TikTok expands hate speech ban

Video-sharing platform announces move just days after crackdown on QAnon conspiracy movementTikTok has banned a swathe of hate speech from its platform, just days after the company announced a crackdown on the conspiracist QAnon movement.Explicitly hateful ideologies, such as neo-Nazism and white supremacy, are already banned on TikTok. Now, the moderation will be extended to cover “neighbouring ideologies”, such as white nationalism and white genocide theory. Continue reading…

The Grenfell inquiry has exposed a blatant disregard for residents’ safety | Luke Barratt

The tower’s tenants complained to the landlord repeatedly about problems that allowed flames to rip through the blockLast week, for the first time, Grenfell Tower’s landlord faced questions at the official inquiry about why the fire spread. There was, predictably, an array of shocking revelations. The most eyecatching was perhaps the admission that during the refurbishment of the building the landlord, Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) held a secret meeting to cut costs.This meeting, which negotiated reduced costs before Rydon was formally offered the contract, went directly against legal advice KCTMO had received, suggesting that such secret negotiations could break European procurement law. It also fills in a crucial gap in our understanding of how the deadly aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding came to be fitted to the outside of the tower. Continue reading…

Ben O’Connor wins stage 17 of Giro as leaders stay quiet before Stelvio test

João Almeida remains in maglia rosa after stage 17Passo Stelvio awaits in a brutal test on ThursdayAustralian Ben O’Connor won the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia, a 203km mountain trek from Bassano del Grappa as João Almeida retained the overall lead at the end of a quiet day for the top contenders.O’Connor gave the NTT team, who are looking for a sponsor next year, a much-needed win as he prevailed from the day’s 18-man breakaway ahead of Hermann Pernsteiner and Thomas de Gendt. Continue reading…

Pianist Keith Jarrett unlikely to perform again after two strokes

Pair of strokes in 2018 have partially paralysed American musician, who can now only play with one handKeith Jarrett, the jazz and classical musician whose album The Köln Concert is one of the best-selling piano recordings in history, has announced that he is unlikely to perform again after two strokes.The 75-year-old told the New York Times that he suffered the strokes in February and May of 2018, and was left temporarily paralysed. “My left side is still partially paralysed. I’m able to try to walk with a cane, but it took a long time for that – took a year or more,” he said. He spent nearly two years in a nursing facility. Continue reading…