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Facebook top choice for Philippines wildlife traders: monitor

Manila - Facebook has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months.

Instagram, Google+ join EU group fighting hate speech

Brussels - Facebook's Instagram and the Google+ social network have agreed to join an EU-sponsored group of US internet giants to combat online extremism, EU officials said Friday.

Booby-trapped messaging apps used for spying: researchers

San Francisco - An espionage campaign using malware-infected messaging apps has been stealing smartphone data from activists, soldiers, lawyers, journalists and others in more than 20 countries, researchers said in a report Thursday.

EU accuses Russia of 'orchestrated' disinformation campaign

Strasbourg - The European Union on Wednesday accused Russia of pumping out thousands of pieces of disinformation in an "orchestrated strategy" aimed at destabilising the bloc.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pressed over terror content

Washington - Terrorists and hate groups continue to get their propaganda onto social media platforms despite efforts by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to shut them down, a US Senate panel heard Wednesday.

Facebook agrees to widen probe of Brexit vote fake news

London - British lawmakers probing possible Russian interference in the Brexit referendum revealed Wednesday that Facebook had agreed to broaden its own investigation into fake news around the vote, after the social media platform's initial efforts drew critici...

Brussels wants EU-wide riposte to fake news

Brussels - A top EU official tasked with fighting fake news called Monday for a European-wide response just days after French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled plans for laws to stop the phenomenon.

Denmark to charge 1,000 youths with spreading sex videos via Facebook

Stockholm - More than 1,000 youths in Denmark are to be charged with spreading sex videos of two 15-year-olds through Facebook, Danish police said on Monday, in the nation's largest case of its kind.

Philippine news website's licence revoked after Duterte threat

Manila - The Philippine government has revoked the operating licence of leading news website Rappler, officials said Monday in a ruling denounced by President Rodrigo Duterte's critics as the latest blow to press freedom.

Iran removes block on Telegram

Tehran - Iran has lifted restrictions imposed during recent protests on the country's most popular social media app Telegram.AFP journalists were able to access the service on Sunday and officials confirmed it has been restored.

Facebook trials new app section to spotlight local news

Facebook's launched a test of a new app section that showcases news, events and announcements in your local area. The company is using machine learning to promote content from local publishers, helping you find interesting stories relevant to your region.

Facebook overhauls the News Feed to prioritise real people

Facebook's announced a series of major changes coming to its News Feed that will prioritise posts from your real friends and family. Articles and videos published by Pages will be demoted. Facebook said it wants to improve "personal well-being."

Facebook joins Europol talks to fight Islamist propaganda

Den Haag - Facebook took part this week in key talks with European police agencies on how to stop and eliminate violent and terror-related Islamic jihadist posts, in an evolving battle against such propaganda.

Down but not out: French homeless man takes Twitter by storm

Paris - A French homeless man has become a social media sensation, chalking up nearly 20,000 followers on Twitter with his account of life on the mean streets of Paris.

China shuts Marriott website over Tibet error, scolds other firms

Authorities in China have shut down Marriott's local website for a week and scolded Delta, Zara and a US medical firm Friday for listing Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate countries.

Wife of Saudi blogger Badawi told he could be pardoned

Paris - The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi is allowing herself to dream: might the modernising new crown prince in her ultra-conservative homeland be about to free her husband?

Berlin to evaluate online hate law as minister falls victim

Berlin - Germany signalled Monday it was open to amending a controversial law combatting online hate speech as the justice minister fell victim to the rules he himself championed.

Zuckerberg aims to 'fix' Facebook

Each year Mark Zuckerberg sets himself a challenge in relation to his personal or business interests. For 2018 his aim is to 'fix' an number of issues affecting the social media community on Facebook.

Israel grants bail to Palestinian woman in 'slap video' case

Ramallah - Israel on Friday released a Palestinian woman on bail after she was charged with assaulting an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank following a viral video of the incident.
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