Twitter announced on Thursday it had ‘permanently suspended’ conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website Infowars from the platform for sharing tweets and videos that violate company policies more than once. Facebook removed a feature which enabled users to translate Burmese posts and comments. The feature was found to be flawed by a Reuters investigation.
Actor Burt Reynolds died on Thursday morning at the age of 82 following a heart attack. Reynolds had a successful seven-decade career and was the star of classic films like ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘Smokey and the Bandit.’ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to drop the newly announced ‘popular film’ category.
Following British Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement that the Russian government ‘almost certainly’ approved the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, leaders of the US, France, Germany, and Canada have backed the assessment. The assessment came after prosecutors said they had ‘sufficient evidence’ to charge two Russian nationals in connection with the attack.
The leading candidate in Brazil’s presidential election, far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro, was stabbed on Thursday at a campaign rally. Bolsonaro is in serious but stable condition and may need two months recovery. Bolsonaro is a controversial politician, having offended many with homophobic and racist comments. The stabbing added another twist to Brazil’s unpredictable election.
The Justice Department accused North Korea of long-term efforts to hack into American companies and steal from international financial institutions on Thursday. One North Korean, Park Jin Hyok, was charged, although the criminal complaint describes a team of hackers. Park was charged with computer and wire fraud in the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Officials discovered the skulls of at least 166 people in a mass grave in Mexico’s eastern state of Veracruz. Veracruz has been used as a dumping ground for drug traffickers for many years. State prosecutor Jorge Winckler claims the discovered human remains, clothing items, and identity cards were there for at least two years.