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Facebook, Twitter tighten rules for political ads

Washington - Twitter on Thursday announced new guidelines to clearly mark political ads on its platform as Facebook said it began implementing a policy requiring labeling and verification of identities of those paying for political messages.

Op-Ed: Elon Musk attacks the media — Saying it has lost credibility

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, accused the media of being dishonest and floated the possibility of building a service to rate the credibility of specific journalists and news outlets, in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

Facebook begins labeling, verification for political ads

Washington - Facebook said Thursday it began implementing a new policy requiring labeling of political ads and verification of identities of those paying for the messages.

The internet: a dangerous place for wild animals

Paris - From ivory baubles and leopard coats to rare turtles and live bears, the online market for protected wildlife is booming, according to an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) investigation released Wednesday.

Brazil's right wing attacks anti-fake news campaign

Rio De Janeiro - An influential right-wing group in Brazil has lashed out against a fact-checking campaign launched by Facebook, saying the measure amounts to censorship aimed at stifling political debate.

Mexico presidential frontrunner vows to hit back at Trump tweets

Mexico - The fiery leftist leading the race for Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, vowed Friday to hit back at US President Donald Trump if he insults Mexico on Twitter.

Op-Ed: Break up the tech giants to protect privacy? Maybe not

Sydney - An NYU professor called Scott Galloway has called for the big tech monsters to be broken up to deal with privacy issues. The problem is that this whole environment is a moving target, and the big companies are targets themselves.

Israel army disputes Hamas 'fake news' on tear gas baby

Jerusalem - The Israeli army on Friday disputed Palestinian accounts that a baby had died of tear gas inhalation during protests on the Gaza border.

More than 100 arrested in Brazil child pornography blitz

Bras - More than 100 people were detained Thursday across Brazil in what authorities said was the country's biggest ever crackdown on internet child pornography.

Facebook has deleted millions of spam posts and fake accounts

Facebook has thinned out millions of spam posts, and it has removed millions of fake accounts, in an effort to keep its content cleaner, to enforce its community standards.

Twitter tweak steps up fight against trolls

San Francisco - Twitter said Tuesday it was stepping up its long-running battle against online trolls, trying to find offenders by looking at "behavioral signals.

EU seeks to protect citizens in data 'jungle': minister

Apo - The Facebook scandal has laid bare the urgency of protecting personal information in a digital "jungle," the EU's justice minister said before new European data rules become law.

New approach for tackling fake news and online disinformation

The digital transformation of news has opened up a world of new information and has allowed many areas previously ignored to gain a wider profile. However, it has also increased the rate of ‘fake news’. The European Union has taken new measures.

Malaysian PM Mahathir vows to review 'fake news' law

Kuala Lumpur - New Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad vowed Sunday to review a controversial law against "fake news" hurriedly passed before the elections and seen as aimed at critics of his scandal-tainted predecessor.

Facebook recovers all its losses from Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook has managed to recoup all of the losses that it had incurred in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Facebook bans foreign ads targeting Irish abortion referendum

Dublin - Facebook said on Tuesday it will block foreign adverts aimed at Ireland's referendum on abortion later this month.

US takes to Chinese social media over 'Orwellian' demand

Bejing - The United States took to a popular Chinese social media platform Monday to ramp up its criticism of Beijing's demand that airlines list Taiwan as part of China, but the message earned little sympathy on the tightly monitored website.

You Tube has 1.8 billion registered viewers each month

Susan Wojcicki the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of You Tube claimed that 1.8 billion registered users are watching You Tube videos each month and this does not even include those watching who have no account.
 

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