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Obama Urges ‘Leaders’ Not To Split Society With Online Biases

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Reuters- Former president Barack Obama said social media is tearing us apart“All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the Internet,” Obama said in a BBC interview conducted by Britain’s Prince Harry.

“One of the dangers of the Internet is that people can have entirely different realities, they can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.”

Obama said in the interview broadcast on Wednesday that social media should promote diverse views, adding that moving online communities offline helped people to see that many issues were not as simple as they might seem in a chatroom.

“It’s also by the way harder to be as obnoxious and cruel in person as people can be anonymously on the Internet,” he said. “Meet in the pub…Meet at a place of worship. Meet in a neighborhood and get to know each other.”

Girl, 11, Dies During Sleepover In Northeast Philly

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Philly.com- Police are investigating the death of an 11-year-old girl who was found unresponsive Wednesday morning after a sleepover at a neighbor’s home in Northeast Philadelphia.

Police said the girl was found unresponsive about 10:15 a.m. in the neighbor’s home on the 9200 block of Angus Place. She was taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital and pronounced dead at 11:20 a.m, police said. Homicide detectives are investigating.

Police Officer Shoots Man In East Germantown

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Philly.com- A man was wounded in a police-involved shooting Wednesday night in Philadelphia’s East Germantown section.

Shortly before 8:40 p.m., an officer fired shots at a vehicle in the area of West Nedro Avenue and North Opal Street, police said. The man was transported by police to Einstein Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his head.

A woman in the car also required medical attention, but it was not clear if she was hurt by gunfire.

The vehicle may have struck the officer, police said.

The discharge was being investigated by police Internal Affairs.

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