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Rashford: People behind racist abuse should have accounts ‘deleted immediately’

Rashford: People behind racist abuse should have accounts ‘deleted immediately’

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Manchester United player Marcus Rashford has urged social media companies to take stronger action to stop racist abuse, telling them to immediately delete the accounts of those responsible.The England forward was subjected to online racism following United's 0-0 draw at Arsenal a fortnight ago, comments he described as "humanity and social media at its worst". And that came amid widespread racist abuse for several high-profile players in both the men's and women's game. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Chair of Kick It Out Sanjay Bhandari responds to Marcus Rashf...
Chris Pratt accidentally deleted 51,000 emails

Chris Pratt accidentally deleted 51,000 emails

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Actor Chris Pratt has shared the moment he accidentally wiped clean his entire email inbox. The Marvel star began sorting through his inbox after telling fans his son, Jack, had teased him for having 35,000 unread messages. Unfortunately, Pratt pressed the wrong button and was forced to watch as 51,000 emails were erased. Pratt shared the moment on Instagram, and fans rushed to poke fun at the incident. "Yesterday my son was playing with my phone and he gasped in shock looking at the number of unread emails that I have. It's a lot," Pratt said."I'm one of those idiots who will do an IQ test and be like, 'Wanna take an IQ test? Give me your email'. And then I do, which proves my IQ is about seven, I just get junk from everyone and I just don't erase it."Th...
Coronavirus: David Icke’s channel deleted by YouTube

Coronavirus: David Icke’s channel deleted by YouTube

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YouTube has deleted the conspiracy theorist David Icke's official channel from its platform.The Google-owned video clip service acted after repeatedly warning Mr Icke that he had violated its policies by posting misleading information about the coronavirus pandemic.However, the firm will still allow videos posted by others that feature Mr Icke to remain live, so long as their content does not break its rules.It follows a similar ban by Facebook."YouTube has clear policies prohibiting any content that disputes the existence and transmission of Covid-19 as described by the WHO and the NHS," a spokeswoman told the BBC."Due to continued violation of these policies, we have terminated David Icke's YouTube channel." The channel had mor...
Coronavirus: Internet child abuse images ‘not being deleted’

Coronavirus: Internet child abuse images ‘not being deleted’

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Coronavirus has led to a "global slowdown" in the removal of internet child abuse images, say campaigners. The Internet Watch Foundation says tech firms have fewer staff to delete illegal material, making it easier for sexual predators to view and share.Almost 90% fewer suspicious web addresses, or URLs, have been deleted during the pandemic, says the charity.The warning comes as the IWF's annual report reveals Europe is the "hub" for child sexual abuse photos and videos.In 2019, 89% of URLs containing abuse material were found on computer servers based in Europe, compared with 79% in 2018.'Frightening jump'Servers in the Netherlands, which has a strong technological infrastructure and low costs, hosted the most illegal content discovered by IWF staff - ...
Unsolicited nudes detected and deleted by AI

Unsolicited nudes detected and deleted by AI

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Software that can detect and delete unsolicited penis pictures sent via private messages on Twitter is being developed by researchers in Seattle.The project was started after developer Kelsey Bressler was sent an unsolicited nude photo by a man.She is now helping a friend refine an artificial intelligence system that can detect the unwanted penis pictures and delete them before they are ever seen.She said social networks could do more to protect users from cyber-flashing."When you receive a photo unsolicited it feels disrespectful and violating," Ms Bressler told the BBC."It's the virtual equivalent of flashing someone in the street. You're not giving them a chance to consent, you are forcing the image on them, and that is never OK."To test and train the ...