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Oprah interview stirs debate: What is an atheist? - Religion News Service

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Facebook deemed ‘irresponsible’ by David Cameron for allowing beheading videos

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Facebook has been deemed ‘irresponsible’ by PM David Cameron after it was revealed that beheading videos can again be uploaded and watched on the social network.
The Prime Minister added that Facebook should ‘explain their actions’ for the move.

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The power of persuasion - The Manitoban

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Generally, we like to think that we are smart enough that the media is not manipulating us.
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Facebook Says It's Cool with Users Posting Beheading Videos

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Facebook announced on Monday that it was finally lifting a ban on graphic beheading videos that it had instated earlier in the year.

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Debate continues: Is autism really growing? - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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The sharply different estimates add more fuel to the debate over how common autism is, and whether it is on the rise.
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11 - The Debate with Zaid Hamid - Pakistan’s Media Policy - 05-10-13

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05-10-13 - The Debate with Zaid Hamid - Pakistan’s Media Policy - DIN News (Zaid Hamid on #Pakistan's media policy.
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What 7 Masters Of Persuasion Can Teach You About Behavioral Marketing

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"This past weekend one of the first ever conferences on consumer psychology and behavior focusing on marketing, sales and business strategy quietly took place in Stamford, Connecticut..."

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Correa: US exceptionalism rhetoric 'extremely dangerous,' reminds of Nazi ... - RT (blog)

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Florida Teen At Center Of Controversy Over Same-Sex Relationship With Minor To Be Jailed

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A gay teenager in Florida charged with having sexual relations with a minor entered a plea deal Thursday that will land her in jail for four months, followed by two years of house arrest with electronic monitoring, according to multiple reports.
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David Cameron calls Facebook 'irresponsible' for allowing users to upload decapitation videos

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Company says its site is a place where users can ‘share their experiences’ – even when that includes posting unsettling, graphic depictions of violence.

 

David Cameron has called Facebook 'irresponsible' after it decided to lift a ban on users uploading videos of decapitations and gory terrorist acts.

The Prime Minister said on Twitter that the social media website's operators “must explain their actions to worried parents”.

The company said it took the decision to quietly remove the temporary ban because the site, which has 1.15 billion users and can be accessed from the age of 13, is a place where people can “share their experiences”.

The ban had followed reports that young people could suffer long term psychological damage if they are exposed to extreme images at an early stage in their lives, according to the BBC.

And the decision to lift it led to outrage on Twitter, prompting a statement from Facebook itself.

The company said: “Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences, particularly when they're connected to controversial events on the ground, such as human rights abuses, acts of terrorism and other violent events.

“People share videos of these events on Facebook to condemn them. If they were being celebrated, or the actions in them encouraged, our approach would be different.”

Facebook added that it was working on introducing warning banners and access controls that would help to protect users from seeing things they didn’t want to – including video footage of beheadings.

Reports emerged yesterday that many had complained when a video, titled simply “Challenge: Anybody can watch this video?”, seemed to show a masked man violently murdering a woman in Mexico.

Speaking about the decision to allow the footage to be uploaded, the leader of a charity on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board – the Family Online Safety Institute – said he was surprised and concerned that it had been done without any notice.

“A beheading clearly crosses a line as to what they say in their own guidelines is acceptable,” Stephen Balkam told the BBC.

“I went to have a look at the video and there's no warning label nor is there any condemnatory context. It's just sort of up there and the first image you are presented with is a woman's head being held by a guy.

“I'm very unhappy that these have gone back up and that they have gone up without any warning. First thing tomorrow morning I intend to raise this with Facebook.”

The site’s current community standards forbid users from posting anything that is threatening to others, includes hate speech or is sexually explicit – including a woman’s “fully exposed breast”.

Any group which has a record of criminal activity or violence is banned from having a page on the site, while Facebook says that “sharing any graphic content for sadistic pleasure is prohibited”.

 

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A needling debate

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Police and public health officials differ sharply on whether supervised sites for drug addicts to shoot up — a pitch for one in London may be coming (It lurks behind every debate over whether to create a site where heroin addicts can shoot up in safety...
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Four Words That Double Persuasion

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Want to double your success in persuading people to do as you ask? Four simple words, and even other phrases with the same meaning, have been shown to double the success rate in dozens of studies worldwide.

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Politics take center stage in Common Core controversy - MiamiHerald.com

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TALLAHASSEE -- • What Common Core means for teachers and students, 1B. There were outraged parents, tea party stalwarts and a man in a Revolutionary War uniform.
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Serial killer's death sentence revives capital punishment debate - San Jose Mercury News

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Serial killer's death sentence revives capital punishment debate. By Malaika Fraley. Contra Costa Times. Posted: 10/06/2013 12:00:00 AM PDT.
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Persuasion Map - ReadWriteThink

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The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

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Is This the Grossest Advertising Strategy of All Time?

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A new study claims to identify the times of the week that women are feeling the most insecure about their bodies, and recommends that brands "concentrate media during prime vulnerability moments." (THIS is an example of why I'm horrified by trends...
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The Big Aid Debate is Over - Reason

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The Big Aid Debate is Over
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The simplicity of Jeffrey Sachs' formula for ending poverty made it ideal for a successful advocacy campaign.
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