Royal Mail believes that its employees were forced into voting for a strike due to take place during the period of the general election. As a result, Royal mail sought an injunction at the High Court.
Since early June there have been protests in Hong Kong in response to a proposed bill which would allow extradition to China for crimes such as murder and rape. Extradition is the act of sending an individual back to the country or state in which a crime was committed. This is especially controversial due to the “special status” of Hong Kong which is a result of the “One Country, Two Systems” framework; a framework which gives Hong Kong an element of autonomy from China. Whilst the bill has now been formally withdrawn, it is unlikely to quell the anger of the protesters.
Facebook and YouTube have recently affirmed that they will not change how they police political content on their platforms. In fact, both organisations have hinted at relaxing censorship by raising the threshold on what politicians can say before they will be found in violation of user codes.
In March, US Democratic Presidential hopeful, Senator Elizabeth Warren, proposed her two-pronged plan to break up Big Tech companies: unwind pre-existing mergers deemed anticompetitive, and spin out (separate into a new independent corporation) services of large platforms that are designated as “Platform Utilities”; services with over US $25bn in revenue.
On Friday 20th September, thousands of Amazon employees (collectively “Amazon Employees for Climate Justice”) walked out of the company headquarters in Seattle. Other Amazon employees from offices in over 25 cities and 14 different countries also took part in the strike.