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Facebook, Twitter Action on Accounts Tied to China Show Disinformation Is Going Global

Facebook and Twitter's decision to crack down on fake accounts tied to China underscores how Silicon Valley's disinformation challenges have gone global.

21 Aug 2019 6:54 pm
Facebook Rolls Out Tool to Block Off-Facebook Data Gathering

Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps.

21 Aug 2019 10:16 am
Facebook Contractor Hikes Pay for Indian Content Reviewers

Facebook contractor Genpact has raised minimum wages for the content moderation teams it runs for the Silicon Valley firm in India.

20 Aug 2019 11:11 am
Facebook, Twitter Target Fake Accounts Undermining Hong Kong Protests

Twitter and Facebook said on Monday they had dismantled a state-backed social media campaign originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong.

20 Aug 2019 10:17 am
Twitter Launches Ashoka Chakra Emoji for 73rd Independence Day

Twitter on Wednesday launched a customised Independence Day emoji of the Ashoka Chakra.

14 Aug 2019 6:24 pm
Twitter Testing a Way to Let You Follow Topics Like Users

Topics will be curated by Twitter, with individual tweets being identified through machine learning.

14 Aug 2019 5:56 pm
Facebook Confirms It Paid Contractors to Transcribe User Audio Files

Facebook confirmed that it had been transcribing users’ audio and said it will no longer do so, following scrutiny into other companies.

14 Aug 2019 10:27 am
Snap to Raise $1 Billion to Invest in AR, Possible Acquisitions

Snap on Tuesday said it will raise $1 billion in short-term debt and plans to invest in more media content, augmented reality features and may also buy other companies.

7 Aug 2019 11:30 am
Facebook Makes Photo, Video Matching Tech Available to All

Facebook has open-sourced its photo and video matching technologies for people to identify harmful content such as child exploitation, terrorist propaganda or graphic violence.

2 Aug 2019 5:19 pm
Facebook's Acquisition Practices Being Probed by US FTC: Report

The US FTC is investigating whether Facebook acquisitions were aimed at buying up potential rivals before they could become a threat to the social media company, a report claims.

2 Aug 2019 12:07 pm
Facebook Settles French 'Censorship' Case Over Vagina Painting

Facebook has agreed to settle a years-long legal battle with a French teacher who sued after the social media giant shuttered his account.

2 Aug 2019 11:26 am
Facebook Says It Dismantles Covert Influence Campaign Tied to Saudi Government

Facebook said people connected to the government of Saudi Arabia have run a network of fake accounts and pages to promote state propaganda and attack regional rivals.

2 Aug 2019 10:38 am
Elon Musk Could Get in Trouble With Regulators Over a Tweet, Again

Once again, Tesla CEO Elon Musk could be in hot soup with US securities regulators, this time for tweeting a forecast for solar roof production.

1 Aug 2019 10:44 am
Livestream Glitch Reveals Young Chinese Vlogger Was Actually a 58-Year-Old Woman

A popular Chinese vlogger who called herself “Your Highness Qiao Biluo” was reportedly unmasked last week by accident, leaving many of her fans stunned.

31 Jul 2019 6:12 pm
Facebook Fact-Checker Says Company Must Share More Data to Fight Misinformation

Facebook's third-party fact-checking partners on Tuesday said the company needed to share more data with fact-checkers to better curb misinformation.

31 Jul 2019 2:45 pm
Facebook's Like Button Makes Websites Liable, Top EU Court Rules

Facebook's 'Like' button makes third-party websites responsible for processing people's data under the European Union's privacy rules, according to the EU's top court.

30 Jul 2019 12:00 pm
Jessica Alba's Twitter Account Hacked, Racist and Homophobic Tweets Posted: Report

Jessica Alba's Twitter account appeared to have been hacked during the weekend, according to reports and screenshots taken by other Twitter users.

29 Jul 2019 2:28 pm
Twitter Sees Rise in Daily Users Viewing Ads, Beats Expectations on Revenue

Twitter posted a better-than-expected second-quarter revenue on Friday and an uptick in daily users who see advertisements on the site.

26 Jul 2019 5:20 pm
Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Campaigning to Break Up Tech 'Monopoly' He Helped Create

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has become one of the company's biggest problems.

26 Jul 2019 2:02 pm
For Facebook's Zuckerberg, FTC Settlement Could Bring a New Era of Accountability

A wide-ranging federal investigation into Facebook for its privacy missteps concluded Wednesday with a settlement that threatens to saddle the tech giant's powerful chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, with sustained Washington scrutiny for the next two decades.

25 Jul 2019 1:41 pm
Libra Fakes Undermine Facebook's Charm Offensive on Cryptocurrency

Facebook is trying to rebuild trust in Washington as it seeks the go-ahead to launch a new cryptocurrency.

25 Jul 2019 11:52 am
Facebook to Pay Record $5 billion US FTC Fine Over Privacy, Faces Antitrust Probe

Facebook will pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices and will boost safeguards on user data, the US FTC and the social media company said on Wednesday.

25 Jul 2019 9:35 am
Facebook Deceived Users About Phone Numbers and Facial Recognition, US FTC Expected to Say

The US FTC plans to allege that Facebook misled users about its handling of their phone numbers, according to two people familiar with the matter.

24 Jul 2019 1:12 pm
Vietnam's 'Homespun Facebook' Swamped After Launch

A homegrown Vietnamese social media app was overloaded with users hours after launching as the one-party state tries to boost its own web platforms while tightening its grip on internet freedoms.

24 Jul 2019 11:45 am
Facebook Said to Agree to Create Privacy Panel as Part of US FTC Settlement

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg will have to certify every three months that the company is properly safeguarding user privacy.

24 Jul 2019 10:18 am
Facebook's $5 Billion US FTC Settlement Said to Be Announced as Early as This Week

The US FTC expected to announce a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook as early as this week, two sources briefed on the matter said on Monday.

23 Jul 2019 3:55 pm
Twitter Blocks Accounts of Iranian State Media Outlets

A day after Twitter suspended the accounts of several Iranian state media outlets, the social networking service said Saturday it acted after harassment of people linked to the Baha'i faith.

22 Jul 2019 11:55 am
Twitter to Soon Offer More Context on Why Certain Tweets Are Unavailable

You will soon be able to know why certain tweets go unavailable in your conversation thread on Twitter.

20 Jul 2019 1:49 pm
New Twitter Still Has Old Twitter's Problems

This week, Twitter unveiled a redesigned version of its website, greeting desktop users with a new appearance and added features including dedicated pages for bookmarks and exploring topics.

20 Jul 2019 11:10 am
Twitter Launches 'Hide Replies' Feature, to Give Users More Control Over Conversations

You will soon be able to hide replies in the conversation thread on Twitter that are offensive, hateful or racist in nature.

18 Jul 2019 3:16 pm
Is Facebook Launching a TikTok Competitor?

With Facebook roping in former Google employee Jason Toff for a key portfolio, speculation is rife about the social networking giant preparing the launch of a serious competitor to the TikTok.

17 Jul 2019 11:04 am
Twitter for Web's Massive Redesign Is Now Rolling Out to All Users

Twitter has announced that it has started rolling out its major desktop redesign to all users from Monday. The fresh design includes a new navigation bar and a bunch of other changes.

16 Jul 2019 5:06 pm
WhatsApp, Telegram Security Flaws Can Let Hackers Manipulate Media Files: Symantec

Researchers from Symantec on Monday revealed vulnerabilities that allowed hackers to manipulate the images and audio files you receive on these platforms.

16 Jul 2019 12:14 pm
US FTC Said to Approve $5-Billion Facebook Fine Over Privacy Issues

The US Federal Trade Commission approved a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook this week over its investigation into the social media company's handling of user data.

13 Jul 2019 10:20 am
Twitter Users in Canada Will Be Able to Hide Replies to Their Tweets From Next Week

Twitter's much-awaited hide replies feature will start rolling out to select users in Canada from next week for testing. The feature doesn't remove tweets but simply lets them hide the replies they don't like.

12 Jul 2019 7:11 pm
Wildlife Traffickers Use Facebook, Instagram to Find Black-Market Buyers

Social networks and online marketplaces have long been hubs of illegal activity, including exotic animal trafficking. Smugglers use the platforms as digital billboards, often sharing photos and videos of their merchandise for users around the world to see.

12 Jul 2019 2:11 pm
Trump Applauds Far-Right Social Media Provocateurs During ‘Social Media Summit’

US President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views.

12 Jul 2019 1:52 pm
Twitter Experiences Hour-Long Worldwide Outage

For nearly an hour Thursday, Twitter appeared inaccessible for people around the world, regardless of celebrity status or follower count.

12 Jul 2019 11:10 am
WhatsApp Messages Can Be Traced Without Diluting End-to-End Encryption, IIT-M Professor Says

With India pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages to check the spread of fake news, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras on Wednesday stressed that the issue can be easily resolved.

11 Jul 2019 12:12 pm
IBM Proposes Changes to Law Shielding Internet Firms From User Content Liability

IBM proposed changes to a 1996 law that protects internet companies from liabilities related to what users post on their platforms.

11 Jul 2019 10:56 am
Celebrities Get Slammed for Everything Online - Even How They Grieve

Fans of Disney star Cameron Boyce awoke to tragic news Sunday: The 20-year-old actor, best known for his roles in Jessie and The Descendants, had died in his sleep.

10 Jul 2019 6:15 pm
Facebook Sets Goal to Double Female Workforce in Five Years

Facebook unveiled new diversity goals on Tuesday, including an effort to double the number of female employees globally over the next five years, and double the number of black and Hispanic employees in the US.

10 Jul 2019 1:01 pm
Twitter Bans 'Dehumanising' Posts Toward Religious Groups

Twitter now prohibits hate speech that targets religious groups by using dehumanizing language, a ban it says may extend to other categories like race and gender.

10 Jul 2019 12:29 pm
Facebook US Data Transfer Case Goes to Europe's Top Court

An Austrian privacy campaigner's long-running legal battle against Facebook over its data transfers to the US reached the European Union's highest court on Tuesday.

9 Jul 2019 5:51 pm
Instagram Moves on Online Bullying With Pop-Up Warning

Instagram on Monday announced new features aimed at curbing online bullying on its platform, including a warning to people as they are preparing to post abusive remarks.

9 Jul 2019 10:01 am
Facebook, Twitter Not Invited for Trump's Social Media Summit: Report

The White House has not invited Facebook and Twitter for its Social Media Summit slated to be organised on Tuesday, the media reported.

8 Jul 2019 12:01 pm
Wikipedia Co-Founder Slams Zuckerberg, Calls Internet ‘Appalling’

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has slammed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and micro-blogging platform Twitter.

6 Jul 2019 1:37 pm
France Moves to Make Companies Block Hate Speech Online

French lawmakers have approved a measure that is intended to force search engines and social networks to take hate speech off the Internet.

5 Jul 2019 10:59 am
TikTok's Growth in India Thanks to Strong Local Network: Forrester

TikTok has seen a phenomenal rise in the Indian market owing to a strong local network and giving marketers a platform to reach users in small cities, Forrester claimed.

4 Jul 2019 5:12 pm
Facebook, Privacy Activist Schrems Face Off in July 9 Court Hearing

Facebook will face Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems next week at Europe's top court in a landmark case that could affect how hundreds of thousands of companies transfer personal data worldwide as well as Europeans' privacy rights.

4 Jul 2019 2:18 pm