Much like TikTok, Snapchat will let users add songs to posts
While President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead for Microsoft to pursue an acquisition of TikTok, Snap, Inc. has secured music-licensing deals with major music companies to compete with the Chinese-owned video sharing app.Among them are Warner Music Group, Warner Chappell, Universal Music Publishing Group, as well as the over 200 members of the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), and the roughly 300 members of indie digital rights agency Merlin.Although word that the social media and messaging app was in talks with music companies first emerged in May 2019, Snapchat users will soon h...
Egypt condemns any attempts to cause rift with Kuwait
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has slammed posts on social media which it says seek to worsen relations between Egypt and Kuwait.In a Friday statement the ministry accused these posts of coming from ‘malicious entities’ eager to attack the strong ties between both countries.This follows a controversial Youtube video which featured Egyptians being interviewed about whether or not they would burn the Kuwaiti flag for money.The Foreign ministry stressed that the bond Egypt and Kuwait share is one forged through solidarity from joint struggles, with both states mutually eager to develop their interests ...
ANA posts record 109 bil. yen net loss in April-June over coronavirus
ANA Holdings Inc. on Wednesday reported a record net loss of 108.82 billion yen ($1 billion) in the April-June quarter, as the novel coronavirus outbreak sharply reduced demand for air travel.The parent company of All Nippon Airways Co. said it posted a group operating loss of 159.07 billion yen in the three months through June, plunging from 16.17 billion yen in profit a year earlier. Revenue tumbled 75.7 percent to 121.61 billion yen.The company did not provide an earnings forecast for the business year ending in March, citing uncertainty in its business environment due to the virus pandemic...
Twitter under fire in UK over rapper's anti-Semitic posts
Twitter on Monday faced a temporary boycott by some critics in Britain and a backlash from the government over its handling of a series of anti-Semitic posts by a high-profile rapper.The social media giant, along with photo sharing site Instagram, on Friday banned grime artist Wiley from their platforms for seven days after he posted messages described as "abhorrent" by interior minister Priti Patel.But some see the punishments as too soft and that the US companies took too long to remove the messages, prompting politicians, celebrities and other high-profile figures to launch a 48-hour Twitte...
KonsultaMD posts surge in consults
KonsultaMD, the telehealth service of Globe Telecom Inc., recorded a 450-percent surge in consultations in April versus January this year, as more and more Filipinos seek remote medical help due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Glenn Estrella, operating advisor for KonsultaMD, said this increase indicates that telehealth is now gaining ground in the country, as Filipinos are becoming more cautious of hospital visits due to risk of virus contraction.“Telehealth has been in the Philippines for many years but people are usually reluctant to try it because it is not something that they are used to. It is ...
Tucker Carlson announces 'long-planned' vacation from Fox News show after top writer fired for racist, sexist posts
Fox News host Tucker Carlson announced a conveniently timed vacation Monday night in the same hour that he was forced to address his now former staffer’s racist and sexist message board posts.The controversial commentator closed out his show Monday with a temporary farewell, saying he was going off the air for a “long-planned” vacation to do some “trout fishing” and will return next Monday.Other Fox News hosts have coincidentally also found themselves with scheduled time off in the middle of scandals, including Carlson himself last year after he claimed that white supremacy was a hoax. Laura I...
New York Daily News
Mitch Albom: Anti-Semitic posts — and tepid reactions — should enrage us
These days, you can lose your job for a tweet. You can lose it for a retweet, or a spouse’s tweet. If your message is considered racist or hateful, it can bring an onslaught of condemnation, followed swiftly by an erasure of your reputation and your career.So it might seem surprising that after NFL star DeSean Jackson posted several anti-Semitic messages on Instagram last weekend — including a quote he (wrongly) attributed to Adolf Hitler claiming Jews “will extort America” and “have a plan for world domination” — there was no mass outrage from his industry, and no immediate punishment from hi...
Detroit Free Press
Malcolm Jenkins calls for focus on racial justice issues after DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic Instagram posts
PHILADELPHIA — Former Eagle Malcolm Jenkins had his say on the fallout from DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic Instagram posts made late last week.In a video posted to his own Instagram account on Friday, the safety and team leader of the past six seasons called the back and forth that resulted from the initial posts and Jackson’s subsequent apologies “a distraction,” and called for focus on the biggest issues at hand concerning the Black Lives Matter movement.“We gotta stay focused,” Jenkins said. “Comments were made, and they were wrong. Allow those who are impacted by it to voice their grievance...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tucker Carlson's top writer resigns, wrote racist posts under pseudonym, report says
NEW YORK — Political talk show host Tucker Carlson’s top writer has resigned after racist online posts he had published under a pseudonym surfaced, CNN reported Friday.Blake Neff posted his comments on an Internet message board awash with bigoted content, according to CNN.Fox News said the writer for “Tucker Carlson Tonight” quit after CNN contacted Neff to request comment about the posts.As of Friday night, Neff’s Twitter and LinkedIn accounts were deactivated.CNN reported that in one post last month, Neff wrote: “Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest ...
New York Daily News
Julian Edelman responds to DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic posts
Julian Edelman embraced his Jewish heritage early in his NFL career for people throughout the world to see. The Patriots receiver documented a trip to Israel in 2015 on his YouTube channel. Last season, he wore custom cleats with a Star of David logo as part of the NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” campaign. They were later auctioned off to benefit the Israel Association of Baseball.This offseason, Edelman also revealed, in an interview with Los Angeles Magazine, that he’s been talking with a rabbi in the hopes of having a bar mitzvah. On Thursday, Edelman also revealed that he had been targeted on t...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)