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Facebook is leveraging its vast resources to help protect the 2020 election against the kind of massive manipulation and disinformation efforts that the platform failed to act on in 2016.

France to crack down on online posts after teacher's murder

France said on Friday it would crack down on social media posts that put people in danger by divulging their personal details, a week after the murder of a teacher targeted in an online campaign over Prophet Mohammed cartoons.

Pakistan lifts TikTok ban after pledge on 'indecent' content

Pakistan said Monday it would lift a recent ban on the video-sharing app TikTok after assurances that "immoral" content would be blocked.

French court tries Russian for multi-million-euro cyberfraud

A Russian goes on trial in Paris Monday accused of having defrauded nearly 200 victims across the world of 135 million euros using ransomware.

Twitter removes tweet from Trump's top coronavirus adviser

Twitter has removed a tweet from President Donald Trump's top coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas, that claimed masks don't work to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Diaz Ayuso: from Twitter hound to Madrid regional chief

An outspoken hardliner who once wrote tweets for a predecessor's pooch, Madrid regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso has become the attack dog of the right to take on Spain's leftwing federal government.

'Hello you': Israeli-UAE joint song a YouTube hit

The scene cuts from Dubai to Tel Aviv, the lyrics switch from Arabic to Hebrew to English and the song is a slightly kitsch electro-pop duet by artists who, for now, remain apart.

With iffy wifi, Venezuelan schoolkids struggle to join classes

Thumbing his mobile phone, Jonathan Figueroa sits on his doorstep in a desperate daily quest for a Wifi signal to download his homework.

Op-Ed: Hey Twitter – Have you thought this hacked info thing through?

Twitter has a new policy which comes after a controversial leak of hacked material by the New York Post regarding Hunter Biden, son of candidate Joe Biden. The new policy looks very much like an own goal for Twitter, which does have better options.

Trump shares joke story on Biden, Twitter in earnest

US President Donald Trump shared a satirical article Friday about Twitter shutting down to slow the spread of negative news on his election rival Joe Biden, apparently unaware that it was a joke.

Twitter locks official Trump campaign account for violating rules

Trump campaign official Mike Hahn said Thursday that Twitter suspended the Trump campaign’s official Twitter account, @TeamTrump, after it posted anti-Biden content.

Facebook shuts New Zealand party's page ahead of election

Facebook shut down the page of conspiracy-embracing political party Advance New Zealand on Thursday just two days out from a general election, accusing it of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

Trump blasts Facebook, Twitter for censoring article critical of Biden

US President Donald Trump rebuked Facebook and Twitter Wednesday for blocking links to a New York Post article purporting to expose corrupt dealings by election rival Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine.

Twitter suspends fake Black pro-Trump accounts

Twitter said Tuesday it had suspended several fake accounts purporting to be African Americans who support President Donald Trump and which had succeeded in garnering several thousand followers in just a few days.

Facebook to ban Holocaust denial content

Facebook announced Monday that it will ban content that denies or distorts the Holocaust, describing the move as its latest effort to free the platform of hate.

Swiping right: Slim pickings for Pakistan's online daters

After endlessly swiping through pictureless profiles on dating apps, Muhammad Ali Shah still hasn't found the one -- or really anyone -- to get serious with in Pakistan.

Twitter tightens rules to thwart election threats

Twitter said Friday it will take down calls for violence starting after polls close on US election day and slap warnings on premature victory claims to fight efforts to undermine the election.

Pakistan bans TikTok over 'immoral content'

Pakistan on Friday banned the wildly popular video sharing app TikTok, as authorities press their clampdown on "immoral" content.

QAnon sows panic with child trafficking misinformation

A surge in child trafficking misinformation pushed by QAnon conspiracy theorists is stirring public panic, generating violence and interfering with official efforts to protect minors, experts warn.

Facebook letting advertisers sow climate denialism: analysis

Facebook is allowing climate misinformation ads to proliferate despite claiming it is committed to rooting out the problem, a new report by a think tank said Thursday.

Australian wellness celeb fuels 'infodemic'

One minute Australian "wellness" personality Pete Evans is posting a barbecued prawn recipe to 1.5 million Facebook followers, the next he's claiming the coronavirus pandemic is an elaborate global hoax.

Google vs French media: Paris court to rule on talks

A Paris appeals court is to rule Thursday on whether France's competition authority overstepped its jurisdiction in ordering Google to negotiate with media groups in a dispute about digital copyright.

Brazil YouTuber Felipe Neto, thorn in Bolsonaro's side

Almost unwittingly, Felipe Neto has become a central figure in Brazil's raucous political discourse.

Facebook to pause political ads as US election day ends

Facebook on Wednesday said it will stop running political or social issue ads after the US polls close on November 3 to reduce chances of confusion or abuse.

Op-Ed: Good move — Facebook bans QAnon and QAnon-themed pages

QAnon, the gigantic disinformation bot which spreads conspiracy theories as fast as the pandemic, is to be banned on Facebook. As the unwilling default venue for the QAnon plague, the social media giant has apparently had enough.

Facebook, Instagram ban QAnon conspiracy-linked accounts

Facebook on Tuesday announced a ban on all accounts linked to the QAnon conspiracy group, as the social network tries to clamp down on misinformation ahead of the heated US presidential election.

'Kid influencers' regulated under new French law

When kids become YouTube or Instagram sensations, should they be considered child workers? And who looks after their money? The French parliament has attempted to answer those questions with a new law passed on Tuesday.

Singapore PM's defamation suit against blogger begins

Singapore's prime minister testified in court Tuesday at the start of his defamation suit against a blogger who shared an article on Facebook linking the leader to a corruption scandal.

LGBTQ community takes over Twitter #ProudBoys hashtag

The Proud Boys hashtag, used by a far-right group recently thrust into the national spotlight, was trending on Monday after the LGBTQ community took it over to flood Twitter with gay pride images.

Twitter bans Trump death wishes, sparks debate

Twitter is removing tweets hoping for the demise of US President Donald Trump -- a move which opened up the social platform to criticism that it should enforce the same policy for everyone.

Author promises 'No Filter' look at the Instagram story

Less than two years after photo-sharing mobile app Instagram launched a decade ago, its founders made the "gut-wrenching" decision to sell it to Facebook in a $1 billion deal.

AFP launches fact-checking programme with TikTok

AFP announced Thursday the launch of a new fact-checking initiative with TikTok to combat the spread of misinformation over the short-form viral video app.

Turkey begins life under strict social media rules

Turkey on Thursday entered a new era of tight social media restrictions which threaten to erase the local presence of Facebook and Twitter should they fail to take down contentious posts.

Japan 'Twitter killer' victims consented to death, lawyers argue

A Japanese man dubbed the "Twitter killer" for luring his victims on social media admitted in court Wednesday to murdering nine people, local media said.

Twitter says monitoring service does not violate surveillance ban

Twitter said Tuesday a service that monitors tweets for police, alerting them to brewing social justice protests and more, does not break the platform's ban on being used for surveillance.

Weibo parent Sina to delist US stocks in $2.6 bn deal

Chinese internet giant Sina Corp, the parent company of the country's vast Twitter-like Weibo platform, plans to delist its US shares and go private, making it the latest mainland firm to withdraw from Wall Street as relations between Beijing and Washi...

Fake news punishable by years in prison under proposed Nicaraguan law

Deputies from Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's party on Monday proposed a law that would make spreading fake news on social media punishable by up to four years in prison, government sources said.

US judge suspends Trump ban on TikTok downloads

A US federal judge late Sunday halted a politically charged ban ordered by the Trump administration on downloads of the popular video app TikTok, hours before it was to go into effect.

American sued in Thailand over negative Tripadvisor review

An American has been sued by an island resort in Thailand over a negative TripAdvisor review, authorities said Saturday, and could face up to two years in prison if found guilty.

Philippine military to review troop accounts after Facebook purge

The Philippine military said Wednesday it will review the social media accounts of service members after Facebook took down a network linked to state security forces it accused of "coordinated inauthentic behavior".

Global police sting against dark net drug sales nets 179

A global police sting has netted 179 vendors involved in selling opioids, methamphetamine and other illegal goods on the internet underground, in what officials of Europol said Tuesday put an end to the "golden age" of dark web markets.
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