TikTok taps corporate law firm K&L Gates to advise on its US content moderation policies

As TikTok continues its rapid U.S. growth, the company is being challenged to better explain its content moderation choices. Why, for example, is the short-form video app censoring the Hong Kong protests but not U.S. political content? Why is it banning political ads, but supports hashtags like #trump2020 and #maga, each with millions, or even hundreds of millions, of views? TikTok so far has struggled to answer these questions. Now, it’s hoping to change that with the formation of a new committee of experts who will help TikTok craft its content moderation policies and increase transparency around these topics and others that afflict popular social media platforms. That is to say, the committee’s focus won’t only be on political censorship …

Bees Are Now Officially Declared To Be The Most Important Beings On Earth

Insects send a chill down a lot of people’s spines. Hence, it’s quite fitting for Internauts to refer to spiders as “nopes” and centipedes as “nope rope nopes”—when you see one, you are certain to say “nope”! However, all is not lost as Mother Nature has given us some adorable insects like butterflies, ladybugs, and, of course, bees. Yes, you do get the occasional bee sting every once in a while, but they outweigh your discomfort of its self-defense by being a vital component in the planet’s ecosystem. Scientists say that bees have become the single most important animal on the planet. So important, in fact, that humanity is at stake if bee populations go south… which is, unfortunately, becoming …

Baby Boy Without A Penis Born In Turkey

Doctors in Turkey have reported the case of a boy born without a penis. Before you all say it (and it’s probably too late): No, we are not describing a girl. Writing in Urology Case Reports, doctors describe a newborn boy who was admitted to the Necmettin Erbakan University Meram Medical Faculty at one day old, having been diagnosed with penile agenesis (PA) – the failure of a penis to develop during embryonic growth. The condition is extremely uncommon and only affects one in 10-30 million live births.  “Complete penile agenesis is a rare congenital genitourinary anomaly and is usually associated with other malformations such as gastrointestinal, cardiac, and musculoskeletal lesions,” the authors write, adding that only 80 cases of PA have been …

‘There are no excuses left’: why climate science deniers are running out of rope

Guardian environment correspondent Fiona Harvey recalls being heckled at the House of Commons, and explains how attitudes to climate have shifted in the last decade The shouted words rang out across the packed parliamentary corridor: Fiona Harvey is the worst journalist there is. Shes the worst journalist of them all, because she should know better. They were the words of Lord Lawson, former UK chancellor of the exchequer, turned climate denier and now the 97% of the worlds climate scientists whose work shows human responsibility for global heating, and failure to give equal weight to the tiny number of dissenters. As the science of climate chaos has become vastly clearer in the past two decades, and the warnings more stark, …

Were Whales Breaching Off California Coast Reacting To 4.7-Magnitude Earthquake?

Humpback whales breaching in synchronicity off the coast of California near Monterey Bay may have been responding to a 4.7-magnitude earthquake, according to a local whale watching outfitter. Photos captured on October 15 by Blue Ocean Whale Watch show a pair of humpback whales jumping out of the water. Strangely, onlookers noticed “distant whales in three different areas” breaching at the same time. It just so happened to correspond with a large earthquake that rattled Central California along the San Andreas Fault Line at 12.42pm local time, reported the US Geological Survey. “Two distant pairs were double breaching and a single whale breached as well. Then suddenly the whales [we] were watching double-breached!” wrote Blue Ocean Whale Watch in a Facebook post. …

1,000-year-old arrowhead discovered in Norway

The arrowhead is about 12 centimeters long. (Hordaland fylkeskommune) SUPERNOVA MORPHS IN STUNNING NEW NASA VIDEO An archaeologist said that no similar items had been found in Hordaland before. “This is an unusual finding and a bit of a hit. It’s like finding a needle in the haystack. Such discoveries may emerge as climate change melts the ice and changes the form of the land. This arrowhead would have been covered by snow in the winter had it not been found,” archaeologist Tore Slinning said. According to experts, if the iron arrowhead had been exposed, it would have gradually erode before disappearing completely. GET THE FOX NEWS APP Do you work in Silicon Valley? Contact me at christopher.carbone@foxnews.com or Twitter DM …

NASA to stop hitching rides with Russia and vows 2020 all-American manned flight

NASA currently pays Russia around $80million (£64million) per seat for trips to the International Space Station. CLICK ON THE SUN FOR MORE This has been the case since July 2011, when NASA retired its old space shuttle fleet. But Elon Musk’s SpaceX firm has been testing a new shuttle called Crew Dragon, which would put an end to the “hitchhiking” relationship. “We are getting very close, and we’re very confident that – in the first part of next year – we will be ready to launch American astronauts on American rockets,” said NASA chief Jim Bridenstine. In September 2014, NASA handed $2.6 billion to give the SpaceX Crew Dragon development a boost. But the Crew Dragon spacecraft dramatically exploded during …

How vested interests tried to turn the world against climate science

For decades fossil fuel majors tried to fight the consensus just as big tobacco once disputed that smoking kills In 1998 a public relations consultant called Joe Walker wrote to the American Petroleum Institute (API), a trade association representing major fossil fuel companies, with a proposed solution to a big problem. In December the previous year, the UN had adopted the Kyoto protocol, an international treaty that committed signatory countries to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions in order to avert catastrophic climate breakdown. Reducing emissions represented a direct threat to the profits of fossil fuel companies and the API was working on an industry response. As promised, attached is the Global Climate Science Communications Plan that we developed during our …

The Best Science Fiction Novels To Read When Youre Sick Of The Real World

By Yuri Efremov By Yuri Efremov 1. When you want a YA series about aliens (with just the right amount of romance) – by Rick Yancey “After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s …

Mont Blanc ice loss revealed in aerial photos

Comparison composition that shows Mer de Glace glacier from 1919 left, to today. (Walter Mittelholzer, ETH-Bibliothek Zürich & Dr Kieran Baxter, University of Dundee) Scientists used a process called “monoplotting” to find the original camera position in airspace; then they used the peaks and spires of the alpine landscape as anchor points to find the geolocation of the historical images. The new photographs of the Argentiere, Mont Blanc Bossons and Mer de Glace glaciers show the large scale of ice loss in the region. Dr Baxter, equipped with waypoints from the digital analysis and multiple GPS devices, hung from the side of the helicopter as it hovered just below the summit of Mont Blanc to capture the photographs. AMAZON SPOKESMAN BLASTED FOR QUESTIONING …

Bill Gates Praised Pedophile Jeffrey Epsteins Lifestyle: Kind of Intriguing

Billionaire Bill Gates, who has repeatedly minimized his ties to New York Times investigation published Saturday. Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, and Epstein met repeatedly starting in 2011, including at least three times at Epstein's Manhattan townhouse, according a Times report compiled from interviews with more than a dozen people familiar with the relationship, photographs, emails and other documents. In one e-mail reviewed by the Times, Gates told colleagues in 2011 following his first meeting with Epstein, His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me. A Gates spokeswoman told the Times that the email was referring only to the unique dcor of the Epstein residence, and his habit of spontaneously bringing acquaintances in …

Antarctica ice shelves’ edges being attacked by warm ocean water, new study reveals

Satellite images show polynyas (open-water regions) forming at the ends of basal channels beneath shear margins of the East Getz Ice Shelf. (Karen Alley/The College of Wooster and NASA MODIS/MODIS Antarctic Ice Shelf Image Archive at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, CU Boulder.) Ice shelves float out on the ocean at the edges of land-based ice sheets, according to scientists, and about 75 percent of the Antarctic continent is surrounded by these extensions of the sheet. The shelves can be hemmed in by bumps and walls in the ocean floor. When restrained, the ice shelves slow down the flow of ice from the interior of the continent toward the ocean. However, if an ice shelf retreats or breaks …

Man Had 3-Inch Tweezers Stuck In Urethra For 4 Long Years

Even more cringe-inducing: The man lived with the tweezers in his penis for four years, according to a report in the May issue of The patient became a part of medical history when he decided to visit a clinic in Saudi Arabia to deal with that nagging tweezer issue on his private parts. The man  penis Courtesy of Urology Case Reports Doctors had their hands full. After the tweezers were removed, doctors sent the man home with a recommendation that he be evaluated by a psychiatrist. Although the report does not specifically how or why the tweezers got stuck in the man, it does mention that in rare cases, men have been known to insert objects into their urethra for …

U.S. Public Lands Chief Says His Positions On Climate, Immigrants Don’t Matter

FORT COLLINS, Colo. ― William Perry Pendley, the controversial acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, told a room full of journalists on Friday that his opinions on climate change and immigrants are “irrelevant” to his job overseeing 245 million acres of . Speaking on a panel at the Society of Environmental Journalists’ annual conference, Pendley, a conservative lawyer who has spent his career fighting federal land protections and environmental regulation, sparred repeatedly with reporters.  He refused to comment about his past statements that cast doubt on basic climate science and compared immigrants to a “cancer.” He also repeatedly responded to questions by saying, “I disagree with your premise.”  As recently as February, Pendley the climate crisis to a …

Steampunks descend on Bronte village for festival

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Steampunk often features steam-powered machinery imagined in the future Organisers said Haworth, home to the Bronte sisters, provided the perfect setting for a steampunk event because of its cobbled streets and Victorian aesthetic and buildings. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Hundreds of people descended on the small village Image copyright PA Media Image caption Compasses, headwear and umbrellas are some of the more typical accessories Image copyright PA Media Image caption Visitors come from all over the UK and Europe Follow BBC Yorkshire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Send your story ideas to yorkslincs.news@bbc.co.uk.