A look at how the soon-to-be White House chief strategist really sees the world. Civilians in Mosul, Iraq, are under fire as they flee ISIS. And Twitter has rolled out new anti-harassment tools including a mute filter to try and win back its platform from trolls.
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This is how Steve Bannon sees the entire world.
Donald Trump’s newly named chief strategist and senior counselor laid out his global nationalist vision in unusually in-depth remarks delivered by Skype to a conference hosted by the Human Dignity Institute inside the Vatican in the summer of 2014.
During the rare talk, Bannon suggested that a racist element in far-right parties “all gets kind of washed out,” blasted “crony capitalists” in Washington for failing to prosecute bank executives over the financial crisis, and called Russian President Vladimir Putin a kleptocrat.
On the product end, Twitter has augmented its mute feature to allow users to filter specific phrases, keywords, and hashtags. It will also allow users to mute entire conversation threads.
The company will also add a new “hateful conduct” reporting option and new “extensive” internal training for its support teams that deal with hateful harassment.
Facing a deeply divisive presidency, Twitter’s safety team may face an unprecedented test and heavy scrutiny. These tools are a small step.Via Twitter
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Civilians are under fire as they flee ISIS inside Mosul.
One month into the US-backed offensive to retake for Mosul from ISIS, Iraqi forces have advanced only into its eastern edge. The Iraqi government estimates more than one million civilians still remain in the sprawling city.
A five-day embed with Iraqi special forces last week revealed a constant wave of displaced residents who fled the fighting as it slowly moved forward, providing a glimpse into the civilian suffering that lies ahead. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from the front line.
A woman’s family pushes her on a cart after she was wounded by an ISIS mortar bomb. Warzer Jaff for BuzzFeed News
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