Muslim woman attacked on London Underground as people “stand and watch”

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A man accused of attacking a Muslim woman, by trying to pull her hijab off her head in London’s Baker Street Underground station (Twitter)
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Image of Aniso Abdlkadir posted on her Twitter account (Twitter)
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Image of Aniso Abdlkadir posted on her Twitter account (Twitter)
Updated 16 July 2017
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Muslim woman attacked on London Underground as people “stand and watch”

DUBAI: A young Muslim woman was attacked on the London Underground by a man who tried to pull her hijab off, before hitting her and spitting at her friend.

She posted a tweet, highlighting the incident shortly after and now that has gone viral, with more than 24,000 retweets and 15,000 likes.

The woman was waiting in Baker Street station in the early hours of Saturday when the man approached Aniso Abdlkadir, MailOnline reported.

Now police in London have confirmed they are investigating a hate crime and are hunting the man involved in the vicious attack.

Posting Twitter, Abdulkadir wrote: “This man at Baker Street station forcefully attempted to pull my hijab off and when I instinctively grabbed ahold of my scarf he hit me.”



She added in a post: “He proceeded to verbally abuse my friends and I, pinning one of them against the wall and spitting in her face.”

She explained that a woman, who is also pictured in the photograph, threw out threats and “was also verbally abusive.”

Her friend added that there were up to 30 people on the platform at the time of the attack, but did nothing to help, instead she said they watched in silence and filmed the incident.

She said: “Racism is a real thing people choose to ignore, we really do live in a pathetic society where people are all talk and completely useless… I’d just like to take a moment to emphasize on my disgust on the people who witnessed a grown man pull an 18 year olds hijab and remain silent.”

A police spokesman said: “Behavior like this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This incident has been reported to us and we’re investigating.”


Facebook to clearly label political advertising in Britain, CTO says

Updated 26 April 2018
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Facebook to clearly label political advertising in Britain, CTO says

LONDON: Facebook will introduce new measures to boost transparency around adverts in Britain by June this year and require political ads to be clearly labelled, the firm’s Chief Technology Officer told a British parliamentary committee.
In a written submission to the UK parliament’s media committee, Mike Schroepfer said those wanting to run political adverts would have to complete an authorization process and the messages would also have to display who paid for them.
Facebook has said that the personal information of about 87 million users might have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign.
Lawmakers have also raised concern over the use of social media in Britain’s referendum decision to leave the European Union in 2016.
“I want to start by echoing our CEO, Mark Zuckerberg: what happened with Cambridge Analytica represents a breach of trust, and we are deeply sorry. We made mistakes and we are taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Schroepfer wrote.
Earlier this month, Zuckerberg apologized to US senators for issues that have beset Facebook, including shortcomings over data protection.
But the 33-year-old Internet mogul managed to deflect any specific promises to support any congressional regulation of the world’s largest social media network and other US Internet companies.
Schroepfer, who was appearing before the British media committee on Thursday, said it was clear Facebook had not done enough to ensure its tools from “potentially being used for harm” or take a broad enough view of its responsibility.
“That was a mistake,” he wrote.