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Fearing a conservative backlash, Facebook has reportedly shelved a feature intended to encourage more civil discussion among users of opposing political beliefs.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s Global Head of Policy, flagged that the project — known as “Common Ground” — could lead to accusations that the site was biased against conservatives, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Kaplan, a former White House aide to George W. Bush who has emerged as Facebook’s protector against allegations of political bias, was concerned that the change would disproportionately impact the conservative users, said the report.

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Sources told the WSJ that the Common Ground project would have changed how the News Feed was ranked and de-emphasised “hateful” comments, The Verge reported.

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Conservatives alleged in the past that Facebook was biased against them, a charge that the social media giant denied.

While “Common Ground” might have been halted apparently to remove bias, there are concerns that Kaplan, who attened Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, himself has been biased. (IANS)



About one in 100 patients hospitalised with Covid-19 are likely to develop central nervous system complications, including strokes, according to a study. The researchers from the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, US analysed nearly 40,000 cases of hospitalised Covid-19 positive patients from seven US and four western European university hospitals.

Symptoms led doctors to suspect brain complications in about 11 per cent, the researchers reported at the recent annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

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Every year on December 4, Indian Navy Day is celebrated, wherein the whole nation remembers one of the most significant operations, Operation Trident.

Every year on December 4, Indian Navy Day is celebrated wherein the whole country remembers one of the most significant operations, Operation Trident.

This year, the nation is all set to celebrate the day as ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’, as it shall be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the victory in the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

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iPhone 6 Plus to its list of vintage and obsolete products on December 31

Tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to add iPhone 6 Plus to its list of vintage and obsolete products on December 31, limiting the support options that owners have.

Apple's stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers will still offer repairs, subject to the availability of parts, reports MacRumors.

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The iPhone 6 Plus was discontinued in 2016, the smaller iPhone 6 remained available through select retailers in select regions until at least 2018 and will not become a vintage product until later.

Both models were powered by the A8 chip which was built by TSMC (replacing Samsung Foundry) using the 20nm process node. The A8 contained two billion transistors.

Compare that to the current A15 Bionic which is built by TSMC using the 5nm process node and contains 15 billion transistors.

To recall, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus lost software support in 2019 with the release of iOS 13.

Earlier, Apple added the very first 12-inch MacBook to its list of vintage and obsolete products.

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