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As Russia’s incursion into Ukraine intensified on Thursday, social media companies began detailing their efforts to control disinformation. And on the home front, Amazon called the police on a labor organizer at its Staten Island factory.

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Facebook steps up efforts in Ukraine

Facebook is stepping up efforts to monitor posts and provide users with an additional security feature in response to the military conflict in Ukraine, the company said Thursday.

Facebook has created a special operations center to respond in “real time” which is crammed with experts, including native speakers, to monitor and “act as quickly as possible”, Facebook’s chief security officer said. Nathaniel Gleicher. tweeted.

The platform also launched a new feature in Ukraine that lets users lock their profile privately, adding “an extra layer of privacy and security,” he said.

The social media giant deployed the same tool in other situations, including Afghanistan in August.

“This is a one-click tool for Ukrainians to lock their account by quickly applying existing privacy settings and new features. When their profile is locked, people who are not their friends cannot download or share their profile picture or see the posts on their timeline,” Gleicher said.

What about Twitter?:Twitter also shared means users can better “control” their account and digital information when using the platform in “conflict or other high-risk areas” in a message thread Wednesday. However, the platform does not appear to have implemented any additional protocol in response to the ongoing conflict.

The thread includes links to Twitter’s help pages with information on setting up two-factor authentication, disabling accounts, and removing features that enabled tweet slots in the past.

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Amazon union battle escalates

A union organizer and two Amazon workers were stopped by the New York Police Department outside a Staten Island warehouse in an escalation of tensions between the facility’s fledgling union and the e-commerce giant.

Christian Smalls, president of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) and former Amazon employee, was charged with trespassing, obstructing government administration and resisting arrest. He tweeted Wednesday evening that he had been released.

Two current Amazon employees, Jason Anthony and Brett Daniels, have also been charged with obstructing government administration.

The arrests came just a week after the ALU and Amazon reached an agreement for a union election to be held at the Staten Island office, JFK8.

The little ones came to the facility on Wednesday to deliver food and union supplies, according to the union.

Amazon then called the police on Smalls, who was fired in March 2020 shortly after leading a protest in support of more COVID-19 protections for warehouse workers.

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QUICK CHAT

President BidenJoe BidenUkrainian State Border Service says troops attacked from Belarus Ukraine minister outlines action he wants international community to take against Russia on Thursday defended maintaining Russia’s access to an international messaging system for banks despite pressure from Ukrainian leaders.

The United States, United Kingdom and European Union have announced tough new sanctions against the Russian economy, financial institutions and influential elites close to the Russian president. Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich PutinUkrainian State Border Service says troops were attacked from Belarus Menendez: the need to expel the Kremlin from the international community is in focus. But Western allies have not barred Moscow from accessing the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT), even after Ukrainian government officials urged them to do so on Thursday morning.

“It’s always an option, but right now it’s not the position the rest of Europe wants to take,” Biden told reporters after announcing new sanctions on Thursday.

Biden announced that the United States would cut five Russian banks, including its two largest financial companies, from the American financial system. The president also announced a ban on the export of certain crucial technologies to Russia and sanctions against 10 wealthy Russians linked to Putin.

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Internet blackouts in Ukraine raise concerns of a wider blackout (The Verge/Corin Faife)

Social media is fueling a new kind of ‘fog of war’ in the Ukraine conflict (The Washington Post/Craig Timberg and Drew Harwell)

On TikTok, live streams show protests – and attract scams (NBC News/Ben Collins and Kat Tenbarge)

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One Last Thing: FAA Expands No-Fly Zone

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Thursday it was expanding its no-fly zone in Eastern Europe amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The FAA has issued Notices to Air Missions (NOTAMs) expanding the area in Eastern Europe and Russia where US airlines and US pilots cannot operate. The expanded NOTAMs now cover the entire country of Ukraine, the whole country of Belarus, and a western portion of Russia,” the FAA said in a statement. “Prior to today’s restrictions, the FAA prohibited operations in an area of ​​eastern Ukraine. These restrictions do not apply to military operations.

The development comes less than 24 hours after Russia launched an attack on Ukraine that had long been feared and predicted by Western analysts.

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