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Marriage between first cousins illegal, says Punjab and Haryana High Court

20th November, 2020 POLITY AND GOVERNANCE
  • Context: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stated that marriage between first cousins is illegal. The assertion came after a youth moved the High Court against the State of Punjab for anticipatory bail.
  • First cousins marriage fall in the prohibited ‘sapinda’ under the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA) and could not marry each other.
  • The HMA prohibits marriage between two individuals if they have common ancestor.



Facebook offers up first-ever estimate of hate speech prevalence on its platform

Context: The world's largest social media company, under scrutiny over its policing of abuses, particularly around November's U.S. presidential election, released the estimate in its quarterly content moderation report.

  • Facebook Inc for the first time disclosed numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on its platform, saying that out of every 10,000 content views in the third quarter, 10 to 11 included hate speech.
  • Facebook took action on 22.1 million pieces of hate speech content in the third quarter, about 95% of which was proactively identified, compared to 22.5 million in the previous quarter.
  • The company defines 'taking action' as removing content, covering it with a warning, disabling accounts, or escalating it to external agencies.