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A giant statue of a child wearing a radiation suit in the Japanese city of Fukushima has touched off a storm of criticism online as the nuclear-hit area seeks to rebuild its reputation."Sun Child", a 6.

Op-Ed: YouTube fights climate disinformation head on

In a world where disinformation is a currency, YouTube has taken the BS by the horns with a new fact check for climate change videos. It is now being accused of being a left-wing organization for doing so.

Pay up or else: Spain warns of online 'sextorsion'

Spanish police warned Saturday of a massive blackmail campaign to expose web users' supposed visits to porn sites unless they pay up -- a technique police calls 'sextorsion'.

French court orders Twitter to change smallprint after privacy case

A Paris court on Thursday ordered Twitter to change its smallprint, according to a consumer group which accused the tech giant of having "abusive" clauses in its terms and conditions.

Drake surpasses 50 billion streams in digital platforms

Global music star Drake has a major digital milestone to celebrate. The acclaimed rapper became the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams.

Russian internet group protests prosecutions for 'likes'

The Russian company that owns the country's most popular social media network on Monday expressed concern at the increasing number of internet users facing prosecution for liking and sharing content online.

How blogger helped bring breastfeeding back to Serbia

When Branka Stamenkovic gave birth to her first child in Serbia, the experience was traumatic.Minutes after the baby was born, nurses bundled up the infant and whisked him away, separating the mother and child for three days.

Twitter accounts calling for Italian president's resignation to be probed

The Rome public prosecutor's anti-terrorism section is to probe the appearance of hundreds of Twitter accounts which demanding the resignation of President Sergio Mattarella in the midst of an Italian government crisis in May, media reports said on Sat...

Turkey to block Periscope during live football broadcasts

A Turkish court on Saturday ruled to block the live video-streaming service Periscope during top flight football matches, following a demand from the company with the exclusive rights to broadcast the games.

Spotify dumps 'specific' far-right Alex Jones podcast episodes

The world's largest streaming service Spotify has removed podcast episodes of American far-right radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for breaching its policy against hate speech.

Battle lines drawn in the fight over net neutrality

In the U.S., battle lines have been reignited in the fight over net neutrality. The latest phase of the battle is to hit the courts, although it will probably take until 2019 to obtain a decision.

WhatsApp introduces charges for business use

The social media service WhatsApp, which is proving more popular than Facebook's messenger service, is to start charging business users who wish to communicate with their customers.

Woman assaulted on Paris street launches anti-harassment website

A young woman who posted a shocking video of a man punching her outside a Paris cafe launched a website on Wednesday which allows victims of harassment to tell their stories.

Op-Ed: Facebook ditches accounts poised to disrupt mid-term election

Getting murkier by the minute, Facebook has dumped many Facebook and Instagram accounts it says are intended to influence the mid-term US elections. Facebook says it “believes” the accounts are linked to Russia.

Twitter undertakes audit to purge itself of 'toxicity'

Twitter, in an attempt to clean-up its services of fake accounts, bullying and spam, has enlisted experts from universities to conduct an audit of across its platform.

Downloadable data on 3D guns temporarily blocked in Pennsylvania

State officials say they've stopped a company that makes 3D downloadable guns from making them Internet-accessible in Pennsylvania and from uploading new files.

Twitter sees user levels dip among mixed social media news

Twitter has lost 1 million monthly users in the second quarter of 2018, primarily as a result of cleaning out 'fake accounts'. The social media company's revenue, however, has grown to $711 million.

Cloud-based Telegram rolls out new authorization method

Telegram, the cloud-based instant messaging and VoIP application, recently released a new update for mobile that introduces a new feature that can store copies of your identification in the cloud.

Lebanon questions activists over social media posts

Lebanon's security forces are increasingly bringing activists in for questioning over their social media posts, sparking widespread anger in recent days that freedom of expression is being squeezed.

Superstar pastry chef's 'food porn' has Instagram drooling

When Cedric Grolet takes out his pastry knife, millions of mouths water.The young Frenchman, named the top patissier on the planet last month by "The World's 50 Best Restaurants" list, is an Instagram superstar.

Trump, Iran drama escalates — via Twitter

Tensions are mounting between Donald Trump and Iran -- the US president's raw tweet threatening Tehran was met Monday with a similarly bilious reply, upping the ante in the high-stakes game of diplomatic chicken.

Trump threatens Iran — in all-caps tweet

President Donald Trump has launched an exceptionally raw attack on Iran, in a tone reminiscent of his war on words with North Korea last year -- sparking questions about US strategy towards the Islamic republic.

Massive data breach exposes huge trove of automakers' secrets

A security researcher this month managed to find a treasure trove of corporate secrets from Ford Motor Company, along with five other global automakers (including GM and FCA) and numerous other companies, that were left exposed by an apparent data leak.

Big tech firms agree on 'data portability' plan

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter unveiled plans Friday to make it easier for users to take their personal data and leave one online service for another.

WhatsApp limits forwarding in India after lynchings

WhatsApp announced limits on Friday on the forwarding of messages by its 200 million Indian users in an effort to stop a spate of horrific lynchings and to assuage government threats of legal action in its biggest market.

WhatsApp curbs India service after lynchings

WhatsApp announced curbs on its service in India on Friday in an effort to stop a spate of horrific lynchings and to assuage government threats of legal action in its biggest market.

India issues fresh warning to WhatsApp over lynching deaths

WhatsApp could face legal action in India if it does not take further steps to tackle the spread of false rumours, the government said Thursday, in fresh criticism of the platform over a spate of lynchings.

Google building its own subsea cable from Virginia to France

On Tuesday, Google announced its newest private subsea cable project: Dunant. The cable will cross the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia Beach in the U.S. to the French Atlantic coast and will support the growth of Google Cloud.

Competitor not too worried about a Facebook dating service

After Facebook announced their intention to build a dating service during F8 2018, the plans have moved out of the spotlight, until a recent comment by a competitor opened up the conversation.

Vietnam withdraws licence of news site, issues fine

A popular Vietnamese news website has been suspended and fined about $10,000 after it was accused of publishing false information, as the communist government quashes any perceived criticism.

The Washington Post is starting a channel on Amazon-owned Twitch

The Washington Post is looking to Twitch’s live streaming gamers to reach new video audiences, with a new channel that started today with a live stream covering President Trump’s press conference, of all things, with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Russia targeted by almost 25 million cyber-attacks during World Cup: Putin

Russia was the target of almost 25 million cyber-attacks during the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin said, though he did not indicate who may have been behind the attacks.

Death by 'fake news': social media-fuelled lynchings shock India

The smartphone footage shows the two blood-soaked men pleading for their lives. Moments later they were dead, two more victims of lynchings sparked by rumours spread on Facebook and WhatsApp in India.The two men were young and well-educated.

Brazil fighting fake news in the classroom

Brazil has taken a stand against the explosion of "fake news" stories swamping the internet by making media analysis studies compulsory for schoolchildren.

German court to rule on parents' access to dead daughter's Facebook

German judges will rule Thursday on Facebook users' "digital legacy", or the fate of their private data after they die, in a case pitting the Silicon Valley giant against the grieving parents of a teenage girl.

US social networks help combat racial bias

"Permit Patty" and "Pool Patrol Paula" have been unlikely -- and somewhat infamous -- stars of the Twitter age: they are white Americans who have called the police to report alleged problems with black people.

The online battle for the truth

False information is saturating political debate worldwide and undermining an already weak level of trust in the media and institutions, spreading further than ever on powerful social networks.

Twitter sweeps 'locked' accounts from follower tally

Twitter said Wednesday users are likely to see "follower" numbers drop as the service stops adding in potentially dubious or fraudulent accounts.

WhatsApp offers tips to spot fake news after India murders

WhatsApp took out full-page advertisements in Indian newspapers Tuesday offering "easy tips" to identify fact from fiction after a slew of recent murders spurred by hoaxes shared on its platform.

Trump doubles up as most followed world leader on Twitter: study

US President Donald Trump is by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, with the Pope trailing him by some 4.5 million followers, a study showed Tuesday.

Twitter's stock price declines on fears of loss of active users

The recent decision by Twitter to suspend more than one million accounts per day caused fears that the number of monthly active users will fall. This has had a negative effect on the stock price which declined as much as 8.2 percent Monday morning.
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