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Facebook changes hate speech policy to urge violence against Russians******
Meta Platforms will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukraine conflict, according to internal e-mails seen by Reuters on Thursday, in a temporary change to its hate speech policy.
The social media company is also temporarily allowing some posts that call for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, according to internal e-mails to its content moderators.
"As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules like violent speech... We still won't allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians," a Meta spokesperson said in a statement.
The calls for the leaders' deaths will be allowed unless they contain other targets or have two indicators of credibility, such as the location or method, one e-mail said, in a recent change to the company's rules on violence and incitement.
Citing the Reuters story, Russia's embassy in the United States demand that Washington stop the "extremist activities" of Meta.
"Users of Facebook & Instagram did not give the owners of these platforms the right to determine the criteria of truth and pit nations against each other," the embassy said on Twitter in a message that was also shared by their India office.
The temporary policy changes on calls for violence to Russian soldiers apply to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine, according to one e-mail.
In the e-mail recently sent to moderators, Meta highlighted a change in its hate speech policy pertaining both to Russian soldiers and to Russians in the context of the conflict.
"We are doing this because we have observed that in this specific context, 'Russian soldiers' is being used as a proxy for the Russian military. The Hate Speech policy continues to prohibit attacks on Russians," the e-mail stated.
Last week, Russia said it was banning Facebook in the country in response to what it said were restrictions of access to Russian media on the platform. Moscow has cracked down on tech companies, including Twitter, which said it is restricted in the country.
Many major social media platforms have announced new content restrictions around the conflict, including blocking Russian state media RT and Sputnik in the European Union, and have demonstrated carve-outs in some of their policies during the conflict.
E-mails also showed that Meta would allow praise of the right-wing Azov battalion, which is normally prohibited, in a change first reported by The Intercept.
The Meta spokesperson previously said the company was "for the time being making a narrow exception for praise of the Azov Regiment strictly in the context of defending Ukraine, or in their role as part of the Ukraine National Guard."
BRATISLAVA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Slovak skier Petra Vlhova's second-run mistake enabled Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States to win the World Cup Killington slalom event with a time of 1 minute 38.33 seconds on Sunday.。
The American alpine skiing superstar extended her winning streak to five races and moved to the top of the overall FIS World Cup rankings.。
Vlhova came second with 0.75 seconds behind and Wendy Holdener from Switzerland was third with 0.83 seconds behind.。
It's Shiffrin's 71st overall win and 46th in slalom. With the victory, she tied the legendary Swede and giant slalom specialist Ingemar Stenmark for most victories in a single alpine skiing discipline.。
It's also Shiffrin's fifth win in a row in Killington, and every time a Slovak skier came in second.。
The reigning World Cup champion Vlhova was leading the pack after the first round by 0.2 seconds thanks to a solid run. The weather became worse prior to the second run and it started snowing, making the surface of the piste more challenging. On the course designed by one of Vlhova's coaches, she made a mistake early on in her second run.。
"I am not sure what happened. My skis collided and I lost my balance. It was a big mistake. I had to take risks afterward. It could have gone way worse today," said Vlhova after crossing the finish line.。
Vlhova's runner-up position on Sunday kept her on top of the slalom standings, leading Shiffrin by 20 points with six more races to go in the season. Enditem。
TV adaptation of award******
BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- The highly anticipated Chinese TV adaptation of Liu Cixin's Hugo Award-winning sci-fi novel "The Three-Body Problem" is coming soon, according to the first trailer released on Wednesday.
The news, broken by the production's official social media account, soon made headlines, with a hashtag on China's Twitter-like Weibo generating 210 million reads in less than six hours.
Known as "Three-Body," the upcoming series is on the list of dramas to be released or pursued in 2022, major Chinese online streaming platform Tencent Video announced on Wednesday, without providing a specific release date.
The series stars Zhang Luyi and Yu Hewei, and is directed by Yang Lei.
"The Three-Body Problem" is the first book in a sci-fi trilogy that revolves around physicist Ye Wenjie's contact with the Trisolaran civilization living in a three-sun system, and follows the centuries-long clashes between earthlings and the aliens.
Movie and series adaptations of the critically acclaimed trilogy have been greatly anticipated by Chinese sci-fi fans, and any relevant news is highly popular within China's online community.
"The Wandering Earth," another sci-fi novel by Liu Cixin, became a blockbuster film in 2019 and raked in a Chinese box office total of 4.68 billion yuan (around 730 million U.S. dollars). Enditem