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Facebook to start labeling the state media



Facebook will start labeling state-controlled media outlets.

Labels will soon begin to appear on pages owned by outlets such as Russia Today, run by the government and China’s Xinhua. Starting next week, users in the United States will start seeing labels appear in each of these outlet posts – labels that will eventually be introduced in other countries.

Nathaniel Gleicher, head of Facebook’s security policy, told CNN Business in an interview on Thursday that the company took such an approach so users know more about where their information comes from.

“Our concern is that state media combine the power of organizing the agenda of media entities with the strategic support of the state,” Gleicher said. “If you read the coverage of the protest, it is very important that you know who wrote the coverage and what motivation they have. The aim is to make sure the public will see and understand who is behind it.”

A mockup image that represents how Facebook plans to identify state-supported media content. Facebook users in the US will immediately begin to see country-controlled media labels on individual posts.
Facebook first announced plans for the label in December, but the launch came as a state-controlled media outlet, mainly from countries such as China and Russia, had muddy water around the coronavirus pandemic and riots over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. Government media outlets, especially in China, have was arrested over recent protests in the past week, questioning why some American officials praised Hong Kong demonstrators while criticizing US protesters.
A mockup image that represents how Facebook plans to identify state-supported media content. Facebook will begin to issue labels and new information on the pages of state-controlled media outlets.

Later this summer, Facebook will also block state-controlled media outlets from running advertisements in the United States, “because of a lot of caution” ahead of the US elections in November, Gleicher said.

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Gleicher said there were no plans to launch advertising bans elsewhere because state media were the only form of local news in several regions of the world.

Gleicher said Facebook consulted 65 experts to create their own criteria to determine which outlets would be labeled as state-controlled media. These criteria include where funding sources come from, editorial transparency, ownership and governance structures, internal accountability mechanisms and third party independence confirmations. An entity can be state funded, but is considered independent. Although the initial list of outlets including CCTV China and Xinhua, Russia Today and Sputnik will soon receive the label, Gleicher warned the list was “dynamic” and would change over time. Entities can also appeal their labels.

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In 2018, YouTube began labeling the video came from state-funded media, which caused some protests from media outlets such as Voice of America funded by the US government but said they had a “legislative firewall” that would prohibit interference in reporting.
Twitter did not label state-controlled media, but in August stop receiving advertisements from media entities controlled by the state.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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