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The Daily Brief: Facebook Upholds Suspension of Former President Donald Trump’s Account

Story Headline: After the ban which was put into action following the January insurrection on the U.S. capital, an independent oversight board declared that it would continue to suspend his facebook account while waiting on Facebook’s decision for a clear and proportionate response.

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  • The ban of former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts as decided through an independent oversight board was moved to a continued suspension to be upheld for a conclusive time frame expected to be released in the coming weeks. 
  • The suspension was first put in place following the January 2020 insurrection on the United States Capitol, as Facebook found that Trump had “severely violated” the community standards after calling the rioters who breached the capital “great patriots,” calling it a day to remember “forever.” 
  • Although the decision was upheld by the board, it found that an indefinite suspension in response wasn’t  “clear” with a “published procedure,” urging Facebook to “apply and justify a defined penalty” instead of avoiding personal responsibilities and policies. 
  • The board also said that Facebook should “address widespread confusion about how decisions relating to influential users are made,” stating a list of recommendations including reviews on Facebook’s own part in electoral fraud which contributed to the January insurrection, contributing to deescalating potential future risks from equally influential users, and more. 
  • In a blog post, representative Nick Chegg, VP of Global Affairs and Communications, stated Facebook’s strong beliefs upholding their decisions as “necessary and right” and further declared their plans to determine “an action that is clear and proportionate” in fixing the “open ended nature of the suspension” while the accounts remain banned. 
  • A group of academics deemed The Real Facebook Oversight Board who formed together after the creation of Facebook’s current Oversight Board slammed the decision as being a “PR Stunt,” stating Trump’s actions should obviously lead to a ban from the website forever. Mark Zukerburg, CEO of Facebook, has also been met with heavy criticism for leaving the decision up to the Oversight Board. 
  • In response, Former President, Donald Trump stated his free speech rights had been violated, and the decision was “a total disgrace and an embarrassment to the country… These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process.”
  • Facebook remains as one of the social media websites undetermined in deciding how long the ban should last, unlike other sites such as Twitter, who have permanently suspended Trump’s accounts after the incidents early last year. 

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https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/05/facebook-will-keep-trump-ban-in-place.html

https://about.fb.com/news/2021/05/facebook-oversight-board-decision-trump/amp/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/5/read-the-facebook-review-boards-trump-ban-recommendations

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/551804-facebook-to-continue-trumps-account-ban

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Abducted French Journalist Pleads For Help in a 21 Second Social Media Video

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  • French Journalist, Oliver Dubois, has been missing since April 8th after traveling to Gao, Mali.
  • In a 21 second social media video Dubois states “I’m Olivier Dubois. I’m French. I’m a journalist. I was kidnapped in Gao on April 8 by the JNIM (an al-Qaeda-linked group). I’m speaking to my family, my friends and the French authorities for them to do everything in their power to free me,”
  • This is the first instance of rebels taking French hostages since 2016 when French aid worker, Sophie Petronin, was abducted in Gao.
  • France denies paying direct randoms for any taken persons, however French citizens remain a major target for Malian kidnappings as they maintain the perception that France is willing to pay for safe release of abducted individuals.
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The Pentagon Tracks Out of Control Rocket Headed Toward Earth’s Atmosphere 

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  • The Chinese Long March 5B rocket is said to be out of control and heading toward Earth’s atmosphere around May 8th.
  • The US Pentagon says it will continue to track the rocket after concerns about landing debris.
  • Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University, said in regards to the rocket “I don’t think people should take precautions. The risk that there will be some damage or that it would hit someone is pretty small — not negligible, it could happen — but the risk that it will hit you is incredibly tiny. And so I would not lose one second of sleep over this on a personal threat basis, there are much bigger things to worry about.”
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Hamas Leader Warns Israel over Evictions in East Jerusalem

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  • Hamas leader Mohammed Deif issued a rare public statement warning Israel of consequences if evacuations of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah continue.
  • In carrying out the evictions, Israeli police have used skunk water and physical aggression on protestors and residents. At least three Palestinians were arrested and left many injured.
  • Recently, Palestinians and Israeli forces have repeatedly clashed, with violent protests and demonstrations taking place over gatherings held during the month of Ramadan.

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Israel Opposition Leader Chosen to Form Coalition Government

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  • President Reuven Rivlin of Israel has appointed opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a coalition government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to do so by the deadline.
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu sought to gain support from the majority of parliament, but was faced with polarization that prevented compromise, an issue that Lapid is trying to fix by reaching even farther across the aisle to gain support from far right groups.
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu is currently undergoing corruption trials, but is likely to do everything in his power to prevent a coalition government from being approved, and thus keeping himself in power.

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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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