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Thursday October 11st, 2018 evening edition

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A judge criticised for handing prison sentences to three fracking protesters has family links to the oil and gas industry.

Judge Robert Altham jailed Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Richard Loizou, 31, over their demonstration at a Cuadrilla site.

The trio, known as the “Fracking Three”, are believed to be the first environmental activists to be imprisoned for public nuisance since 1932.

Loizou’s mum Sharron, 62, told the Mirror: “I was completely shocked when he was jailed, the sentence is incredibly harsh.

The protesters climbed on to the roofs of lorries taking drilling equipment to a Cuadrilla fracking site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire, in July 2017.

Hydraulic fracturing – commonly known as fracking – is a technique of recovering gas and oil.

Significant reserves of shale gas have been identified across large parts of Britain, particularly in the North. »

Viral video of feminist pouring bleach on manspreaders debunked as Russian propaganda

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When a video of a Russian woman pouring bleach on male commuters came across video producer and reporter Nikolay Nikolov's desk, he was immediately suspicious and advised his colleagues not to publish it.

The video — which shows activist Anna Dovgalyuk squirting what she claims is diluted bleach onto the crotches of men who spread their legs on public transit — appears to be Russian anti-feminist propaganda.

Search results for 'Russian manspreading video' still bring up several videos from individuals and media outlets treating the story as if it were accurate. »

New Verizon Ad Hopes To Make You Forget It Throttled Firefighters For No Reason

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In the case of the California firefighters, Verizon repeatedly throttled the connection being used by firefighters mobile command center for seemingly no reason and in violation of Verizon's first responder policies.

Unsurprisingly, Verizon was forced to shutter the comments on its YouTube video after the public reception was... frosty.

The video received more than 20,000 dislikes and was delisted by Verizon in a little under 24 hours after the video was posted. »

Amazon Killed Its AI Recruitment System For Bias Against Women—Report

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According to a new Reuters report, Amazon spent years working on a system for automating the recruitment process.

The idea was for this AI-powered system to be able to look at a collection of resumes and name the top candidates.

To achieve this, Amazon fed the system a decade’s worth of resumes from people applying for jobs at Amazon. »