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Japan 'Twitter killer' faces first murder charge

Toukyo - Japan's "Twitter killer", who is suspected of murdering and dismembering nine people he met on social media, was charged with his first count of homicide on Monday.

'Social media suicide' in spotlight after Japan 'Twitter killer'

Toukyo - The grisly beheading of nine young people lured by a suspected serial killer after tweeting suicidal thoughts has sparked debate about the use of social media in Japan, which has one of the world's highest suicide rates.

More governments manipulate media with 'bots,' trolls: study

Washington - More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday.

AI chatbot used to combat phishing by wasting scammers' time

A team of cybersecurity researchers has developed an AI chatbot that aims to waste scammers' time by responding to phishing emails. You can forward scam emails to the bot. A proxy email address will then start automatically replying the scammer for you.

Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker unloads on Mark Zuckerberg

-Facebook's first president, Sean Parker, has been sharply critical of the social network, accusing it of exploiting human "vulnerability." -"God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains," he said.

Facebook urges users to send nude pics to combat revenge porn

Sydney - Facebook is trying to combat "revenge porn" by encouraging users in Australia to submit their nude photos to a pilot project designed to prevent intimate images from being shared without consent.

New 2018 Chrome browser to stop unwanted redirects

Starting with a new version of Chrome in 2018 the Google browser will stop annoying redirects from a website to another page that you did not expect or want.

Trump jumps over China's 'Great Firewall' with first tweet

Bejing - US President Donald Trump broke through China's "Great Firewall" on Wednesday as he posted messages on Twitter during his visit to the country, which has banned the website.

Moscow says Twitter to store user data in Russia

Moscow - Russia's telecoms watchdog said Wednesday that Twitter had agreed to store the personal data of Russian nationals on servers located in Russia by mid-2018 to avoid the prospect of a ban.

Op-Ed: Now Trump tweets can be twice as long!

After what Twitter describes as a successful trial run with select users in September the company announced that it will be setting the maximum character limit at 280 characters double the 140 characters allowed now.

Twitter to double tweet limit to 280 characters

San Francisco - Twitter announced Tuesday it would double the limit for tweets to 280 characters, a bid to draw in more users and boost engagement at the social network.

Twitter-happy Trump to enter China's Great Firewall

Bejing - US President Donald Trump has tweeted energetically throughout his Asian tour so far, but in China he will likely be one of a select few to skirt the country's ban on his cherished website.

Afghanistan orders suspension of WhatsApp, Telegram

Kabul - Afghanistan has ordered the suspension of WhatsApp and Telegram to resolve "technical problems", officials said Saturday, sparking outcry among social media users.

British MPs ask Twitter for details on Russian-linked accounts

London - A House of Commons committee investigating "fake news" and its influence on British politics asked Twitter on Friday for details of Russian-linked accounts, days after making a similar request of Facebook.

Twitter steps up security after Trump account cut off

Washington - Twitter said it had boosted security measures Friday in response to a rogue employee's move cutting off Donald Trump's account, an 11-minute outage which drew mocking praise from the president's critics but also warnings of a dangerous precedent.

Op-Ed: Your online political heroes are bots, not people

It’s well known, and admitted by Trump, that social media is the media that wins elections and influences opinions. The irony is that these influencers aren’t even people. They’re bots, and their opinions are software.

Outgoing Twitter worker responsible for Trump account outage

Washington - A Twitter employee on their last day with the firm was responsible for taking down Donald Trump's account, the firm said Thursday, as the president resumed tweeting after the 11-minute outage.

Russians also used Instagram for disinformation campaign

Washington - The Russian-led effort to spread misinformation and sow discord ahead of the 2016 US election also used the social network Instagram, parent company Facebook acknowledged in Congress on Wednesday.

Russian fake news reach massive: social media giants

Washington - US internet giants go before Congress on Tuesday with new data showing the success of Russian fake news operations, the day after bombshell indictments in a US probe of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.
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