January 11: Trump's Golfing Ban, Alt-Right Social Network Parler Taken Down & A Robotic Proposal 3

January 11: Trump’s Golfing Ban, Social Network Parler Taken Down & A Robotic Proposal

PGA Tour Pulls Out of Trump's Golf Course

In the first story of the briefing today, we discuss another loss for the US President. The current President is renowned for many things – his time hosting the Apprentice, his many business ventures and, of course, his golf courses.

Well, unfortunately for Mr. Trump, not only is his political career dangling on a thread this week – it looks like his golf courses are also being hit hard by the Capitol siege last week. His Bedminster golf course had been set to host the 2022 PGA (Professional Golfers Association) Championship. This was decided all the way back in 2012 – before Trump had formally announced he would be running for president. 

However, as we said, the PGA appears to have changed their mind about their use of Trump golf course in 2022 in light of the Capitol siege. Specifically, the CEO of PGA America Seth Waugh, said:

“We’re fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand. And how do we best protect that? Our feeling was given the tragic events of Wednesday that we could no longer hold it at Bedminster. The damage could have been irreparable. The only real course of action was to leave.”

The Trump organisation were not happy with this decision at all, and stated: “This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement”. 

Google, Apple & Amazon Pull Parler

For the second story today, we’ll discuss a social media company that has been forced to close. We’re talking about Parler. Some of you may recognise the name Parler, although many of you likely don’t. It’s not a mainstream social network like Twitter or Facebook – and it’s not designed to be.

It’s a social media company for those not allowed on other social media. It boasts that it is a “free speech” social media company – where content regulation isn’t as rigorous as other networks. For this reason, many vile opinions and comments have been allowed to remain on the site.

The BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports to have seen outright supporters of the American Nazi Party on the site – alongside users being openly anti-semitic.

Over the weekend, both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store removed the app – due to the poor content moderation system. Although this dealt a big blow to the company, it was still able to be accessed from a web browser. Today, though, even this service was unavailable. This was due to the fact that Amazon Web Services, which was used to ensure the website could function, pulled it’s support for the company.

It seems, then, that Parler is as good as dead – as users are unable to use its services on basically any platform.

A Robotic Proposal

For the final story in today’s daily briefing, we discuss a story about one of the most romantic gestures that can be made – being done by a robot. Okay, so stay with us.

Delivery robots may not be the norm quite yet – but they are being used by some firms. Their uses are pretty much limited to deliveries – and of fairly small items. Some companies use them to deliver takeaways, others to deliver items from shops. 

However, for one man in Milton Keynes, he decided that he would use one to propose to his partner. To be fair to him, his partner had what he described as an “obsession” with the robots. She claimed that she “really want[s] one as a pet”. 

While this type of proposal may not be for everyone – it seems to have worked for the couple, and if it makes them both happy, then what else really matters!

For those of you who think the news is too long, be sure to check out tomorrow’s Daily Briefing.


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