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YouTube bans Richard Spencer, David Duke and Stefan Molyneux for hate speech

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YouTube is the latest social media site to take a stand against hate speech.

The video platform banned several well-known white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Richard Spencer, David Duke and Stefan Molyneux.

The Google-owned site updated its policy last year to include a ban on videos ‘alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination’ and all three individuals were found to have violated the rule.

Altogether YouTube has deleted six channels, including Spencer’s National Policy Institute/Radix Journal and Molyneux’s AmRen Podcast.

YouTube is the second social media platform to ban hate from its site Monday, as Reddit shutdown a forum for supports of Donald Trump and Twitch temporarily banned the president’s channel over its hateful content policy.

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YouTube banned several well-known white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Richard Spencer (pictured), David Duke and Stefan Molyneux.  Spencer¿s National Policy Institute has been said to be a white supremacist think tank for those in the alt-right

YouTube banned several well-known white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Richard Spencer (pictured), David Duke and Stefan Molyneux.  Spencer¿s National Policy Institute has been said to be a white supremacist think tank for those in the alt-right

YouTube banned several well-known white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Richard Spencer (pictured), David Duke and Stefan Molyneux.  Spencer’s National Policy Institute has been said to be a white supremacist think tank for those in the alt-right

A YouTube spokesperson said in a statement told The Verge: ‘We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to YouTube for comment and has yet to receive a response. 

All three of the individuals have been recognized for their radical right, neo-Nazi views.

Duke is a longtime Ku Klux Klan leader and is an outspoken Holocaust denier who won election to Louisiana’s House of Representatives, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

David Duke is a longtime Ku Klux Klan leader and is an outspoken Holocaust denier who won election to Louisiana¿s House of Representatives

David Duke is a longtime Ku Klux Klan leader and is an outspoken Holocaust denier who won election to Louisiana¿s House of Representatives

Stefan Molyneux is a Canadian YouTuber who identifies as far-right and speaks of white nationalism during his podcasts

Stefan Molyneux is a Canadian YouTuber who identifies as far-right and speaks of white nationalism during his podcasts

David Duke (left) is a longtime Ku Klux Klan leader and is an outspoken Holocaust denier who won election to Louisiana’s House of Representatives.  Stefan Molyneux (right) is a Canadian YouTuber who identifies as far-right and speaks of white nationalism during his podcasts

Spencer, who is identified as a new-Nazi with having anti-Semitic views and was an activist on behalf of the alt-right movement in 2017 and 2017.

His channel, Spencer’s National Policy Institute, has been said to be a white supremacist think tank for those in the alt-right. 

His channel was AmRen Podcast and linked to the white supremacist publication.

YouTube starting banning such channels and content from the platform in 2019.

The firm said it was taking further steps to eliminate videos that promote violence and extremism, such as Nazi glorification and white supremacy.

It also removed hoax videos that attempt to debunk known tragedies, like the Sandy Hook shooting and the Holocaust.

Reddit said Monday that it had shut down a forum for supporters of Donald Trump amid an overhaul of its content policies. Reddit said The_Donald community was banned for violating three of the site's rules

Reddit said Monday that it had shut down a forum for supporters of Donald Trump amid an overhaul of its content policies. Reddit said The_Donald community was banned for violating three of the site's rules

Reddit said Monday that it had shut down a forum for supporters of Donald Trump amid an overhaul of its content policies. Reddit said The_Donald community was banned for violating three of the site’s rules

Also on Monday, Twitch said it had temporarily banned Trump's channel over its hateful conduct policy. The notification above pops up in the search for Trump's channel

Also on Monday, Twitch said it had temporarily banned Trump's channel over its hateful conduct policy. The notification above pops up in the search for Trump's channel

Also on Monday, Twitch said it had temporarily banned Trump’s channel over its hateful conduct policy. The notification above pops up in the search for Trump’s channel

‘Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status,’ the company wrote in 2019 post on its site.

YouTube removing a number of white supremacist channels from the platform comes on the same day Twitch temporarily banned President Donald and Reddit shutdown a forum of supporters for the president.

The list included The_Donald and the left-wing forum ChapoTrapHouse. The_Donald forum housed more than 790,000 users who share content in support of Trump. The ChapoTrapHouse has more than 160,000 users.

‘All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity,’ Chief executive Steve Huffman said in a post on the site.

Twitch said it had temporarily banned Trump’s channel over its hateful conduct policy.

‘Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed,’ a Twitch spokeswoman said,

One of the streams identified by the spokeswoman was a rebroadcast of a 2016 Trump rally in which the president said Mexico was sending rapists to the US.

Numerous companies are pausing social-media spending for the Stop Hate for Profit campaign

The Stop Hate for Profit campaign was launched by civil rights groups after the death of George Floyd in police custody triggered widespread protests against racial discrimination in the US. 

In addition to Starbucks, Verizon, Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s, the following companies will pause advertising on social media platforms:

Coca-Cola Co

The beverage maker will pause paid advertising on all social media platforms globally for at least 30 days, Chief Executive Officer James Quincey said in a statement. 

Lululemon Athletica

‘We will be pausing paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram,’ the company said. 

Levi Strauss & Co

‘We and Dockers are joining the #StopHateForProfit campaign and pausing all ads on Facebook and Instagram,’ the apparel company said.

Diageo Plc

The world’s largest spirits maker will pause all paid advertising globally on major social media platforms.

The North Face

The outdoor brand, a unit of VF Corp, said it would pull out of all Facebook-owned platforms.

‘We’re in. We’re Out @Facebook.’

Eddie Bauer

“In support of the ‘#StopHateforProfit’ initiative, Eddie Bauer will suspend all paid ads on Facebook and Instagram through the end of July, effective immediately,” the clothing store chain said in a tweet. (https://bit.ly/2Yso440)

Goodby Silverstein

‘We will join #StopHate4Profit and stop posting on Facebook for the month of July,’ the advertising agency said.

Magnolia Pictures

The film distributor and studio became the first Hollywood company to join the movement. The company said in a tweet it would stop advertising on Facebook and Instagram, starting immediately, through at least the end of July. 

Patagonia

‘We will pull all ads on Facebook and Instagram, effective immediately, through at least the end of July, pending meaningful action from the social media giant,’ the outdoor apparel brand said.

Rakuten Viber

‘Viber will remove all Facebook-related contact points from our app including Facebook Connect, Facebook SDK, and GIPHY, as well as cease all ad spending on Facebook,’ Djamel Agaoua, chief executive officer of the messaging app company, said in a statement on Twitter. 

Recreational Equipment

‘For 82 years, we have put people over profits. We’re pulling all Facebook/Instagram advertising for the month of July,’ REI tweeted.

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One in five people aged over 55 admit to feeling peer pressured into drinking MORE alcohol

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One in five people aged over 55 years of age admit to feeling peer pressured into drinking more alcohol than they otherwise would, a study has found. 

The investigation by independent alcohol education charity Drinkaware found that peer pressure is felt by all ages — but impacts older generations in different ways.

While they may think they are ‘older and wiser’ and immune to such influence, seniors are still vulnerable but less likely to identify peer pressure as being overt.

Instead, older adults tend to see pressure to drink more as part of being sociable — or as a mere form of ‘friendly banter’. 

One in five people aged over 55 years of age admit to feeling peer pressured into drinking more alcohol than they otherwise would, a survey has found (stock image)

One in five people aged over 55 years of age admit to feeling peer pressured into drinking more alcohol than they otherwise would, a survey has found (stock image)

One in five people aged over 55 years of age admit to feeling peer pressured into drinking more alcohol than they otherwise would, a survey has found (stock image)

DRINKING SAFELY 

UK charity Drinkaware has advised that — if people do drink alcohol — that they keep track of their consumption.

Drinkers should stay within the Chief Medical Officers’ low-risk drinking guidelines, they added.

These recommend drinking no more than 14 units per week, with such spread over at least three days.

Drinkaware also advocates for people taking at least three drink-free days every week.

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‘Whether it’s topping up someone’s glass without asking, encouraging a group to buy in rounds or incorporating drinks into social rituals, peer pressure comes in many guises,’ said Drinkaware Evidence and Research Associate Emma Catterall.

‘Our study shows that being older doesn’t make us immune to the peer pressure to drink. In fact, it suggests we actually just don’t recognise pressurising behaviours.’

In their study, Dr Catterall and colleagues reviewed 13 existing studies into peer pressure in the context of alcohol consumption among adults — alongside Drinkaware’s online survey of 2,145 adults into peer pressure.

The researchers found that younger people are more likely to identify peer pressure as being overt or even aggressive — making them more likely to regard such influence as being negative. 

Accordingly, over 60 per cent of drinkers aged 18–34 said that pressure to drink was common among their peers.

This figure fell to 29 per cent among adult drinkers between the ages of 35–54, however, and 20 per cent of those aged 55 or above. 

However, the researchers also found that while young people tend to drink less frequently than their seniors, they are more likely to binge drink when they do.

In fact, only 44 per cent of under 35-year-olds reported drinking at least weekly, compared with 52 per cent of those aged 35–54 and 58 per cent of over 55s.

Yet 67 per cent said that they indulged in binge drinking — compared with 61 per cent of 35–54-year-olds and just 45 per cent of those aged 55 or above.

Regardless of the age group, the research suggested that peer pressure can be significant in increasing the amount of alcohol that people drink — and that most who gave in to the influence reported regretting the indulgence later.

‘In the majority of cases, pressure to drink isn’t malicious and may not even be conscious. But if we drink more alcohol as a result of pressure, we could be risking our health,’ Dr Catterall added.

‘We all need to know how to recognise when we’re being pressured to drink or when we’re pressuring someone else to drink.’

‘Being aware can help us with strategies to avoid caving in, or make sure others don’t feel like they have to drink alcohol if they don’t want to.’

The investigation by independent alcohol education charity Drinkaware found that peer pressure is felt by all ages — but impacts older generations in different ways. While they may think they are 'older and wiser' and immune to such influence, seniors are still vulnerable but less likely to identify peer pressure as being overt (stock image)

The investigation by independent alcohol education charity Drinkaware found that peer pressure is felt by all ages — but impacts older generations in different ways. While they may think they are 'older and wiser' and immune to such influence, seniors are still vulnerable but less likely to identify peer pressure as being overt (stock image)

The investigation by independent alcohol education charity Drinkaware found that peer pressure is felt by all ages — but impacts older generations in different ways. While they may think they are ‘older and wiser’ and immune to such influence, seniors are still vulnerable but less likely to identify peer pressure as being overt (stock image)

The research also suggested that many people develop strategies to dodge pressure to drink further — including driving to social events to avoid having to drink, or pretending that their soft drink is in fact alcoholic.

In addition, some people reported choosing to spent time with friends who were moderate- or non-drinkers in order to avoid pressure to drink more.  

‘The danger is that if people interpret peer pressure, or encouragement to drink, as part and parcel of convivial drinking culture, it could become seen as acceptable behaviour,’ said Dr Catterall.

‘The reality is that peer pressure to drink, in whatever form, encourages people to drink more than they might intend. And this can have consequences for their health.’

The full findings of the study were published in the journal BMC Public Health.

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PG Tips will remove all plastic packaging from its products by next year

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One of the largest tea brands in the UK, PG Tips, is removing all plastic packing from next year and will switch to biodegradable plant-based teabags. 

The bags are made from corn starch and were first introduced on a limited range of products in 2018, but this latest move will see all of their teas use these bags.

The tea company has also removed the outer plastic wrap on its 160-pack boxes with plans to remove the outer plastic wrap from the rest of the sizes next year.

Unilever says that the new plant-based materials would provide retailers with a product that ‘shoppers are actively looking for’ and help the environment.

A Harvard Business Review survey found consumers were five times more likely to buy sustainable products, which has prompted many firms to start to change lines.

The tea company has also removed the outer plastic wrap on its 160-pack boxes with plans to remove the outer plastic wrap from the rest of the sizes next year

The tea company has also removed the outer plastic wrap on its 160-pack boxes with plans to remove the outer plastic wrap from the rest of the sizes next year

The tea company has also removed the outer plastic wrap on its 160-pack boxes with plans to remove the outer plastic wrap from the rest of the sizes next year 

Fiachra Moloney, UK & Ireland Tea Director at brand-owner Unilever, told trade magazine The Grocer that the company had been working towards making the switch to a fully plant-based product for several years. 

‘The switch to working with this new material has not been without its challenges due to the size, speed and scale of our operation,’ he said. 

‘We have been continuously adjusting factory lines so that now all our boxes contain biodegradable pyramid teabags.’ 

Unilever says it is ‘extremely proud’ to be the first major tea brand to switch to biodegradable bags across its entire range.

The firm says the brand’s new sustainable credentials would be played up on both the front and back of the new-look packs.

Back in 2018 Uniliver became the first major mainstream tea brand to switch to biodegradable teabags on some products. 

This extends that by only using the new bags, that are free of polypropylene – a chemical used to give pyramid bags their shape. 

According to a YouGov survey PG Tips is the second most consumed beverage brand in the UK – after Robinsons and just ahead of Schweppes.

This forms part of a wider series of measures by PG Tips parent company Unilever to fight climate change and ‘preserve resources for future generations’. 

The firm said it was committed to improve the health of of the planet including achieving net zero emissions by 2039 and working with more smallholders to protect and restore forests. 

Uniliver plans to invest £900 million spread over all of its brands in a new climate and nature fund designed to take action to improve the planet over the next decade.

Unilever says that the new plant-based materials would provide retailers with a product that 'shoppers are actively looking for' and help the environment

Unilever says that the new plant-based materials would provide retailers with a product that 'shoppers are actively looking for' and help the environment

Unilever says that the new plant-based materials would provide retailers with a product that ‘shoppers are actively looking for’ and help the environment

Alan Jope, Unilever CEO, said: ‘While the world is dealing with the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and grappling with serious issues of inequality, we can’t let ourselves forget that the climate crisis is still a threat to all of us. 

‘Climate change, nature degradation, biodiversity decline, water scarcity – all these issues are interconnected, and we must address them all simultaneously.’ 

This push for net zero could see PG Tips put on the market by Uniliver, according to trade magazine The Grocer.

Jope said in 2019 it wasn’t for sale but that the company was carrying out a full strategic review of its tea business with its impact on the environment as a factor. 

He said the tea business had a ‘disproportionately large footprint in black tea which is slower-growing’ and a ‘long track record of being dilutive to growth and margin, so this strategic review announcement means we want to investigate how we can best create value for stakeholders.’ 

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The Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch is now better-than-half-price in the Amazon Summer Sale

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The Amazon Summer Sale 2020 is here! Amazon is discounting thousands of products over the next six days, including some epic savings on wireless and tech devices.

From great-value wireless headphones to innovative smartwatches and Amazon smart devices, the mega-retailer is offering a host of great deals that you won’t want to miss.  

Thanks to the Amazon Summer Sale you can now get the all-singing-all-dancing Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch for a huge 53 per cent off. Now reduced to a very enticing £139.99, there has never been a better time to invest in a new smartwatch. 

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch with Built-In Sports Apps and Wrist Heart Rate is now only £139.99 on Amazon- that's a saving of 53 per cent

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch with Built-In Sports Apps and Wrist Heart Rate is now only £139.99 on Amazon- that's a saving of 53 per cent

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch with Built-In Sports Apps and Wrist Heart Rate is now only £139.99 on Amazon- that’s a saving of 53 per cent

With over 8,000 reviews on Amazon and an overall score of 4.3 out of 5 stars, the Garmin Vicoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch is a hugely popular multi-purpose watch. 

There is something for everyone with this savvy timepiece. A fantastic choice for fitness enthusiasts in particular, the Garmin Vivoactive watch allows you to track your sporting achievements throughout the day with built-in GPS, sports apps and wrist-based heart rate.

Not only does it track your steps, but the Vivoactive 3 has 15 pre-loaded sports apps for you to use, so whatever you enjoy doing your smartphone will help you stay active. 

Whether you want to hit the golf course, go for a cycle, take to the pool or attend a yoga class, the built-in GPS tracks your activities with no need for a phone connection. 

Hate taking your phone out with you when on a run? With the Garmin Vivoactive watch you can pair it with a compatible smartphone to receive and respond to text messages on-the-go. The Garmin Pay also means you’ll have a virtual wallet on your wrist too, so you can pick up a coffee after your morning run without needing to carry card or cash with you.

The built in Garmin Pay means you can go on your run or bike ride without carrying your phone, card or cash

The built in Garmin Pay means you can go on your run or bike ride without carrying your phone, card or cash

The built in Garmin Pay means you can go on your run or bike ride without carrying your phone, card or cash 

The watch has up to seven days battery life in smartwatch mode; 13 hours in GPS mode

The watch has up to seven days battery life in smartwatch mode; 13 hours in GPS mode

The watch has up to seven days battery life in smartwatch mode; 13 hours in GPS mode

On top of all these features, the watch also allows you to track your heart rate variability (HRV), which is used to calculate and track your stress level. Stress levels getting high? Then the Garmin will alert you.

It has a seven-day battery life too- that’s almost twice as long as the popular FitBit Versa – in smartwatch mode, and 13 hours in GPS mode if you’re using it for maps, distance and location. 

One delighted customer wrote: ‘I have been wondering about getting a running watch for a year but always manged with phone apps. This has made me wish I had made the leap a long time ago. 

‘Very comfortable, easy to set up and customise. GPS is fantastic (easily links to Strava). Plenty of flexibility and features I am yet yo work though but has been great for monitoring running and cycling. Step counter, hear rate monitor etc all very good.’

Another added: ‘I use it to monitor my runs and I can’t find a fault. It is very reliable, accurate and it offers at a glance all information I need when running. In addition is highly customisable, very light and super comfortable.’

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