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Twitter has a new tool to track climate science disinformation

Bot Sentinel has become a tool for those trying to fight the spread of disinformation on Twitter. The platform uses an algorithm to identify accounts it labels as "trollbots."

Facebook to stop news headline changes from advertisers

San Francisco - Facebook said Monday it is working to stop advertisers from changing headlines in links to news stories after concerns raised by a British political party's altering of one such link.

Cuba denounces suspension of official Twitter accounts

Havana - The Cuban government on Wednesday denounced the suspension of multiple official media Twitter accounts during a live TV address by President Miguel Diaz-Canel about the communist island's fuel shortage.

Russian rapper deletes pro-Moscow video with 1.5 million dislikes

Moscow - A popular Russian rapper on Tuesday deleted a music video singing the praises of Moscow authorities ahead of contentious elections after it gathered almost 1.5 million dislikes on YouTube.

Op-Ed: Australia blocks livestream murders, child porn with criminal law

Sydney - You’d think this move would be just basic common sense. Australia will respond to live stream violence with prison terms to enforce removal of violent content online.

DMVs found to be selling driver data to 1000s of companies Special

Departments of Motor Vehicles in various U.S. states are selling drivers' personal information to businesses. Some sales are pre-approved, but in some cases data has been sold to more nefarious businesses as well. Eve Maler provides some insight.

Op-Ed: Fake news kept alive by ‘belief’? You sure about that?

Sydney - One of the not-overly-new theories about fake news, the industry for lazy criminals and stooges, is that “everyone believes it”. WRONG. Fake news is a paid thing, hyped up as much as possible. It’s marketing, just a different form of marketing.

Facebook users' phone numbers exposed online Special

Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts were found online. The passwordless server contained over 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies. Jonathan Bensen, CISO at Balbix looks at the implications.

400 mn Facebook users' phone numbers exposed in privacy lapse: reports

Washington - Phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were listed online in the latest privacy lapse for the social media giant, US media reported Wednesday.

Tech firms, US officials talk election protection at Facebook

San Francisco - Facebook said technology firms and US officials met at its Silicon Valley headquarters on Wednesday to collaborate on protecting next year's presidential election from cyber threats.

Are we reducing our obsession with social media validation? Special

Instagram has started hiding ‘likes’ in response to concerns for mental health. But what does this mean for the people that have made a living out of their visible Instagram popularity? Expert Fahad AlSaud provides some ideas.

Blocked Chinese Twitter accounts targeted Beijing critics: think tank

Sydney - Hundreds of Chinese accounts suspended by Twitter were part of a disinformation operation for years targeting critics of China's ruling Communist Party, Australian researchers have found.After combing through 3.

Viral Chinese app loses face, but not fans, over privacy concerns

Shanghai - A Chinese face-swapping app that allows users to convincingly superimpose their own likeness over characters in movies or TV shows has rapidly become one of the country's most downloaded apps, but has triggered a backlash over privacy fears.

Facebook's clear history setting doesn't actually clear anything

For those keen to maintain their privacy Facebook's planned roll-out of its new 'clear history' function sounds good. The issue is that the cleared data doesn't really go anywhere, you just won't be able to see it.

Fake social media accounts are now allowed to check on immigrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers can now create fake social media accounts to monitor social media information on foreigners seeking visas, green cards, and citizenship.

Google to pay out $150-200m over YouTube privacy claims: reports

Washington - Google will pay $150-200 million to settle allegations YouTube violated a children's privacy law while gathering data to better target its adverts, US media reports said Friday.

Op-Ed: Media pessimism is painting the world all wrong — Harvard

Cambridge - A Harvard psychologist says that the extreme pessimism of the world media is distorting people’s judgment, and affecting political views, growing pure negativity. This argument relates to a highly dissatisfied world, but where do you take the argument?

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