Facebook pulls page, limits posting for exiled Chinese tycoon Guo

Billionaire businessman Guo Wengui speaks during an interview in New York City, U.S., April 30, 2017. Picture taken April 30, 2017. (REUTERS)
Updated 02 October 2017
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Facebook pulls page, limits posting for exiled Chinese tycoon Guo

SHANGHAI: Facebook has taken down a page affiliated with China’s highest profile fugitive, exiled billionaire Guo Wengui, and temporarily restricted his ability to post on his profile, citing violations of its community standards.
Guo, who is living in New York, has been using social media to make a series of incendiary, though mostly unverifiable, claims of corruption in the top levels of the Chinese government.
His campaign has been timed for maximum impact ahead of this month’s critical congress of China’s ruling Communist Party, which is held only once every five years.
A Facebook spokeswoman said the company on Saturday had “unpublished” one page related to Guo and temporarily restricted his ability to post information on a profile page because “personal identifier information” had appeared on them in violation of Facebook’s community standards.
“We want people to feel free to share and connect on Facebook, as well as feel safe, so we don’t allow people to publish the personal information of others without their consent,” she said on Monday.
The spokeswoman declined to say where the initial complaint about the content on Guo’s page and profile had come from, but added that anyone could report a potential violation to the company which it would evaluate.
The Chinese authorities have been trying to repatriate Guo, who applied for US political asylum in September. In April, at Beijing’s request, Interpol issued a “red notice” seeking Guo’s arrest on corruption-related charges.
Guo, who left China in 2014, did not immediately reply to a request for a comment.
China government blocks access to Facebook throughout China.


Conservative U.S. commentator Charles Krauthammer dies

This is the final verdict, my fight is over, wrote Krauthammer on June 8. (Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)
Updated 22 June 2018
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Conservative U.S. commentator Charles Krauthammer dies

  • Krauthammer was a fixture on the Fox News Channel as well as on editorial pages of the Washington Post and other US newspapers
  • The cause of death was cancer of the small intestine

WASHINGTON: Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer, who gave up a psychiatric career to become one of the leading conservative political commentators in the US media, died on Thursday at the age of 68, the Washington Post and Fox News said.
Krauthammer was a fixture on the Fox News Channel as well as on editorial pages of the Washington Post and other US newspapers.
His work had been curtailed since having an abdominal tumor removed last August and in an open letter on June 8 he said doctors told him that he had only a few weeks to live due to a recurrence of the cancer. “This is the final verdict,” he wrote. “My fight is over.”
The cause of death was cancer of the small intestine, his son, Daniel Krauthammer, told the Post.
Less than a month earlier, Krauthammer had told a Fox colleague that the worst appeared to be behind him.
Krauthammer, who in 1972 was left paralyzed from the neck down after a swimming pool accident while attending Harvard Medical School, was known for a dour expression, wry humor and sharp intellect.
He was a regular on Fox’s weeknight show “Special Report,” and also wrote a column that was syndicated to hundreds of newspapers.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend ... A gifted doctor and brilliant political commentator, Charles was a guiding voice throughout his time with Fox News and we were incredibly fortunate to showcase his extraordinary talent on our programs,” Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News, said in a statement.
Krauthammer gave mixed reviews to President Donald Trump, questioning his “loud and bombastic” approach to the job and calling him a charlatan while praising actions such as withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
He had been a leading critic of President Barack Obama and what Krauthammer perceived as his “social democratic agenda,” while supporting George W. Bush’s intervention in the Middle East. He also liked President Ronald Reagan’s stand against communism and popularized the term “Reagan Doctrine” to describe it.
Krauthammer was born in New York City on March 13, 1950, and grew up there and in Montreal, Canada. During his 14-month recovery from the diving accident, Krauthammer kept up his studies from his hospital bed and graduated on schedule from medical school in 1975. He then worked as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, also studying manic depression.
In 1978, Krauthammer moved to Washington to work in psychiatric research for the administration of Jimmy Carter, who he later would call a failed president, and drifted away from psychiatry. He became a speechwriter for Carter’s vice president, Walter Mondale, before writing opinion pieces for The New Republic and Time magazine.
He joined the Washington Post and won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1987. In 2006, the Financial Times named him the most influential commentator in the United States.
“I leave this life with no regrets,” Krauthammer wrote in his farewell statement. “It was a wonderful life ... I am sad to leave but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
In a Fox News special about his life, Krauthammer said he never dwelled on the day he hit the bottom of a swimming pool with his head, severing his spinal cord.
“I made one promise to myself on day one — I was not going to allow it to alter my life,” he said. “On the big things in life, the direction of my life, what I was going to do, that wouldn’t change at all.”
Besides his son, Krauthammer is survived by his wife, Robyn, who he met while studying at Oxford before medical school.