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Twitter rejects Guardian article alleging failure against hate tweets

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Since Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, the microblogging site has remained surrounded by incessant controversies.

According to an article published by The Guardian, the social media giant — with around 396.5 million users worldwide — has failed in curbing hate speech on its platform, particularly inciting antisemitism and racism.

However, Twitter has dismissed these claims as “extremely misleading” and refuted the story highlighting its challenges in addressing hate-filled tweets.

In the wake of the British outlet’s story, the Musk-owned company now finds itself under scrutiny and potentially facing a legal challenge due to its alleged failure to remove such content as reported by users.

The article by The Guardian highlights that the matter was brought forward by the European Union of Jewish Students EUJS and researchers at HateAid, a German organisation that campaigns for human rights in the digital space.

Despite alerts about “six antisemitic or otherwise racist tweets in January this year”, the California-based platform did not remove them while going against its own moderation policy.

“Four of the tweets denied the Holocaust in explicit terms, one said ‘blacks should be gassed and sent with space x to Mars’, while a sixth compared Covid vaccination programmes to mass extermination in Nazi death camps,” the outlet mentioned in its story.

It added that the tweets were reported in January, but the Musk-owned application ruled against the tweets violating its guidelines, as per the legal action quoted by the British publication.

Twitter, on the other hand, said the “purportedly ‘landmark’ lawsuit concerns six Tweets, and all of those tweets were actioned” and shared the way it has worked to resolve the specific matter on its platform.

The tech giant claimed that its systems “automatically detected” that all six Tweets were “either toxic or abusive” and were reported focused on its terms of service of violations.

“Twitter immediately restricted the reach of all six tweets (less than 100 impressions per Tweet),” the platform mentioned in a tweet.

No person, it added, reported any of the tweets to Twitter under its German legal compliance option.

“After the suits were filed, triggering compliance review, four Tweets were blocked in Germany and two were removed for terms of service violations,” the Musk-owned platform stated.

Twitter also slammed The Guardian for citing two misleading “reports”.

“One report claims that Tweets containing anti-Semitic slurs are on the rise on Twitter since its acquisition. The truth is that the number of user impressions of anti-Semitic slurs has gone down since Twitter’s acquisition, both in total and on a per Tweet basis,” it clarified.

The other report, according to Twitter, claims that the application failed to act on 99% of hateful content posted by Twitter Blue subscribers.

“That figure is blatantly false and Twitter makes moderation decisions with no regard for a user’s Twitter Blue status,” it added.

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Users of WhatsApp will soon be able to lock chats on connected devices.

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Additionally, linked devices will now have access to the conversation lock feature. Users of WhatsApp will also soon have the option to tag their contacts in status updates.

Notably, WhatsApp users can link their devices to log in to the same account on different devices. However, several functions, such as conversation locks and status updates, are not accessible on the secondary devices.

Even if they are locked on the main conversations, anybody can still access your private chats on a connected device. WhatsApp is currently working on adding Chat Lock capability to connected devices in order to address this.

The chat lock feature on WhatsApp will soon be available on connected devices.

Prior to this, it was claimed that WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, was developing new personalisation options for an iOS beta.

According to WABetaInfo, an update tracker portal for the instant messaging network, WhatsApp for iOS users will soon get the option to modify both the conversation bubble’s colour and the app’s primary colour scheme.

A feature that let beta testers choose the primary colour scheme of the WhatsApp iOS app from a selection of five colours was first tested back in January.

The instant messaging app is testing a feature that lets users change the colour of chat bubbles within conversations, though, in a new beta edition.

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Moon train operations are planned by NASA.

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The goal is to construct the first lunar train system, which will enable safe, independent, and effective cargo transportation on the moon, according to robotics specialist Ethan Schaler of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

He went on, “The day-to-day functioning of a sustainable lunar base in the 2030s will depend heavily on a robust, long-lasting robotic transport system.”

The Flexible Levitation on a Track, or FLOAT, is the name of the proposed lunar rail system. According to NASA, the establishment of a railway system on the moon is “critical to the daily operations.”

According to the space agency, the primary objective of FLOAT is to offer transportation services in regions of the moon where astronauts are engaged in activities. To do this, cargoes of lunar soil and other materials will need to be transported to various regions of the moon.

Each robot will be able to transport cargo of various sizes and shapes at a pace of roughly 1 mph (1.61 km/h), according to Dr. Schaler.

Notably, NASA also declared new initiatives last month to create and test new vehicle models intended for moon exploration.

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Pakistan’s lunar mission ‘ICUBE-Q’ reaches the moon orbit.

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Pakistan’s lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) entered orbit around the moon on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s historic lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) launched from Hainan, China, on Friday aboard China’s Chang’E6 spacecraft.

According to the IST, the satellite ICUBE-Q was planned and developed in partnership with China’s Shanghai University SJTU and Pakistan’s national space agency SUPARCO.

The ICUBE-Q orbiter is equipped with two optical cameras to image the lunar surface. ICUBE-Q has now been integrated into the Chang’e6 mission after successfully qualifying and testing it.

Chang’e6 is the sixth lunar exploration mission launched by China.

The launch event was streamed live on the IST website and social media platforms. Chang’6, China’s Lunar Mission, will land on the Moon’s far side to collect surface samples before returning to Earth for further research.

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