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Morning Brief: No Biden-Putin meeting, EU price cap on Russian oil, RRR’s path to Oscars and more

The White House clarified on Saturday that US President Joe Biden had no plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, contrary to Biden’s earlier statement that he was ready to meet with Putin if the latter wanted to end the war in Ukraine. European Union member states have agreed to set a cap price of $60 a barrel of Russian oil, but it is not immediately clear whether Russia has agreed to the cap price going forward. Hate speech on Twitter surged after Elon Musk took over the platform amid the microblogging platform’s growing reliance on automated moderation instead of human intervention. Meanwhile, India’s RRR received a huge boost for its Oscar prospects after winning the ‘Best Director’ trophy at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

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US President Joe Biden does not intend to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at this time, the White House announced on Friday. Earlier Thursday, following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Biden said he was open to talking to Putin “if in fact there is an interest in him deciding that he is looking for a way to end the war. He added that the Russian leader “hasn’t done it yet”.

European Union member states have agreed to set a ceiling price of $60 a barrel of Russian oil, AFP reported on Friday. The countries decided to follow the example of the G7 economies which imposed a limit on Russian oil in a bid to hamper Kremlin revenues. Although the EU has already imposed multiple sanctions on Russia, it has not completely stopped imports.

Hate speech against black people, transgender people and engagement with hateful content on Twitter has risen sharply since Elon Musk took over the platform, according to research from the Center for Countering Digital Hate released Friday. The research findings now come in the context of Twitter’s increased use of automated moderation instead of human intervention against hate speech on Twitter.

The Oscar Campaign of SS Rajamouli’s epic Telugu action drama film about colonial India ‘RRR’ just got shot in the arm when the director won the “Best Director” trophy at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. The upset win boosted NT Movie Oscar chances for Rama Rao Jr and Ram Charan. Unfortunately, the film was not officially submitted to the Academy by the Indian government for the Best International Feature Film category. However, Rajamouli submitted the film for Oscars in 14 categories in the “For Your Consideration” campaign. Meanwhile, Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun” was considered the best first film by the jury.

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