Headline July 02, 2015/ ''' REDDIT- FACEBOOK - !WOW! : BATTLE OF THE THRONES '''



REDDIT,  the popular online message forum, has long been a  free-for-all  for the collective  id  of the  Internet.

A few sacred  commandments kept the users in check : Thou shalt not spam, thou shall not post personally identifiable information and thou shall not break the site.

This  Reddit is changing,   -slowly but surely, into something with a few more rules.
The company announced just over a few weeks ago that it was updating its policies: To explicitly prohibit  harassment against users, a move that the company said would promote free expression on Reddit without fear of retribution from a vocal minority.

"We've heard a lot of complaints and found that even our existing users were unhappy with the content on the site," said Ellen Pao, chief executive of Reddit, noting a study the company conducted this year with more than 15,000 users, or so-called redditors-

"We don't think this  behavior represents what Reddit is."

**Users who view or experience harassment on the service will be able to email Reddit employees working as moderators who have the ability to remove content and ban offenders from the site.**

In the policy update, Reddit defines harrasment as "continued actions" that would make someone "conclude that Reddit is not a safe platform to express their ideas."   

The change will certainly stoke ire among some users who, for nearly a decade, have enjoyed posting photos, comments and articles with little intervention from the company.

*But some of these communities have become breeding grounds for hate and vitriol, which Reddit executives say is keeping other users from speaking up on the site and potentially keeping Reddit user base from expanding beyond its 200 million regular visitors.*

Meanwhile, Facebook too begins a makeover, and goes on to create accomplishments and receive praise on pay. 

The Labour groups in the united States and White House, recently, praised Facebook's plan to require its contractors to pay worker at least $15 an hour and offer paid time off.

Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary,said in a news briefing that Facebook thinks "it's good for business, and the president thinks it's good for business, too."

**Debra L.Nesse, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, called the announcement  "groundbreaking." She wrote : "The company won't be party to poverty wages and practices that force workers to between job and family.''**

Sheryly Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, announced the new standards in a blog post just a few days later, noting that some changes had already taken place at Facebook;s  headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
In addition minimum hourly pay, Facebook will require that contractors and vendors who support the company in the United States receive at least 15 days off for holidays, sick time and vacation.

The stipulations will apply to companies that have more than  25 employees doing work for Facebook.

BACK at the first !WOW! hosts, Pakistan,  - Allama Iqbal Open University has begun the honour of providing "free education to prisoners" , enabling them to become a useful citizen of the society after completing their imprisonment.

The university also arranges examinations for such persons within the jail premises. Currently more than 200 prisoners are enrolled with the university, said a senior official of the [AIOU]  while giving a briefing on the students' support system.

This is in line with the directions of the Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Shahid Siddiqui to bring all segments of the society into the education net.

The university lays special focus on promoting knowledge, skill and good behaviour among its students. It provides education to those who cannot afford educational expenses due to their particular circumstances, he added.

!WOW! commends all the aforementioned accomplishments.

With respectful dedication to all the users of Reddit, and Facebook.See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

''' Students: Working Together To Build A Better Future. "'

'''Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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