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Donald Trump Banned From Facebook Most-Likely Until End Of His Presidential Term

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For at least two weeks – and probably indefinitely – Donald Trump has been removed from his Facebook account. It means that until after the transfer of power to Joe Biden on 20 January, the President will be unable to post on Facebook and Instagram.

After his followers threatened the US Capitol, the social network had originally implemented a 24-hour ban.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief, wrote that the risks of allowing Mr. Trump to post “are simply too great”

In a Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube video, Mr. Trump told the rioters “I love you” before asking them to go home. He repeated false allegations of electoral fraud as well.

Mr. Zuckerberg said Facebook had removed the president’s posts “because we judged that their effect – and likely their intent – would be to provoke further violence”.

He said Mr. Trump’s aim to disrupt the transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden was obvious.

“Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” he wrote. Mr. Trump’s favored platform, Twitter, had also suspended the president for 12 hours.

It said it required the removal of three tweets for “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy”.

The company said the president’s account if the tweets were not deleted, would stay locked for good.

It went on to say that “Future violations of the Twitter Rules… will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account”.

Mr. Trump was also stopped by Snapchat from making new posts but did not say whether or when the ban would end. YouTube deleted the video as well.

His supporters stormed the U.S. government headquarters and fought with the police, causing one woman to die.

The violence brought the congressional debate over the election victory of Democrat Joe Biden to a halt.

Republicans have been questioning the certification of November’s election results in the House and Senate chambers. President Trump had told supporters at the National Mall in Washington before the attack that the election had been robbed.

Hours later, he appeared on camera and reiterated the false assertion as the violence mounted inside and outside the US Capitol.

YouTube said it had deleted the video because it “violated policies on spreading election fraud”

Initially, Twitter did not take the video down, but eliminating the opportunity to retweet, like, and comment on it and another tweet.

It later removed them, however, and suspended the outgoing president. YouTube already had the policy to eliminate false news, which is extended to the president, about mass election fraud.

Online, including on Facebook groups and sites, the march was partly coordinated.

Facebook said it was searching for and deleting posts that caused or sponsored the Capitol Hill storm. Shopify, the Canadian e-commerce software company, also took action against the president.

It took shops to run offline by the Trump campaign and the Trump Organisation, saying its laws forbade retailers to help those advocating abuse.

“As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump,” it told the Wall Street Journal.

Source: BBC, Mark Zuckerberg

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WhatsApp Introduces New Feature of Voice And Video Calls Using Desktop App

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WhatsApp has recently decided to introduce the brand new feature of voice and also video calling just by using its own desktop app. According to a statement, WhatsApp stated that they are providing relief to countless of people that are sitting in front of computers who have had to reach for their phone every time their WhatsApp rang.

WhatsApp company said: “Throughout the last year, we’ve seen significant increases in people calling one another on WhatsApp, often for long conversations. Last New Year’s Eve, we broke the record for the most calls ever made in a single day with 1.4 billion voice and video calls”.

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They also added, “With so many people still apart from their loved ones, and adjusting to new ways of working, we want conversations on WhatsApp to feel as close to in-person as possible, regardless of where you are in the world or the tech you’re using”.

Using the new feature by WhatsApp, users can answer on a much bigger screen through the desktop app which gives you the opportunity to see your family and loved ones clearly on a bigger canvas. WhatsApp also stated that to make the desktop calling feature more useful, they have made sure it works seamlessly for both portrait and landscape orientation

Other than that, the new feature will also allow you to resize the window on your computer screen and is set to stay on the top so you will never lose your video chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows. When you are in the website, WhatsApp will remind users that the voice and video calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp can never hear or see the conversations, regardless of whether you call from a phone or computer.

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Please be reminded that the desktop calling feature is only available when the app is installed on your own computer. Desktop calling is also supported on Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer as well as macOS 10.13 and newer. You will also need an active internet connection on your computer and phone as well as granting WhatsApp permission to access your computer’s microphone and camera.

Sources: WhatsApp

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Two Individuals Infected With Nigerian Covid-19 Variant In Malaysia Discovered – MOH

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Recently, the Ministry Of Health Malaysia (MOH) has discovered the first two cases of individuals that got infected with the Nigerian Variant of SARS-CoV-2 or also known as B1.525 in this country. The detected cases are actually from two foreigners who just arrived in Malaysia from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Both of them were found to be tested Covid-19 positive through the RT PCR Covid-19 swab test.

For a better recognition, The Institute for Medical Research (IMR) then performed a full genome sequencing as it takes into account both of the foreigner’s travel history. The Nigerian COVID-19 variant was first detected in the UK and also Nigeria in the month of December 2020.

MOH also stated that these discovered Nigerian variants can cause an increase in the likelihood as well as a possible decrease in the immune response. Worry not because MOH reassured that IMR and CPRC will continue to monitor the development of the virus mutation and to inform the public from time to time.

Other than that, they also reminded that even though the national immunization program is going smoothly, public health actions are still required as herd immunity has still not been achieved yet.

Sources: Twitter MOH

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Food Waste: Amount Thrown Away Totals 900 Million Tonnes

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AMMAN, March 5  — More than 900 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year, according to a global report.

The UN Environment Programme’s Food Waste Index revealed that 17 per cent of the food available to consumers – in shops, households and restaurants – goes directly into the bin, according to Petra.

Some 60 per cent of that waste is in the home.

The lockdown appears to have had a surprising impact – at least in the UK – by reducing domestic food waste.

Source: BERNAMA

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