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Police smash 'world's most dangerous' cybercrime malware tool

Den Haag - International police have disrupted the "world's most dangerous" cybercrime malware tool used to break into computer systems, law agencies announced on Wednesday.

Op-Ed: The very useful ‘Off Facebook Activity’ settings you need to see

Sydney - Much criticism of Facebook is about the sheer quantity of data it absorbs about user activities. In a much-underpublicized way, Facebook has a way of fixing some issues with “Off Facebook Activity” settings.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been banned from Twitter

Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, was banned from Twitter Monday night after he continued to perpetuate the baseless claim that Donald Trump won the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Italian TikTok influencers live the high life in Milan

Milan - With dreams of the big screen but Internet in their veins, eight young Italian influencers are racking up followers as they spend their days in a Milan TikTok luxury loft.

Op-Ed: The insanity of Australia’s Google-Facebook paying for news links

Sydney - Of all the harebrained, backward options possible for internet regulation, Australia has found the dumbest of them all. This blatant pandering to News Corp and the other idiots is the lowest of the low.

Russia wages online battle against TikTok and YouTube

Moscow - "I'm an American!" a young Russian under the username Neurolera exclaims in English on the popular video-sharing app TikTok as she explains how to impersonate a tourist to avoid arrest at a street demonstration.

Italy probes TikTok 'blackout challenge' death of 10-year-old girl

Rome - Italian prosecutors have opened a probe into the accidental death of a 10-year-old girl who allegedly took part in a "blackout challenge" on the video-sharing network TikTok.

Facebook 'supreme court' to judge Trump suspension

San Francisco - Facebook on Thursday said it is asking its independent experts to rule on whether former president Donald Trump's suspension for "fomenting insurrection" should stand.

Bernie Sanders and his mittens are an Internet sensation

A meme was born on Wednesday when Bernie Sanders took his mittens to Washington, DC. Amidst the designer creations sported by Michelle Obama, Vice-President Harris, and Dr. Jill Biden, Sanders' mittens stood out like a very warm "sore thumb."

Brazilian singer's YouTube hit joins virus fight

S - Singer MC Fioti, the first Brazilian to garner 1.5 billion views on YouTube, has re-cast the tune from that video -- to try to go viral against Covid.

Judge rejects request to restore web access to Parler platform

San Francisco - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request by the conservative-friendly social network Parler that would have forced Amazon's web hosting service to allow it back online.

Twitter locks account of Chinese embassy in US over Uighur women tweet

Bejing - Twitter said Thursday it has locked the account of the Chinese embassy in the US, over a tweet claiming Uighur women were no longer "baby-making machines" after their minds had been "emancipated".

World Wide Web inventor opposes Australia's news payment plan

Sydney - World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee says Australia's plan to force digital giants to pay media outlets for news content is "unworkable" and undermines a "fundamental principle" of the internet.

YouTube extends ban on Trump channel ahead of inauguration

San Francisco - Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday confirmed it extended a ban on new video being added to US President Donald Trump's channel due to the potential for inciting violence.

Social media faces reckoning as Trump ban forces reset

Washington - Social media giants crossed a threshold in banning US President Donald Trump and an array of his supporters -- and now face a quandary on defining their efforts to remain politically neutral while promoting democracy and free speech.

Parler is back online with help from Russian security firm

Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American far-right, partially returned online on Sunday – with the help of a Russian-owned technology company.

Twitter suspends QAnon-linked Republican lawmaker's account

Washington - A newly elected Republican congresswoman known for promoting QAnon conspiracy theories accused Twitter of censorship on Sunday after her account was temporarily suspended for "multiple violations".

As Wikipedia turns 20 it aims to reach more readers

Paris - Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday and the collaborative, volunteer-produced internet encyclopedia aims to spend the next 20 years further expanding free access to information.

Twitter chief says Trump ban sets 'dangerous' precedent

San Francisco - Twitter chief Jack Dorsey backed the messaging platform's ban of US President Donald Trump, but said Wednesday it sets a "dangerous" precedent and represents a failure to promote healthy conversation on the social network.
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