Afghan Girl Makes Headlines Again, Twitter Shuts Down Vine

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The famous “Afghan girl” faces over a decade in prison for fake identity papers.
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Newest WikiLeaks emails show that Hillary Clinton’s aides were shocked when news came out last year that she was using a private email for official business. Emails between John Podesta and Clinton’s campaign manager show that even they were not prepared for just to what extent Clinton was using her private email system run off a server in her basement. Neera Tanden, a Clinton confidante, wrote to Podesta after the big reveal and asked him, “Do we actually know who told Hillary she could use a private email? And has that person been drawn and quartered?”

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Yesterday, Twitter announced it would be shutting down Vine in the upcoming months, the video platform that has created many viral internet sensations. Many are saying that the decision is a large mistake on Twitter’s fault, as it figures out how to handle online abuse and harassment, because it is, essentially, killing off the one “good” things it had.

The Federal Communications Commission also passed a ruling Thursday requiring internet providers (like Verizon or Comcast) to get consent from users to share their behavioral data before sharing it with any other parties, like marketers. It’s expected the ruling will protect customer app usage, growing history and mobile location data expansively. Other data included under the ruling are health data, financial data and content from any online messaging, email or otherwise. The changes may interrupt the way internet providers attempt to sell customer data for targeted advertising opportunities.

“It’s the consumers’ information. How it is used should be the consumers’ choice. Not the choice of some corporate algorithm,” said Tom Wheeler, chairman, Federal Communications Commission.

Amtrak agreed to pay $265 million to those affected by the Philadelphia train crash in 2015. The crash killed eight and injured 200 due to a train traveling at twice the normal speed. The total amount is set to be divided among all the victims. Under the agreement, all victims are required to decide if they will participate in the settlement by Nov. 21. Then, two court masters plan to review victim submissions by Dec. 20. Amtrak must turn over the $265 million by Feb. 28, participants will be notified of amount received by June 30 and then will receive payments in July of next year.

The famously recognized Afghan female, Sharbat Gula, who appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985, was arrested for fake identity papers. She could face not only a fine, but also up to 14 years in jail. She apparently applied for an identity card in 2014, using a false name, which would make her only one of thousands of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan to do so. When attempting to investigate the staff who issued the false ID, authorities said they were turning up with nothing, and those staff members were currently missing.

Steve McCurry was the photographer who took the iconic photo, and he posted on Instagram regarding the situation. “Two hours ago, I got word from a friend in Peshawar, Pakistan, that Sharbat Gula has been arrested. We are doing everything we can to get the facts by contacting our colleagues and friends in the area. I am committed to doing anything and everything possible to provide legal and financial support for her and her family. I object to this action by the authorities in the strongest possible terms. She has suffered throughout her entire life, and her arrest is an egregious violation of her human rights."

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