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Christchurch shootings: Social media races to stop attack footage

Christchurch shootings: Social media races to stop attack footage

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device A gunman opened fire in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and injuring 50 more. As he did so, he filmed the entire crime and live-streamed it directly to Facebook.What ensued was an exhausting race for social media pages to take the footage down, as it was replicated seemingly endlessly and shared widely in the wake of the attack.And through social media, it found its way onto the front pages of some of the world's biggest news websites in the form of still images, gifs, and even the full video.This series of events has, once again, shone a spotlight on how sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Reddit try - and fail - to address far-right extremism on their platforms. Atta...
New family leave plan would require you to delay Social Security benefits

New family leave plan would require you to delay Social Security benefits

Finance
Senate Republicans are pushing a new way for families to access paid leave when they have a child. But in order to take time off, parents must be willing to take their Social Security retirement benefits a little later. Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) unveiled the plan, called the CRADLE Act, on Tuesday. Under terms of the proposal, new parents would be able to take anywhere from one to three months of paid leave, as long as they agreed to postpone the start of their Social Security retirement benefits. It's not the first time paid fam...
Social Security expansion bill poised to gain traction in Congress

Social Security expansion bill poised to gain traction in Congress

Finance
As Social Security's funding problems loom ever closer on the horizon, the program has emerged as a pet project on many lawmakers' fix-it list. Now in control of the House, Democrats have thrown their weight behind a measure that would extend and expand the program — largely by asking high earners to pony up, along with a gradual increase in the Social Security tax rate that applies to workers' income. "Democrats have agreed that we should expand, not cut, Social Security and have the wealthy pay their share," said Nancy Altman, president of advocacy group Social Security Works. ...
Web watchdog warns over knee-jerk regulation of social networks

Web watchdog warns over knee-jerk regulation of social networks

Technology
Government regulation of social media and the internet could have "unintended consequences" for victims of sexual abuse, a charity has warned.The Internet Watch Foundation said that "knee-jerk regulation" in response to a string of data and privacy scandals could come at a "heavy cost".The UK government is expected to publish a White Paper that will lay out how it plans to tackle "online harms".Culture Minister Jeremy Wright said it would be published in the coming weeks. He told the BBC's Dave Lee: "We are taking our time to get it right".What will the White Paper say?The White Paper will detail new rules that the government wants introduced for social networks and web giants if they want to operate in the UK, or target services at British citizens.Mr Wr...