first_imgBannon suggested in a video posted on November 5 that FBI Director Christopher Wray and government infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci should be beheaded, saying they had been disloyal to US President Donald Trump, who last week lost his re-election bid to Biden.“I’d put the heads on pikes. Right. I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you are gone,” Bannon said in the video.Facebook removed the video but left up Bannon’s page, which has about 1,75,000 followers. Twitter banned Bannon last week over the same content.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told an all-staff meeting on Thursday that former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon had not violated enough of the company’s policies to justify his suspension when he urged beheading two senior US officials, according to a recording heard by Reuters.Zuckerberg acknowledged criticism of Facebook by President-elect Joe Biden but said the company shared some of the Biden team’s same concerns about social media. He urged employees not to jump to conclusions about how the new administration might approach regulation of social media companies.- Advertisement – Avaaz said seven of the largest pages had amassed nearly 2.5 million followers. Stone said Facebook had removed “several clusters of activity for using inauthentic behaviour tactics to artificially boost how many people saw their content.”Bannon could not immediately be reached for comment.Zuckerberg spoke on the issue at a weekly forum with Facebook employees where he is sometimes asked to defend content and policy decisions. A staff member had asked why Bannon had not been banned.Another employee asked how Facebook was handling criticism of Facebook by Biden and members of his team. Biden told the New York Times in December last year that he had “never been a fan of Facebook” and considered Zuckerberg “a real problem.”The incoming administration was “not monolithic,” Zuckerberg said. “Just because some people might talk in a way that’s more antagonistic to us, it doesn’t necessarily mean that speaks for what the whole group or whole administration is going to stand for.”Arrested in August, Bannon has pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors to the $25 million (roughly Rs. 200 crores) “We Build the Wall” campaign. Bannon has dismissed the charges as politically motivated.As Trump’s chief White House strategist, Bannon helped articulate Trump’s “America First” policy. Trump fired him in August 2017, ending Bannon’s turbulent tenure.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. “We have specific rules around how many times you need to violate certain policies before we will deactivate your account completely,” Zuckerberg said. “While the offenses here, I think, came close to crossing that line, they clearly did not cross the line.”Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said the company would take further action against Bannon’s page “if there are additional violations.”Last Friday, Facebook took down a network of other Bannon-linked pages that were pushing false claims about the presidential election, after they were flagged to the world’s biggest social media company by activist group Avaaz.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgBy Peter HallBIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Steve Smith’s unbeaten 46 helped Australia recover to 124-3 in their second innings before bad light stopped play with the tourists 34 runs ahead at the end of day three of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.England’s first innings resumed on 267-4 as Rory Burns added eight to his overnight score, falling for 133.However, England lost three wickets in 11 balls before Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes came to the rescue by adding 65 runs for the ninth wicket. England were eventually all out for 374.The injured Jimmy Anderson was kept out of the bowling attack, with Broad opening, and he soon had his 450th Test wicket as he enticed an edge from David Warner (8), with Cameron Bancroft next to go for seven to leave Australia 27-2.Usman Khawaja (40) batted well before Ben Stokes had him caught behind.But Smith, who scored a brilliant century in the first innings, once again proved immovable as he and Travis Head (21 not out) stayed at the crease until the umpires took the players off as daylight faded.“Smithy is battling unbelievably,” James Pattinson said. “The best players stand up when it really matters, and he has done that here against England.”England started well as Stokes passed 50 in front of a raucous crowd but nicked the ball through to Tim Paine the very next ball.Burns’ innings then came to an end as he misjudged a Nathan Lyon delivery straight into Paine’s hands.Lyon struck again in the same over when Moeen Ali was out for a five-ball duck. Australia kept up the pressure as Bairstow was dismissed in the next over for eight, with Peter Siddle claiming the wicket.The middle-order collapse stalled England’s progress before Broad and Woakes kicked on.Broad’s longest Test innings in six years came to an end as he was caught on the boundary for 29.Anderson was last to go for three, but the 37-year-old paceman’s calf injury kept him out of England’s bowling attack.“It is well poised,” Woakes said. “It has been a great match so far.“We leaked a couple too many tonight. But if we can start early in the morning, with two quick wickets first up then the partnership with Stuart could be a big part of the game.”SCOREBOARDAUSTRALIA 1st innings 286 ENGLAND 1st innings (overnight 267-4)R. Burns c Paine b Lyon 133J. Roy c Smith b Pattinson 10J. Root c & b Siddle 57J. Denly lbw b Pattinson 18J. Buttler c Bancroft b Cummins 5B. Stokes c Paine b Cummins 50J. Bairstow c Warner b Siddle 8M. Ali b Lyon 0C. Woakes not out 37S. Broad c Pattinson b Cummins 29J. Anderson c Cummins b Lyon 3Extras: (b-10, lb-11, nb-1, w-2) 24Total: (all out, 135.5 overs) 374Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-154, 3-189, 4-194, 5-282, 6-296, 7-300, 8-300, 9-365.Bowling: P. Cummins 33-9-84-3, J. Pattinson 27-3-82-2, P. Siddle 27-8-52-2 , N. Lyon 43.5-8-112-3, M. Wade 1-0-7-0, T. Head 2-1-7-0, S. Smith 2-0-9-0AUSTRALIA 2nd inningsC. Bancroft c Buttler b Ali 7D. Warner c Bairstow b Broad 8U. Khawaja c Bairstow b Stokes 40S. Smith not out 46T. Head not out 21Extras: (b-1, nb-1) 2Total: (3 wickets; 31 overs) 124Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-27, 3-75.Bowling: S. Broad 6-0-26-1, C. Woakes 6-1-20-0, M. Ali 9-0-47-1, J. Root 3-0-12-0, B. Stokes 7-2-18-1last_img read more