May 19, 2022

Google and YouTube Announced that Climate-Change Deniers Will No Longer be Able to Monetize Their Content or Display Ads; Selena Gomez is Rumored to be Dating Chris Evans; Adele Was Upset by Reactions to Her 100-lb. Weight Loss Because She Didn’t Share Her ‘Journey’; Former NBA Players Charged with Submitting False Medical Claims; 16th-Century Italian Plate Discovered in a Drawer Sells $1.7 Million at Auction

Google and YouTube Announced that Climate-Change Deniers Will No Longer be Able to Monetize Their Content or Display Ads

Google stated on Thursday that it is censoring information on its site that contradicts well-established scientific data, effectively shutting out climate-change doubters.

According to a company blog post, Google is taking a two-pronged approach, targeting advertisers and publishing partners who attempt to promote climate change misinformation on pages and videos and YouTube Partner Program creators who attempt to monetize their climate change misinformation videos.

The new law primarily targets assertions that climate change is a “hoax or a scam,” claims that reject long-term environmental patterns, and comments that ignore important contributors to climate change, such as greenhouse gas emissions or human activity. Google will continue to allow monetization and advertising on climate-related topics, including educated debates and scientific research.

“We’ll look carefully at the context in which claims are made, differentiating between content that states a false claim as fact, versus content that reports on or discusses that claim,” the business stated in a statement.

This follows a similar significant step last week by Google-owned YouTube, which declared that it would prohibit all anti-vaccination content on its platform except for those pertaining to COVID-19. Last October, YouTube banned falsehoods about COVID-19 vaccines. Historically, social media corporations have adopted a hands-off approach to content management but have recently attempted to rein in misinformation across platforms.

Google, the world’s largest digital ad seller, has come under fire from Congress and climate change activists for allowing firms and climate-denying interest groups to purchase search ads. According to Bloomberg, inaccurate, sponsored climate change films on YouTube garnered over 21 million views in 2020, according to analysis from nonprofit organization Avaaz.

Google’s new monetization policy was developed in consultation with experts from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In August, the IPCC released its sixth assessment of the state of climate change, warning of “irreversible” global changes.

The company will start to enforce the new policies in November. The policy change also coincides with the launch of new sustainability features made by Google this week, including Google Maps’ green routes, which are aimed at achieving a “billion sustainable actions,” according to Google’s Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt.

Selena Gomez is Rumored to be Dating Chris Evans Following ‘Social Media Clues’

Selena Gomez and Chris Evans’ fans are convinced they are now dating after they dropped some hints on social media.

Selena, 29, and Chris, 40, have a large number of followers who hail their supposed connection as a “power couple.” The two became a popular topic on Twitter as fans began accumulating proof that something was brewing between them.

It all began when Chris began following Selena on Instagram, despite having less than 200 followers on the social media platform. Though the two have never been publicly seen together, their online connection has garnered attention, especially given Chris’ history of interacting with fans and celebrities alike via social media.

He even stepped into Lizzo’s direct messages to join in on the joke that she’s pregnant with his child. Selena, on the other hand, has previously admitted to having a strong crush on the actor.

While invited as a guest on Watch What Happens Live in 2015, a viewer called in to inquire about Selena’s “number one celebrity crush.”

Her response was none other than Captain America himself, and she blushed for the first time since confessing the crush.

“Oh man, he’s either gonna hate me or love me,” she explained to host Andy Cohen after realizing she had exposed her feelings.

He instantly reassured the superstar that Chris would be flattering and would “love” her upon hearing about it. Selena and Chris dating rumors immediately gained traction on social media, with fans excitedly speculating on the romantic status of the two stars.

Selena dated Justin Bieber for years until he called it quits in early 2018, just before he reconnected with Hailey Baldwin and ultimately married her. Recently, she was linked to NBA player Jimmy Butler, with the two said to have gone on a few occasions before calling it quits last year.

Meanwhile, Chris was most recently involved in a relationship with his Gifted co-star, Jenny Slate. The two were together on and off for several years until calling it quits in 2018. He was later spotted getting intimate with Lily James in 2020. However, neither actor addressed reports of a romance at the time.

Adele Was Upset by Reactions to Her 100-lb. Weight Loss Because She Didn’t Share Her ‘Journey’

Adele is well aware that her weight loss stunned the world — and she detests the outpouring of anger that resulted.

The 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist has been working out every day for three years, not to shed weight but to manage her anxiety, she told Abby Aguirre for the November cover of American Vogue.

“It became my time,” she explained of her intense weightlifting and circuit training sessions at West Hollywood’s Heart & Hustle private gym. “I realized that when I was working out, I didn’t have any anxiety. It was never about losing weight. I thought, If I can make my body physically strong, and I can feel that and see that, then maybe one day I can make my emotions and my mind physically strong.”

In another interview with Giles Hattersley for British Vogue, Adele, 33, stated that she became “quite addicted” to exercise and that she works out two or three times on days of high anxiety.

“I do my weights in the morning, then I normally hike, or I box in the afternoon, and then I go and do my cardio at night.”

Adele had shed “100 lbs.” after adhering to that fitness regimen for almost three years, but she stressed to Hattersley that it “was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone.”

The singer acknowledged that fans were taken aback when she shared a full-body shot of herself on Instagram in May 2020, but she stated that she would never disclose her workout routine online.

“People are shocked because I didn’t share my ‘journey’. They’re used to people documenting everything on Instagram, and most people in my position would get a big deal with a diet brand. I couldn’t give a flying f—,” she said. “I did it for myself and not anyone else. So why would I ever share it? I don’t find it fascinating. It’s my body.”

Adele told Aguirre that the heated debates that erupted around her weight loss were nothing new, but they were upsetting.

“My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now,” she said. “I understand why it’s a shock. I understand why some women especially were hurt. Visually I represented a lot of women. But I’m still the same person.”

“And the worst part of the whole thing was that the most brutal conversations were being had by other women about my body,” she continued. “I was very f—ing disappointed with that. That hurt my feelings.”

Adele explained to Hattersley that her weight loss had had no effect on her or anyone else’s perception of their bodies.

“You don’t need to be overweight to be body positive; you can be any shape or size,” she explained.

Former NBA Players Charged with Submitting False Medical Claims Totaling Nearly $4 Million

Authorities have indicted eighteen former NBA players on charges of defrauding the NBA Players’ Health and Welfare Benefit Plan.

According to court records, the list of players includes former Memphis Grizzlies defensive star Tony Allen, former Celtics big Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, and league journeyman Sebastian Telfair. Allen’s wife, Desiree Allen, is the sole non-player charged in the indictment.

Terrence Williams, a former Boston Celtics player, is accused of being the ringleader, according to NBC. The indictment says Williams generated at least $230,000 in kickback payments from false invoices issued to multiple unnamed NBA players.

According to the Associated Press, sixteen of the defendants have already been detained.

The indictment alleges that between 2017 and 2020, the athletes submitted roughly $4 million in fraudulent claims for dental and medical treatments that never occurred. The players may have gotten up to $2.5 million in exchange.

The indictment alleges that the players’ claims were occasionally odd or strange. It asserts that numerous procedures and services claimed to have been received by defendants from chiropractors and dentists were the same or comparable. They allegedly submitted claims that they received the same dental treatments on the same teeth on the same days.

The administrative manager of the Health and Welfare Benefit Plan requested letters of medical necessity from a chiropractor Glen Davis, Charles Watson Jr., and Antoine Wright claimed to have seen. The letters submitted by the players lacked letterheads and contained grammatical errors. According to the accusation, one letter misspelled a patient’s name.

Davis allegedly reported dental charges totaling $27,000 from a Beverly Hills dentist on October 2, 2018. However, flight records indicated that Davis traveled that day from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Paris, France, and mobile phone location data indicated Davis was in Utah and Nevada on October 2.

Clinton Portis, Tamarick Vanover, and Robert McCune, all former NFL players, recently pleaded guilty to a similar conspiracy. This lawsuit featured $2.9 million in fraudulent claims against an NFL program designed to reimburse retired players for uninsured expenditures. McCune is charged with being the leader of the group and faces the potential of life in jail.

A Rare 16th-Century Italian Plate Discovered in a Drawer Sells For a World Record $1.7 Million at Auction

A unique 16th-century Italian dish that was discovered hidden away in a drawer sold at auction for a world record of $1,721,000 (£1,236,000), setting a new record for the highest price ever paid at auction.

According to initial estimates, the maiolica (tin-glazed pottery) plate would sell for between $109,000 and $163,000 (£80,000 and £120,000), and the bidding began at a price that was just below the lower end of the projection.

With the auction streamed live online, bids came in via phone and email from all over the world. An unknown bidder placed the winning bid, which was accepted.

“As the auctioneer, it was a real joy to bring the hammer down at over £1million on this incredibly rare dish – a new world record price, I believe,” Gavin Strang, managing director and head of private collections of Lyon & Turnbull, said in a statement.

“The whole story of its discovery tucked away in a drawer, through the meticulous research carried out by our specialists, and then fierce international bidding on auction day has been exciting from beginning to end!”

The plate, which depicts the Biblical account of Samson and Delilah, is said to have been created between 1520 and 1523 by Nicola da Urbino. According to popular belief, his real name was Nicola di Gabriele Sbraghe. In the early 16th century, he was widely recognized as the foremost master of the istoriato type of maiolica embellishment (a painted subject that fills the entire surface), earning him the title “Raphael of maiolica painting.”

Among 400 objects auctioned from Lowood House in the Scottish Borders, CNN reports that the plate was identified as a “rare piece of exceptional quality” by the auction house’s European ceramics specialist. Furniture, books, silver, and other objects of art were also available for bidding at the auction.