Day: September 3, 2020

Facebook bans politician of India’s ruling party for violating hate speech

Facebook has banned a politician from India’s ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party, for violating its policies against hate speech on its platform, the company said today, weeks after inaction on the politician’s posts landed the social giant in hot water in its biggest market by users.

The company said it had removed profiles of T. Raja Singh, who had posted about Rohingya Muslim immigrants to be shot among other anti-Muslim sentiments. Singh will no longer be allowed to create profiles across Facebook services and unofficial groups and posts affiliated to him will also be nuked.

Singh, termed as a “dangerous individual” by Facebook, has a history of voicing problematic and hateful views on social platforms and in public appearances. Several of those posts, for which Facebook has banned him, remain online on Twitter and YouTube.

Today’s move comes weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that a top Facebook executive in India had chosen to not take any actions on Singh’s posts because she was afraid it could hurt the company’s business prospects in the country.

A person familiar with the matter and local media reports claim that Facebook had removed some of Singh’s posts in the past. The Wall Street Journal also reported that the aforementioned Facebook executive — Ankhi Das — also showed support to BJP’s Narendra Modi before he was elected as Prime Minister in 2014 and disparaged the opposition party, Indian National Congress.

In a statement today, a Facebook spokesperson said, “the process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove his account.” 

In the last few weeks, Facebook has received some of the harshest criticism to date in India, where it reaches more than 400 million users. Politicians from both sides — the opposition and ruling party — have accused the company of having political biases.

In a letter to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, India’s IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad earlier this month expressed concerns about the alleged political leanings of the company’s staff and accused them of suppressing pages that support right-wing views.

7 of the best gaming headsets for the PS4

7 of the best gaming headsets for the PS4

There are pretty much only upsides to having a good gaming headset. Whether you want to hear the audio quality of your games more clearly because your TV speakers leave something to be desired, or you’re just trying to avoid disturbing whoever else is living with you, it isn’t difficult to find a situation where a nice headset improves your gaming experience. 

But what are the best gaming headsets? Like with most pieces of gaming hardware, the amount of choices offered to consumers when it comes it buying one cannot be overstated. With loads of brands making a wide range of headsets that land all over the price spectrum, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, and even discouraged from getting one at all.  Read more…

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SteelSeries Arctis Pro

Packed with premium features and boasting 2.4G lossless audio, the SteelSeries is a top-of-the-line wireless gaming headset.

    £299 from Amazon

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    PlayStation Platinum

    A totally competent wireless device that brings two standout things to the table: custom audio modes and 3D audio support.

      £128.97 from Currys PC World

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      Razer Nari Ultimate

      Although some say the sound quality could be better, the Razer Nari Ultimate headset reigns supreme when it comes to long-lasting comfort.

        £182.01 from Amazon

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        Logitech G PRO X

        The Logitech G Pro X has a great suite of features, including a Blue Voice microphone and EQ profiles, and is built exceptionally well.

          £190 from Amazon

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          Sennheiser GSP 370

          Long gaming sessions need long battery life, and the Sennheiser GSP 370 has exactly that (as well as other great features that make it a worthy purchase).

            £169 from Amazon

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            HyperX Cloud Stinger

            Exceeds expectations for being a budget device, with enhanced comfort, intuitive audio controls, and a convenient mic setup.

              £88.20 from Amazon

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              Turtle Beach Stealth 700

              Immersion and active noise-cancellation are the names of the game with the Turtle Beach Stealth 700s.

                £129.99 from Amazon