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The Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen gave evidence to parliament successful the UK connected Monday, calling for urgent regulation to rein successful the tech company’s absorption and trim the harm being done to society.

Mark Zuckerberg “has unilateral power implicit 3 cardinal people” with his unassailable presumption astatine the apical of Facebook, she said, adding that the company’s interior civilization prioritised profitability implicit its interaction connected the world.

“There is nary volition astatine the apical to marque definite these systems are tally successful an adequately harmless way,” Haugen said. “Until we bring successful a counterweight, these things volition beryllium operated for the shareholders’ involvement and not the nationalist interest.”

  • What is Haugen doing successful the UK? Haugen, a erstwhile Facebook worker who released tens of thousands of damaging documents astir its interior workings, traveled to London from the US to backmost UK authorities proposals to modulate societal media platforms and marque them instrumentality immoderate work for contented connected their sites.

  • What is the occupation with Facebook? Haugen said overmuch of the blasted for the world’s progressively polarized authorities laic with the radicalizing interaction of societal networks, particularly Facebook groups.

  • Why is Zuckerberg being truthful intimately scrutinized? Facebook’s ownership is structured truthful that Zuckerberg, arsenic laminitis of the company, has a peculiar people of stock that means helium unsocial yet controls the business. This gives him tremendous power implicit the eponymous societal web arsenic good arsenic the Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp.

FDA to statement authorizing Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for children aged 5 to 11

A pistillate   receives a vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration volition statement whether children aged 5 to 11 volition beryllium fixed Covid vaccines. Photograph: Robin Utrecht/Rex/Shutterstock

Independent experts with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will statement whether to urge the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 today. Vaccines are presently authorized for children aged 12 and older.

Vaccine authorization for young children has been wide anticipated by parents successful the US, arsenic a question of Covid-19 fueled by the Delta variant took clasp crossed the state arsenic galore students were returning to classrooms.

The advisory committee volition perceive grounds from Pfizer and regulators, statement whether to urge exigency authorization of child-size vaccines, past ballot connected a recommendation.

  • If the committee approves the vaccine does that mean it volition spell ahead? Regulators bash not ever travel autarkic committees’ advice, but they usually do.

  • What does the president person to say? The Biden administration besides sees it arsenic an important adjacent measurement successful the vaccine rollout program, which has slowed considerably.

Suspect held aft 2 killed successful shooting astatine Idaho buying mall

First responders assistance   radical   who were wrong  the Boise Towne Square buying  promenade  erstwhile   a antheral   opened fire.
First responders assistance radical who were wrong the Boise Towne Square buying promenade erstwhile a antheral opened fire. Photograph: Darin Oswald/AP

A fishy is successful custody aft 2 radical were killed and 4 injured, including a constabulary officer, during a shooting astatine a buying mall connected Monday successful Boise, Idaho.

At a quality conference, authorities said officers had exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The bulk of the promenade has been cleared but constabulary were inactive looking for immoderate further victims.

Police said the shooting had been reported to instrumentality enforcement astatine astir 1.50pm connected Monday, and erstwhile officers arrived they spotted idiosyncratic who matched the statement of the suspect.

  • What did witnesses say? Cheri Gypin, of Boise, was with a person successful the mall. She said she heard respective ample bangs but thought thing had fallen from the ceiling. About 60 people, including families pushing strollers, came moving astatine them, immoderate shouting that determination was a shooter.

  • What bash we cognize astir the victims? Investigators are moving with infirmary officials to notify household members of those injured and killed successful the shooting. The Boise mayor, Lauren McLean, asked members of the nationalist and the quality media to springiness the victims and their families privacy.

  • Why did the shooter unfastened fire? The Boise constabulary chief, Ryan Lee, said that was inactive unknown. “We truly cannot astatine this clip talk to immoderate information down it,” helium said.

Abandoned children recovered surviving successful Texas flat with brother’s remains

Police portion    astatine  the country   successful  Texas.
Police portion astatine the country successful Texas. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

The skeletal remains of a kid and 3 surviving siblings who appeared to person been abandoned were recovered wrong an flat successful the Houston area.

The plight of the children came to airy connected Sunday day erstwhile 1 of them, a 15-year-old, called the Harris region sheriff’s bureau and said his nine-year-old member had been dormant for a twelvemonth and the assemblage was wrong the apartment, the bureau said.

Deputies recovered the teen and 2 siblings, aged 10 and seven, surviving unsocial successful the apartment, said the sheriff, Ed Gonzalez. “It appears that the remains had been determination for an extended play of time,” helium said. “And I stress extended.”

The children’s parent and her fellow were located, questioned and released without charges being filed.

  • What were the conditions similar wrong the apartment? Gonzalez said the children had been “living successful beauteous deplorable conditions”, which were “very disturbing”.

  • Were the surviving children OK? The younger children appeared malnourished and had carnal injuries, Gonzalez said. All 3 were taken to infirmary to beryllium assessed and treated.

  • What happens now? An probe is being conducted by the sheriff’s bureau homicide, kid maltreatment and transgression country units. The Texas section of household and protective services said it was seeking exigency custody of the children “to guarantee the information of the children”.

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Hippos interval successful the water astatine Hacienda Napoles Park, erstwhile the backstage property of cause kingpin Pablo Escobar, who imported 3 pistillate hippos and 1 antheral decades agone successful Puerto Triunfo, Colombia. Photograph: Fernando Vergara/AP

Stat of the day: Facebook’s nett topped $9bn during its astir caller fiscal quarter

Facebook’s nett exceeded $9bn during its astir caller fiscal quarter, clearing capitalist predictions, adjacent arsenic the institution faces an onslaught of antagonistic publicity implicit a merchandise of whistleblower documents.

The institution revealed successful its net study that it had a 6% year-on-year summation successful regular progressive users, reaching an mean of 1.93 cardinal for September 2021. Its gross grew 35% to $29.01bn, acknowledgment to a roar successful online advertising.

Facebook’s fiscal wins came amid aggravated scrutiny, aft a consortium of quality organizations published stories based connected documents leaked by Haugen.

Don’t miss this: Squid Game’s creator says: ‘I’m not that rich. It’s not similar Netflix paid maine a bonus’

The series’ director, Hwang Dong-hyuk, speaks to 2  of the cast.
The series’ director, Hwang Dong-hyuk, speaks to 2 of the cast. Photograph: Netflix/AFP/Getty Images

The Guardian’s Stuart Jeffries has interviewed Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator, writer and manager of the smash-hit TV amusement Squid Game, who said he had not received a chopped of the estimated £650m his amusement made for Netflix.

“I’m not that rich,” helium said. “But I bash person enough. I person capable to enactment nutrient connected the table. And it’s not similar Netflix is paying maine a bonus. Netflix paid maine according to the archetypal contract.”

The 50-year-old film-maker had the thought for the amusement successful 2009, erstwhile his household took retired loans to marque it done the fiscal crisis.

He is successful talks with Netflix astir a 2nd season.

Or this: Why radical judge Covid conspiracy theories – could folklore clasp the answer?

An anti-vax protester holds a Bill Gates poster during a objection  successful  Bulgaria.
An anti-vax protester holds a Bill Gates poster during a objection successful Bulgaria. Photograph: Belish/Rex/Shutterstock

A Guardian interactive shows how researchers person mapped the web of connections underpinning coronavirus conspiracy theories, opening a caller mode of knowing and challenging them.

Using Danish witchcraft folklore arsenic a model, the researchers from UCLA and Berkeley analysed thousands of societal media posts with an artificial quality instrumentality and extracted the cardinal people, things and relationships.

The instrumentality enabled them to portion unneurotic the underlying stories successful coronavirus conspiracy theories from fragments successful online posts. One find from the probe identifies Bill Gates arsenic the crushed wherefore conspiracy theorists link 5G with the virus. With Gates’ inheritance successful machine exertion and vaccination programs, helium served arsenic a shortcut for these storytellers to nexus the two.

Last Thing: Hiker mislaid connected US upland ignored calls from rescuers due to the fact that helium didn’t admit the number

Mount Elbert, Colorado
A antheral who became mislaid for 24 hours portion hiking a way connected Mount Elbert, Colorado, ignored repeated telephone calls from a hunt and rescue team. Photograph: Alamy

Ever missed an important telephone due to the fact that you didn’t recognise the number? A antheral who became mislaid for 24 hours portion hiking connected Colorado’s highest upland ignored repeated telephone calls from rescue teams due to the fact that they came from an chartless number, authorities say.

The hiker was reported missing astatine astir 8pm connected 18 October aft failing to instrumentality to wherever helium was staying, Lake region hunt and rescue said. Multiple rescue teams were deployed to Mount Elbert but they could not find him connected the 4,401 metre-high (14,440ft) peak.

Eventually, the hiker turned up harmless and good aft uncovering his mode backmost to his car, seemingly having “no idea” anyone was retired looking for him.

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