The Daily Beat

Premiere DateJul 22, 2013
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00:00 The Daily Beat Intro
00:40 Top Story
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06:06 World News
06:56 PROMO
07:15 In Other News
08:15 Vivian Girls I Heard You Say
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Today Salon published an article titled “Leaked report shows high civilian death toll from CIA drone strikes.”

The article’s author Chris Woods writes:

A secret document obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveals for the first time the Pakistan government’s internal assessment of dozens of drone strikes, and shows scores of civilian casualties.

The United States has consistently claimed only a tiny number of non-combatants have been killed in drone attacks in Pakistan – despite research by the Bureau and others suggesting that over 400 civilians may have died in the nine-year campaign.

The internal document shows Pakistani officials too found that CIA drone strikes were killing a significant number of civilians – and have been aware of those deaths for many years.


Today Think Progress published an article titled “Facebook Won’t Cooperate With The U.N. To Fight Pirates.”

The article’s author Hayes Brown writes:

According to the Monitoring Group, these pirates and their supporters use social media to help coordinate their illicit activities, including the U.S.-based internet hegemon that Facebook has become. Facebook is being less than supportive, however, of efforts to use their systems to track these transnational crime networks. “Despite repeated official correspondence addressed to Facebook Inc., it has never responded to monitoring group requests to discuss information on Facebook accounts belonging to individuals involved in hijackings and hostage-taking,” the experts told the Security Council in their report. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ThinkProgress.


Today The Raw Story published an article titled “Twitter to introduce PhotoDNA system to block child abuse images.”

The article’s author Charles Arthur writes:

Twitter is to introduce a tagging system to prevent child abuse images being posted on its service, which now sees millions of pictures posted among the 2bn tweets every five days.

The intention is to introduce the system, which uses a Microsoft-developed industry standard called “PhotoDNA”, later this year if possible.

The move was revealed exclusively to the Guardian as the prime minister, David Cameron, steps up pressure on internet providers and particularly on search engines to block access to images of child abuse online.