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Business • Entrepreneurship & Startups
Workers at startup bank N26 proceed with process of forming works council despite legal action from management
Workers at startup bank N26 proceed with process of forming works council despite legal action from management
Credit: Works Council @ N26 via Twitter

Despite the management obtaining to temporary injunctions to prevent two meetings on Thursday and Friday, a number of N26 employees have managed to legally gather and select and electoral board.

The management first had obtained a temporary injunction against the employee that planned on hosting the Thursday meeting. In order to circumvent this, the labor union Verdi stepped in as hosting party. For the second temporary injunction against Verdi to prevent the meeting on Friday, the labor union IG Metall stepped in as host.

The police showed up as an unknown person had called them on Friday "to check the safety measures of the meeting", according to the Twitter account of the works council. They added that the police "found no issue and have left the premises".

Politics • European
Freed protesters in Belarus describe being beaten and tortured by police, Amnesty International reports
Freed protesters in Belarus describe being beaten and tortured by police, Amnesty International reports
Credit: Witold Dobrowolski via Twitter

Amnesty International's director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Marie Struthers has stated that "former detainees told us that detention centres have become torture chambers, where protesters are forced to lie in the dirt while police kick and beat them with truncheons".

Multiple people including a Polish journalist have come forward to support the claims of torture. Witold Dobrowolski has stated on Twitter that he has been "kidnapped, tortured and sent to gulag" but is "now free and safe with members of polish diplomacy".

Politics • European • United Kingdom
United Kingdom to impose quarantine for arrivals from France and the Netherlands
Grant Shapps
Grant Shapps Credit: Web Summit (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Grant Shapps, transport minister for the United Kingdom, announce a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France, the Netherlands and Malta on Saturday because Covid-19 infection rates there are too high.

French junior minister for European affairs Clément Beaune said, on Twitter, "A British decision that we regret and which will lead to a measure of reciprocity, hoping that things will return to normal as soon as possible,"

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Zorro actor Antonio Banderas tests positive for Covid-19
Screenshot of the public statement
Screenshot of the public statement Credit: Antonio Banderas via Twitter

The actor has posted on his Twitter account that he has been tested positive for Covid-19 on his 60th birthday.

He stated that he is feeling relatively well, suffering from tiredness and that he is positive towards a fast recovery. During his isolation he is planning on reading, writing and making plans to "give meaning" to his past 60 years, stating that he has lots of enthusiasm.

Politics • Asian
Multiple journalists have been arrested by Hong Kong police including journalist for UK's tv channel ITV
Multiple journalists have been arrested by Hong Kong police including journalist for UK's tv channel ITV
Credit: Wilson Li via LinkedIn

The Hong Kong Police Force has announced via their Twitter account that nine people have been arrested for alleged breaches of the national security law.

One of the arrested people is the freelance journalist Wilson Li who works for the UK-based television channel ITV. A spokesperson from ITV News has stated that: "We can confirm that Wilson Li works for ITV News in a freelance capacity. We are concerned to hear of his arrest and are urgently seeking clarification of the circumstances."

In addition to the arrests, the Hong Kong Police Force has raided and searched the office the media outlet Apple Daily.

Politics • European
Belarus opposition leader Tikhanovskaya's location "not known", safety concerns according to Lithuanian foreign minister

The Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius has tweeted that he has tried to reach Svetlana Tikhanovskaya for "several hours" without being successful. He added that "her whereabouts not known even to her staff" and that he is concerned for her safety.

Politics • Middle Eastern
Lebanon: Protesters in Beirut call for "revolution", storm ministries
Lebanon: Protesters in Beirut call for "revolution", storm ministries
Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Tens of thousands of people are protesting Lebanese leadership following this week's explosion that killed over 150 people and left the city in ruins. In the city's main square symbolic gallows with nooses to hang politicians were set up. Corruption and negligence is blamed for Tuesday's catastrophe.

On Saturday night, protestors entered several ministries, among them Lebanese association of banks, the Energy Ministry building and the Foreign Ministry. The latter was declared as the "headquarters of the revolution."

Part of the protest got more violent as police fired tear gas and protesters threw stones and fireworks. One protestor said: "You survive an explosion in Beirut only to be teargassed."

The Beirut US embassy tweeted in support of peaceful protests: "The Lebanese people have suffered too much and deserve to have leaders who listen to them and change course to respond to popular demands for transparency and accountability. We support them in their right to peaceful protest, and encourage all involved to refrain from violence."

Business • Media & Advertising
Journalists of colour leave Bon Appétit's Test Kitchen
Journalists of colour leave Bon Appétit's Test Kitchen
Credit: Bon Appétit, YouTube (Reproduction)

Three journalists have colour, Sohla El-Waylly, Priya Krishna and Rick Martinez, have simultaneously released statements announcing their departure from Bon Appétit's Test Kitchen after alleged racial discrimination. Krishna detailed her decision to leave the company in a post to Twitter, writing that even though she was told "that things were changing and that there would be a huge push towards diversity", including equitable pay, the contract she received was "nowhere near equitable, and actually would potentially allow for me to make even less."

Molly Baz and Gaby Melian have since voiced their support for their colleagues and said they would also no longer appear in Bon Appétit videos, with Baz stating that she had asked to be released from "the video obligations of my contract".

Melian released a statement to her Instagram, writing: "After weeks of negotiations, Conde Nast Entertainment is not meeting my expectations regarding the plans to have a more diverse and inclusive video program. For that reason I will not be signing a contract with them to appear in videos."

Politics • American • South America
Venezuela court sentences two U.S. ex-soldiers for 20 years after failed incursion
Venezuela court sentences two U.S. ex-soldiers for 20 years after failed incursion
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A Venezuelan court sentenced Luke Denman and Airan Berry, two former United States Army Special Forces soldiers, to 20 years in prison for their role in a failed incursion aimed at ousting President Nicolas Maduro in early May.

Chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab said on Twitter "Said gentlemen ADMITTED having committed crimes of conspiracy, association, illicit trafficking of weapons, war and terrorism typified in the Penal Code".

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook removes QAnon conspiracy group
Truck with a bumper sticker referring to QAnon.
Truck with a bumper sticker referring to QAnon. Credit: XPlayer2x (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Facebook has deleted the Official Q/Qanon group with nearly 200,000 members. The group was dedicated to sharing and discussing QAnon conspiracy theories.

According to a spokeswoman for Facebook, the company removed the group for "repeatedly posting content that violated our policies."

Last month both Twitter and TikTok also cracked down on QAnon content.

Business • Jobs & Careers
Facebook extends WFH policy until July 2021
Facebook extends WFH policy until July 2021
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Facebook has announced that it is extending its work from home policy until July of 2021 for all of its 48,000 employees. Facebook is the latest tech giant to offer prolonged remote work amid the pandemic, following Google and Twitter.

"Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions drawn from our internal discussions about these matters, we are allowing employees to continue voluntarily working from home until July 2021. In addition, we are giving employees an additional $1,000 for home office needs," so Facebook spokesperson Nneka Norville.

Politics • American • US
Ohio Gov. DeWine second Covid-19 test came back negative
Ohio Gov. DeWine second Covid-19 test came back negative
Credit: (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock) / Public domain

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) announced late Thursday that he had tested negative for Covid-19, after initially testing positive shortly before he was scheduled to meet President Trump in Cleveland. The positive result came from an antigen test, which brings faster results but is believed to be less reliable. The second test was a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which delivered a negative result.

"In a second COVID-19 test administered today in Columbus, Governor Mike DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19. First Lady Fran DeWine and staff members have also all tested negative," Gov. DeWine announced on Twitter.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
United Kingdom removes Andorra, Bahamas and Belgium from safe travel list
Grant Shapps
Grant Shapps Credit: Richard Townshend (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

British Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced Thursday that Andorra, the Bahamas and Belgium were removed from the Covid-19 Travel Corridors list. The decision means passengers arriving from those countries will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

On Twitter, Shapps said: "Data shows we need to remove Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas from our list of #coronavirus Travel Corridors in order to keep infection rates DOWN. If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days."

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter adds labels for government and state-affiliated media accounts
Twitter adds labels for government and state-affiliated media accounts
Credit: Russia Today (Twitter Reproduction)

Twitter announced the introduction of labels for accounts and tweets tied to government officials and "state-affiliated media."

In a blog post, the company says: "Twitter provides an unmatched way to connect with, and directly speak to public officials and representatives. This direct line of communication with leaders and officials has helped to democratize political discourse and increase transparency and accountability"

Russia Today (RT) was one of the first accounts to be labelled "affiliated media", with Twitter pointing the ties of the media outlet with the Russian Government.

Twitter suggested that these labels are part of a more significant effort "to protect that discourse because we believe political reach should be earned not bought."

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter fixes security issue affecting some Android devices
Twitter fixes security issue affecting some Android devices
Credit: Érico Andrei (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Twitter announced Wednesday a security vulnerability in its Android app. The company stated the problem relates to an Android security issue in versions 8 and 9 of the popular mobile operating system, and that it doesn't have evidence attackers exploited the vulnerability.

According to Twitter, around 96% of all their Android users already have installed the necessary security protections, leaving 4% still vulnerable to attackers through outside apps accessing private data on their devices.

Education • School Education
Mongomery County (Md) closes schools for in-person classes, including Barron Trump's private school
President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and their son, Barron, walk across the South Lawn of the White House Sunday.
President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and their son, Barron, walk across the South Lawn of the White House Sunday. Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

On Friday, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles ordered schools to remain closed for in-person classes until at least October 1. Among those schools affected is Barron Trump's Maryland private school.

"Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have based our decisions on science and data. At this point the data does not suggest that in-person instruction is safe for students or teachers," so Gayles in a news release on Friday.

On Monday, Donald J. Trump again called for schools to reopen despite high numbers of Covid-19 infections. "Cases up because of BIG Testing! Much of our Country is doing very well. Open the Schools!," Trump tweeted.

Politics • African
Zimbabwe: Tsitsi Dangarembga arrested in anti-government protests
Zimbabwe: Tsitsi Dangarembga arrested in anti-government protests
Credit: David Clarke, Ayebia / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Author and Booker Prize nominee Tsitsi Dangarembga has been arrested during anti-corruption demonstrations in Harare, Zimbabwe. She was arrested alongside other protestors after the government called the protests a "planned insurrection". The police also warned that protestors "only have themselves to blame" when attending the banned demonstrations.

Dangarembga has been documenting the demonstration and her arrest on Twitter. She told the BBC: "Every sector is disintegrating. Health, education, the economy. I am concerned for my safety. It would be naïve not to be because we have a very repressive regime and we know that they will most likely be deployed against the people. This is one of the grievances that the people have, that the security forces, the security service is often deployed against the people, instead of being deployed for the protection of the people."

Technology • Internet & Web
17-year-old teenager arrested in connection with Twitter hack
17-year-old teenager arrested in connection with Twitter hack
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Early Friday morning, a 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark from Tampa, Florida was arrested in connection with the Twitter hack that targeted around 130 high profile accounts including Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Joe Biden and Bill Gates on July 15.

Clark is being charged with over 30 felony counts, including identity theft, hacking and organized fraud and is set to be charged as an adult. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren described him as "not an ordinary 17-year old" in a press conference. It's unclear whether Clark was working alone.

Twitter tweeted a statement, writing: "We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses. For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly."

Technology • Internet & Web
White supremacist David Duke gets permanently banned from Twitter
David Duke's suspended Twitter account
David Duke's suspended Twitter account Credit: Screenshot via Twitter

David Duke, white supremacist and former KKK grand wizard, has gotten his Twitter account permanently suspended on Thursday. Duke's account was banned "for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct" and for sharing "harmful links," so a Twitter spokesperson.

Twitter's move comes just a month after YouTube banned Duke's channel in late June for violating its "strict policies prohibiting hate speech."

Politics • American • US
Trump tweets proposal to "delay the election", citing mail-in voting fraud
Trump tweets proposal to "delay the election", citing mail-in voting fraud
Credit: @realDonaldTrump via Twitter

Trump took to Twitter on early Thursday morning to call for a delay of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, citing mail-in voting fraud. "With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history," so President Trump, adding it would be an "embarrassment to the USA."

He ended the tweet by suggestion to "delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???."