The Daily Populous

Monday June 14th, 2021 night edition

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Twitter initially resisted, only obscuring some accounts from view—until its India-based employees were threatened with prison time.

Shortly after, the government took matters into its own hands and shut down internet access in areas where protesting farmers were gathering.

Facebook hid posts containing the hashtag #ResignModi—referring to India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi—within India before restoring them in the course of a few hours.

Media censorship was commonplace in India decades before the internet reached its borders, and social media censorship predates Narendra Modi’s rule.

That year, as China’s TikTok became megapopular within India, a local court banned the app for propagating “illicit” content.

Twitter’s India employees remain worried for their lives—and India is pushing its own Twitter-like app, Koo, in order to draw its populace away from the American platform and its rules.

The India that Silicon Valley once so loved has long given way to a different one: an increasingly authoritarian regime that wants even tighter control over information dissemination. »

9-year-old boy accidentally shot in chest by father after alleged road rage incident

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A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition after accidentally being shot in the chest by his father at the end of an alleged road rage incident they were engaged in.

It is unclear if the pair were being followed or if there was an actual road rage incident.

The father of the boy is cooperating with the investigation while the boy continues to recover from the gunshot wound at Texas Children's Hospital. »

Israel's Parliament Approves New Coalition, Ending Netanyahu's Long Rule

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“Israel will not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” Bennett said, vowing to maintain Netanyahu’s confrontational policy.

Netanyahu began his long rule by defying the Obama administration, refusing to freeze settlement construction as it tried unsuccessfully to revive the peace process.

He has also cultivated ties with Arab and African countries that long shunned Israel over its policies toward the Palestinians. »

There's a simple solution for the labor shortage: raising the minimum wage, a former Obama economist says

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The important things missing from shelves can be explained by factors like backed-up supply chains and a shipping crisis.

But another shortage that's emerged — with increasing prominence as America's recovery continues its long and winding path — is labor.

Shierholz, a veteran of the Obama administration as chief economist at the Department of Labor, said broad reform is necessary in the labor market, and raising the minimum wage is a key aspect. »