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India demands 'urgent' action to combat 'pathetic' racial slurs directed at players after spectators are ejected from test match - but nearby fans say it was just harmless banter

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Australia is embroiled in an ugly racism row after India players claimed they were subjected to bigoted insults from spectators. Day four of the third cricket test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday was interrupted as India's Mohammed Siraj stopped play and told umpires he was targeted with racist remarks by fans.   Six spectators were escorted from the ground and Cricket Australia issued an apology to the India team and said it would 'prosecute the matter to its fullest extent'. However nearby fans said there was 'nothing abusive' about the comments from the ejected fans, and it was 'just bantering'.  Indian cricket player Mohammed Siraj claimed on Sunday he was on the receiving end of racist remarks during day four of the third test between Australia and India Siraj stopped play to make a formal complaint to officials about some spectators in the bay behind his fielding position at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday Six men were ejected from the Sydn

'Tech titans are feigning offense to destroy Parler': Glenn Greenwald blasts app's ban claiming 'far more violence has been planned on Facebook' while accusing YouTube of 'promoting right-wing extremism'

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Glenn Greenwald has claimed 'far more violence' has been planned on Facebook than on Parler after Google and Apple removed the latter from their app stores and Amazon booted it off its web hosting service. The journalist tweeted Sunday to accuse the tech giants of 'feigning offense to destroy' the app after Donald Trump was on Friday kicked off of most mainstream social media platforms.  Greenwald, part of a team that won a Pulitzer for reports about government surveillance programs based on leaks by Edward Snowden, tweeted: 'For years, I heard it's invalid to object to political censorship by FB & Twitter because, if you don't like it, you can just create a competing social media platform.  'Parler tried. And in 24 hours, Google, Apple & Amazon united to destroy it. That's what monopoly power means.'  Parler's CEO John Matze told Fox News Sunday that the decision was 'devastating'.  He said: 'They all work together to mak

Parler CEO Mark Matze calls Big Tech ban on the far-right app 'an assault on everybody' - as Trump ultra-loyalist Rep Devin Nunes compares Silicon Valley to the Mafia for shutting down 'free speech'

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Parler CEO Mark Matze decried Big Tech's efforts to shut down the far-right app as an 'assault on everybody' after Amazon joined Google and Apple in suspending the platform from their servers.   'It's devastating is what it is,' Matze told Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures. 'They all work together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to not only our apps, but they're actually shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the internet.'  Matze said the suspensions were aimed at decimating the company he founded for refusing to monitor its content for incitement of violence.   'They made an attempt to not only kill the app, but to actually destroy the entire company. And it's not just these three companies. Every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day.'  Rep Devin Nunes (R - California) also appeared on Sunday Morning Futures and said that the tech giants' s

Musicians slam government for ‘rejecting EU offer of visa-free travel after Brexit for touring acts’

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The Government has denied reports it rejected an offer of visa-free tours by musicians in the European Union, saying it pushed for a 'more ambitious agreement' during negotiations. The UK's post-Brexit travel rules, which came into force on January 1, do not guarantee visa-free travel for artists and other creatives throughout the EU's 27 member states. Industry bodies, including trade group UK Music, have warned that performers who have to secure individual visas for each country they visit may face extra costs. Citing an EU source close to negotiations, the Independent reported that a 'standard' proposal to exempt performers for 90 days was turned down by the UK, prompting anger from some musicians. The unnamed EU source close to negotiations told the Independent: 'It is usually in our agreements with third countries, that visas are not required for musicians. We tried to include it, but the UK said no. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is among musicians who

Parler faces SHUTDOWN: Amazon vows to switch off 'free-speech' site's servers at midnight as Apple follows Google in banning it

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Conservative social media platform Parler could be shutdown from midnight Sunday after Amazon said it was shutting down its servers.  Jeff Bezos' Amazon said it had suspended Parler from its Amazon Web Services unit, for violating its terms of services by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content on the social networking service.  Parler's CEO John Matze announced the news, revealing it could leave the app unavailable for a week as the company attempts to rebuild from scratch.  Earlier Saturday night, Apple said it is also suspending the app over accusations it is being used to incite violence. The Apple suspension comes after the tech giant gave Parler 24 hours to address the 'threats to people's safety' or be removed from its app store.   The move comes one day after Google also removed Parler from its app store, also citing posts inciting violence, and demanded 'robust' content moderation from the app favored by many Trump sup