet to remain published if it violates rules against hate speech and hateful conduct; abuse or harassment; or contains graphic or gruesome media.
October 15, 2019 13:02 UTC
The television fan movement was arguably born with the 1966 campaign to keep a little-known new series named Star Trek on air. Post-apocalyptic show Jericho was cancelled by CBS after one season in 2006, prompting its stans to send 20 tons of nuts to the network’s offices in protest. The same year, another Twitter campaign ensured a two-and-a-half hour marathon finale for the cancelled Wachowskis’ sci-fi series Sense8. “It might seem overblown to say this, but TV shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine genuinely provide an escape from the often brutal day-to-day of work and responsibility,” he says. Perhaps this, not tons of nuts or light bulbs, is the legacy of fandom: creating communities beyond the shows they formed around.
October 15, 2019 12:00 UTC
American Media and the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper shredded sensitive documents about Donald Trump shortly before the 2016 election, the reporter Ronan Farrow alleges in a book published on Tuesday. Farrow writes: “The staffer opened the safe, removed a set of documents, and tried to wrest it shut. The Enquirer endorsed Trump and published negative stories about his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Farrow writes that the safe which held the Trump material belonged to Barry Levine, then executive editor of the Enquirer. An excerpt of that book published in Esquire last week said 43 women were making new allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour by Trump.
October 15, 2019 11:48 UTC
Day and night, an IBM computer algorithm whirrs through reams of data about the lives of 170,000 citizens of Bristol. It holds out the hope of reducing fraud or preventing costly social problems, but the systems are often opaque. In seconds, the system can paint a picture of risk for an individual that would take social workers years of local knowledge to build up. Feedback from frontline officers on which risk factors are most germane is used to then “tune” the algorithm to improve its accuracy. If an algorithm predicts harm, does that place the council under a legal and moral obligation to prevent it?
October 15, 2019 11:26 UTC
One in three councils are using computer algorithms to help make decisions about benefit claims and other welfare issues, despite evidence emerging that some of the systems are unreliable. The systems are being deployed to provide automated guidance on benefit claims, prevent child abuse and allocate school places. It has emerged North Tyneside council has dropped TransUnion, whose system it used to check housing and council tax benefit claims. Welfare payments to an unknown number of people were wrongly delayed when the computer’s “predictive analytics” erroneously identified low-risk claims as high risk. But most of the cases deemed high risk by the software were in fact lower risk, and benefit claims were wrongly delayed.
October 15, 2019 11:26 UTC
In familiar Fortnite fashion, the first news of the game’s future arrived throughout Monday night, not via official channels, but via the army of celebrity YouTubers and specialist leak accounts spread across social media. Then we got the cinematic trailer for what will be known as Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1, showing four new characters arriving at dawn on a brand new island, featuring a beach area and gloop-spewing power plant. Players are then dropped straight into a live game, allowing them to explore the map, opening up and revealing new sections as they go. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Gameplay from Fortnite Chapter 2. So we’re back in Fortnite again, sooner than expected, and with an impressively stable server experience.
October 15, 2019 11:03 UTC
The Bulgaria goalkeeper Plamen Iliev has said the home fans “behaved well” during the Euro 2020 qualifier against England at the Vasil Levski Stadium on Monday night, suggesting that Gareth Southgate’s players “overreacted a bit”. “There wasn’t any abuse [as far as I could hear] and I think they [the England players] overreacted a bit. I saw the referee stopped the game but I also have to say the behaviour was also not only on behalf of the Bulgarian fans but also the English fans, who were whistling and shouting during the Bulgarian national anthem. A handful of fans stained not only Bulgarian football but Bulgaria as a country after racially abusing the England internationals.”Another sports website, Sportal.bg, went with “Such a shame! A historic humiliation”, while one of the most famous TV pundits in Bulgaria, Borislav Borisov, said: “Every country’s national team is an institution but on Monday night our national team was destroyed.
October 15, 2019 10:42 UTC
The majority of hate crime offences recorded by police forces in England and Wales were racial – 78,991 – which increased by 11% in the past year. Anti-Muslim hate crimes soar in UK after Christchurch shootings Read moreTransgender identity hate crimes – the least commonly recorded hate crime in 42 of 44 forces – increased by 37% to 2,333 last year. Hate crimes in England and Wales Hate crimes in England and WalesJust under half (47%) of religious hate crime offences were targeted against Muslim people (3,530 offences), a similar proportion to last year. However, hate crimes against Jewish people more than doubled, with 18% of religious hate crime offences targeting Jewish people (1,326 offences), compared with 672 in the previous year. There were 103,379 hate crimes offences recorded by police last year, the majority of which (76%) were race related.
October 15, 2019 10:23 UTC
Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass has announced his retirement from international football. Snodgrass had withdrawn from the Scotland squad ahead of Sunday’s game against San Marino with a minor calf injury, and on Tuesday morning announced his decision to retire. Snoddy has announced his retirement from international football ❤️🏴 pic.twitter.com/zTd4ASuOcA — West Ham United (@WestHam) October 15, 2019In a statement on the Hammers website, Snodgrass said: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream. “It’s been such a special feeling pulling on that Scotland jersey since I was 16-years-old. “There have been many highs throughout my international career which I’ll always remember with fondness, including my debut against Northern Ireland and my hat-trick in Malta.
October 15, 2019 09:33 UTC
A certain genius enabled Seán Quinn to make his name in the Irish borderlands. Quinn Cement, Quinn Glass, Quinn Energy, Quinn Manufacturing, Quinn Thermos, Quinn Packaging, Quinn Rooftiles, Quinn Building Products, Quinn Innovation Academy, the name so ubiquitous that some signs simply said Q. “This tactic is used to frighten, intimidate and terrorise ordinary people.”The priest said a “godfather” was overseeing a mafia-style campaign against QIH executives. Upon his release and return home, a forklift truck held up a giant poster saying “Welcome home Seán Quinn”. Underneath, in red, the sign adds: “Seán Quinn zero £pounds.”The sign has stood in front of a tile shop for several years.
October 15, 2019 09:11 UTC
This is what happens when the government targets you for zombie debt collection. You read this correctly: the federal government will take your children’s money to resolve a 30-year-old alleged public benefits overpayment. With their support, Dreama filed an appeal against the 1989 household composition error that created the overpayment “debt”. Dreama RichardsonNone of these protections applies to Dreama’s alleged public benefits overpayment. If you have been targeted for government zombie debt collection, or you have other information about it, tell your story via secure email to: email@example.com
October 15, 2019 09:02 UTC
The pundit class continues to misunderstand Bernie Sanders – and it shows | Nathan Robinson Read moreThe case for bold action is clear and overwhelming. Only a deep reconstruction of economic and political rights can challenge oligarchic power and halt runaway environmental breakdown. Fortunately, Bernie Sanders has just announced a new plan that matches the scale of the crisis. The Sanders plan would transform and democratise economic and political rights by fundamentally rewiring ownership and control of corporate America. Sanders’s announcement is an important step toward that democratisation, and the deeper economic reconstruction that both people and planet deserve.
October 15, 2019 09:01 UTC
Michel Barnier has set Boris Johnson a midnight deadline to concede to EU demands and agree to a customs border in the Irish Sea or be left with nothing to take to the Commons. Legal text had yet to be tabled by the British negotiators, Barnier told ministers in Luxembourg. 'One last chance': why Irish border question remains sticking point Read moreThe thorny issue of how to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland continues to dog the negotiations. The problem of a customs border remained difficult, Barnier told the ministers. The Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, who was also in Luxembourg and briefly met Barnier on Tuesday morning, insisted a deal was “still very possible”.
October 15, 2019 08:32 UTC
The Metropolitan police cleared Extinction Rebellion protesters from Trafalgar Square after banning them from demonstrating anywhere in London by issuing a revised section 14 order on Monday. It said 'any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion "autumn uprising" … must now cease their protests within London' by 9pm. On Twitter, XR’s London branch said the clearing of protesters from the square was 'an outrage'. Protests continued in the capital on Tuesday despite the risk of arrest
October 15, 2019 08:15 UTC
Neil Woodford’s struggling equity income fund, which was frozen five months ago to prevent a fire sale of assets as investors scrambled to sell out, is to be wound down “with a view to returning cash to investors”. Link Fund Solutions, the authorised corporate director, said that winding it down was the only way to achieve “an orderly realisation” of the assets. Mr Woodford, once considered Britain’s most successful stockpicker, will cease to be the investment manager with immediate effect and his name will be dropped from the fund. Link said that Blackrock Advisers would take charge of selling the listed assets, while PJT Partners would continue helping to sell the illiquid assets. Investors have been trapped in the fund since June 3, when Link,…
October 15, 2019 08:03 UTC