YouTube has decided to ban content promoting Nazi ideology from its service.
The company confirmed it would no longer host videos glorifying fascist views or material denying the existence of the Holocaust, after years of criticism for its role in spreading far-right hatred and conspiracy theories.
The video-sharing website, which is owned by Google, said Wednesday it would ban all videos “that claim a group is superior to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on traits such as age, gender, race, caste.” , religion, sexual orientation or veteran status”.
This includes “inherently discriminatory” videos promoting Nazi ideology or content that denies that well-documented violent events took place, such as the deaths of millions of Jews in World War II or the Sandy Hook school shooting in the US.
Platforms such as YouTube have traditionally taken a light-hearted approach to hosted material and have broad-based defenses of free speech to justify the extremist views users post.
This has become increasingly untenable under relentless media and public scrutiny, and under pressure from advertisers. YouTube banned a handful of high-profile extremists in the past year, including Alex Jones of Infowars.
Much of the criticism has centered on YouTube’s algorithm-driven recommendation system, which keeps people on the site by suggesting new videos they might be interested in. Critics have said it leads people to increasingly extreme and conspiratorial videos, and that this could incentivize users to produce more extreme material in order to increase views and earn a greater share of ad revenue.
YouTube said algorithm changes introduced in the US in January had more than halved the number of views receiving “borderline content and harmful misinformation” from recommendations. It defined borderline content as “videos promoting a fake miracle cure for a serious illness, or claiming the Earth is flat,” and said a similar system would be rolled out elsewhere in the world this year.
The company also said it would include more material from authoritative sources, such as traditional TV channels, if users watched cross-border or conspiratorial content about a news event.
The changes may face challenges from conservative politicians, who have risen to power for all under social media. Donald Trump and leading Republican senators have expressed concern about the prospect of censorship from sites like YouTube, and the White House has launched a tool encourage people to contact the government if they believe they have been banned or suspended from a social media service for political reasons.
The company also confirmed on Wednesday that it would not take action against a prominent right-wing YouTuber who had repeatedly targeted homophobic abuse of a journalist, arguing the “criticism” was debated rather than harassment.
YouTube also remains the only major social network to allow material from far-right activist Tommy Robinson, who has been banned from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
HP bypolls result won’t affect 2022 election polls: Jai Ram
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur, said on Monday that the results of recently closed polls will not affect the 2022 parliamentary elections and that the BJP will re-form in the state in a general election.
Speaking at a public meeting in Dharampur in Mandi district, Thakur said the results of the bypolls have given some time to rejoice before the congress, but they will not affect the 2022 election polls as the results will be different. and the BJP would once again form a government in HP .
“Today, the nation is safe in the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and gives an appropriate response to all the adversities of the neighboring countries.
The repeal of Article 370, the construction of Lord Rama Temple in Ayodhya is possible thanks to Prime Minister Modi’s strong leadership and political will,” he added.
He stated that the current state government ensures that every section of society and every area benefits from the BJP government’s welfare and development plans. The people of the Dharampur area were fortunate to have a dynamic and committed leadership that represents them in the state of Vidhan Sabha.
It was a historic day for the people of the Dharampur Vidhan Sabha area as a record 96 development projects worth Rs 381 crore were dedicated to the people of the area, the CM said.
Thakur further stated that the Coronavirus pandemic has severely devastated the global economy and Himachal Pradesh was no exception. But timely decisions of the central leadership and the state government combined with active cooperation of the people, the country and the state gradually got out of this situation.
But even during the pandemic, he had laid the foundation stone for development projects worth Rs 4,500 crore in about 42 Vidhan Sabha areas of the state.
“Congress leaders did nothing in this crisis and even tried to politicize this sensitive issue. It is a pity that, despite having been in power for about 50 years, the congressional leaders never thought of such welfare arrangements and the party leaders were busy with their own development,” he said, reminding congressional leaders that there were only 50 ventilators were in the state. as the pandemic spread, while HP has more than 1,000 fans today.
The CM added that Jal Jeevan Mission has proved to be a boon to the people as the state has committed to provide every household with a fully functional water tap by the middle of next year.
Win Win W-644 results to be announced today at 3pm; first prize Rs 75 lakh
People who win less than Rs 5,000 can claim their prize money at any lottery shop while those who win more than Rs 5,000 have to approach the lottery office
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The Kerala Lottery Department is all set to release the Win Win W-644 lottery results today, November 29. The Win Win results will be announced at 3:00 PM for those interested to check the Kerala lottery results on the official website at keralalotteries.com.
The Win Win W-644 draw will take place in Kerala’s capital, Thiruvananthapuram, in Gorky Bhavan near Bakery Junction. The winner of the the first prize will take home Rs 75 lakh, while for the second prize, the winner will receive Rs 5 lakh. Likewise, for the third prize, the winner will get Rs 1 lakh. There is also a consolation prize of Rs 8,000, according to news reports, for certain lucky winners.
The Win Win W-644 drawing will take place under the direction and supervision of professional judges. Once the Win Win W-644 results are announced, the cardholders are required to verify the winning numbers with the results published in the Kerala Government Gazette. According to news reports, a single ticket of the Win Win W-644 will cost Rs 30.
This is how you claim the winning amount:
Entrants who win any amount in the Win Win W-644 lottery must surrender their winning tickets within 30 days. Also, the process of document verification by award winners must be completed within 30 days of the Win Win W-644 Result Statement. Failure to do so will result in no claiming the winning prize money.
Winners who get an amount of less than Rs 5,000 can claim their prize money at any lottery shop in Kerala. While people who win prize amount of more than Rs 5,000 are required to participate in a verification process at the lottery office. To claim the winning amount, people will need to present a valid ID, along with their winning ticket.
The Kerala State Lottery Department was established in 1967 by the Government of Kerala. It is the first of its kind in India and hosts weekly raffles and six bumper raffles.
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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths as of today: 776,639.
As of this morning, 69.7 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 59.1 percent is fully vaccinated, according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker. A little more than 11 percent of the U.S. eligible population has received a booster dose.
Just when the world hoped COVID-19 might one day be beatable, or at least a controllable risk in people’s daily lives, a new variant of the coronavirus set off alarms, triggering unanswered scientific questions but instantaneous emergency international responses and panic in financial markets on Friday.
Today, the United States joins other nations in restricting visitors from eight African countries because of the potential risks of the omicron variant of COVID-19. The variant has been detected in at least a dozen countries, including South Africa (where less than a quarter of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19), Canada (first confirmation in North America), Israel, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Germany, France, Portugal, Australia and the United Kingdom, where a mask mandate is back in place.
President Biden will speak about the situation today from the White House. The United Kingdom plans a meeting today of health ministers from the seven largest industrialized nations to discuss responses.
Researchers insist omicron is not “apocalyptic,” and there is no early evidence that it causes more severe disease or higher risks of death than previous variants, including delta. It is unclear how quickly omicron spreads; anecdotal information from South Africa suggests it is efficient at moving from human to human.
CNBC: Moderna says a vaccine with targeted effectiveness against omicron could be ready next year. It is not clear such a vaccine will be needed.
The Associated Press: Here is what scientists know so far about the new variant.
Scientists, including Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, predict it will take about two weeks to gain a better understanding of omicron’s capabilities, and in the meantime, he and other administration officials urge Americans to get first, second or third doses of COVID-19 vaccines (The Hill).
Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NBC News over the weekend that he “would not be surprised” if the variant is already in this country.
“We have not detected it yet,” Fauci said on Saturday. “But when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you’re already having travel-related cases that they’ve noted in Israel and Belgium and other places, … it almost invariably is ultimately going to go essentially all over” (The Hill).
CBS News: “It’s almost definitely here already,” former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Sunday.
Biden on Saturday urged all Americans ages 5 and up to get vaccinated and, if eligible, obtain booster doses as soon as possible. “That is the minimum that everyone should be doing. And I – you know, we always talk about whether this is about freedom, but I think it’s a patriotic responsibility to do that.”
Fauci joined administration officials in the Oval Office on Sunday to brief the president, all speaking through masks to tell Biden that experts believe existing vaccines are likely to continue to provide some protection against severe cases of COVID-19 infection as omicron spreads, the White House said in a statement. Fauci repeated the scientific community’s view that boosters for fully vaccinated individuals “provide the strongest available protection” against the coronavirus by replenishing waning immune responses.
The World Health Organization (WHO) protested nations that implemented travel restrictions at borders because of omicron (The Associated Press) and instead called for more vaccinations, increased surveillance of the variant and laboratory experiments to better understand its biology. Scientists have already developed a standard PCR (polymerase chain reaction) nasal swab test that identifies the newest version of the coronavirus (The Associated Press and The New York Times).
The U.S. travel rules in place today apply to individuals originating from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. They do not apply to American citizens and lawful permanent residents.
The Hill: Fauci defends new U.S. travel restrictions.
Reuters: Japan, Israel shut borders to foreigners because of omicron.
WHO officials were first alerted by South Africa on Wednesday about the new variant, which scientists are studying with urgency because of its abundant mutations affecting the virus’s spike protein, its potent transmissibility and possible adaptations to evade COVID-19 vaccines (The New York Times).
The Associated Press: In Switzerland, legislation already in force to require special COVID-19 certificates, under which only people who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative can attend public events and gatherings, won majority voter support in a Sunday referendum.
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LEADING THE DAY
CONGRESS: Lawmakers return to Washington today and Tuesday staring down a critical pre-Christmas to-do list. Priorities include increasing the nation’s borrowing authority by mid-December to pay for U.S. commitments already approved by Congress; averting a shutdown by funding the government; and resolving the fate of the Democrats’ Build Back Better agenda through the Senate.
Although Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) renewed debt-ceiling discussions shortly before the Thanksgiving break, the two leaders do not appear to be close to a deal. As The Hill’s Alexander Bolton writes, both leaders face tough issues within their own ranks, with McConnell’s being more troublesome.
Republicans say there will be no repeat of the Band-Aid from October, when McConnell lined up 11 Republicans to pass a temporary debt limit extension. The party’s stance against raising the borrowing limit has intensified, forcing Democrats to weigh whether they could resolve the problem without GOP votes through a massive and still-unresolved budget reconciliation measure.
Democrats, however, maintain that Schumer will not burn up a week of Senate floor time to try to raise the debt ceiling relying only on the majority. Some Republicans have suggested Democrats use reconciliation, with Republicans lending a hand only to expedite the process, to be completed on a partisan basis on the floor.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says available funds to meet U.S. obligations will run out by Dec. 15, leaving Democrats with a big problem and no easy answers.
The Washington Post: Congress returns to work staring down fiscal deadlines and unresolved fights over Biden’s agenda.
The Hill: Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump’s border wall.
Meanwhile, the future of the Build Back Better agenda is officially in the Senate’s hands, and all eyes remain on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) as Biden’s top domestic priority hangs in the balance.
As The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda writes, the need to win Manchin’s support means a couple of items included in the House version could be on the chopping block, including four weeks of paid family leave, which Manchin has signaled opposition to. A number of climate provisions could also be on the outs to bring the West Virginia centrist into the fold.
One other thing to watch is how Manchin affects when the package is brought to the floor. The West Virginia senator recently said that he’s undecided on whether he’ll help start debate on it. Any vote is unlikely to occur without Manchin’s backing.
Jordain Carney, The Hill: Five ways Senate could change Biden’s spending plan.
The Hill: With Build Back Better, Dems aim to correct messaging missteps.
The Wall Street Journal: Democrats tackle changes to $2 trillion spending plan as deadlines loom.
The Hill: The administration is resisting calls for tougher Russia sanctions in Congress.
The Hill: Former Rep. Carrie Meek (D-Fla.) died at age 95.
IN FOCUS/SHARP TAKES
POLITICS: The attention of the political universe is shifting more and more toward the 2022 midterms with just over 11 months before Republicans get their chance to retake the majority in both congressional chambers.
The Hill’s Niall Stanage lays out the key issues that will set the scene for the midterm battles, with the ongoing troubles surrounding COVID-19 and inflation leading the way.
While case totals are nowhere near their peak figures in January, the unpredictability of the virus will remain an issue for the foreseeable future, as the omicron variant has already shown only days after its discovery. However, if the U.S. shows signs that the nation is moving past the pandemic by the spring, Biden and Democrats could be big-time political benefactors.
On the other side of the coin are Biden’s ongoing troubles with inflation, which have helped drag down his approval ratings in recent months. According to a CBS News-YouGov poll released last Sunday, 67 percent of Americans disapprove of his handling of inflation, with 82 percent reporting that items they usually buy are more expensive.
However, Biden’s resources to corral rising costs are limited. The White House is unable to adjust interest rates as that authority resides with the Federal Reserve, with top officials maintaining that the issue is a temporary result of supply chain problems coupled with pandemic related troubles and not due to Democratic spending, the main GOP line of attack.
Politico: Former President Trump’s Senate picks stumble out of the gate.
Dan Balz, The Washington Post: Biden’s challenge, gamble and wish set the table for the 2022 elections.
The Associated Press: Food, gas prices pinch families as inflation surges globally.
If Republicans do take back the House next year, lawmakers are eyeing retribution against their Democratic counterparts and stripping some notable members of their committee assignments.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wants an eye for an eye after Democrats booted Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) of committee seats, warning that some liberal lawmakers “will need the approval of a majority to keep those positions in the future.”
As The Hill’s Cristina Marcos notes, none of the Democrats McCarthy has singled out have embraced conspiracy theories or promoted violence against their political opponents the way Greene and Gosar have. Among those Republicans are looking at are Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.).
Hanna Trudo, The Hill: Restless progressives eye 2024.
The Hollywood Reporter: Matthew McConaughey says he is not pursuing a run for Texas governor.
The New York Times: Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper claims Department of Defense is improperly blocking parts of his memoir.
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The rule of six: A newly radicalized Supreme Court is poised to reshape the nation, by Ruth Marcus, columnist, The Washington Post. https://wapo.st/3I3CSe7
Omicron: Keep calm and carry on vaccinating, by Therese Raphael, columnist, Bloomberg Opinion. https://bloom.bg/3lgYFVT
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WHERE AND WHEN
The House meets at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Senate convenes at 3 p.m. and resumes consideration of the motion to consider the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022.
The president and Vice President Harris will receive the President’s Daily Brief at 10 a.m. Biden and Harris at 10:45 a.m. will receive a briefing from advisers about the omicron COVID-19 variant before the president delivers remarks on that subject at 11:45 a.m. The president will meet at 2 p.m. with corporate CEOs to discuss the holiday shopping season. He will speak at 3:45 p.m. about administration efforts to improve the nation’s supply chains.
First lady Jill Biden today will unveil the “gifts from the heart” theme selected for the 2021 Christmas and Hanukkah decorations at the White House accompanied by invited guests and offering thank-yous to the more than 100 volunteers who helped decorate the people’s house for the season. The Oval Office Christmas tree, one of 41 this year, sports navy blue and gold ornaments (which just happen to be University of Delaware school colors), including some golden starfish.
The White House daily press briefing is scheduled at 1 p.m.
➔ INTERNATIONAL: Russia‘s ambassador to the United States said on Sunday that 27 more Russian diplomats and their families were expelled from the United States and would leave on Jan. 30 (Reuters). … Nuclear talks with Iran resume today in Vienna. The last round of difficult discussions in June sought to bring Tehran back into compliance with the international agreement concluded six years ago (The Associated Press). … An early-winter snowstorm in Yorkshire, England, killed at least three people, downed power lines and left people stranded for days in locations, including one pub, blocked by three feet of snow (The New York Times).
➔ SUPREME COURT: On Wednesday, justices will hear arguments in a landmark abortion case (The Hill). … Ketanji Brown Jackson, seen by Democrats as a top contender for a future Supreme Court vacancy, is one of three judges assigned the weighty task of reviewing Trump’s bid to block a congressional subpoena for records related to the Jan. 6 attack (The Hill).
➔ LOBBYING: The recently enacted $1.2 trillion infrastructure investment law, which will benefit states and localities nationwide, has spawned plenty of lobbying (The Hill). … Climate activists are pressuring the administration after rejecting their push to replace Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell (The Hill).
And finally … Trees that are as old as the pyramids? That’s what scientists are examining in the rocky slopes of California’s White Mountains.
Researchers are studying ancient bristlecone trees by taking core samples from their trunks to date the tree rings. In fact, the oldest known bristlecone tree is estimated to be 4,800 years old, and experts readily acknowledge that there are almost certainly older trees out there.
“It would be naïve to think that we just happened to get the oldest tree when we looked,” said Andy Bunn, a researcher.
The largest bristlecone, known as the “Patriarch Tree,” is only 1,500 years old (approximately) (CBS News).
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