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Thursday October 27th, 2022 day edition

image for Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Condemns Kanye West’s “Awful” Antisemitic Comments, Says He Has No Authority to Remove His Music

In an interview with Reuters, the co-founder and CEO called West’s remarks “just awful comments,” while noting that Spotify won’t be removing the rapper’s music from the platform.

Ek went on to say that, because West’s statements were not made in songs or podcasts hosted on Spotify, they do not violate the company’s hate speech policy.

“It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,” he explained.

Ek’s comments follow a series of other actions taken by Spotify to reduce hate speech on the platform.

“We rolled this out wrong and could have done a much better job,” Ek said at the time.

Earlier this week, West was dropped by his booking agency and lawyer due to his antisemitic comments.

Pitchfork has reached out to the respective representatives for Spotify and West’s former label, Def Jam Recordings, for comment. »

Biden targets hidden 'junk fees' from banks, cable TV, concert tickets

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"These are junk fees," President Joe Biden told reporters at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

The agency said that both fees likely violate the Consumer Financial Protection Act's prohibition on unfair fees that are unavoidable to consumers.

He cited processing fees for concert tickets and resort fees at hotels as two items his administration is examining. »

Marijuana company sued for not making customers high enough

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A California cannabis company is being sued by two local consumers for allegedly lying about the potency of its products.

At issue in the case is how much Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is contained in DreamFields' Jeeter pre-roll products.

California topped the nation in marijuana sales last year at $5.7 billion, according to the Annual Marijuana Business Factbook. »

The SCO and the shape of the conflict to come | Vali Kaleji

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The first was the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), formed in 1992 and the second was the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in 2001.

The SCO has undergone several horizontal (expansion of members) and vertical (tasks and functions) evolutions since its inception in 2001.

At the present time, the SCO has 9 “main members”, including Russia, China, India, Pakistan, and Iran, as well as three “observer members” - Belarus, Mongolia, and Afghanistan. »