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NC Governor Roy Cooper meets with demonstrators in Elizabeth City

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein visited Mount Lebanon A.M.E Zion Church in Elizabeth City, just 68 days after Andrew Brown Jr. was shot killed by Pasquotank sheriff deputies.

“I’m so grateful for this strong community. I think its important that we meet in the house of god to talk about the word justice,” Governor Roy Cooper said during a Sunday church service.

Governor Cooper went on to say, “In this community the unnecessary killing of Andrew Brown Jr. I’ve heard descriptions of fear about traffic stops about not being able to see all the video that should be available from the incident that occurred that day and about not getting justice in the case of Andrew Brown Jr.”

Governor Cooper says he’s appointed two task forces to prevent racial inequity in criminal justice in situations similar to Brown’s.

“Recommendations like those kinds of videos must be published. That’s when there is an officer involved in a shooting, there must be an independent prosecutor to look at a case.”

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Governor Cooper had a private meeting after the church service with the NAACP, community members and protesters inside of the church.

“I thought it was an outstanding conversation.” Keith Rivers said, the president of the Pasquotank County NAACP chapter.

Rivers says Governor Cooper, the NAACP and community members discussed Sheriff Wooten releasing the names and addresses of protesters on his Facebook page. This comes after twelve protesters who live in Pasquotank County reported being harassed and having their names released on Facebook by another individual.

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On Friday, Sheriff Tommy Wooten posted a press release on his Facebook detailing an alleged “filing of a false report” by twelve Pasquotank residents. According to the release, twelve Pasquotank County citizens filed a report after they were harassed and threatened on Facebook by another individual. In Sheriff Wooten’s posted press release on Facebook, the names and addresses were released of the protesters that filed the report.

After a further investigation by the sheriff’s office, they say the complainants provided “an inaccurate representation of the Facebook post.”

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The Facebook post submitted by the twelve protesters stated, “we have their names, let’s get them fired instead.”

Following the investigation, the Sheriff’s office alleges the actual post states: “We have their names, lets get them fired instead.”

Facebook post released by Sheriff Wooten

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The sheriff’s office issued the reporting parties with criminal summons for filing a false police report.

“What Sheriff issues a criminal summons for people who come to you for help or protection and then you post that on a Facebook page, there names and addresses. That is clearly almost sending out a message on who to target,” Rivers said.

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Rivers says Governor Cooper mentioned in the private meeting that his office is going to look into the matter.

“They’re going to go back and look at some of the things that the sheriff’s department has clearly done. That is not what the Sheriff is elected to do and the Governor heard that. The governor made his statement and position clear. So did the attorney general and I thought the meeting was outstanding,” Rivers said.

News 3 reached out to Sheriff Wooten office and he did no respond to our request.

A protester who attended the private meeting says the meeting was needed.

“We paying our taxes to pay for these people that are suppose to protect us and they telling us they’re not going to protect us then they’re gonna put our name and address out there and I’m not surprised that they haven’t put more of us out there,” Cherry Morrison said.

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Facebook-Meta Earns the ‘Worst Company of 2021’ Title in This Survey

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Facebook has had its share of controversies this year. The company was under more scrutiny after whistleblower Frances Haugen leaked a series of internal documents.

Facebook parent Meta has been named the Worst Company of the Year (2021) by Yahoo Finance respondents. According to the publication, an “open-ended” survey was published on Yahoo Finance on December 4 and 5, where 1,541 respondents participated. Facebook received 8 percent of the write-in vote, but respondents were seemingly mad about the Robinhood trading app as well. Electric truck startup Nikola, which was named last year’s worst company by the same publication also faced respondents ire.

Yahoo Finance notes, “Facebook has had its share of controversies this year.” Starting in January, Meta-owned WhatsApp got caught up in a huge controversy after the messaging app announced a new privacy policy (Terms of Service). WhatsApp said it would collect user information and share it with third-party apps for a better user experience. However, the app gave users no choice but later made modifications to the policy under pressure. Similarly, the company was under more scrutiny after whistleblower and former Facebook employee Frances Haugen leaked a series of internal documents showing the company’s problematic practices. It was revealed that Meta-owned Instagram had a negative impact on teenage girls, but the company did almost nothing to rectify the problem.

Yahoo Finance even highlights, “At the same time, some critics, including conservatives, say Facebook over-policed the platform’s speech and stifled their voices.” Critics also blame Facebook and other social media platforms for not curbing hate speech that led to Capitol Building riots.

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However, around 30 percent of Yahoo Finance readers said that Facebook or Meta could redeem itself. One respondent suggested that the company could issue a formal apology for negligence and donate a sizable amount of its profits to a foundation to help reverse its harm.

On the other hand, respondents chose Microsoft as the Company of the Year (2021). The Satya Nadella-led company touched the trillion-mark this year and introduced notable upgrades. The most notable is the Windows 11 OS update that succeeds Windows 10.

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Facebook pays 1.7 Cr fine to Russia after failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal

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In the latest legal tussle with Russia over controversial social media regulation laws, Facebook paid 17 million roubles (Rs 1.7 Crore) for failing to remove content deemed illegal by Moscow. With a threat of potential larger fines looming, Facebook parent company Meta, owned by Mark Zuckerberg, is scheduled to face court next week over repeated violations of Russian legislation on content, Interfax News Agency reported. As per the latest updates, the social media giant could be fined a percentage of its annual revenue.

In October, Moscow sent state bailiffs to enforce the collection of 17 million roubles. Meanwhile, as per Interfax report citing a federal bailiffs’ database, on Sunday, there were more enforcement proceedings against the company. Apart from the popular social media app, Telegram has also paid 15 million roubles in fines for failing to comply with the Russian social media legislations that came into force in 2016.

Facebook pays $53k to Russia for refusing controversial social media laws

It is pertinent to mention that Facebook has locked horns with Moscow earlier in November, resulting in it paying 4 million roubles ($53,000) over its refusal to adhere to Russian data localisation laws, the Moscow Times reported. The Moscow court on November 25 had said that Facebook paid the fine levied in February, following which all proceedings against the US-based social media giant. The payment comes against the litigation filed against the company in 2018, alongside Twitter. The tech companies were also forced to pay an additional 3000 rubles ($40) for failing to comply with user data sharing rules as per the law. The Russian authorities have also previously blocked LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft, for failing to abide by the laws.

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As per Moscow Times, under the Russian social media regulation laws, all foreign technology companies are required to store data related to Russian customers and users on servers located in Russia. Additionally, the Russian tech companies will also have to share encryption data with the federal authorities as well as record user calls, messages and civil society group conversation records. The apparatus is said to be a severe breach of privacy rights and unfettered back-door access to personal data that could be used to harass Kremlin critics.

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Facebook Messenger Is Launching a Split Payments Feature for Users to Quickly Share Expenses

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Facebook Messenger Is Launching a Split Payments Feature for Users to Quickly Share Expenses

Meta has announced the arrival of a new Split Payments feature in Facebook Messenger. This feature, as the name suggests, will let you calculate and split expenses with others right from Facebook Messenger. This feature essentially looks to bring an easier method to share the cost of bills and expenses — for example, splitting a dinner bill with friends. Using this new Split Payment feature, Facebook Messenger users will be able to split bills evenly or modify the contribution for each individual, including their own.

The company took to its blog post to announce the new Split Payment feature in Facebook Messenger. 9to5Mac reports that this new bill splitting feature is still in beta and will be exclusive to US users at first. The rollout will begin early next week. As mentioned, it will help users share the cost of bills, expenses, and payments. This feature is especially useful for those who share an apartment and need to split the monthly rent and other expenses with their mates. It could also come handy at a group dinner with many people.

With Split Payments, users can add the number of people the expense needs to be divided with and, by default, the amount entered will be divided in equal parts. A user can also modify each person’s contribution including their own. To use Split Payments, click the Get Started button in a group chat or the Payments Hub in Messenger. Users can modify the contribution in the Split Payments option and send a notification to all the users who need to make payments. After entering a personalised message and confirming your Facebook Pay details, the request will be sent and viewable in the group chat thread.

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Once someone has made the payment, you can mark their transaction as ‘completed’. The Split Payment feature will automatically take into account your share as well and calculate the amount owed accordingly.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com.

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