Facebook took down some conspiracy theorists, Indonesia has to move its capital because of climate change, and Mother’s Day is coming. Here’s the news you need to know in two minutes or less.
Facebook banned Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan, and others
After stating that it wouldn’t ban accounts that push conspiracy theories, Facebook did exactly that today when it banned a handful of extremists from the platform. Facebook says it has “always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” but these accounts have been doing the same thing for months. Why now? Because, the company says, “the process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.” Well, all right then.
Jakarta is sinking
Jakarta, the Indonesian city of more than 10 million, is facing obliteration by rising seas and sinking land. Models predict that by 2050, 95 percent of North Jakarta could be submerged. Things look so dire the country is actively looking for a new capital. The thing is, Jakarta is far from alone—cities all over the world are facing the same fate, and will continue to as climate change progresses.
Should programmers be held accountable if their code is used to commit a crime? A recent case calls to question what rules should determine who is on the legal hook.
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