Monthly Archives: October 2016

SPLC receives backlash after placing activist Maajid Nawaz on ‘anti-Muslim extremist’ list

SPLC receives backlash after placing activist Maajid Nawaz on ‘anti-Muslim extremist’ listThe Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is under fire for including Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz on its new list of anti-Muslim extremists. On Oct. 25, the SPLC and three other liberal civil rights groups — Media Matters for America, the Center for New Community and ReThink Media — released a “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists,” which profiles 15 “propagandists” who allegedly exploit terrorist attacks to demonize the Islamic faith. a “Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest” and led the campaign against the wrongly labeled “Ground Zero Mosque.” But Nawaz’s placement came as a shock to his supporters.

Facebook pledges fewer content removals, new criteria as yet unclear

Picture shows Facebook logo at Facebook office in BerlinFacebook will allow more content on its platform that it would have earlier removed because it violated its standards, with new criteria being worked out, a senior executive said on Monday, following a row over the removal of an iconic Vietnam War photo. Only a month ago, the company and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg came into conflict after Facebook deleted the photo of a naked Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalm attack, called "The Terror of War". Solberg posted the photograph on her Facebook page after the company had deleted it from the sites of a Norwegian author and the newspaper Aftenposten, which mounted a front-page campaign urging Facebook to permit publication.

White House says FBI director not trying to influence election

FBI Director Comey testifies before a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama believes FBI Director James Comey is a man of integrity and is not trying to influence the U.S. presidential election by announcing scrutiny of additional emails linked to Democrat Hillary Clinton's private server, the White House said on Monday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest also said he has no "independent knowledge" of how Comey had arrived at his decision to make public the FBI email investigation or "what factors were considered" in his decision to discuss the issue publicly. …