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June 2020 Current Events: Science and Technology News

Updated June 6, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for June 2020:

  1. Hope for the Hainan Gibbon
  2. Companies Pull Ads from Facebook
  3. Hackers Extort University

Hope for the Hainan Gibbon

Hainan Gibbon

On June 6, scientists announced that there was hope for the survival of Hainan Gibbons, the world’s rarest primate. Scientists have discovered a new breeding pair, which is wonderful news as the animal has been extinct since the 1970s. In the 1950s, it was believed that there were 2,000 left in the wild; however, poaching and deforestation quickly led to a decline. By the 1970s, it was estimated that there were only 10 left in the wild. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

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Companies Pull Ads from Facebook

Facebook Ads

As of June 29, various companies have pulled their ads from Facebook, costing the platform $7 billion. The #StopHateforProfit campaign was created after outrage over Facebook’s handling of hate speech. Starbucks, Ben and Jerry’s, Coca Cola, Diageo are among some of the companies to pull their advertisements. On June 30, Lego became the latest company to pull ads. (BBC)

Photo Source: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx

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Hackers Extort University

Hackers

On June 29, it was revealed that hackers extorted $1.14 million from University of California San Francisco on June 1. The malware caused much of the academic data, a large portion relating to coronavirus research, to be jumbled. The hackers threatened to delete the data if the university didn’t pay the ransom in a timely manner. As coronavirus continues, this scam has happened more often. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File

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