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(Natural News) Earlier this week, a report noted that as AT&T finalized its purchase of Time Warner, executives were considering selling off some of the purchased companies assets, including celebrity news website TMZand fake news outlet CNN, the latter of which has taken a beating in the ratings for months.

AT&T Entertainment Group chief John Stankey put the kibosh on that story a couple of days later, claiming that no, CNN won’t be auctioned off because it’s too valuable. “It would be a strategically missed opportunity if we weren’t in that business” of breaking news, he told The Hollywood Reporter, as noted by Newsmax.

Read more: After banning “conspiracy theory” websites from its search engine, will Google remove CNN for pushing Russia collusion fake conspiracy?

Just one month after YouTube deleted a video of the United States air-dropping weapons to ISIS and claimed that it contained “violent or graphic content,” the video platform is now being criticized for implementing a new artificial intelligence program to monitor “extremist” content that is deleting videos that document U.S. war crimes.

The monitoring organization Airwars.org recently reported that its YouTube account had been targeted, just one week after YouTube published a new blog post announcing that it is “developing and implementing cutting-edge machine learning technology designed to help us identify and remove violent extremism and terrorism-related content in a scalable way.”

Airwars raised the issue on Twitter, noting that after approving hundreds of their videos documenting U.S. airstrikes, YouTube has suddenly blocked three videos out of nowhere.  The newly blocked videos showed U.S. coalition airstrikes that were reportedly targeting ISIS, and their dates ranged from August 2015 to March 2016.

Read more: YouTube Is Now Purging Evidence Of War Crimes—Labeling It As “Extremist” Content

 

YouTube’s ‘extremist-tackling’ technology misses mark by removing wrong content

YouTube and parent company Google’s efforts to crack down on extremist content has resulted in embarrassment after its technology targeted videos from monitors, journalists and Syrian opposition, amongst others.

A number of accounts, such as those of Airwars, Bellingcat, Middle East Eye and Orient News have had videos removed or suspended as a result of past videos deemed ‘extreme’ by YouTube’s machine learning.

Read more: YouTube’s ‘extremist-tackling’ technology misses mark by removing wrong content

‘John Ruszczyk vowed to get justice for the killing of his daughter Justine Damond, who he said was ‘ripped from our arms’ when she was shot by Mohamed Noor.

The family of an Australian woman shot to death by a police officer responding to her emergency call vowed to win justice for her at a memorial service on the same night they had planned to be on a plane to her wedding.

Justine Damond’s father, John Ruszczyk, choked back tears as he spoke of his 40-year-old daughter, whom he described as being “ripped from our arms” when she was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 15 July.’

Read more: Father vows to get justice for daughter shot by police at memorial that should have been her wedding

‘Prevent, the British government’s counter-radicalization strategy, should not be viewed negatively, Home Secretary Amber Rudd insists, despite accusations it is highly intrusive and disproportionately targets Muslims.

In an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun tabloid, Rudd said the government’s counter-terrorism efforts are being “actively undermined” by the critics of the Prevent program, who accuse the government of unnecessarily invasive surveillance methods.

“Stopping people committing appalling acts of terror is something we should all want. It should go without saying,” said the Tory Home Secretary.

“Yet there are some who actively seek to undermine the Prevent program without offering any meaningful alternatives. They say it is about spying.

“Prevent has made a significant impact in preventing people being drawn into terrorism and it is here to stay,” she added.’

Read more: UK counter-terrorism effort ‘actively undermined’ by Prevent critics, says home secretary

‘UK police are investigating incidents of “name calling between children” even as the country’s actual violent crime rate continues to surge.

According to Sgt. Peter Allan, whose Twitter bio describes him as a, “Sussex Hate Crime Sgt & Trans Equality Advocate,” police were recently called out to Burgess Hill, Sussex, to deal with a “transphobic” incident involving “Name calling between children.”

Asked, “Are you on the wind up? Name calling between children? I think you’re going a bit far with this now,” Allan responded, “Investigations don’t always lead to prosecutions. Education is really important, especially for young people. This was a non-crime.”

Investigations don’t always lead to prosecutions. Education is really important, especially for young people. This was a non-crime.
— Peter Allan (@SgtPeterAllan) August 10, 2017

“Then get to work & tackle some real crime you clown instead of getting involved in children’s name calling,” responded Tommy Robinson.’

Read more: UK Police Investigate ‘Name Calling Between Children’ as Violent Crime Surges

‘During a meeting with the ONDCP, a Republican congressman asked a question that set off a conversation exposing the tyrannical nature of the drug war.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) met with members of Congress this week to discuss multiple issues when a Republican congressman asked a question that would expose the state’s immoral and tyrannical war on drugs in an accidental stroke of logic.

Harold Watson “Trey” Gowdy III is a member of the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party and serves as a congressman from South Carolina. He is also the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. During the meeting with the ONDCP this week, Gowdy asked why marijuana was a schedule I drug.

Schedule I “drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” the DEA claims. Given the mountains of evidence showing the beneficial nature of the cannabis plant, the DEA’s claims are nothing short of asinine and tyrannical.’

Read more: Congressman Asks A Question About Weed And Accidentally Exposes Tyrannical Drug War

‘Israel’s supreme court has sentenced a Palestinian youth accused of alleged attempt on life of two Israelis to 9.5 years in jail down from an earlier sentence of 12 years in prison.

Leah Tsemel, the lawyer of the Palestinian, said on Thursday that the sentence was reduced to nine and a half years by the court. She added that a 180,000 shekel ($47,000) fine will remain in place.

“It is not the best we wanted, but that’s what we got,” media outlets quoted the lawyer as saying.

Last November, an Israeli court sentenced Ahmad Saleh Manasra, now 15, to 12 years in jail on the charge of attempting to murder a 20-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy in the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev in East Jerusalem al-Quds on October 12, 2015.’

Read more: Israel sentences Palestinian youth to 9.5 years in jail

‘Human Rights Watch (HRW) says 27 people, including three police officers, have been killed in clashes between anti-government protesters and police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The deadly clashes took place mostly on Monday in the capital Kinshasa, and other cities when members of the separatist sect Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) staged a rally against President Joseph Kabila.

Security forces fired shots into crowds to disperse the protesters in Kinshasa, killing 11 BDK members and 10 bystanders, according to HRW in a statement on Thursday.’

Read more: Human Rights Watch: 27 killed in clash between police and protesters in DR Congo

‘Kenyan police have shot dead two demonstrators in the capital Nairobi as violence erupted after an opposition leader claimed massive fraud in the general elections that saw the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in the lead.

A senior police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that two people had been killed in the slum of Mathare in Nairobi on Wednesday.

“They were part of a group that was protesting in the area and officers were sent to quell the chaos,” the officer added.

“We are told many of them were also thieves who took advantage and could not even obey the police. Two have been fatally wounded.”

Reports said one of the slain protesters was a young man that sustained a massive gunshot wound to the head.’

Read more: In Kenyan capital, two killed in protests against election results


Grotesque! Fury as Britain gives £30million aid to fund general election in Kenya which activists fear will end in a bloodbath

‘Political activists in Kenya have demanded a halt to the ‘grotesque’ waste of ten of millions of pounds of British foreign aid which is funding a general election it is feared will result in a bloodbath.

Britain is helping to pay for the election through a £28.5 million programme known as Deepening Democracy. In a project with 24 other countries, it will contribute a further £2.5 million.

But even Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) admits there has been ‘no significant improvement in the fight against corruption’ in Kenya in recent years.

Current President Uhuru Kenyatta – son of Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta – was accused by the International Criminal Court of inciting murderous riots between rival political supporters during 2007 elections, when he led the opposition. More than 1,000 people were killed. He protested his innocence but was never brought to trial due to the ‘disappearance’ of key witnesses. He went on to become president in 2013.’

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