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Facebook “cannot be trusted to regulate itself” after recent scandals, says politician

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There are increasing calls for Facebook to be subject to external regulation after a series of scandals that has seen user data sold and the site’s security compromised.

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US representative David Cicilline said that Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself and that Congress should intervene. Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, will soon become the Chairman of a congressional antitrust panel.

Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg previously said the company would put community before profit, but Cicilline isn’t convinced and tweeted “This staggering report makes clear that Facebook executives will always put their massive profits ahead of the interests of their customers”.
He added “We’ve known for some time that Facebook chose to turn a blind eye to the spread of hate speech and Russian propaganda on its platform”.

The congressman was reacting to the revelation that Facebook had attempted to shift public attention toward rivals as news of its Cambridge Analytica data scandal emerged.

“Now we know that once they knew the truth, top facebook executives did everything they could to hide it from the public by using a playbook of suppressing opposition and propagating conspiracy theories”.

He suggested formal regulation was needed, tweeting “It is long past time for us to take action”. He finished with a blistering attack on the firm, saying “I am confident that, despite facebook’s best efforts to buy Congress’s silence, the will of the American people will prevail”.

Regulation for Facebook would have a big impact on the company. It relies on detailed user information in order to sell advertising, a regulator could impose restrictions on what information the company can gather about users.

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Breaking News:Yoruba Freedom Fighter, Sunday Igboho Arrested in Cotonou

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Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic by security operatives in the West African country.

Igboho was arrested Monday night after fleeing Nigeria to evade arrest by Nigeria’s secret police.

A source privy to his departure from Nigeria said he had perfected plans to secretly escape from Nigeria through Cotonou and was heading to Germany.

He was, however, nabbed by security operatives in the neighboring country.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, a source privy to the incident, said, “Sunday Igboho has been arrested in Cotonou. He was arrested about an hour ago.

“He was supposed to travel to Germany through Cotonou this night. He wanted to leave Africa through Cotonou. He was arrested by security operatives in Cotonou.

“They are planning to bring him back to Nigeria.”

Recall that the Department of State Services had declared Igboho wanted after its operatives carried out a bloody midnight raid on his residence in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

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Popular Nigerian Singer, Sound Sultan dies at 44

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Singer, Olanrewaju Fasasi aka Sound Sultan, has died. A statement released by his family says he died on July 11 after a long battle with throat cancer.

The singer is survived by his wife and three children.

 

The statement reads;

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Multi-talented veteran singer, rapper, songwriter, Onlanrewaju Fasasi a.k.a Sound Sultan.

Too sad! Singer, Sound Sultan, dies at 44

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#EndSARS: Court strikes out suit against Sam Adeyemi, Davido, Falz, BurnaBoy, Aisha Yesufu and others

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Justice Bello Jawu of a High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out a suit filed by one Kenechukwu Okeke, a human rights activist, against Davido, Aisha Yesufu, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, and 47 other celebrities and activists over their activities during the October 2020 #EndSARS protests.

The judge in a ruling delivered on Friday, July 2, also restrained the Nigeria Police Force and Okeke from taking any steps to prosecute the individuals for their role played during the #EndSARS protest.

Okeke had in November 2020 filed criminal proceedings before a magistrate court in Abuja against the 50 persons over claims they promoted the October 2020 #EndSARS protests.

In the suit, he alleged that the defendants acted in a manner “with intent to assist in the promotion of an unlawful assembly under the guise or composition of #EndSARS

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