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Web Giants to Cooperate on Removal of Extremist Content

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS, Dec 6  – Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. The companies will share ‘hashes’ – unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos – of extremist content they have removed from their

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The Frustration of a Comedian

A tiny house in Canada did not appeal to Aida Sabra BY Mostapha Raad World renowned Lebanese singer Fairouz never imagined that after decades of singing her song “A Tiny House in Canada,” that someday, another Lebanese woman will hate residing in the cold Northern American country, after getting used to living in Lebanon’s chaos. Sitt

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Google, Facebook Quietly Move Toward Automatic Blocking of Extremist Videos

By Joseph Menn and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, June 24 – Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate

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Pakistan Lifts Three-Year Ban on YouTube

By Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD, Jan 18 – Pakistan said on Monday it had removed a three-year ban on YouTube after the Google-owned video-sharing website launched a local version that allows the government to demand removal of material it considers offensive. Pakistan banned access to YouTube in September 2012 after an anti-Islam film, “Innocence of Muslims”,

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EU: Turkey Violated Freedom of Expression Rights by Blocking YouTube

STRASBOURG, France, Dec. 1 (Reuters) – Turkey violated freedom of expression rights by blocking video platform YouTube for two and a half years, the European Court of Human Rights said on Tuesday. Ankara had blocked access to YouTube between May 2008 and October 2010 on the ground that the website contained some 10 videos which

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Fly With Me

A young woman with a popular YouTube travel channel recounts how her decision to quit her job to pursue her dreams helped her lead an authentic life  By Haifa Beseisso  I didn’t expect the feedback on the video or the messages from people asking me how I did it; that they wished they could do

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