British newspapers published on Monday dealt with a number of issues related to the Covid 19 epidemic and its various effects, particularly its impact on both women and the disabled. Among the issues highlighted in newspapers are the growing influence of Facebook and the influence of the social media giant on democracy and political life.
And we start with the editorial of the Guardian newspaper, titled “Facebook and Democracy: A Real and Imminent Threat.”
The newspaper says that in every political debate since Facebook began to dominate democracy, the social media giant has positioned itself on the wrong side of history and has become a window for sowing violence, hate and racism.
She adds that Facebook cannot be reformed internally because its business model and profitability benefit and thrive with controversy and with hatred and news spreading from the news.
The newspaper says that Facebook relies on collecting users ’personal data so that they are targeted with content that matches what they want to follow, and that it thrives as people pay for crossfire, quarrels and insults because this permanent debate ensures that they remain as users of its services. While this may not be good for the community or beneficial to it, it is good for Facebook and can make huge profits.
She explains that even after some of the world’s biggest brands boycotted Facebook for refusing to ban racist and violent content, the company came up with the usual magic formula to reassure public opinion with statements, not actions.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the boycotters will return and his company “will not change our policies … because of the threat to a small percentage of our revenue.”
The newspaper believes that it was a mistake to allow social networks to operate and increase their influence without supervision or regulation of their content.
And she added, “This became very clear with the spread of the Covid 19 epidemic, as misleading information over the Internet poses a real threat not only to politics and democracy but to our lives as well.”
The newspaper believes that the lack of supervision on Facebook content means that it will turn into a quagmire of racism, hate women, racism and conspiracy theories.
We turn to the opinion page in the “I” newspaper and an article by Ian Brill entitled “Shocking silence for the thousands of people with disabilities who died during the epidemic.”
The writer says that the traumatic events of recent months revealed many of the fault lines in society, from the inefficiency of populist politicians to the heavy reliance on cheap, low-wage employment, which is often immigrant, in vital sectors.
The writer notes that the most disturbing thing is that the epidemic demonstrated how little the state is concerned with PWD.
He adds that poverty statistics or employment data indicate how neglected the most vulnerable groups with physical or mental disabilities.
The author believes that Britain is a country in which some face intransigence, abuse and marginalization because they suffer from autism or learning difficulties.
The tragically shocking matter, from the writer’s point of view, was about what the figures released by the National Statistics Office revealed, as it showed that about two thirds of Coffed’s 19 deaths during its peak from the beginning of March to mid-May were with disabilities. More than 22,000 people have died as a result of a pandemic.
The writer says that people with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty or may suffer from health conditions such as diabetes or obesity, which makes them vulnerable to the virus, and many people cannot isolate themselves because of the need for care by others.
We return to the Guardian, whose second editorial is titled “The Impact of the Epidemic on Women: Ringing the Alarm”.
The newspaper says it has been several months since the public was alerted to the stark differences in the level of threat that Coffed 19 poses to people according to their age, gender and health. As the epidemic spread, it became evident that people of color and low-income faced an increased risk. In Britain, the number of men who died as a result of the epidemic was almost twice that of women.
She adds that the serious consequences of the epidemic are not only the number of deaths, so if we look at the economic and social effects, we will find that women are the most affected by this pandemic.
The newspaper says that the general closure period entailed that thousands of women and children remain trapped in homes, where many are subjected to abuse, violence and domestic violence, in addition to the fact that women are more likely to lose their jobs and bear a disproportionate share of the domestic burden resulting from the closure of schools and childcare homes.
In the field of work, the epidemic has put great pressure on women, especially those working in care jobs for the elderly, where women occupy 82 percent of social care jobs, and they represent 89 percent of nursing and health visits.
The newspaper says that the economic recession caused by the epidemic, which is expected to be the worst in decades, is also likely to have a major impact on women, as it operates a large proportion of them in sectors at greatest risk of job losses, such as retail trade, tourism, and hospitality, And the arts.