The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday June 4)

June 4, 2020

These are some of the stories making headlines today.

Demonstrators defied curfews but there were fewer clashes and less chaos on a night of mostly peaceful protests

Peaceful demonstrators defied curfews and remained on the streets of American cities for another night of protests over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody.

8 words that reveal Republicans’ total complicity with Trump

On Tuesday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked about President Donald Trump’s speech Monday night and decision to forcibly remove peaceful protesters ahead of a photo op in front of St. John’s Church.

Facebook shuts down far-right group planning to bring weapons to protests

Facebook said Tuesday that it had shut down pages and accounts associated with what it said was a hate group, whose members were discussing bringing weapons to the protests that are happening across the country.

60 minutes of mayhem: How aggressive politics and policing turned a peaceful protest into a violent confrontation

When President Donald Trump first raised the idea Monday morning of emerging from the 13-foot gate that surrounds the White House, aides were skeptical.

Mark Zuckerberg tries to explain his inaction on Trump posts to outraged staff

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sought on Tuesday to ease employee outrage over his inaction on incendiary remarks recently posted by President Donald Trump.

Surgeon General warns of coronavirus outbreaks from Floyd protests

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said to expect new outbreaks of the coronavirus resulting from the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd that have seen thousands of people gather in close proximity.

Mars’ moons may hint that the planet once had rings

Mars has two small, funky-looking moons with strange orbits, and they may suggest that the red planet once had rings, like some of the larger planets in our solar system. The two lumpy moons, Phobos and Deimos, were both discovered in 1877.

Kings Announcer Grant Napear Resigns After ‘All Lives Matter’ Comment

Rocky Widner/Getty Images The Sacramento Kings announced Tuesday that television play-by-play announcer and Sports 1140 KHTK Radio host Grant Napear has resigned from the team following the “All Lives Matter” comment he made on Twitter on Sunday, per Jason Jones of The Athletic. “Grant Napear has resigned from the Sacramento Kings,” the team said.

Trump’s American dystopia has reached a new and ominous cliff

Anyone who thought the Trump presidency represented a threat to American democracy, anyone who ever thought Trump could unleash a civil war, saw those fears closer to being realized on Monday night, during protests stemming from George Floyd’s killing, than at any time since he took the oath of office in 2017 with a speech warning about “American carnage,” writes Frida Ghitis.

Google in $5bn lawsuit for tracking in ‘private’ mode

Google has been sued in the US over claims it illegally invades the privacy of users by tracking people even when they are browsing in “private mode”. The class action wants at least $5bn (£4bn) from Google and owner Alphabet.

Vegan seafood: The next plant-based meat trend?

Seaweed-wrapped deep-fried tofu, served in newspaper. Marinated aubergine slices pressed over rice. Chunks of legume protein coated in oil and herbs. These products are intended to mimic various fish dishes – fish and chips, unagi, canned tuna – and they’re all available now.

Lewis Hamilton ‘overcome with rage’ at events in the US

Lewis Hamilton says he is “completely overcome with rage” at events in the USA following George Floyd’s death. It is the second time Hamilton has spoken out this week in the wake of protests breaking out across the US.

The English language ‘laws’ you never knew you knew – BBC Reel

The English language has no government, but sometimes, you’ll come across an odd ‘law’ that has been passed on from generation to generation, and most of us use them. Lexicographer, etymologist and broadcaster Susie Dent looks into these linguistic quirks. Animation by Adrian Hartrick and Dominika Ozynska

Zoom sees sales boom amid pandemic

When it comes to its growth rate, video conference company Zoom has lived up to its name. Use of the firm’s software jumped 30-fold in April, as the coronavirus pandemic forced millions to work, learn and socialise remotely. At its peak, the firm counted more than 300 million daily participants in virtual meetings, while paying customers have more than tripled.

When coronavirus masks become ‘I can’t breathe’ protest signs

Before George Floyd died while a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, he rasped “I can’t breathe.” It was the same gut-wrenching phrase uttered by Eric Garner when a New York cop had him in a chokehold before he died in 2014.

One Twitter account is reposting everything Trump tweets. It was suspended within 3 days.

“This account will tweet what the President tweets,” Twitter account SuspendThePres posted on May 29. “Let’s see if it gets suspended for violating twitters [terms of service].” Approximately 68 hours later, SuspendThePres was suspended for violating Twitter’s rules against glorifying violence. SuspendThePres began directly copying and reposting U.S.

Facebook engineer resigns in protest of Zuckerberg’s bankrupt morality

While actions speak louder than words, sometimes a walkout just doesn’t cut it. At least two Facebook employees have apparently come to that conclusion, straight up resigning instead of joining their colleagues in a company-wide protest Monday. At issue was CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s defense of Donald Trump’s Facebook post threatening protesters with death.

Reddit’s former CEO slams Reddit for ‘amplifying hate, racism and violence’

On Monday, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman posted an open letter to employees, saying that the company does “not tolerate hate, racism and violence,” and that its “values are clear.” But Ellen Pao, who was an interim CEO of Reddit in 2014, has something to say about that.

Facebook wanted to offer him a job. Here’s why he publicly turned it down.

Facebook employees are taking a stand over CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s inaction towards President Donald Trump’s inflammatory posts promoting violence against protestors. This week, at least two employees have already from the company. While those working for the social media giant are making their voices heard, some developers are taking action in another way: by publicly turning Facebook recruiters down.

Seth Rogen has a blunt method of tackling ‘All Lives Matter’ commenters on Instagram

“If this is a remotely controversial statement to you, feel free to unfollow me.” That was the caption Seth Rogen shared to his 8.5 million Instagram followers on Monday beneath an image of the Black Lives Matter slogan.

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