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- Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube announced the launch of an anti-terror partnership
- The “Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism” intends to share engineering, research, and knowledge to help
- The Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) will act as a forum for charities and other nonprofit organizations
June 27, 2017: Social Media platforms altogether have come forward to disdain terror content. With this regard, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube has announced the launch of an anti-terror partnership designed at thwarting the spread of extremist content online.
Each of the Social tech giants was working separately to thwart its services from being used to encourage or spread extremist views. Facebook this month launched a series of counterterrorism measures in the wake of attacks in Manchester and London.
A joint statement published on Twitter’s policy blog declared, “The spread of terrorism and violent extremism is a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for us all.”
“We believe that by working together, sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts, we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online.”
The new forum was developed on discussions in Europe and outcomes of recent Group of Seven (G7) and European Council, according to the founding companies. The forum is designed to work with smaller tech firms as well as civil groups, academics and governmental bodies.
The “Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism” intends to share engineering, research and knowledge to help “continue to make our hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists,” the companies said yesterday.
“The scope of our work will evolve over time as we will need to be responsive to the ever-evolving terrorist and extremist tactics,” the companies announced.
Following the warnings from UK Prime Minister Theresa May after four attacks in three months, Facebook said it would seek to edify charities and other organisations on how to fight hatred speeches, in light of the terror attacks in Britain as well as in Belgium and France.
The Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) will act as a forum for charities and other nonprofit organisations to share their experiences of extremism and develop “best practices” to tackle the issue, both on and offline.
Earlier this year, G7 leaders had urged companies like Facebook and Google to do more to thwart extremist content online.
– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94
Receiving compliments is something that a majority of us enjoy. Compliments, after all, make us feel good about ourselves. Sometimes compliments intended to be flattering turn out to be a tremendous turn-off, and in some cases, they are insulting. 'Beauty with brains is one of those compliments. So, is 'beauty with brains' a compliment? Without further ado, I would confidently say- NO! It doesn't matter what your gender, colour, or identity is. The answer is clearly a no.
Beauty with a brain suggests that you can only have one of these qualities and that you are an 'exception' if you possess both. "Oh, Wow! You are a beauty with brains" is a phrase that women often hear. This statement is used when a female exhibits characteristics that indicate she is intelligent. People are taken aback if they see a wise and beautiful woman because women are stereotyped to be either beautiful or brainy. The concern with this is that it is naturally assumed that men are intelligent. Women, on the other hand, are supposed to have a natural beauty. If she isn't attractive according to the norms laid down by society, it is expected that she would at the very least be intelligent. When someone manages to be both, it is regarded as a significant accomplishment.
People are taken aback if they see a wise and beautiful woman because women are stereotyped to be either beautiful or brainy. | Photo by Unsplash
Women are being stereotyped into two attributes: being attractive and being intelligent, and they are being conditioned to think that these characteristics cannot exist together. When you tell someone that they are not beautiful, you are implicitly attempting to fit them into the so-called "beauty standards" that today's era is so preoccupied with maintaining. And that is a significant issue. We are not required to fit in; we should take the risk of being unusual.
Many movies, television series, and even advertisements depict the female lead as someone who is the attractive one, well-dressed, with a face full of makeup and lovely hair. On the other hand, the intelligent girl is usually the one with unkempt hair, strange fashion sense, and little to no makeup.
While our generation has been the target of insulting and sexist slurs that have caused us to question our abilities on several occasions, let us work together to reverse the trend. Let us educate each other that beauty and intelligence can coexist and that we are all beautiful in our way and don't need to fit in the so-called standards set by our draconian society.
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