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A female hospital support staff member has been sacked over an “abhorrent and disgraceful” anti-Semitic comment that claimed revellers at an illegal engagement party in Melbourne should be “put in a gas chamber”.
 

    The worker’s anti-Semitic comments in the wake of an illegal engagement party during Melbourne’s sixth coronavirus lockdown have been denounced by Premier Daniel Andrews and Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission Dr Dvir Abramovich.

    The party celebrating a Jewish Orthodox couple made headlines this week after footage of the event – which was held during Melbourne’s sixth coronavirus lockdown and included 69 guests – emerged on social media.

    Premier Daniel Andrews said he was “really angry” about the gathering as he extended coronavirus lockdown for Metropolitan Melbourne on Monday afternoon and introduced a curfew from 9pm to 5am.

    “The facts are these: There has been transmission at that event. The only question is whether it will be a super-spreader event. It is already a transmission event,” he said on Monday.

    A staff member at The Royal Melbourne Hospital then wrote a “disgraceful” comment on a Facebook post which was discussing the potential for the party to become a super-spreader event.

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    The comment read, “put them in a gas chamber”.

    The incident was reported to the hospital’s executive team, who swiftly stood down the worker.

    “We are aware of a hospital support staff member who made an abhorrent and disgraceful anti-Semitic comment on Facebook,” the hospital said in a statement. 

    “The comment does not reflect the Royal Melbourne Hospital and our values. We do not tolerate racial or religious hatred, contempt or ridicule.

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    “The staff member is no longer an employee of the hospital and we apologise for the hurt and anger this has caused.

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    “We stand with and support our Jewish staff members, patients and community.”

    Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission Dr Dvir Abramovich, who first broke the story, commended the prompt action of the hospital.

    “With this swift and decisive action, the RMH has sent the unmistakable message that anti-Semitism will never find a safe haven in their institution,” he said in a statement to Sky New Australia.

    “There is never any excuse or justification for this kind of disturbing and ugly rhetoric. 

    “As this pandemic disrupts and takes a toll on our lives we are seeing the outright scapegoating and the pointing of fingers at the Jewish community, for this extended lockdown, spiral out of control.”

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    Dr Abramovich said the engagement party has become a “vehicle for malicious stereotyping and generalising”.

    “This erodes the unity our state needs now more than ever,” he said.

    Mr Andrews again referred to the illegal engagement party during Tuesday’s COVID press conference but put his foot down on the “unacceptable” comments in the wake of the event.

    “It was a stupid function, it was an illegal function. Those people are being dealt with. Them breaking the rules was not a reflection on the Jewish community more broadly,” he said.

    “It was not an act of faith or culture, it was not something that anyone should use to reflect upon a broader group of people in our Victorian community.

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    “We have a proud Jewish community, a significant Jewish community, and it is simply unacceptable and evil for anyone to be trading in some of the anti-Semitic behaviour and comments that we have seen recently.”

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    Victoria recorded 24 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, with 21 of those linked to known outbreaks.

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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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    Russian social media laws

    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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