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IN THE NEWS: PARIS SUMMIT CALLS FOR MORE PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN ONLINE
PARIS (AP) — It's something top tech companies and some world leaders seem to agree on: more needs to be done to protect kids online. Social media apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat have joined several world leaders and UNICEF to sign a pledge to boost security for young people online The call, initiated by France and the United Nations child protection agency, notes that “children can come across harmful and violent content and manipulation of information.” The pledge says the world must also address what it calls “threats amplified by technology," like cyber bullying, sexual abuse, human trafficking and radicalization to violence.
IN THE NEWS: TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONED IN KYLE RITTENHOUSE'S MURDER TRIAL
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The testimony in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial is over. But for a second straight day yesterday, lawyers and the judge sparred over technology. At issue: using a tablet, smartphone or computer to zoom in on video and create enlarged images. Prosecutors arguing for the use of enlarged images on the night last summer that Rittenhouse killed two protesters and injured another with an assault rifle in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The defense objected, suggesting the images could be manipulated while being enlarged. Judge Bruce Schroeder acknowledged his lack of knowledge of current technology. Prosecutors said the defense tried to take advantage of the judge's being less-than-tech-savvy in an effort to keep out the images — images prosecutors say prove Rittenhouse was lying when he took the stand in his own defense on Wednesday.
ON THE WEB: TWITTER BANS NEWSMAX WHITE HOUSE REPORTER OVER COVID-19 POSTS
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Twitter has permanently banned Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson. The social media company says it ousted her over repeated violations of its COVID-19 misinformation policy. Twitter first banned Robinson for a week for sending a message to “Christians,” falsely warning that COVID vaccines had a chemical marker called Luciferase that can be used to track people. She returned Tuesday, declaring “I'm back” — and posted a link to an article she wrote about the purported marker. Twitter says she's now gone for good. Robinson has also been taken of the air — and Newsmax says there's no anticipated date for her return.
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