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You Won't Be Seeing This Kind of Ad on Facebook Anymore

Social media giant bans anti-vaccination ads

(Newser) - First Facebook banned political ads after the polls close on Nov. 3. Now the social media giant is targeting an entirely different set of promotions: anti-vaccination ads, which will no longer be allowed on the platform, the Guardian reports. "We don't want these ads on our platform,"... More »

Berlin's Reopened Brothels May Disappoint

Erotic massages are allowed, but sex isn't permitted until September

(Newser) - Berlin's brothels are back open for the first time in five months, but there's a caveat: No sex allowed. While prostitution is legal in Germany, sex acts remain banned until September under coronavirus restrictions, reports AFP . At this point, clients—required to wear a mask and provide contact... More »

Twitter Kicks David Duke Off for Good

Ex-KKK leader kicked off social media platform for violating rules on 'hateful conduct'

(Newser) - David Duke has lost one of his big communications platforms: The 70-year-old white supremacist and ex-Ku Klux Klan leader has been banned from Twitter for good, the AP reports. Duke was "permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter rules on hateful conduct," the social media platform said... More »

Pentagon Bans Confederate Flag, but Not in a Typical Way

New policy lists what flags can be shown at military installations, not which ones can't

(Newser) - After weeks of wrangling, the Pentagon on Friday will ban displays of the Confederate flag on military installations, in a carefully worded policy that doesn't mention the word "ban" or that specific flag. The policy, laid out in a memo obtained by the AP , was described by officials... More »

In This Country, a COVID Curfew, Reimposed Booze Ban

South Africa's president says steps are needed to fight the 'coronavirus storm'

(Newser) - South Africa has seen more than 12,000 new COVID-19 cases daily over the past few days, trailing only the US, Brazil, and India on that figure, and health officials are now issuing warnings that shortages of hospital beds and oxygen are looming. That was the dire message delivered Sunday... More »

New E-Bike Ad Made France So Anxious It Was Banned

Country's regulatory agency bans commercial for VanMoof's S3 for 'creating climate of anxiety'

(Newser) - If you feel a little wound up while watching the latest commercial for a Dutch e-bicycle, France's advertising regulatory agency gets it. The 45-second ad for VanMoof's $2,000 S3 e-bike that debuted last month features scenes of bumper-to-bumper traffic, with images of car accidents and smokestacks spewing... More »

Amid Spread of Misinformation, Whispers on FB's Next Move

Sources tell Bloomberg the social media platform is considering banning political ads before election

(Newser) - Facebook has been struggling lately over a massive advertiser boycott , partly driven by the company's refusal to address political ads spreading misinformation on the platform. Now, people familiar with Facebook's thinking say the company is considering banning political ads in the days leading up to the November election,... More »

Pompeo on Possible TikTok Ban: 'US Will Get This One Right'

Secretary of state says US is 'looking at' banning popular app, other social media apps out of China

(Newser) - Amid a year fraught with trade issues and a Cold War-style arms race between the United States and China, a new alleged threat is now on the radar: the popular TikTok app, whose parent company is Beijing's ByteDance. Per CNBC , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Laura Ingraham'... More »

France: This 'Should Not Be Prescribed' for COVID Patients

Country bans use of hydroxychloroquine

(Newser) - Another negative headline for hydroxychloroquine: France has banned the use of it as a coronavirus treatment. Politico lays out the timeline leading to the move. After the Lancet on Friday published the results of a worldwide study suggesting that the anti-malaria drug doesn't help patients and may well... More »

A Jarring Notification on Flight: You Have Coronavirus

JetBlue bans passenger who found out his test came back positive

(Newser) - A passenger who flew from New York to Florida found out he tested positive for the new coronavirus while on the plane, and now he won't be flying JetBlue anymore. CNN reports that, per the airline, the unidentified man got the notification of his test results while traveling from... More »

Mormon Church Not Happy Utah Plans to Ban Conversion Therapy

LDS church wants pending state regulation on minors amended

(Newser) - A state regulation is pending in Utah that would prohibit psychologists from using gay conversion therapy on minors—and on Tuesday night, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement announcing its opposition to the ban. "We teach the right of individuals to self-determination and the... More »

In the UK, a First on Child Discipline

Scotland bans smacking children

(Newser) - In Scotland, adults are more protected against assault than children are, as parents and caregivers are allowed to use "reasonable" physical force for disciplinary purposes. That's about to change: On Thursday, the country's Parliament voted 84-29 to ban all physical punishment for kids, including spanking, slapping, smacking,... More »

Another State Joins Push Against Flavored Vape Products

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee approves 4-month ban: 'This executive order will save lives'

(Newser) - Washington is joining several other states in banning the sale of flavored vaping products amid concern over the mysterious lung illness that has sickened hundreds of people and killed about a dozen across the country. Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order Friday asking the state Board of Health to... More »

This State Just Made Harshest Anti-Vaping Move Yet

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker bans sale of all vaping products for 4 months

(Newser) - One state just got extra-tough on vaping. Gov. Charlie Baker has put a complete kibosh on the sale (either online or at brick-and-mortar stores) of all nicotine and marijuana vaping products throughout Massachusetts, from now until Jan. 25, USA Today reports. The ban, which was given the green light by... More »

Woman Hit With 6-Figure Bill Over Plane Behavior

Jet2 accuses Chloe Haines of a 'catalog of aggressive, abusive, dangerous behavior'

(Newser) - A sonic boom created by two Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters who rushed to a Jet2 plane in June alarmed Londoners . Now, a second boom, in the form of a $105,000 bill handed to the woman who triggered that response. CNN reports Chloe Haines has also been banned for... More »

Knitting Site Announces It's Banning Support of Trump

Ravelry bans posts, projects supporting the president, his administration

(Newser) - The latest group to take a stand against President Trump comes from ... the fiber arts community. Ravelry, which BuzzFeed calls "the most popular online forum for knitting fans," has issued a ban against any and all content supporting Trump and his administration, including "forum posts, projects, patterns,... More »

Japan's Health Chief on High Heels at Work: 'Necessary'

He's pushing back on artist Yumi Ishikawa's petition against workplace dress requirements

(Newser) - Women across Japan may find workplace dress codes that require high heels to be onerous, but according to the country's chief health official, such mandates are just fine. Reuters reports that Health Minister Takumi Nemoto responded Wednesday to an online campaign started by artist Yumi Ishikawa that pushes back... More »

New Ban Should Please Many Drivers in This State

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed bill getting rid of red-light cameras

(Newser) - Texans no longer have to dread trips to the mailbox, at least for one reason. On Saturday, Gov. Greg Abbott posted a video on Twitter showing himself signing into law a ban on red-light cameras, which the Houston Chronicle says will go into effect Sept. 1. The bill also permits... More »

This Country Is First to Completely Ban Hells Angels

Netherlands prosecutors have been trying for more than a decade to get rid of the biker gang

(Newser) - You probably won't see as many Harleys cruising around Holland anymore. The BBC reports that a court in the city of Utrecht has banned all Hells Angels, not just its local chapters, declaring in its Wednesday ruling that the violence brought about by the bikers "is often so... More »

Court Bans Parking Enforcement Practice in 4 States

Authorities can use photos instead

(Newser) - Marking a tire with chalk to track how long a car has been parked is unconstitutional, per a first-of-its-kind ruling that could force cities to adopt new approaches to parking enforcement. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee on Monday found tire-chalking is an... More »

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