The deadly coronavirus has killed at least 793,983 worldwide. Since the beginning of this year, scientists and researchers have been working around the clock in collaboration with government and health agencies to find a cure for the virus.
With more than 22.85 million COVID-19 confirmed cases reported worldwide, the race for a Covid-19 vaccine is moving at full speed. Globally, there are more than 100 vaccines under development — with at least nine pharmaceutical companies currently working on human clinical trials with the hope to find a lasting cure for the deadly virus.
However, with all eyes on the vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) is warning today that a vaccine will be a “vital tool” in the global fight against the coronavirus, but it won’t end the Covid-19 pandemic on its own and there’s no guarantee scientists will find one.
During a media briefing at the agency’s Geneva headquarters, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world leaders and the public must learn to manage the virus and make permanent adjustments to their daily lives to bring the virus down to low levels. Dr. Tedros said:
“A vaccine will be a vital tool, and we hope that we will have one as soon as possible. But there’s no guarantee that we will, and even if we do have a vaccine, it won’t end the pandemic on its own.”
Dr. Tedros also warned the world leaders not to call for another lockdown measure, saying:
We must all learn to control and manage this virus using the tools we have now, and to make the adjustments to our daily lives that are needed to keep ourselves and each other safe. So-called lockdowns enabled many countries to suppress transmission and take the pressure off their health systems. But lockdowns are not a long-term solution for any country. We do not need to choose between lives and livelihoods, or between health and the economy. That’s a false choice. On the contrary, the pandemic is a reminder that health and the economy are inseparable.
That’s not all, Dr. Tedros also used the coronavirus conference call to discuss climate change.
“In particular, the Covid-19 pandemic has given new impetus to the need to accelerate efforts to respond to climate change,” he said. “The Covid-19 pandemic has given us a glimpse of our world as it could be: cleaner skies and rivers.”
The WHO chief also hopes the coronavirus pandemic will be shorter than the 1918 Spanish flu and lasts less than two years if the world unites and succeeds in finding a vaccine.
DHS chief says Twitter poses a ‘threat’ to U.S. national security over censorship
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Twitter poses a “threat” to U.S. national security Friday in a scathing letter he wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on recent censorship by Twitter of DHS personnel. Secretary Wolf said that Twitter’s decisions to censor government agencies […]
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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Twitter poses a “threat” to U.S. national security Friday in a scathing letter he wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on recent censorship by Twitter of DHS personnel. Secretary Wolf said that Twitter’s decisions to censor government agencies could deny people information they need to be safe.
Wolf’s letter came a day after Twitter deleted a tweet about the border wall and locked the account of the head of Customs and Border Protection, saying it was “hateful” to claim that “walls work” to stop gang members and criminals from getting across. Twitter later capitulate after nearly 24 hours, restoring the tweet and access to the account.
Yesterday, Twitter suspended CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan after he touts the success of the border wall saying “the border wall keeps out gang members, murderers, and sexual predators.” Morgan later shared the Twitter notification he received, which Twitter claimed “violated our rules against hateful conduct,’ alleging he either ‘promoted violence against, threatened, or harassed’ a minority group based on them being a minority”
Twitter’s censoring of factual information poses a threat to national security.
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) October 30, 2020
You can read the full letter below.
Mr. Jack Dorsey
Chief Executive Officer
1555 Market Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94103
Dear Mr. Dorsey:
I write to you about Twitter’s recent censorship of Mark Morgan, the Senior Official Performing the Duties of Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Not only was Twitter’s act of censorship unjustified—the tweet is supported by data—it is disturbing. As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other Federal agencies continue to rely on Twitter to share important information with the U.S. public, your censorship poses a threat to our security.
Hours after you concluded testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 28, 2020, Twitter suspended Mr. Morgan for tweeting: “CBP & U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue to build new wall every day. Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country. It’s a fact, walls work.” Twitter’s moderators, apparently triggered by the tweet, emailed Mr. Morgan to say, “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”
The Acting Commissioner’s tweet did none of these things. Read it. Watch the video. The fact that the tweet was removed and the account locked is startling. It is hard to understand how anyone believed Mr. Morgan’s tweet promoted violence, threats or harassment. Especially considering that the facts about the border wall system support the tweet.
Whether you know it or not, CBP guards the front line of the American homeland. CBP repels and arrests thousands of violent criminal gang members each year. CBP rescues young girls who are forced into cross-border sex trafficking. CBP intercepts dangerous drugs and contraband, including enough of the opioid fentanyl to kill every man, woman, and child in the United States several times over. CBP fulfills the United States’ most obvious and essential law enforcement and national security responsibility to the people of our country. Your company may choose to be ignorant of these facts, but it is no less censorship when you choose to suppress them.
There was no reason to remove Mr. Morgan’s tweet from your platform, other than ideological disagreement with the speaker. Such censorship is disturbing. Twitter’s conduct censoring U.S. government officials also endangers the national security. It is dangerous and damaging when any publisher arbitrarily and unfoundedly decides, as it did here, that the facts and policies of a particular Presidential Administration constitute “violence”—in order to censor them.
And in the case of Twitter, this can cut off an essential mode of communication between U.S. Government officials and the public. In doing so, Twitter is sabotaging public discourse regarding important national and homeland security issues.
Further, it is clear that Twitter’s gross censorship was intentional, not accidental. Twitter notified CBP that it had censored Mr. Morgan’s message and locked his account. In response, CBP communicated with Twitter’s office of government affairs, and also appealed Twitter’s censorship decision. But Twitter denied the appeal. And Twitter’s office of government affairs ignored CBP’s communications. Only after CBP reached out to Twitter’s office of government affairs a second time and went public with this censorship, then finally Twitter admitted its bad
judgment and unlocked the account.
I call on you to commit to never again censoring content on your platform and obstructing Americans’ unalienable right to communicate with each other and with their government and its officials, including the thousands of law enforcement officers at the DHS who work vigilantly and diligently to protect your safety every day.
Chad F. Wolf
Forget about Big Tech censorship, Mailchimp is now going to fact-check all your emails
Just when you think you can’t get enough of Big Tech censorship, Mailchimp announced this week that it will start deleting ‘misleading’ and materially false content sent via its platform effective October 28, 2020. It was not clear how Mailchimp […]
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Just when you think you can’t get enough of Big Tech censorship, Mailchimp announced this week that it will start deleting ‘misleading’ and materially false content sent via its platform effective October 28, 2020. It was not clear how Mailchimp plans to enforce the new rule, or if it is doing it for a political reason. The announcement comes at a time when tech companies are under increasing pressure to explain how they control users’ content.
Mailchimp now joins one of the several tech companies that fact-check users’ content. In the past few weeks, Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been accused of censorship users’ content on their platform. Early this mont, Facebook and Twitter censored sourced reporting from the New York Post’s story about bombshell emails and video obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
In an email sent to customers on Wednesday, Mailchimp said:
“Mailchimp does not allow the distribution of Content that is, in our sole discretion, materially false, inaccurate, or misleading in a way that could deceive or confuse others about important events, topics, or circumstances.”
The question is: What criteria will they base their decisions to dismiss content as misleading or false on? The other question is: How does Mailchimp know what’s in the email without reading the email content?
Later today, Mailchimp issued the following statement:
“We use a combination of human-run and automated systems to guard against abuse, and we take action against misuse of our platform when we find it through our own processes or after investigating when we receive complaints.”
Below is a screenshot of the email message Mailchimp sent to its customers.
Twitter plunges by 21% as user growth fell short of expectations; posting its worst day since 2014
Shares of Twitter plunged more than 21% on Friday, a day after the social media giant reported adding fewer than expected new users during the third quarter. Twitter reported user growth that fell short of expectations amid heightened scrutiny and […]
Shares of Twitter plunged more than 21% on Friday, a day after the social media giant reported adding fewer than expected new users during the third quarter. Twitter reported user growth that fell short of expectations amid heightened scrutiny and the challenge of handling posts around the U.S. election.
Twitter grew its total daily active users by only 1 million from the same period last year to 187 million, falling shy of the 195 million analysts expected. However, its total revenue rose 15 % to $936 million, beating the $777 million estimate Wall Street analysts had estimated. Twitter ad revenue grew over a year to $808 million, but the company warned that the U.S. presidential election makes advertiser behavior “hard to predict.”
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