Instagram & Plan International Team Up With Girl Activists To Address Online Harassment

Instagram & Plan International Team Up With Girl Activists To Address Online Harassment

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NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2020

After landmark survey by Plan International points to unchecked online harassment, social media platform will work with girls’ rights organization to kick off a series of listening sessions with girl activists around the world, which will inform work across Facebook properties.

NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Instagram will hear from a global panel of girl activists on how the platform can address online harassment, in collaboration with Plan International.

(PRNewsfoto/Plan International USA)
(PRNewsfoto/Plan International USA)

Insights will also be shared with Facebook and WhatsApp as part of this initiative.

Plan’s Listening Sessions, which are being announced on International Day of the Girl [October 11, 2020], will feature a diverse group of 15 youth activists.

The Listening Sessions will give policy and product teams from Instagram — as well

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The Technology 202: Activists slam Palantir for its work with ICE ahead of market debut

But activist groups and human rights watchdogs say that the company’s track record of working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and countries with questionable human rights records makes it a bad investment. They spent the last week protesting online and in-person to highlight concerns to investors ahead of the public listing. 

“There is a high risk that Palantir is contributing to human rights violations of asylum-seekers and migrants through the ways the company’s technology facilitates ICE operations,” Amnesty International said in a report released yesterday that accused Palantir of failing to guarantee its software isn’t being used to aid in human rights abuses and racial profiling against migrants. Palantir, which declined to comment for this piece citing its “quiet period” running up to the public listing, has said its software is not used for raids or deportations. 

Co-founded by Peter Thiel, a prominent donor to President Trump, the company has

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Facebook launched a new climate information hub. Here’s how activists reacted

Facebook; Thumbs Down
Facebook; Thumbs Down

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Those of you still using Facebook (maybe your parents?) may have noticed a new feature when you logged on to the platform Tuesday: a climate information hub. That’s right — the same social platform that helped bring you QAnon, anti-vax influencers, and a zillion conspiracy theories about a “rigged election” in 2020, is now dipping its toes into the fight against climate misinformation.

As you might expect, not everyone is pleased.

“Is this a joke?” wrote journalist Brian Kahn for Gizmodo. “The whole thing is a giant hand-wave to distract us from looking at the real solutions to climate change and the role Facebook is playing in corroding them.”

Facebook rolled out its “Climate Science Information Center” on Tuesday morning. According to the company’s press release, the center will provide users with “science-based” facts, figures, and data about climate change. The company says

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