A decision by Facebook‘s independent oversight board to keep former US President Donald Trump's accounts blocked could have consequences for politicians around the globe. In a widely-expected verdict , the panel said Wednesday that the company had done the right thing by taking down Trump's account after the January 6 riot of the US Capitol and ruled that the ban should hold — at least for now. DW's chief technology correspondent Janosch Delcker But the experts also voiced harsh criticism of Facebook: While suspending Trump's account had been the right move, the tech giant had been wrong in banning him indefinitely without clear criteria for when — if ever — his account would be restored, they said. Within six months, they added, the firm should reassess the case and come up with a final decision on what to do with the former president's account. It was a clever move, putting the ball back in the company's court and forcing Facebook to produce clearer rules for … [Read more...] about Opinion: Trump’s Facebook ban could have global impact
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Joe Biden's top foreign envoy today boosted hopes of a US-UK trade deal. A transatlantic trade pact is a key goal of Boris Johnson's post-Brexit plan to boost the economy. But efforts so far have stalled – and a bid for an agreement with Donald Trump's White House flopped before he was ousted from office. Asked about a pact, Secretary of State Antony Blinken fuelled hopes a deal between America and Britain could be revived. He said: “I am, I was, hopefully very positive because there is no closer relationship. "And as we are grappling with problems, challenges, opportunities around the world, I find from my many conversations, many engagements with my counterpart Dominic Raab – also getting a chance to spend some time with the Prime Minister yesterday – that our two countries are profoundly in sync. "And that makes a big difference.” Speaking following a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in London, he told the BBC: “As for a trade agreement, what we are doing now is … [Read more...] about UK-US trade deal hopes revived – but Joe Biden’s envoy warns it will ‘take time’
ELISE Stefanik is a New York politician who has been married to Matthew Manda for four years. In 2014, Stefanik was the youngest woman to ever be elected into congress at 30-years-old. Who is Elise Stefanik? The 36-year-old Albany New York native has been a U.S. representative for NY's 21st district since 2015. The district covers upstate NY counties including Clinton, Hamilton, Essex, and Jefferson. The district also covers most of the Adirondack Mountains and Fort Drum. From 2006-2009, Stefanik worked in the West Wing of the White House under former President George W. Bush's Domestic Policy Council Staff and in the Office of the Chief of Staff. Stefanik is known for being a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump . She currently resides in Schuylerville NY with her husband Matt. Who is Elise Stefanik's husband? Stefanik married Matthew Manda in 2017. The pair first met at a party that Stefanik hosted in 2012. Manda had just moved to Capitol … [Read more...] about Who is Elise Stefanik’s husband?
Diplomats at the World Trade Organization on Monday appointed Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to lead the Geneva-based body, becoming the first woman and first African to do so. The 66-year-old has taken over the reins of the WTO, which helps set the rules for global trade between its 164 member countries. Her predecessor, Roberto Azevedo, stepped down on August 31, a year before his term expired, to take a job in the private sector. Okonjo-Iweala said tackling the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic would be her top priority when she takes up the post in March. She said in a statement that she wanted to "implement the policy responses we need to get the global economy going again." "Our organization faces a great many challenges but working together we can collectively make the WTO stronger, more agile and better adapted to the realities of today,” the trained economist said. The new WTO chief in profile Okonjo-Iweala is a former Nigerian finance minister … [Read more...] about Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala becomes first woman, African to lead WTO