The internet can be a very confusing place. So many facts are shoved in your face to the point that you don't know who is sourcing what from when or if anything is really credible. Making more confusing are satire websites like The Onion or National Report, who have 'real' articles based entirely on fictional facts. The latter caused a minor uproar with their recent article on Facebook fees, but do not fret, because Facebook will not be charging users any fees.
The National Report's original piece, using entirely made-up quotes and facts, announced that Facebook would begin charging people $2.99 per month. Zuckerburg himself was quoted, "stating" that Facebook could not operate on its current scale without more funding.
None of that is really true, and most people would probably realize that if they took a second to realize that the National Report is a satirical website, but given the nature of news feeds, where people only read the headline of an article and proceed to be outraged, the article was shared around with folks thinking Facebook user-fees were a real thing.
It didn't help that a bunch of other websites followed suit, and created response articles to the news, believing Facebook fees we're actually happening.
Again, to reiterate, Facebook user fees are not going to be a thing.
A month ago, Facebook announced talks of adding a 'Satire' tag to posts from satirical news sources, so as to help people identify between a fake and real news story. You would think that people could tell a joke from a real news piece, but apparently that isn't the case. As ridiculous as it sounds, the Facebook user fee scare proves a 'Satire' tag may be a better idea than we first thought.
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."