“Be brave to stand for what you believe in, even if you stand alone,” - Roy T. Bennett
4th October 2019 / Issue #338
I'm on the move!
Well, it's been a short but sweet time for our Labs as @holly_bc is leaving giffgaff HQ at the end of this week for pastures new. After lots of hard work, it's sad to see her leave, so let's give Holly a big send-off here.
Community preview site open for a new round of testing!
Are we ready to test the new changes coming? Upgrading will take place again shortly, to the latest version of the new platform. It's mainly a behind-the-scenes update. For an early view and to give the team your feedback before it goes live, head over here.
Which phone case design do you like most?
Amy has brought us a series of polls throughout the week. One poll a day, in fact. We’re exploring ideas around phone cases at the moment and we’d like to find out which phone case design you like the most. We have 5 batches with different designs and want you to vote on your favourite in the polls. Head over to our contribute page here.
Charity Nominations / selection process
@t_will has updated the Charity Nominations thread with an update on what changes giffgaff are planning to make for the upcoming nomination period, as well as some potential changes which haven't been decided on yet but could come down the line. Will would like to hear your thoughts on the changes, you can read the update here.
Our Members' Discussions
Here are a few of our fellow members' recent discussion threads, head over and give your views:
"After 10 years, I have changed my mobile provider" - wow, that's amazing news @sijeong, so happy you joined us <3. I hope you're with us for a long time. The community is fab and we can't wait to see you contributing. Say hello here.
Please give our new member @mateu31313 a big warm welcome to giffgaff here. It's fab to meet you and we hope to see you posting around the forum very soon.
Our new member has come over to giffgaff from EE and is ready to see us all on the forum. We will be seeing you very soon, say hello to @irodg03 right here.
by as7861 and ijustcantdoit
giffgaff app in different languages by @chaaan
Our member's idea states: "As giffgaff SIMs can activate anywhere. It will be better if we get options on different languages in the giffgaff app. e.g. It must contain all EU languages." What are your thoughts?
Show extra data on giffgaff app by @blubber
The latest version of the giffgaff app (on my phone 5.4 on Android Pie). Our member's idea is to show the 1 GB extra we get every month for being a loyal customer. The mobile website shows the extra data. Can we add that info to the app as well? Sounds like a good idea to me, give us your thoughts.
- Do you love your Android phone, well you may want to see this idea about selling the Google Pixel here.
- Adding tags to ideas will ensure that ideas are more organised. Holly has stated that "I'm updating them all on what you've been up to and how we're all working on putting the tags so everything is a lot more organised and labs is easier to use than before."
Photo Of The Week
This week's featured photo is Lovely views by @elli87. Some of the comments included:
- "Lovely pics" (jeanlk)
- "So pretty thanks for sharing" (ellieclarke1989)
- "Beautiful sky, stunning flower" (cherryripe247)
- "Ah really beautiful pictures thank you" (the_bookie)
As always, a great selection of photos this week. Please keep clicking and posting. Thank you to everyone for sharing your images.
On This Day In History
1821 Engineer John Rennie died leaving a legacy of grand constructions. His work on Southwark Bridge, 'New' London Bridge and Waterloo Bridge as well as the Lancaster Canal and the Kennet & Avon Canal and London Docks made him one of the greatest engineers of his time.
1883 The first Express d'Orient (Orient Express) train left for Vienna from Paris, although the route continued on through to Istanbul via ferry.
1958 Two British designed and constructed De Havilland Comet 4 airliners (run by BOAC, now British Airways) made aviation history with the first jet passenger flights scheduled to cross the North Atlantic.
EU Court of Justice makes landmark Facebook ruling
It is no secret we live in an age dominated by information, which in itself is thwarted by misinformation, censorship and fake news. At the centre of all this are social media companies like Facebook, whom this week was taken to court in a landmark case which potentially has a worldwide effect.
The European Union Court of Justice heard a case between Facebook’s European subsidiary and Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, a politician from Austria who ordered Facebook to take down a comment from her Facebook page which ‘damaged’ her reputation, in sharing an article onto her wall. The reason this case was escalated to the EUCJ is because Ms Glawischnig-Piesczek wanted the comment to be removed worldwide so no user could access it beyond Austrian borders.
When Facebook blocks a comment or post, it is taken down on a national level and cannot be seen, however, there are alternative ways the post or comment can be seen outside of the borders of the country in which it was made in. It is this feature which is controversial and previously national courts could only order social media companies to rule to block comments/posts from being viewed by inhabitants of their own country, as of course the judiciaries in each country only have jurisdiction within their own countries.
The stance taken by the Court of Justice now, essentially, allows individual EU member states to issue orders for posts and comments to be taken down, and any counterparts which may be seen by others. This, in essence, removes the ability for the posts/comments to be seen anywhere in the world and therefore gives the Courts the ability to remove posts and have them be blocked on a worldwide level.
In a press statement on its decision, the Court stated “EU law does not preclude a host provider such as Facebook from being ordered to remove identical and, in certain circumstances, equivalent comments previously declared to be illegal,”
“In addition, EU law does not preclude such an injunction from producing effects worldwide, within the framework of the relevant international law which it is for Member States to take into account,”
It is not yet known how this will physically take form, and Facebook hasn’t officially responded yet, so only time will tell if Facebook will take action to remove every post in this way.
Thanks for reading!
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