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PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER, PHILIPPINE STAR (Philippines)

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MANILA - Seven people have been confirmed killed from the onslaught of typhoon Saola (also named typhoon Gener) in the Philippines, the Philippine STAR reports. Several others are still missing.

Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that 8,298 families or 40,477 persons in 14 provinces were affected by the tropical storm that strengthened into a typhoon late Monday, adding that about 20,000 persons were displaced and had to be welcomed in government-run evacuation centers.

Typhoon Saola is expected to leave the Philippines' area and fade away in the direction of Taiwan by Thursday – altough heavy to torrential rains, together with strong to gale force winds, will continue to ravage the region for the next couple of days, with risks of flashfloods and landslides.

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Absolute Free Speech Is A Recipe For Violence: Notes From Paris For Monsieur Musk

Elon Musk bought Twitter in the name of absolute freedom. But numerous research shows that social media hate speech leads to actual violence. Musk and others running social networks need to strike a balance.

Absolute Free Speech Is A Recipe For Violence: Notes From Paris For Monsieur Musk

Freedom on social networks can result in insults and defamation

Jean-Marc Vittori

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PARIS — Elon Musk is the world's leading reckless driver. The ever unpredictable CEO of Tesla and SpaceX is now behind a very different wheel as the new head of Twitter.

He began by banning remote work before slightly backtracking and authorizing it for the company’s “significant contributors.” Now he’s opened the door to Donald Trump to return to Twitter, while at the same time vaunting a decrease in the number of hate-messages that appear on the social network…all while firing Twitter’s content moderation teams.

But this time, the world’s richest man will have to make choices. He’ll have to limit his otherwise unconditional love of free speech. “Freedom consists of being able to do everything that does not harm others,” proclaimed the French-born Declaration of the Rights of Man in 1789.

Yet freedom on social networks results not only in insults and defamation, but sometimes also in physical aggression.

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