Heres what Mark Zuckerberg has to say about Facebooks Supreme Court

first_img Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, chats with Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman and Jenny Martinez, the Dean of Stanford Law School. Facebook Creating an independent board to review Facebook’s decisions sounds like a sensible way to handle the social network’s toughest calls on what content stays or goes. But the company is finding out that putting such a panel together will be a daunting challenge. Facebook detailed some of the issues in a 44-page report Thursday, summing up feedback gathered around the world. The company said it spoke with roughly 900 people and reviewed more than 1,200 public comments about the proposed 40-person panel, which has been dubbed the Facebook “Supreme Court.” The report, called “Global Feedback & Input on the Facebook Oversight Board for Content Decisions,” was accompanied by a video chat between CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Jennifer Martinez, dean of Stanford Law School, and Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law School professor who pitched the idea to Facebook last year. Here are four takeaways from their discussion. 1. The board’s role could become bigger in the future Facebook doesn’t just make decisions about what content to leave up or pull down. The social network also uses a bunch of signals like what posts you comment on or “like” to decide what it displays higher in your News Feed.  The board could have the power to influence Facebook’s policies and how the content should be “treated” in the future, Zuckerberg said.  “There’s a lot that this board could eventually do,” Zuckerberg told his guests. “The goal is going to be to start narrowly and then eventually over time expand its scope and hopefully include more folks in the industry as well.” 2. How quickly the board moves will be a big challenge Facebook has faced criticism for not pulling down hate speech, bullying or misinformation quickly enough. Even Zuckerberg has acknowledged that the company should’ve acted more swiftly to prevent a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from spreading.  Moving quickly will be a “make or break” issue for the board’s credibility, Martinez told Zuckerberg.  Facebook needs a way to refer cases to the board before the content goes viral, Zuckerberg said. “It’s not that we’re ever going to be out of the business of having to make these decisions ourselves internally,” he said. 3. International courts could provide a model for Facebook’s content moderation board Facebook crosses international borders, so the board will have to strike a balance between protecting the principles of free speech and the local laws that govern what is and isn’t acceptable. That’ll be tricky because some countries, notably the US, have an almost anything-goes approach, while others, such as Germany and France, curtail some forms of expression, such as hate speech.  Martinez, a scholar in human rights law who worked on the UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, says international courts could provide an example for the board to study. She said international courts try to set a floor in terms of what all members are expected to protect. She cited the European Court of Human Rights, which hears cases in which a country is alleged to have breached civil or political rights. The court’s floor, called the “margin of appreciation,” allows it to balance fundamental principles while accommodating differences in local laws, cultures and needs, she said. A similar setup for Facebook’s content moderation board might help it weigh free speech principles and local legal and cultural issues, though tricky questions would still remain for countries that lean toward suppressing expression. 4. The board will have to prove through its actions that it’s legitimate  Facebook needs to show the public that the board isn’t just a fall guy for the social network when it makes a decision that sparks public backlash. Ultimately, that means the board will have to overturn decisions that Facebook previously made. “Legitimacy ultimately … will be real when people see decisions that are different from what Facebook would otherwise have decided to do,” Feldman said. Facebook also has to decide how it will select the board members, and some have suggested that it create a selection committee.  That still might not be enough to convince the public the board is independent, Feldman said. “Maybe there’s a hybrid solution, you know, where we can choose some of the people and then those people could participate alongside Facebook and external input on choosing the next set of people,” Feldman said. Politics Tech Industry CNET’s Andrew Morse contributed to this report. Tagscenter_img 1 Comment Share your voicelast_img read more

Janmashtami celebrated with fanfare

first_imgA youth dressed as the Hindu god Krishna takes part in a procession during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival in Dhaka on 14 August, 2017. Photo: AFPThe Hindu community of the country observed Janmashtami, marking the birth of lord Krishna, on Monday with due religious fervour, says UNB.According to Hindu religion, lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of “Shukla Pakkha” (bright fortnight) in the month of Bangla calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga to protect “Dharma” from the hands of devils.Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in Mathura to which Krishna’s parents belonged.Hindu community members brought out processions in the capital, divisional cities and district towns displaying the eventful life of Krishna and held other programmes on the occasion.Different socio-cultural and religious organisations also observed Janmashtami with various programmes.President Abdul Hamid hosted a reception at Bangabhaban marking the day.last_img read more

Some tradition some modernity at WLFW

As the curtain rises for the Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week, designers are gearing up to put out their best. Jyoti Sharma, a participating designer,  will showcase her new collection. Her spring summer 2013 collection called ‘Nrpusta–Regalia of a Modern Princess’ will be unveiled at the event.Nrpusta refers to The King’s Daughter and is a collection which is meant to bring out a modern princess  in every girl!‘My collection titled Nrpusta refers to the King’s daughter. It personifies the modern Indian princess who has thrived through the most revolutionary journey till today. She is someone who is traditional at heart but modern in approach. The collection is a mix of Indian and western line with focus on short dresses, skirts and lehangas embroidered with Mughal motifs,’ said Jyoti. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The collection also embraces clean-cut silhouettes, standing collars and strong shoulders with the  Mughal motifs in the designer’s style of handcrafts and intricate ornamentation. The ensembles  are rich with the colours of royalty, like red, blue, beige, rust, orange and black, with golden highlights. ‘I have designed this collection thinking of Royal princesses. I love making Indian and Western garments and this time I am designing festive wear for the first time,’ Jyoti added.So what is the colour and fabric the coming season?‘The coming spring and summer you will find yourself wrapped in heavenly fabrics, adorned with fabulous vivid colors, and royal colours like rusty orange with fabric like chanderi,’ said Jyoti.She predicted that the draped pants, surface ornamentation and 3D cut ‘work could make a comeback in the upcoming fashion week.’ read more

HDFC Bank picks up 127 bn from ADRs

first_imgHDFC Bank on Thursday raised about Rs 10,000 crore by selling American Depository Receipts (ADRs) and India-listed shares to qualified institutional investors in the largest follow-on offer by a private sector firm. As per an US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, the company has raised $1,270.72 million (about Rs 8,000 crore) by issuing 22 million ADS to global investors. The bank had okayed a $57.76 issue price per ADR to eligible investors in the ADR offering. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashBesides, the bank has raised about Rs 2,000 crore from a Qualified Institutional Placement (QIP) in the domestic market. The issue price for QIP was Rs 1,067 per share to be allotted to eligible qualified institutional buyers. “…we intend to use the net proceeds of the (ADR) offering, together with the net proceeds of the QIP of approximately Rs 1,984.99 crore for meeting capital requirements in accordance with the capital adequacy norms and ensuring adequate capital to support growth and expansion,” the filing said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsThe bank would use proceeds for enhancing solvency and capital adequacy ratio and general corporate purposes. Last month, the government had allowed increasing foreign holding in HDFC Bank. The application was pending for over a year. Parent HDFC holds 22.47 per cent in the bank, FIIs 33.75 per cent, ADRs/GDRs 16.84 per cent and the rest is held by others, as of the September quarter. With over Rs 2.6 trillion market capitalisation, HDFC Bank trumps all other lenders in the country including SBI and ICICI. With the twin share sale, the FII limit in the bank would hit regulatory cap of 74 per cent. HDFC Bank’s scrip settled at Rs 1,077.25, a gain of 0.94 per cent, on the BSE on Thursday.last_img read more

Mother Sparsh launches ecofriendly baby wipes

first_imgNew Delhi: Mother Sparsh, India’s Wipes Brand, has launched premium 99% Water based Baby Wipes featuring medical grade cloth. The wipe’s unscented and extra thick super soft fabric is derived from plants and their pulp thus making them three times thicker than the usual baby wipes. The unique blend of the gentlest element i.e. water and organic fiber are especially designed for safe use on the extra sensitive baby skin. These unscented pure wipes are specially designed for newborns, infants with sensitive skin and also meant to clean the hands and mouth of children. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSteadfast in its mission of safeguarding the Mother Earth by avoiding the use of synthetic constituents such as plastics and petrochemicals, Mother Sparsh has formulated the fabric used in wipes with only natural and organic contents which makes it 100% biodegradable. The use of water as a secure, soft and a sound cleansing agent is not only an age old practice but has even been medically proved. The wipes are dermatologically tested; clinically examined for infections and rashes; and biodegradable. The skin-friendly wipes are safe for use on babies from birth itself. The wipes container has a lid lock to be closed after every use to prevent moisture loss. Parents can rest assure that the wipes secure for their babies and safe for the environment as well. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCommenting on the launch of this new variant of water-based wipes, Rishu Gandhi, Co-Founder and Head – Brand Strategy of Mother Sparsh said, “Mother Sparsh’s unscented 99% water wipes are especially created for the extra sensitive skin of babies. Babies have the habit of putting their dirty hands in the mouth. These wipes can thoroughly clean their hands of dirt naturally without exposing them to chemicals. We have endeavored to deliver a complete safe and natural cleansing solution. We are absolutely confident that with this solution we have been able to meet our customers’ requirements.” The new Mother Sparsh 99% water based baby wipes are available at all leading retail outlets in Delhi and Tamil Nadu. The wipes are also available online on Amazon, Flipkart and Firstcry. The wipes are affordably priced at INR 299/- for a pack of 72 wipes and INR 499/- for a combo of 2 packs.last_img read more

Porter heading back to Stephenville NL starting May 4

first_img Friday, February 22, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group Share Porter heading back to Stephenville, N.L. starting May 4center_img Tags: New Routes, Porter Airlines TORONTO — Porter Airlines is gearing up for its sixth year of service in Stephenville, N.L., which kicks off on May 4.Running until Jan. 8, 2020 (schedules vary by season), the 2019 schedule for Stephenville includes 48 roundtrip flights operating between Halifax. Flights also connect with Ottawa and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the same aircraft, with other destinations in the Porter network accessible from these points.“We are ready to begin our sixth year of service in Stephenville,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “It is an important route for locals and an opportunity for visitors to access a unique area of the province.”Christmas season flights were first introduced in 2017, after four years of popular summer service. The 2019 schedule is as follows:7 roundtrip flights from May 4-June 15, Saturdays23 roundtrip flgihts from June 19-Sept. 4, Wednesdays and Saturdays11 roundtrip flights from Sept. 7-Nov. 16, Saturdays7 roundtrip flights from Dec. 18-Jan. 8, Wednesdays and Saturdays.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthFlights are currently available for booking. Complete schedule information is available at flyporter.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more