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US Embassy in Jerusalem is Doing More Harm Than Any Good

The move of the US to open a US Embassy in Jerusalem has been drawing criticism since the inception of the idea.

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US Embassy in Jerusalem drawing criticism from across the world. Pixabay

By Ajay Kumar

The move of the US to open a US Embassy in Jerusalem has been drawing criticism since the inception of the idea. On Monday, Israeli troops killed at least 58 Palestinians while they were protesting which coincidentally was on the same day, the US was opening its Embassy in Jerusalem. Following this, on Tuesday fresh protests erupted at the Gaza border.

International agencies and authorities are condemning the decision of use of force by Israel unarmed Palestinian protesters on Monday, the deadliest day in Gaza since the 2014 Israeli invasion. In the violence, at least 2,700 people were injured.

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Local News Dry up for Facebook Media Project in US

In January this year, the Facebook Journalism Project announced to invest $300 million in local newsrooms

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A photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York, Feb. 19, 2014. VOA

Facebook is having trouble finding enough local news to feed its new journalism initiative, because hundreds of newspapers have shut down in the US.

“About one in three users in the US live in places where we cannot find enough local news on Facebook to launch ‘Today In’,” Facebook wrote in a blog post on Monday.

In those “news deserts” – communities with little or no local reporting – Facebook hasn’t been able to find “five or more recent news articles directly related to these towns” for its news feature “Today In” that was launched in November last year.

“In the last 28 days, there has not been a single day where we’ve been able to find five or more recent news articles directly related to these towns.

“This does not vary much by region: 35 per cent of users in the Midwest, Northeast, and South — and 26 per cent in the West a” live in places where we can’t find much local newson Facebook,” said the social networking company.

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

“Today In” has been rolled out to over 400 cities in the US.

“We’re also announcing a new pilot programme, the Facebook Journalism Project Community Network, to support projects aimed at building community through local news,” said Facebook.

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According to Engadget, nearly 1,800 papers have shut down in the US since around the time Facebook came online 15 years ago.

In January this year, the Facebook Journalism Project announced to invest $300 million in local newsrooms. (IANS)

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