Surfing the web in North America, you probably had no clue Facebook made a slight design change to its website, which isn't your fault because you probably didn't even experience the change. Anyone hitting up FB in Asia, Africa, and Europe, however, did get an FB change, one that is so minuscule they probably didn't notice either.
Up until a few days ago, every FB user, in any part of the world, saw the globe/notification button outfitted with a layout of North and South America. Now, FB users/stalkers on the Eastern Hemisphere will see their own continent on the notification-world. Check out the image below for a visual.
According to an FB representative who spoke to Quartz, the change was made "overnight," so don't feel silly if you're in the eastern half of the globe and didn't notice the switch. The cosmetic change is also only seen on the full desktop version of Facebook, so mobile wouldn't have noticed a change either.
One of the first sites to notice the difference was Tech in Asia, who also points out that Asia-Pacific is home to the largest region of FB users, double the amount in the US and Canada, so it shouldn't be a surprise FB wanted to make the FB experience more personal for those users, which was the intended goal of the FB team. Adding in a new globe for European and African users was also a nice added touch.
Take a look above for a comparison of the new world-notification FB button, courtesy of Tech in Asia:
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A video taken on June 10 appears to show a Montreal police officer kneeling on the neck and back of a Black teenager while conducting an arrest.
The SPVM told MTL Blog that officers were responding to a 911 call at the George-Vanier High School, in Montreal's Villeray neighbourhood, "because a fight was in progress involving about fifteen individuals."
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In a statement sent to MTL Blog, police claimed the teenager in the video was in possession of a taser.
The SPVM said "several statements of offence were issued" during its intervention in the alleged altercation between the 15 individuals. Another individual was allegedly in possession of bear repellent, according to the police report.
"Individuals were arrested for obstructing the work of a peace officer and for possession of a weapon, then released via summons, since they are minors," it continued.
The SPVM said that though "the neck control technique [was] not involved in this situation, it is part of the National Use of Force Model and that the ÉNPQ [École nationale de police du Québec] teaches it to police officers during their initial training."
Regarding the action of kneeling on the teenager's neck, the SPVM added that "certain types of use of force require that police officers write a report and submit it to their supervisor and then to their unit manager, who must then verify whether the use of force was justified."
Police also said a "review of the police response and use of force in this event is currently underway" with "support from the Use of Force Unit and its master instructors."
"Following the review," the SPVM continued, "the [neighbourhood post unit] manager will take the appropriate follow-up actions, as required."
More than 2,000 people responded to a Facebook event page, and over 600 people indicated they would be going to the vigil to honour the lives of Salman Afzaal, 46; Madiha Salman, 44; Yumna Afzaal, 15; and Talat Afzaal, 74, as well as to support 9-year-old Fayez Afzaal, who survived the attack.
"On top of all the sorrow and sadness is [...] an anxiety that is hitting the people," Majzoub said, noting that the Muslim community in Canada is worried about the potential for another targeted attack.
Majzoub said Montrealers and political figures alike gathered at the vigil, where attendees were seen praying together and where Muslim-Canadian organizations spoke of what actions should come next to prevent further attacks.
The Montreal route starts on rue Sherbrooke (at the corner of boulevard Pie IX), goes east then left on boulevard Viau, left on boulevard Rosemont, left on avenue Bourbonnière, and ends back on rue Sherbrooke. Watch out for heavy traffic.
Popular Canadian social media personality and anti-maskerChris Saccoccia — also known as Chris Sky — has been banned from Instagram over "content promoting widely debunked hoaxes," Facebook (which owns Instagram) confirmed in a statement to MTL Blog.
Saccoccia, who is reportedly the son of prominent Vaughan real estate developer Art Saccoccia,had his account removed earlier this week, partly due to what Facebook considers "harmful vaccine information." Toronto Star reported that he also appears to have been added to Canada's no-fly list.
The anti-vaxxer coined the hashtag #JustSayNo in reference to vaccines and other COVID-19 restrictions. He was vocal on Instagram about what he considered "lawless political dictatorship" in the form of public health restrictions, building a social media audience of over 250,000 followers.
A spokesperson for Facebook told MTL Blog the platform will continue to remove new and alternate accounts he creates "due to his multiple violations and blatant disregard of our Community Standards."