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Facebook will fuel further unrest, whistleblower says



LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook will fuel more episodes of violent unrest around the world because of the way its algorithms are designed to promote divisive content, whistleblower Frances Haugen told the British parliament on Monday.

Haugen, a former product manager on Facebook's civic misinformation team, was appearing before a parliamentary select committee in Britain that is examining plans to regulate social media companies.

She said the social network saw safety as a cost centre, lionised a start-up culture where cutting corners was a good thing and said it was "unquestionably" making hate worse.

"The events we're seeing around the world, things like Myanmar and Ethiopia, those are the opening chapters because engagement-based ranking does two thi

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Cricket: Cricket-Former players back India’s Shami after abuse following loss to Pakistan



(Reuters) - Former India players rallied around pace bowler Mohammed Shami on Monday, after the 31-year-old was targeted online following his team's 10-wicket defeat by arch-rivals Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup a day earlier.

Shami conceded 43 runs from his 3.5 overs in the Super 12 blockbuster meeting in Dubai, as Pakistan secured their first victory over India in a World Cup at the 13th attempt.

Despite the Indian team's collective failure, Shami, who is Muslim, was the victim of online abuse that included Islamophobic messages.

"The online attack on Shami is shocking and we stand by him. He is a champion and anyone who wears the India cap has India in their hearts far more than any online mob. With you Shami," former India opener Virender Sehw

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2021 MotoGP: Quartararo crowned MotoGP champion


Claiming the record of first French rider to grab the champion’s crown, Fabio Quartararo of Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP won the 2021 MotoGP World Riders Championship title. In a season long battle with Pecco Bagnaia, Quartararo’s win ends the Spanish domination of the MotoGP world championship as well as being the youngest Yamaha rider to winch laurels, aged 22 years and 187 days.<

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Two broadcasters now willing to air cabotage debate, says Wee



PETALING JAYA: Two local broadcasters, TV3 and Astro Awani, are ready to collaborate to broadcast the live debate on the nation's cabotage policy, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister said he was ready to debate Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng and was waiting for him to confirm his attendance.

"There is no need to create more stories and accuse me of favouring any station. I won't run away from debating him," he said.

The MCA president also said that Astro Awani contacted him on Sunday (Oct 24) night to discuss the debate, scheduled for Nov 2.

"My appreciation to Astro Awani for contacting me, though it came quite late after TV3 had called earlier and offered to play host about 25 days ago.

"I believe in giving the 'first ri

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Dutch consider new coronavirus curbs as infections soar



AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch government may impose new coronavirus restrictions to reduce pressure on hospitals struggling to deal with a swelling number of COVID-19 patients, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said on Monday.

Coronavirus infections in the Netherlands have been rising for a month and reached their highest level since July in recent days, after most social distancing measures were dropped in late September.

The new wave of infections has driven up the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals faster than predicted this month, De Jonge said, and many hospitals are already cutting back regular care again to deal with coronavirus cases.

The government has asked its group of health experts to advise on possible new measures and will decide on

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Thailand to regulate digital platform service businesses



BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's cabinet on Monday approved a draft decree to regulate digital platform service businesses to maintain financial and commercial stability and to prevent damage to the public, a government spokesman said.

Such businesses, both in and outside of Thailand, will need to notify the government before operating, spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said in a statement.

The law will apply to various digital platform services including online marketplaces, social commerce, food delivery, space sharing, ride/car sharing and online search engines, he said.

"They are all increasingly important to the economy and society, so there is a need to oversee them," Thanakorn said.

Last month, the government said it would start col

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Motorsport: Motor racing-Feels like America has accepted Formula One, says Hamilton



(Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton had to settle for second but Formula One's most successful driver said Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix in Austin still felt like a breakthrough for his sport.

The race day crowd of 140,000 at the Circuit of the Americas surpassed the 135,000 who attended the Indianapolis 500 in May, then the largest sporting event in America since the start of the pandemic.

The three-day crowd figure for the race in Texas was given as 400,000.

"It feels like this is our acceptance into the U.S.," Hamilton, a five-times winner in Austin, said as he surveyed the scenes after the race.

"I hope we get more races out here and I hope that the sport continues to grow because you can tell just how great the fans are out here."

There was no ra

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Dr Noor Azmi: Tighter SOP in Melaka as transmission rate and cases still high



KUALA LUMPUR: Tighter standard operating procedures (SOP) are needed in the upcoming Melaka state election because Covid-19 transmission rates remain high in the state, says Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

The Deputy Health Minister said Melaka recorded 262 new cases as of Sunday (Oct 24) with 2,651 active cases statewide.

"In fact, nearly 6,000 close contacts with active cases are currently under supervision," he said during his speech on the annulment of the Emergency Ordinances in Parliament on Monday (Oct 25).

He also pointed out that sporadic cases stood at a high of 36%.

Dr Noor Azmi said due to this, gatherings during political campaigning could cause a surge in Covid-19 cases.

"That is why we are taking a serious approach by tigh

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EU regulator starts real-time review of Merck’s COVID-19 pill



(Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co Inc said on Monday the European Union's drug regulator has initiated a real-time review of its experimental COVID-19 antiviral drug for adults.

Under the procedure, also known as a "rolling review", the European Medicines Agency (EMA) would assess data as soon as it becomes available, instead of waiting for a formal application when all required information has been gathered.

While vaccines are the main weapons against COVID-19, Merck's experimental pill molnupiravir could be a game-changer after studies showed it could halve the chances of dying or being hospitalised for those most at risk of contracting severe illness.

Merck, which is developing molnupiravir with partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, filed for

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