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Slovenia's internet-savvy incumbent head of state Borut Pahor is expected to win the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, possibly even negating the need for a run-off next month.

G7, tech giants agree on plan to block jihadist content online

G7 countries and tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter on Friday agreed to work together to block the dissemination of Islamist extremism over the internet.

China mobile users tap phones to 'applaud' president's speech

Missed out on the orchestrated applause at China's Communist Party Congress? Cheer up: this being China, you can join the praise through your mobile phone.

Malta PM says slain blogger was his 'biggest adversary' but vows justice

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat described murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia Wednesday as "his biggest adversary" but vowed to track down and bring her killers to justice.

Thousands respond 'me too' to actress's Twitter prompt on sexual abuse

Actress Alyssa Milano has sparked a huge outpouring with a simple Twitter request that women respond "me too" if they have been sexually assaulted or harassed.

Battle of the online sex crimes in high-tech S. Korea

Tony Kim has been paid to watch porn for the last six years, spending his days staring attentively at graphic videos of naked women and sexual liaisons.

Fake news fuels Catalonia crisis tension

Footage from a five-year-old miners' strike, a paralysed young boy and woman's broken fingers: images swarming Spanish social media during the Catalonia independence crisis have one thing in common.They all are fake news.

Gaza Instagram stars want world to get the picture

They may not be able to leave Gaza without Israeli or Egyptian permission, but their photos can.

Pope hits 40 million mark on Twitter

The pope has racked up 40 million followers on Twitter, the Vatican said on Wednesday, underlining the Catholic leader's status as one of the world's biggest social media players.

N. Zealand cops sorry for 'insensitive' road death tweet

New Zealand Police have apologised for sending an "insensitive" tweet about road deaths featuring US comedian Steve Carell that was condemned as "tone-deaf" by social media users.

Balloons to help restore Puerto Rico's cell networks

Google's parent company is set to launch balloons into the Caribbean skies in an attempt to restore telephone networks in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.Alphabet Inc.

Islamic State: Defeating the virtual caliphate

The Islamic State group may soon be defeated in Iraq and Syria but a "virtual caliphate" could be harder to conquer, experts and officials have warned.

North Korea gets second web connection via Russian firm

A state-owned Russian company has opened up a second internet connection for North Korea which could strengthen Pyongyang's cyber capabilities and undermine US efforts to isolate the regime, security experts said.

Web giants allowed fake news to flow on Las Vegas shooting

US online giants acknowledged Tuesday they failed to prevent rumors and misinformation from being circulated during and after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Was IS claim for Las Vegas attack 'fake news'?

Claims of responsibility for terror attacks by the Islamic State group were once seen as credible, but in the wake of the Las Vegas atrocity, experts stress that the retreating jihadists are increasingly spreading fake news.

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

President Donald Trump on Sunday defended US efforts to bring relief to storm-battered Puerto Rico, even as one island official said Trump was trying to gloss over "things that are not going well.

Social media and democracy: Optimism fades as fears rise

Just a few years ago, Facebook and Twitter were hailed as tools for democracy activists, enabling movements like the Arab Spring to flourish.

Government internet shutdowns cost Africa dear: report

Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions.

WH lawyers demand Facebook info linked to anti-Trump protests

A civil rights group on Thursday launched a bid to prevent White House lawyers from obtaining private data of possibly thousands of Facebook users via search warrants linked to anti-Trump protests.

Dutch website offers US 'antidote' to daily news grind

A Dutch ad-free news website, which actively seeks contributors' help in its reporting and foregoes breaking news in favour of deeper analysis, is about to expand across the Atlantic.

EU commissioner drops Facebook as 'highway of hatred'

An EU commissioner admitted Thursday to cancelling her account on Facebook because it was a "highway for hatred", as the bloc warned US internet giants to tackle online abuse or risk regulation.

Fake Australian cancer blogger gets hefty fine

An Australian blogger who faked brain cancer and professed to have cured the disease with natural therapies was fined Aus$410,000 (US$320,000) on Thursday over the false claims.

Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook barb

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg fired back at US President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he accused the leading social network of being "always anti-Trump.

Twitterverse atwitter over expanded tweet limit

Twitter's test of an expanded 280-character limit is aimed at luring new users, but some of the social network's passionate loyalists fear the change will strip it of its unique appeal.

US court grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

A Singaporean teenager who became notorious for profanity-laced attacks on the city's revered late leader Lee Kuan Yew was granted asylum by a US immigration court, his attorney announced Tuesday.

Saudi clerics use Twitter, textbooks to spread hate: HRW

Saudi Arabia is condoning hate speech against its Shiite minority from the upper echelons of its religious establishment, schoolbooks and social media, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

China fines tech firms over online content

China has fined several of the country's biggest technology firms for failing to remove illegal online content as the authorities intensify their policing of the internet.

China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

Chinese authorities appear to have severely disrupted the WhatsApp messaging app in the latest step to tighten censorship as they prepare for a major Communist Party congress next month.

Obama personally warned Zuckberberg over fake news: report

Former US President Barack Obama personally urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to counter the rise of fake news on the social network during a meeting held shortly after last year's election, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban: monitors

North Korea has become "more opaque" to the outside world following a decision by YouTube to silence an official propaganda channel, a monitoring group has warned, as new sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme begin to bite.

Social media 'hate speech' aggravating Rohingya crisis: US official

Hate speech and misinformation on social media have amplified ethnic tensions in Myanmar's Rakhine state, a US official said Friday, urging the country's "better angels" to show compassion for Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing violence in droves.

Kremlin says not involved in Russia-linked Facebook ads

The Kremlin on Friday distanced itself from the controversy over Russia-linked Facebook ads which may have influenced last year's US election, saying Moscow had nothing to do with them.

Germany on guard against election hacks, fake news

As the clock ticks down to elections Sunday, Germany's cyber defence nervously hopes it'll be third time lucky after Russia was accused of meddling in the US and French votes.

Future of banking survey reveals growing E-trend

A Future of Banking survey conducted by digital banking app Varo Money, looking into the financial habits of U.S. consumers, reveals a growing tendency for people to adopt and to seek out more online banking and financial services.

Vietnam jails dissident for five years

A political prisoner in Vietnam was sent to jail Monday for a second time after being found guilty of violating the terms of his house arrest, as the one-party state cracks down on critics.

Op-Ed: New Chrome browser to block most autoplay videos

In a move that many will welcome Google's Chrome browser new release in January of 2018 will mute most video autoplay videos

Australia church 'cancels wedding after Facebook gay marriage post'

Australia's prime minister Friday defended a church's right not to marry some couples following reports a woman's wedding was cancelled after she posted support for same-sex marriage on Facebook ahead of a national vote.

Russia condemns decision to bar U.S. government use of Kaspersky

Russia has complained that the U.S. government decision to stop government use of Kaspersky Lab software undermines free competition. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security expressed concern about ties between the company and Russian intelligence.

Online social life is a poor predictor of reality

Social media platforms like Twitter are poor predictors of how people respond and feel in real-life, according to new research. Social media analytics have some way to go before they approach accuracy; something which affects marketing.

MIT used social media to create hurricane Irma risk map

The Urban Risk Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has launched Riskmap.us an open source platform designed to track flooding from Hurricane Irma in the southern Florida county of Broward.

Facebook fined 1.2 mln euros by Spanish data watchdog

Spain's data protection watchdog said Monday it has slapped Facebook with a fine of 1.2 million euros ($1.44 million) for failing to prevent its users' data being accessed by advertisers.
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