Two Syrians detained in Lebanon on suspicion of killing Briton

A file photo showing portrait of British prominent Radio One host Gavin Ford posing in the Lebanese Radio station in the town of Beit Mery east of Beirut (AFP)
Updated 29 November 2018
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Two Syrians detained in Lebanon on suspicion of killing Briton

  • Two men entered 53-year-old Gavin Ford’s apartment on Monday to rob him

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces say they have detained two Syrian citizens who have confessed to this week’s killing of a well-known British radio presenter.
The ISF said in a statement Thursday that the two men entered 53-year-old Gavin Ford’s apartment on Monday to rob him before strangling him and hitting him with a sharp metal object.
It added that the assailants took Ford’s car and hid some of what they stole in their apartment north of Beirut.
ISF said police detained the first suspect, a 27-year-old man, on Wednesday and hours later detained the second suspect.
Police said Ford’s documents, cellular telephone and car keys were found in the suspects’ apartment.


Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns

Updated 22 February 2019
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Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns

  • A video from a popular YouTuber and a report from Wired showed that pedophiles have made unseemly comments on innocuous videos of kids
  • YouTube has faced advertiser boycotts in the past, including a widespread boycott in early 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, US: Several companies, including AT&T and Nestle, are pulling advertisements from YouTube over concerns about inappropriate comments on videos of children.
A video from a popular YouTuber and a report from Wired showed that pedophiles have made unseemly comments on innocuous videos of kids. The comments reportedly included timestamps that showed where kids innocently bared body parts.
YouTube says it disabled comments on tens of millions of videos and deleted offending accounts and channels.
Nestle and Fortnite maker Epic Games say they paused ads on YouTube while the company works on the issue. AT&T says it has removed ads until YouTube can “protect our brand from offensive content of any kind.”
YouTube has faced advertiser boycotts in the past, including a widespread boycott in early 2017. Since then YouTube has made efforts to be more transparent about how it deals with offensive comments and videos on its site.
But the latest flap shows how much of an ongoing problem offensive content continues to be, said eMarketer video analyst Paul Verna.
“When you think about the scope of that platform and what they’re up against, it is really like a game of whack-a-mole to try to prevent these problems from happening,” he said.
Still, because of the powerful advertising reach of YouTube’s parent Google, brands are unlikely to stay away from YouTube for long, he said.
Digital ad spending in the US is expected to grow 19 percent in 2019 to $129.34 billion this year, or 54 percent of estimated total US ad spending, according to eMarketer, with Google and Facebook accounting for nearly 60 percent of that total.
“At the end of the day, there’s a duopoly out there of Google and Facebook,” for digital advertising, he said. “Any brand that doesn’t play the game with either is potentially leaving a big marketing opportunity on the table.”