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Aberdeen Alderwoman’s Controversial Facebook Video Sparks Demand For Apology

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ABERDEEN, MISS. (WCBI) – A controversial Facebook Live video posted by an Aberdeen alderwoman is the latest in a string of adverse publicity from elected leaders in the town.

In her Facebook Live video, Alderwoman Lady B Garth said she was upset when requests to hold Police Chief Henry Randle’s funeral at the high school gym were denied by the district.

“The family of Chief Henry Randle asked to use our gymnasium, the black community’s gymnasium because Aberdeen is ninety-something percent black,” Garth said in the video.

A few minutes later in the video, Garth said many in leadership positions didn’t care about the black community and didn’t need to be in Aberdeen.

“You are a handful, a handful and you don’t want to be here, so why don’t you leave?” Garth said.

A few hours after her post, the school district agreed to host Chief Randle’s funeral in the gym. Sources tell us the request had to go through the proper channels.

Alderwoman Garth’s comments are the latest in a string of bad publicity from city leaders. Earlier this year, Maurice Howard was forced to resign as mayor after pleading guilty to embezzling tax dollars, and this spring, a judge ordered a special election for the Ward One alderman seat, after finding irregularities and evidence of voter fraud in last year’s contest.

Business owners say all of those high-profile incidents overshadow positive things happening in the town and some believe it can also drive potential out-of-town customers away.

“I understand sometimes people get upset and sometimes we say things when we are upset we don’t really mean, they come out the wrong way, I can’t speak for why she said what she said, the few times I’ve interacted with her, she seems to be very nice, but I don’t know why she said what she said,” said JoAnn Mckinney, owner of “Auto Worx.”

“I’m an outsider, I’m not from Aberdeen, but I work here and I plan on moving here, it’s disturbing, a little scary, to think I’m leaving my home and coming into this type of attitude and just, the whole feel of it, is really scary,” said Janice Peters, of “The Nostalgia Shoppe.”

“We don’t have a race problem in Aberdeen, some people have a race problem, but we got to get past that and work for Aberdeen,” said Neil Palmer, a local businessman.

Immediately after her Facebook post, some Aberdeen residents took to Facebook, asking Alderwoman Garth to apologize for her remarks. We are also told a petition will be circulating soon, demanding a public, formal apology.

When we reached out to Alderwoman Garth about this story. She was unavailable for an on-camera interview but tells us she will respond tomorrow.

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How to prepare your Facebook account for your digital afterlife

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Today, our online lives are where we share a lot of private and personal information, especially on social media platforms where we share many of our thoughts, post photos and videos over the time we have spent online. Among these social media platforms, Facebook is the most used social media service today. A lot of us, our friends and our family members have a Facebook account. We post and share everything from our private photos to a personal message via Facebook.

But have you wondered what happens to your Facebook account and the information (like posts, comments, photos, videos, etc.) that you have created and accumulated on the service after your time?

■ What will happen to my account?

■ Who can access your profiles?

■ Who will own your account and data?

■ How to manage it when such a time comes?

Facebook has added features to your account so that you can decide what happens to your account when such a time arises. Follow the steps given below to set it up and ensure that the information in your Facebook accounts is handed over to someone else safely or managed according to your choice.

Setting up Facebook’s legacy contact:

In the case of Facebook, you can choose to memorialise your account and hand over the control to a ‘Legacy contact’ of your choice or altogether delete your profile after your time.

Step 1: To set up your legacy contact, you can visit the ‘Settings & privacy’ option under your profile and select the ‘Memorialisation settings’ under ‘General Account settings’. You can also sign in to your account and visit https://www.facebook.com/settings to access this setting.

Step 2: Now, you can choose a legacy contact in this setting by searching for and adding a friend from your account as your legacy contact. Do note that, once memorialised, the legacy contact can only moderate the posts on your page and not post on your behalf.

Step 3: The following setting is to choose whether to allow your legacy contact to download all your data that you have created or shared on your Facebook account like posts, photos, videos etc.

Step 4: The final setting on this page could be considered an alternative to choosing a legacy contact. This setting is to delete your complete Facebook account once you pass away. Facebook needs to be informed about your death and requires verifying it with valid documentation to activate this feature. The company will delete all your information on Facebook on completion of this process.

To know more about these settings, you can visit the FAQ page on legacy contact.

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Big EU lawsuit against Facebook morphs into 3-year ‘partnership’ with complainants

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Three years ago, a group of EU consumer agencies launched a multi-country lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the social media giant of having illegally harvested the data of millions of users.

More than 300,000 angry Facebook users positioned themselves behind the collective action suit, which promised to award them individual monetary damages if the company was found guilty of wrongdoing.

On Friday, those lawsuits quietly morphed into a brand new partnership with Facebook.

Euroconsumers, the umbrella organization behind the Spanish, Italian, Belgian and Portuguese lawsuits, announced they were entering a partnership with the company focused on the “safety and privacy” of Facebook users.

The move comes after POLITICO reported that Euroconsumers had settled its lawsuit with Facebook at the end of April — and highlights the fact that collective action lawsuits rarely make it over the finish line in Europe, sheltering companies from the type of action that can produce crippling damages in U.S. courts while leaving consumers with little recourse.

Originally, Euroconsumers had told people who joined the case it would seek compensation of €200 for every Facebook user whose data was mishandled.

In the end, though, there will be no court decision, no admission of wrongdoing by Facebook and no direct payment from the company to consumers as a result of the settlement, according to Euroconsumers.

Instead, the consumer groups and Facebook said they were forming a joint committee focused on three priorities: sustainability, digital empowerment and fighting scams. The issue of privacy — which was the explicit focus of the lawsuit — is the “umbrella” under which the thee priorities fall.

As for the consumers, they are being promised a vague consolation prize.

The four consumer groups said they would commit to “reward” consumers who joined the original lawsuit with “a package to help consumers be safe online” — but no hard cash.

Asked whether Facebook had paid money to Euroconsumers in the settlement, the group declined to comment. POLITICO reached out to Facebook, but the company didn’t give an immediate response apart from the press release.

Meanwhile, the committee isn’t committed to producing any specific results.

“There are specific initiatives in the making, but there will also be a consumer reporting channel. We will able to report problems that emerge, like feedback from our members,” said Els Bruggeman, head of policy at Euroconsumers.

A spokesperson for the group said: “It’s the moment to try to influence the reasoning from companies who are managed far away.”

Legally speaking, though, the heat is off Facebook.

The consumer groups will evaluate their collaboration in three years.

“An agreement for one year would be too short. Three years is long enough to be able to evaluate. There will be a lot of changes in the digital world in that period,” added the spokesperson.

In the meantime, a change in legislation may give future collective action lawsuits in Europe more teeth: A directive finalized late last year could lead to bigger pan-European collective redress cases.

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Russian watchdog demands that Facebook delete post insulting WWII veterans

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MOSCOW, May 29. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) demanded that US company Facebook delete an Instagram post that insults the memory of World War II veterans, the watchdog said on its website on Friday.

“Roskomnadzor has sent a letter to Facebook Inc top management, demanding that content insulting the memory of World War II veterans be deleted,” the watchdog said. “The governmental agency found the unlawful post on the Instagram social network, owned by Facebook.”

According to Roskomnadzor, publication of clearly offensive information that insults Russia’s military glory and memorable dates, or desecrates military glory symbols, or offends WWII veterans constitutes a criminal offense in Russia and is subject to criminal proscution.

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