Facebook hiring hundreds to comply with hate speech law
The new personnel, who will work for a service provider called CCC out of a new office in the western city of Essen that opened on Thursday, will be responsible for reviewing content posted to the social media platform.
The new law, passed by the German parliament in June, requires social media sites to remove flagged content within 24 hours when the content is obviously illegal. Companies have a week to remove more ambiguous cases.
Residents, Jewish advocacy group in Ontario township want Swastika Trail renamed
A major Jewish advocacy group in Canada has stepped up efforts to help some residents of an Ontario town convince local politicians to rename a street currently called Swastika Trail.
B’nai Brith Canada started an online petition Thursday calling on Puslinch Township, about 75 kilometres west of Toronto, to change the street name.
The group plans to present the petition to the township council when it discusses the issue of renaming the private road next month, Aidan Fishman, advocacy director for B’nai Brith Canada, said in an interview Friday.
‘It’s okay to be white’ posters pop up at U of R; security investigating
Campus security at the University of Regina is investigating after unauthorized signs which say “it’s okay to be white” were posted around the campus.
One poster was specifically posted to the door of the Office of Indigenization in the campus’ Research and Innovation Centre.
“Simply put, these signs have no place at our university,” said U of R president Vianne Timmons, in a release.
Portland Schools May Require Teachers Side With Transgender Students Against Parents
Portland public schools may adopt new transgender policies requiring teachers to support the wishes of a transgender student if they are at odds with those of their parents.
Maine’s Portland school board will hold a vote Tuesday in order to determine if they will adopt the comprehensive transgender policy — deemed the “transgender and gender expansive student policy” — stating that the district will “abide by the wishes of the student with regard to their gender identity and gender expression while at school,” according to the Portland Press Herald.
Along with apology, Liberals want to expunge criminal records of Canadians convicted of gay sex
The Liberal government will introduce legislation Tuesday to expunge the criminal records of Canadians previously convicted of consensual sexual activity with same-sex partners.
The new bill is being timed to coincide with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s long-awaited apology for state-sanctioned discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.