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Taiwan's presidential candidates on Thursday welcomed a temporary ban imposed by Google on campaign ads, intended to combat disinformation in the run-up to next year's elections.

Chinese state media deletes Hong Kong curfew tweet

Chinese state media deleted a tweet Thursday claiming Hong Kong's government was to announce a weekend curfew, after some of the worst violence in months of pro-democracy unrest.

Facebook nixes billions of fake accounts

Facebook on Wednesday said it has taken down some 5.4 billion fake accounts this year in a sign of the persistent battle on social media against manipulation and misinformation.

So you want to hire a social media influencer?

If you're looking to tap into the influencer movement, here's how you can dig into their audience without direct access to their channels.

Sri Lanka minister slams Facebook over 'censorship'

A senior Sri Lankan minister accused social media giant Facebook on Monday of censoring comments he made questioning the citizenship of presidential election frontrunner Gotabhaya Rajapakse.

Madrid and Catalan separatists locked in online battle

When Spain's King Felipe VI and his 14-year-old daughter arrived at Barcelona airport last weekend, hackers issued a message about their whereabouts, warning protesters of three possible exits.

EU embarrassed by incoming foreign policy chief's Twitter gaffe

The European Commission fielded questions Friday over a Twitter gaffe by its next foreign policy chief, current Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who posted a sensitive extradition-related document from UK authorities on his feed.

Hashtag Saudi Arabia: Chasing critics on Twitter

The US Justice Department has charged three people, including two Saudis, with spying on Twitter users critical of the kingdom's royal family.

'Help! What is this?' Net users take to Reddit for STD diagnosis

"How did I get chlamydia?" "Is this herpes? People are increasingly turning to strangers on social network Reddit to diagnose their sexually transmitted diseases.

Putin calls for Russian alternative to Wikipedia

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called for the creation of a more "reliable" national version of the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.

Social media disinformation, surveillance growing: watchdog

Governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, in a worrisome trend for democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday.

Facebook steps up monitoring for Taiwan elections

Facebook vowed Tuesday to step up monitoring for any attempt to use its platform to meddle in Taiwan's elections as the island's authorities say they face growing interference from China.

Op-Ed: Trump wants California forests cleaned - or no more money

President Donald Trump threatened to withhold aid — one of his favored tactics — from California, claiming Governor Gavin Newsom “has done a terrible job of forest management” and has not listened to Trump’s demand that he “clean” the forest

Survey: Just how much do we actually know about the Internet?

How many of us know how the Internet works? Could we actually explain it? Do you know what an IP address is, or how a modem works? A new survey suggests that Internet ignorance runs fairly high.

Controversial Russian law to control internet enters force

A controversial law that would allow Russia to cut internet traffic from international servers came into force Friday, prompting fears from rights activists of online isolation.

Twitter to ban political ads worldwide on its platform

Twitter said Wednesday it would stop accepting political advertising globally on its platform, responding to growing concerns over misinformation from politicians on social media.

Africa targeted by Russian-led disinformation campaign: Facebook

Facebook said Wednesday it had taken down accounts linked to a Russian ally of President Vladimir Putin seeking to spread disinformation on the social network in eight African countries.

2,000 Georgia websites hacked in cyber attacks

Some 2,000 websites in Georgia, including those of the president, courts, and media were hacked in a massive cyber attack on Monday, officials and media said.

gTLD Registry Operators Not Monitoring for Security Threats Commissioned

Registry operators that want to ensure the security of their domains on offer and in use can quickly assess these for the presence of threats with the aid of a domain reputation checker.

Tech-savvy activists debunk fake news engulfing Iraq protests

From accusations long-dead soldiers shot protesters to jihadist statements backing the rallies, fabricated news has swirled around Iraq's protests -- sending tech-savvy youth into debunk overdrive.

Internet facts ahead of Global Internet Day

Tuesday, October 29, is National Internet Day in the U.S. and in many other parts of the world. To mark this, the company Unisys has looked at the subject of Internet security.

Hackers target UN humanitarian organizations: Lookout

Hackers are targeting United Nations and humanitarian aid workers with a scheme designed to trick members into revealing passwords, security researchers said Thursday.

'The girl you were warned about': Paris 2024 logo mocked online

The new 2024 Olympics logo is supposed to evoke French history but has instead earned ridicule online for its apparent resemblance to a stereotypical Parisian woman.

3 trends to consider for your 2020 social media strategy

As we head into 2020, social media needs to play a key role in a brand’s marketing mix. Here's what you need to be paying attention to for next year and beyond.

Social media app TikTok removes Islamic State propaganda videos

Social media app TikTok has taken down accounts that were posting propaganda videos for the Islamic State group, a company employee said Tuesday, in the latest scandal to hit the popular platform.

CIRA Made a Terrible Mistake with a Domain Name Ad Commissioned

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) recently launched a commercial that encourages Canadians to register a “.ca” domain name instead of a “.com”.

Former IMF chief Lagarde takes swipe at Trump's Twitter habits

Former IMF chief Christine Lagarde said President Donald Trump's trade offensive against China could slash global economic growth and she critiqued his Twitter habits in an interview with US television program 60 Minutes.

Internet shutdown fuels Kashmir fake news battle

A communications blackout in India's powderkeg Kashmir region is fuelling a fake news war with Pakistan, as both sides unleash a deluge of disinformation to fill the vacuum and shape opinion.

China demanded firing of Rockets exec: NBA chief

China demanded that a Houston Rockets executive be sacked for supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said.

Angry emojis flood Hong Kong leader's Facebook Live chat

Hong Kong's embattled leader took to Facebook Live late Thursday in a bid to reach out to citizens after months of political unrest -- and the emoji count was far from kind.

China propaganda app fraught with security concerns: report

A widely downloaded Chinese propaganda app that quizzes users on Communist Party heroes and military achievements may be "studying them right back" through data collection and potential security breaches, an internet freedom campaign group says.

Global darknet child porn probe leads to 337 arrests

International law enforcement authorities announced Wednesday that a global investigation into child pornography sold for bitcoin on the underground internet had reaped 337 arrests and the shutdown of the dark web's most notorious pedophile site.

LeBron blames China mess on Rockets GM's 'misinformed' tweet

Basketball superstar LeBron James has sharply criticised a Houston Rockets executive for angering China with a tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong, saying the executive was "misinformed" and should have kept his mouth shut.

Cyber-bullied K-pop star found dead at her home

A popular K-pop star who had long been the target of abusive online comments was found dead at her home Monday, South Korean police said.

New Zealand creates unit to target, 'disrupt' online extremism

New Zealand will establish a team of investigators dedicated solely to tackling online extremism, as it moves to address failures exposed by the Christchurch mosques massacre, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

Trump joins Amazon's Twitch despite dislike for Jeff Bezos

President Donald Trump is now on Twitch, Amazon’s live-streaming platform that initially launched as a place for gamers to interact with audiences in real-time.

India eases mobile phone shutdown in Kashmir amid grenade strike

The Indian government said Saturday it would unblock most mobile telephone lines in Kashmir in a major easing of a two-month-old security clampdown since cancelling the region's autonomy, but a grenade attack in the main city highlighted tensions over ...

Halle shooter posted video on Twitch livestream platform

The gunman in Wednesday's deadly shooting in the German city of Halle posted a video of the attack on the Twitch livestream platform owned by Amazon, the company said.

Malaysian MPs vote to repeal 'fake news' law

Malaysian lawmakers voted to repeal a controversial law Wednesday that punished spreading "fake news" with up to six years behind bars and which critics said was aimed at stifling dissent.

NBA chief backs 'free expression' after Hong Kong tweet furore

The NBA backs "freedom of expression," its commissioner has insisted, after the organisation was criticised for its response to a pro-democracy tweet by a Houston Rockets executive that angered China.

'We love China': Rockets' Harden 'sorry' over GM's Hong Kong tweet

Houston Rockets star James Harden on Monday apologised to China over a tweet by the team's general manager backing Hong Kong's democracy protests that cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market.
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