Thursday, May 6 2021

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The Board has upheld Facebook’s decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump’s access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account. However, it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension… The Board insists that Facebook review this matter to determine and justify a proportionate response that is consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform. Facebook must complete its review of this matter within six months of the date of this decision.

That’s Facebook’s Oversight Board upholding the company’s ban on former President Donald Trump—imposed after he incited the Capitol Hill riots on social media. The board—described as the company’s ‘Supreme Court’—is tasked with ruling on difficult or controversial decisions. In this case, while it upheld the initial ban, it has thrown this hot potato right back at the executives—demanding they make a final decision on whether to permanently ban Trump within six months. 

Big Story

A big judgement on caste reservations

The TLDR: The Supreme Court ruled on a case involving job and educational reservations for Marathas in Maharashtra. It essentially cracks down on the recent trend of states defining new backward castes—and creating quotas that breach the court-defined 50% ceiling. Here’s a quick explainer with background and key takeaways.


In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Israel can’t elect a damn government
  • Death of a great Christian leader
  • An astonishing childbirth feat
  • The CIA’s hilarious recruitment ad


Reading Habit

  • Soviet-era books that were loved by children in India
  • The art of letter-writing, which we're losing to an online world

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