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US Immigrants’ ‘non-cooperation protest’ for a day against Donald Trump’s policies

Numerous restaurants which often heavily depend on the immigrant staff, closed for the day in Washington, New York, and other major cities.

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New York, Feb 18, 2017: In order to register their protest and anger towards Trump’s recent policies against the immigrants, more than 100 restaurants and other businesses shut shop in cities around the United States to support a walkout called ‘A Day Without Immigrants’.

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Activists of the event called on immigrants and asked them to stay home from work, avoid shopping, eating out, and classes for a day, in an effort to highlight the vital role they play in the American society.Trump’s declaration to crack down illegal immigration, The Indian Express reported.

Trump’s declaration to crack down illegal immigration and his executive order to temporarily ban Muslims from seven Muslim preponderance countries to enter the United States propelled this agitation.

Immigrants’ right groups expressed disquietude after more than 680 immigrants were arrested in federal raids last week on grounds of living illegally in the country.

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The local news in the US cities like Minneapolis band Austin, Texas reported of dozens of businesses shut their shop for the whole day.

Approximately 700 people joined a rally held in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Numerous restaurants which often heavily depend on the immigrant staff, closed for the day in Washington, New York, and other major cities.

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According to Reuters, the media site Uproxx kept a running tally of closed restaurants and reported their no. exceeded 135 just by midday.

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Googling ‘idiot’ Bringing up Donald Trump Pictures Drags Google in Trouble

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing "examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices" on Capitol Hill in Washington. VOA

US Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, in an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, asked its CEO Sundar Pichai why so many pictures of President Donald Trump appear when she does a Google search for “idiot”.

“Right now, if you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that,” the California Democrat told Pichai during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday here.

“How would that happen? How does search work so that would occur?” Lofgren asked Pichai, according to the Washington Post.

The Google CEO — who was at the hearing to address allegations of political bias in his company’s widely used search engine — said the results were based on billions of keywords ranked according to over 200 factors such as relevance, popularity, how others were using the search term, to determine how to best match a query with results.

“So it’s not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we’re going to show the user?” Lofgren asked. “It’s basically a compilation of what users are generating.”

Republicans have long accused Google of political bias, which the company has strongly denied.

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In August, Trump said in a tweet that a Google search for “Trump News” showed only reports from “Fake News Media.” He concluded it was “rigged” against him so “almost all stories and news was bad.”

House Republicans said they wanted to hold the hearing — entitled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices” — to make sure the search giant was being impartial.

“Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honour freedom of speech and champion open dialogue,” Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said in a statement before the hearing.

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech.

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In response to Republicans who complained about Google searches, Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said: “If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don’t want negative search results, don’t do negative things.”

“And to some of my colleagues across the aisle, if you’re getting bad press articles and bad search results, don’t blame Google or Facebook or Twitter, consider blaming yourself.” (IANS)