Washington Post: Nigeria suspends Twitter after the social media platform freezes president’s account

Washington Post: Nigeria suspends Twitter after the social media platform freezes president’s account. “Nigeria has indefinitely suspended Twitter two days after the social media giant temporarily froze the account of the nation’s president, sparking a torrent of Internet outrage in Africa’s most populous country. The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, made the surprise announcement Friday in the capital Abuja, citing vague safety concerns.”

University of Texas at Austin: Benson Celebrates Centennial with Two New Online Exhibitions

University of Texas at Austin: Benson Celebrates Centennial with Two New Online Exhibitions. “Two new online exhibits expand on this year’s celebration of the centennial of the Benson Latin American Collection. A new online exhibition, A New Spain, 1521–1821, is curated by LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator Albert A. Palacios…. Celebrating Eric Williams, curated by Black Diaspora Archivist Rachel Winston, is a retrospective on the intellectual and political life of the longtime prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who was also visionary the leader of the country’s independence movement.”

Absolute Power: The Astonishing Personal Photos Of Nicolae Ceausescu (Radio Free Europe)

Radio Free Europe: Absolute Power: The Astonishing Personal Photos Of Nicolae Ceausescu. “A family photo archive reveals life behind the public facade of Romania’s notorious communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu. These images are some of nearly 6,000 photos released online in a photo archive created by Romania’s National Archives and the country’s Institute for the Investigation of the Crimes of Communism.” Some of the images even in the article are disturbing, featuring hazing-type violence and dead animals festooned with props like a hat and sunglasses.

NBC News: Gianforte tests positive for COVID-19

NBC News: Gianforte tests positive for COVID-19. ” The governor’s office announced Monday evening that Gov. Greg Gianforte tested positive for COVID-19. Gianforte had just received his first vaccine dose last week. A spokesperson for the governor says they do not know how he contracted it, and added that he has held no public events since Thursday evening.”

PsyPost: Countries led by women have not fared better during the COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

PsyPost: Countries led by women have not fared better during the COVID-19 pandemic, study finds. “While some women-led countries are faring better than men-led countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, new research published in the scientific journal PLOS One indicates that this trend is not universally true. The findings suggest that the perception of women leaders excelling over their male counterparts in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak is the result of Western media bias.”

Peru vaccine scandal: Ex-president asked for early jab, doctors says (BBC)

BBC: Peru vaccine scandal: Ex-president asked for early jab, doctors says. “Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra requested and received an early vaccination against Covid-19 out of turn, a doctor has told lawmakers. Mr Vizcarra has said he and his wife were vaccinated as clinical trial volunteers in October last year. But testifying in parliament on Tuesday, Dr German Malaga, who led the vaccine trial, disputed this.”

Rest of World: Silicon Valley’s double standard

Rest of World: Silicon Valley’s double standard. “Populists don’t gain power in a vacuum. They build it using all the advantages that social media gives those who are not constrained by facts and are willing to make open calls for violence. The problem is not freedom of speech— that is sacrosanct. The problem is that, in the pursuit of profit, social media giants will amplify incendiary voices, giving them the freedom to reach more followers. It’s a systemic risk that governments need to tackle with emerging legislation.”

NPR: Mexican President López Obrador Tests Positive For COVID-19

NPR: Mexican President López Obrador Tests Positive For COVID-19. “Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he has tested positive for COVID-19. His symptoms are mild and he’s already started receiving medical treatment, he said in a tweet announcing the news on Sunday evening. ‘As always, I am optimistic,’ he wrote. ‘We will all move forward.’”

New York Times: How Twitter and Facebook plan to handle Trump’s accounts when he leaves office.

New York Times: How Twitter and Facebook plan to handle Trump’s accounts when he leaves office.. “Many world leaders generally have wider latitude on Twitter and Facebook because their comments and posts are regarded as political speech that is in the realm of public interest. But what will happen to President Trump’s accounts on the social media platforms when he leaves office?”