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Hong Kong's embattled leader took to Facebook Live late Thursday in a bid to reach out to citizens after months of political unrest -- and the emoji count was far from kind.

China propaganda app fraught with security concerns: report

A widely downloaded Chinese propaganda app that quizzes users on Communist Party heroes and military achievements may be "studying them right back" through data collection and potential security breaches, an internet freedom campaign group says.

Global darknet child porn probe leads to 337 arrests

International law enforcement authorities announced Wednesday that a global investigation into child pornography sold for bitcoin on the underground internet had reaped 337 arrests and the shutdown of the dark web's most notorious pedophile site.

LeBron blames China mess on Rockets GM's 'misinformed' tweet

Basketball superstar LeBron James has sharply criticised a Houston Rockets executive for angering China with a tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong, saying the executive was "misinformed" and should have kept his mouth shut.

Cyber-bullied K-pop star found dead at her home

A popular K-pop star who had long been the target of abusive online comments was found dead at her home Monday, South Korean police said.

New Zealand creates unit to target, 'disrupt' online extremism

New Zealand will establish a team of investigators dedicated solely to tackling online extremism, as it moves to address failures exposed by the Christchurch mosques massacre, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

Trump joins Amazon's Twitch despite dislike for Jeff Bezos

President Donald Trump is now on Twitch, Amazon’s live-streaming platform that initially launched as a place for gamers to interact with audiences in real-time.

India eases mobile phone shutdown in Kashmir amid grenade strike

The Indian government said Saturday it would unblock most mobile telephone lines in Kashmir in a major easing of a two-month-old security clampdown since cancelling the region's autonomy, but a grenade attack in the main city highlighted tensions over ...

Halle shooter posted video on Twitch livestream platform

The gunman in Wednesday's deadly shooting in the German city of Halle posted a video of the attack on the Twitch livestream platform owned by Amazon, the company said.

Malaysian MPs vote to repeal 'fake news' law

Malaysian lawmakers voted to repeal a controversial law Wednesday that punished spreading "fake news" with up to six years behind bars and which critics said was aimed at stifling dissent.

NBA chief backs 'free expression' after Hong Kong tweet furore

The NBA backs "freedom of expression," its commissioner has insisted, after the organisation was criticised for its response to a pro-democracy tweet by a Houston Rockets executive that angered China.

'We love China': Rockets' Harden 'sorry' over GM's Hong Kong tweet

Houston Rockets star James Harden on Monday apologised to China over a tweet by the team's general manager backing Hong Kong's democracy protests that cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market.

Innovative Iraqis dodge net blackout to illuminate protest violence

With secret satellites, pricey messages abroad and clandestine file transfers, young Iraqis are circumventing an internet blackout aimed at stifling several days of bloody protests in the capital and beyond.

Officials push Facebook for way to peek at encrypted messages

Officials are calling on Facebook not to use encryption in its messaging services that does not provide authorities a way to see what is being sent.

Russian court blocks major LGBT online groups

A Russian court has ruled that two popular LGBT networking groups be blocked for disseminating "anti-family values", including a major group that has nearly 200,000 members.

Facebook suffers legal blow in EU court over hate speech

Facebook on Wednesday was dealt a major blow in the EU's top court, which ruled that national courts in Europe can order online platforms to remove defamatory content worldwide.

Twitter reacts to mouse hunt in the White House

White House reporters were sent into a panic Tuesday morning after a mouse fell from the ceiling of the press booth. NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander tweeted that a mouse “literally fell out of the ceiling” and onto his lap.

Twitter outages reported from Japan to USA

Several features on Twitter were down Wednesday, the platform said, with users from Japan to the USA reporting they were unable to log in, use the mobile app or see direct messages.

Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm

Singapore's new law to combat "fake news" came into effect Wednesday despite criticism from tech giants and activists, who labelled the tough rules a "chilling" attempt to stifle dissent.

Twitter lets users sideline unwanted direct messages

Twitter on Monday said it is rolling out a filter that will hide away unwanted direct messages, providing a new tool to stymie abuse.

Google’s major plans for the .new TLD Commissioned

Search engine giant Google plans to launch the “.new” top-level domain (TLD) next year. This TLD’s introduction comes with a unique proposition that would affect how domain names are used moving forward.

Trump attacks Democrats, Giuliani subpoenaed for Ukraine documents

President Donald Trump attacked the Democratic lawmaker spearheading the impeachment inquiry on Monday as congressional committees subpoenaed his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, for documents related to his dealings with Ukraine.

Germany cracks 'cyber bunker' hosting Darknet sites

German police said Friday they had busted a network hosting so-called Darknet platforms illegally trading drugs, stolen data and child pornography online on servers hidden in a former NATO bunker.

Brother gets life for 'honour killing' of Pakistan social media star

The brother of Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch was on Friday convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison in the patriarchal country's highest-profile "honour killing".

Facebook hides 'likes' in Australia trial to ease anxiety

Facebook has begun hiding the number of "likes" for posts in Australia, it said Friday, a trial designed to ease social pressure that could be rolled out worldwide.

Egypt's rival camps wage online battle over Sisi

Rival hashtags, angry videos and calls to march -- the war for Egyptian minds is raging online ahead of possible mass demonstrations against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Disinformation efforts now used in 70 countries: researchers

Organized efforts to manipulate social media and public opinion are being carried out in at least 70 countries by government agencies and political parties, researchers said Thursday.

Dating app suffers data leak exposing its entire userbase Special

Online dating app Heyyo left a server exposed on the Internet without a password. This leaky server, an Elasticsearch instance, exposed the personal details belonging to nearly 72,000 users. Eve Maler of ForgeRock weighs in.

Facebook exempts political speech from fact-checking

Facebook will not fact-check the statements politicians post to the site, the social network announced Tuesday ahead of the US 2020 elections, even as it works to discredit false information meant to manipulate public opinion.

Tech giants beef up body to fight extremist content

Social media companies led by Facebook said Monday they were ramping up an industry body that aims to weed out extremist content, seeking to put procedures in place globally on how to handle crises.

Tech giants beef up body to fight extremist content

Tech companies led by Facebook on Monday joined world leaders in ramping up an industry body to weed out extremist content online, giving it a permanent staff.

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Twitter said Friday it has closed down thousands of accounts across the world for spreading fake news as well as pro-government propaganda, including in places like the United Arab Emirates, China and Spain.

Op-Ed: Fake news social media finance scam nets $670,000 in Australia

You know those Get Rich Quick ads? Seems if you tack them on to a legitimate news source, fake news is considered real news. An Australian woman lost over half a million in this one. Social media is again in the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons.

Facebook taps London police to track terror livestreams

Facebook on Tuesday teamed up with the London police as part of a ramped-up effort to thwart live-streams of terror attacks such as the New Zealand mosque massacre.

Facebook to stop news headline changes from advertisers

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.

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."

Cuba denounces suspension of official Twitter accounts

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

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

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?

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.
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