The United States will endorse a motion at the World Trade Organization seeking to waive draconian patent and related intellectual property protections that have thus far prevented the world from achieving global COVID-19 vaccines equity, the Biden-Harris administration announced this week. Pope Francis announced his support of “universal access to the vaccine” and condemned the “virus of individualism” that “makes us indifferent to the suffering of others”.
U.S. civil liberties and media freedom played a key role in 17-year-old Darnella Frazier's recording and dissemination of a cellphone video of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man, by Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer who was this week found guilty on all three charges brought against him in relation to the May 2020 murder.
A coalition of U.S. state attorneys general is calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to implement aggressive measures against the anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, lies and alarmist disinformation and misinformation thriving on their platforms, undermining public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.
Research by The Markup found that searching Google’s ad buying portal for “Black girls,” “Latina girls,” and “Asian Girls” led to pornographic content, and searching for “White girls” returned no suggestions, indicating "a racial bias that equated people of color with objectified sexualization while exempting White people from any associations whatsoever."