France commits to combat racist content on social media

admin   •   March 20, 2018   •   4567

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speaks at the Elysee Palace after a weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

France will toughen restrictions against racism and anti-Semitism on the internet and will actively contribute to the fight on a European level.

This was assured by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Monday over the fact that illegal online broadcasts of football matches are more quickly blocked than racist or anti-Semitic remarks.

For this reason, internet hosts and social media sites should be required to remove hateful speech, Philippe said.

Philippe said French President Emmanuel Macron’s government plan to fight on a European level for a legislative project that would force operators to withdraw hateful, racist or anti-Semitic content as soon as possible.

While the number of recorded hate crimes in France has decreased by 16 percent in 2017, the number of violent hateful actions has risen, the premier said. — Reuters

Para sa tropa: Man in viral video of jeepney attack clears name

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 18, 2019

It’s not what everyone thought it was. A scene that looked like an attempted robbery, turned out to be a different story.

The man in the viral video, who was later identified as Jomar, was seen clinging outside a moving jeepney while reaching inside the vehicle trying to punch someone.

After seeing the video, netizens slammed Jomar for his actions and immediately alerted the Manila government.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso invited those involved in the incident, and Manila Police District Director Bgen. Bernabe Balba, to a press conference where it became clear that the scene was sparked by a personal feud.

Jomar allegedly was only helping his friend, Edison, whose wife got harassed by a man inside the jeepney along Taft Avenue last Sunday (November 17) afternoon.

Edison said they chased the man after he tried to escape.

“Nagtangka po siyang tumakas kaya sinugod na namin sa jeep (He tried to escape so we followed him inside the jeepney),” he said.

“Inunahan niya po kasi ako ng suntok kaya sinundan ko na rin ng suntok (He threw the first punch, so I punched him back)” Edison added.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso lauded the Manila Police District for their quick response to the incident. He also reminded Jomar and Edison to always trust the government in providing justice.

“Huwag niyong ilalagay sa kamay ninyo ang batas. Sumangguni kayo sa kapulisyahan, (Don’t put the law into your own hands. Trust the police),” he said.

“Sana muli ninyong pagkatiwalaan ang pulis at ang pamahalaan na magbibigay ng hustisya kapag kayo naagrabyado, (I hope you can again trust the police and the government in providing justice when an abuse is committed),” he added.—AAC

Netizen thanks honest taxi driver for returning phone

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 12, 2019

The unnamed taxi driver who became viral after returning the mobile phone that was left by one of his passengers.

Amid the severe traffic, long work hours, and other difficulties in life, sometimes it only takes a simple act of kindness to turn a bad day into a good one.

Lawrenz Sierra was late for work on Saturday (November 9) morning, so he took a taxi. Unfortunately, he left his phone inside the taxi. He asked his manager to call his phone but no one was answering.

“Hindi ko na din nahabol si kuyang driver. Halos mawalan na ako ng pag-asa na makuha iyong phone ko (I was not able to catch the driver. I almost lost hope of getting my phone back),” he said.

A few moments later, the taxi driver called back the manager saying he will return Lawrenz’s phone.

“Nagpapasalamat ako siyempre. Kasi nagkusa siya ibalik. He even looked for another taxi driver kasi hindi daw siya marunong gumamit ng smart phones (I am very thankful because he returned my phone. He even looked for another taxi driver because he does not know how to use a smartphone),” Lawrenz said during an email interview.

Unfortunately, Lawrenz was not able to get the driver’s name but he gave him a gift as a form of gratitude for his honesty.

“Well deserved naman po si manong sa mga papuri (He is well-deserved of the praise),” Lawrenz said.—AAC (with details from Cianell Camposano)

#KFCProposal: This couple got mocked by a journalist, then social media came to their rescue

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 9, 2019

A video of a couple getting engaged at a KFC branch in South Africa has gone viral on social media. One journalist mocked them on Twitter, calling the guy “broke” for proposing in a fast food restaurant.

However, the internet will not have any of that negativity.

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When the fast food restaurant stumbled upon the post, they immediately took action and offered to sponsor their wedding.

Netizens helped track down the couple. Eventually other big brands such as Coke and SA Audi among others joined the buzz offering free services for the couple’s wedding. Even the bands that will be performing on their special day are by famous artists.

Kateka Malobola, who filmed and posted the original clip expressed his delight in a follow up video at how things turned out for the couple.

#KFCProposal became one of the top trending topics on Twitter and everyone is sending good vibes and best wishes to the couple.—AAC

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