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Facebook will not remove fake news – but will 'demote' it

Facebook will not remove fake news – but will 'demote' it

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Facebook says it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards.The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in the UK that declares "fake news is not our friend".But it said publishers often had "very different points of view" and removing fabricated posts would be "contrary to the basic principles of free speech".Instead, it says posts that it deems to be fake news will be "demoted" in the news feed.Facebook has been scrutinised for its role in spreading fake news after evidence emerged that Russia tried to influence US voters using the social network.On Wednesday, the company held an event in New York where it sought to convince journalists it was tackling the problem.CNN reporter Oliv...
Iceberg 4 miles wide breaks off from Greenland glacier

Iceberg 4 miles wide breaks off from Greenland glacier

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An iceberg four miles (six kilometers) wide has broken off from a glacier in eastern Greenland and scientists have captured the dramatic event on video. New York University professor David Holland, an expert in atmospheric and ocean science, told The Associated Press that "this is the largest event we've seen in over a decade in Greenland." A June 22 video of the incident was taken by his wife, Denise Holland of NYU's Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. They had camped by the Helheim Glacier for weeks to collect data to better project sea level changes due to global warming. Holland said Wednesday that the time-lapse video, which is speeded up 20 times, shows "3 percent of the annual ice loss of Greenland occur in 30 minutes." "It sounded like rockets going off," he said, describing...
8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation

8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation

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Eight critically endangered black rhinos are dead in Kenya after wildlife workers moved them from the capital to a new national park, the government said Friday, calling the toll "unprecedented" in more than a decade of such transfers. Preliminary investigations point to salt poisoning as the rhinos tried to adapt to saltier water in their new home, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said in a statement, describing how the animals likely became dehydrated and drank more salty water in a fatal cycle. The ministry suspended the ongoing move of rhinos and said the surviving ones in the new park were being closely monitored. The loss is "a complete disaster," said prominent Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu of WildlifeDirect. Conservationists in Africa have been working hard to protect ...
Humans may have left Africa earlier than thought

Humans may have left Africa earlier than thought

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Primitive humans may have ventured out of Africa earlier than previously thought, new evidence suggests.  Stone tools found during an excavation in China are thought to be about 270,000 years older than the previous earliest evidence of a human presence outside Africa.Chinese and British researchers believe the tools were made by another member of the homo evolutionary group, rather than homo sapiens, as much as 2.1 million years ago.Until now, the oldest evidence of human-like creatures outside the continent came from 1.8 million-year-old artefacts and skulls found in Dmanisi in Georgia.The newly discovered artefacts were found on a plateau north of the Qinling mountains and include several chipped rocks, fragments and hammer stones.The research, published in the jour...
YouTube blackout in middle of England match

YouTube blackout in middle of England match

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US viewers watching the England v Croatia football World Cup semi-final on YouTube TV were left frustrated when the service went down in the middle of the match.The outage also disrupted viewing of a men's quarter-final match at Wimbledon.YouTube apologised, acknowledging "the timing is horrible". Service was resumed half an hour later, the firm said.Fans vented their annoyance on social media.It is not the first time the service has gone down at a crucial moment. In May it blacked out during a key NBA (National Basketball Association) match.In a tweet announcing the service was back, YouTube said it "understood the frustration".Google launched YouTube TV in April 2017, offering access to more than 50 traditional broadcast and ca...