France Releases Amber Alert For #Terror ! #ISIS #OBAMA
SAIP is being released just in time for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament.
By Sara Morrison
Jun 08, 2016 at 12:08 PM ET
France has released an app that will warn users of a possible terror attack following last year’s bloodshed in Paris. It’s launching right before the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, which begins Friday and has been seen as a potential target.
SAIP (System to Alert and Inform the Population) should be familiar to anyone who’s gotten an Amber alert on their phone: it uses geo-location to detect where users are, and sends an alert to any in an area of a suspected attack, telling them what has happened and what to do to keep safe.
Unlike Amber alerts, however, users have to opt in and download the apps onto their phones. Also, it doesn’t make a sound or vibrate if there is an alert. That seemingly renders it useless if anyone has their phone in their pocket or otherwise out of sight, but the reasoning is that if someone is already in the middle of an attack and hiding, it won’t reveal their location.
The French government hopes to expand SAIP’s functionality to warn users about other emergencies like floods or industrial accidents, the Associated Press said.
The app is available in French and English and for Android and iOS phones.
Facebook Says It Mistakenly Removed Brock Turner Memes
The social network drew criticism after users noticed posts related to the Stanford rapist disappeared
By Leslie Horn
Jun 08, 2016 at 11:58 AM ET
Convicted rapist Brock Turner’s six-month prison sentence caught widespread criticism after critics argued the punishment was too light. In the aftermath, users turned to social media to further the discussion, particularly after a lengthy, moving statement from the victim was published on BuzzFeed. Yesterday, however, some users noticed that Facebook removed certain Brock Turner posts, which generated widespread criticism of the social network. Why this happened is unclear, but Facebook claims it was a mistake.
Gizmodo reports that on several occasions, Facebook removed the image below. The post, which can be seen here and has 2,200 shares to date, was later restored, Facebook also apologized for striking the post, saying it was a mistake to do so.
The meme has been reposted in the time since, and can be seen here:
A Facebook spokesperson told Gizmodo that it’s possible the meme was removed because of confusion over its community standards, and Brock Turner’s status as a public or private individual. Facebook doesn’t allow bullying or harassment of the latter, but Turner’s conviction and the ensuing conversation about his treatment and sentencing have brought him into the public realm, in which case, discussion and criticism should certainly be allowed.