Instagram Sorry for Removing Gay Kiss Photo
Many people expressed their anger when Instagram decided to remove a photo with a gay couple kissing. The photo was removed from Stella Asia Consonni’s Instagram for “violating community guidelines.” However, Instagram was quick to respond, saying that the photo was removed by mistake. A spokesperson for Instagram said:
“This post was removed in error and we are sorry. It has since been reinstated.”
Instagram was called out by the LGBT community and key people in fashion demanding more explanations from Instagram.
Stella is a photographer from London. She posted the photo on Saturday 30th June. The photo featured two men: Luca Lucifer and Jordan Bowen and it was published in I-D magazine. The photo is a part of a series of photos which will be presented later this year, exploring modern relationships. Stella said that she received homophobic messages when she posted the photo for the first time:
“I am receiving many hate messages, saying that it’s disgusting and that I should kill myself for posting that.”
She added that she was not personally given an explanation about why the photo was reinstated and she believes that it was only done after public outcry.
A man from the photo, Jordan also responded after the photo was deleted. He said that his seven-year relationship with his boyfriend Luca has been “reduced to a community guideline.” Instagram said that the photo is one among the many photos which received reports from offended users, but that it shouldn’t be removed.
Facebook Revealed Its Data-Sharing VIPs
Facebook revealed the list of businesses which have special rights to access their users’ data after they shut out everyone else. Facebook revealed that 61 companies have been given a temporary exemption when it comes to accessing details about their users’ friends. The social media giant faced major criticism in the past from some US lawmakers after it was discovered that a few Chinese companies including Huawei can freely use users’ data.
Facebook has been under pressure to reveal more details on their data-sharing habits after the Cambridge Analytica scandal which obtained personal details about Facebook users in breach of the platform’s policy.
Facebook allowed a third-party company (especially apps) to have access to wide-range data about friends of users who signed up.
Facebook allowed certain software and hardware companies to have access to the members’ personal details in order to build better Facebook features. Facebook said that they continue to provide access to their data to 14 companies including Alibaba, Vodafone, Nokia, Yahoo, Zing Mobile. Facebook stated that their engineering team reviewed and approved data-sharing agreements with these companies since they did not find any evidence of abuse.
Facebook also released a statement saying that they are improving their efforts in order to identify companies such as Cambridge Analytica where users’ data has been obtained “through improper means.” They suspended approximately 200 apps.
NHS Data Breach Might Affect 150,000 Patients in England
The NHS in England is blaming a coding error for 150,000 patients being involved in a serious data breach. It seems that there was a problem with the software used by GPs to record any objections when data is being used for auditing purposes or for the research.
SystmOne application searching for the data, never passed the request to NHS England’s IT provider receiving the patient’s health data.
The developer of the software apologized for the fault. The junior health minister, Jackie Doyle-Price said in a statement to Parliament:
“There is not, and has never been, any risk to patient care as a result of this error.”
She also added that the recent introduction of the national data opt-out program, a new service which allows individuals to completely restrict the use of their health data without having to involve their GP will prevent any future failures occurring again.
The Information Commissioner’s Office was notified. An ICO spokeswoman said:
“We are aware of an incident involving NHS Digital and are making inquiries.”
The affected patients requested that their health information can be and should be used only to provide them with better health care.