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Snapchat executives apologize for Juneteenth’s ‘chain’ filter

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Snapchat executives apologize for Juneteenth's 'chain' filter

An executive from Snapchat’s parent company apologized for the controversial Juneteenth filter who passed the company review process despite input from black employees.

Oona King, vice president of diversity, equality and the inclusion of Snap, dismissed allegations that the company launched a filter that asked users to smile to “break the chains of slavery” without consulting black staff.

“Mistakes of characterization on social media – that white executives at technology companies fail, once again, to include Black’s perspective – are completely untrue,” King, who is black, told employees in a letter on Saturday. “What is true is that despite our diverse backgrounds, we are all human beings, and humans make mistakes.”

King said black employees were “fully involved” in creating and approving the filter but acknowledged that Snap officials failed to realize how it could offend people on a holiday that marked the release of black Americans from slavery. Snapchat pulled the filter and apologized after triggering Friday’s reaction.

“This error has taught us valuable lessons, and I sincerely apologize that it came at the expense of what we meant as a respectful warning on this important day,” King said in the letter, which published by The Verge. Snap spokesman confirmed its authenticity for The Post.

Snap is still looking for where the idea for what is called “Lens” originated, said a company spokesman. But black staff were among those who suggested using a smile to “trigger” the effect while two white employees questioned whether it was appropriate, according to King.

King’s team reviewed the filter “from the perspective of Black’s creative content” but failed to consider how it would look when used by people who were not black, he said.

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“We feel very welcome as black people to celebrate the end of slavery – as we do with picnics, BBQs, street parties and other forms of celebration throughout America – and say‘ Smile! Happy Juneteenth; we are no longer enslaved! But we are also not truly free! “King wrote.” But for white people to tell black people: ‘Smile! You are no longer a slave who offends extreme feelings.”

Unlike other Silicon Valley giants, Snap has never released a report on the diversity of its workforce. The company has plans to openly release its diversity data, “along with additional context and our plans for meaningful change,” said a Snap spokesman.

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New serious injury of the player of the national team of Portugal

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Extremo português oferecido ao Manchester United Lesão Pedro Neto

An injury forces Pedro Neto to be substituted in the Wolves game.

Bad news for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Pedro Neto. The Portuguese received a new injury, and, according to Bruno Lage, it could be serious.

Away to West Ham, where the Portuguese lost 2-0, Pedro Neto was replaced in the 24th minute by Adama Traore, and after the match, the Wolves coach said that the injury could be “ugly”.

Wolves are now in the Premier League relegation zone, and Pedro Neto may be left with no hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.

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The expedition will explore “an area still little known”: the Portuguese Sea.

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The expedition will explore "an area still little known": the Portuguese Sea.

The Oceano Azul Foundation has joined the municipalities of Cascais, Mafra and Sintra and set off together this Saturday on the ship “Santa Maria Manuela” for a scientific expedition that will last until 12 October.

On board will be 50 researchers from institutions such as the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), the Hydrographic Institute or the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA). During this time, scientists will embark on what they consider to be an “essential” process of “investigating the region’s natural values” that will allow for a “global assessment of the marine biodiversity” that exists in that region of the ocean.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is “inconceivable”.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is "inconceivable".

President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger Isabelle Jonet considers food waste unacceptable and absurd, as every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

As World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled statistics released by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation was “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that over 1.2 million tons of food was wasted by families this year, followed by catering with over 237 thousand tons, trade and distribution with 214 thousand tons, primary production with over 101 thousand tons and food . industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, we let it go bad. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash,” the official said, speaking at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable in our day,” he lamented.

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