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The Instagram accounts of several Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders have been blocked, the Tabnak news website reported Tuesday, with the photo-sharing website saying it was complying with US sanctions.

New eBook: Digital Journal celebrates 20 years of real news

Digital Journal is celebrating 20 years of real news! Now you can take a peek at the introduction to our incredible retrospective.

Is it time to ban social media 'likes' for children?

Due to the prevalence of cyberbullying and concerns over data privacy, campaigners have proposed blocking young people from 'liking' or 'disliking' posts on social media. This has been picked up by the U.K. government, which is proposing new restrictions.

Russian MPs approve controversial bill restricting internet

Russian lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill that would allow Moscow to cut the country's internet traffic from foreign servers, in a key second reading paving the way for legislation that activists fear is a step towards online isolation.

Facebook ordered to pay 30,000 euros in France over 'abusive' usage terms

A French court has ordered Facebook to pay 30,000 euros ($34,000) over "abusive" terms-of-use agreements that people had to accept in order to access their social media accounts, the consumer group which filed the lawsuit said Wednesday.

Firefox tests out new anti-tracking feature

Internet browser Firefox is testing out a new anti-tracking feature. The aim is to prevent sites that are visited from tracking a user as they proceed to other sites. Some sites continue to do so even after cookies are cleared.

U.K. plans social media watchdog to assess harmful content

The British government has outlined plans to increase protection for vulnerable people online. The proposed laws emphasize the need for technology and media companies to take action.

Feud between wife, ex-wife sparks slander case in Dubai

A British woman has been prevented from leaving Dubai, police in the Emirate said Monday, after her ex-husband's new wife pressed defamation charges over comments posted on Facebook.

Hoax busters: Indonesia's front line in the war on fake news

A small army of "hoax busters" in Indonesia is trying to hold the line against a swarm of fake news that threatens to sway millions of voters as the world's third-biggest democracy heads to the polls.

Op-Ed: Older people at serious risk from fake news, elder fraud

Well, there’s a headline nobody wanted to see. The online and digital illiteracy of older people is news, again. The big picture of senior online behaviour reinforces a lot of urban myths all too well.

South Korea launches first national 5G networks — two days early

South Korea launched the world's first nationwide 5G mobile networks two days early, its top mobile carriers said Thursday, giving a handful of users access in a late-night scramble to provide the super-fast wireless technology.

Social media bosses face jail under 'world first' Australian laws

Social media executives risk jail for failing to take down violent extremist content quickly, under controversial laws passed in Australia Thursday -- a "world first" in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre.

Whatsapp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election

WhatsApp launched a hotline Tuesday allowing Indians to flag rumours circulating ahead of the upcoming election, a major concern in a country where fake news has fuelled violence.

Facebook to deploy new transparency tools ahead of European elections

Facebook announced on Friday changes to the way political advertisements are handled on the social media site ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Google signs deal with Cuba to boost internet services

US tech giant Google on Thursday signed a deal with Cuban operator ETECSA to explore ways of boosting internet service on the communist-run island, despite diplomatic tensions between Washington and Havana.

US officials order Chinese company to sell Grindr: report

A Chinese firm has been ordered by American national security officials to sell popular gay dating app Grindr, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

New Zealand PM says Facebook curbs not enough

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday welcomed Facebook's move to curb support for white nationalism on its platforms but said more needed to be done in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Roma in France seek protection after attacks sparked by fake news

Ethnic Roma leaders called for round-the-clock police protection for their communities on Wednesday in Paris after a series of vigilante attacks sparked by false reports of attempted kidnappings.

Small businesses need a strategy to advertise on social media

With nearly half the world's population wired to the Internet, it follows that businesses use social media sites for advertising. But without a clear strategy in place, many small businesses are wasting their time online, says one digital strategist.

Facebook blocks more accounts over influence campaigns

Facebook said Tuesday it shut down more than 2,600 fake accounts linked to Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo and aiming to influence political sentiment in various parts of the world.

Australia threatens social media execs with jail over terror images

Australia warned social media giants Tuesday that executives could be jailed if they fail to quickly remove extremist material from their platforms.

Popular NZ website seeks comments detox after Christchurch attack

New Zealand's largest news website, Stuff, cracked down on reader comments Tuesday after the Christchurch mosque massacre sparked debate about how the media handles online hate.The stuff.co.

French Muslim group sues internet giants over NZ massacre video

A French Muslim group said Monday it was suing Facebook and YouTube for allowing a live broadcast of the grisly video of a massacre at a New Zealand mosque, reviving the debate over how social media amplifies such attacks.

Give your eyes a break with dark mode

Dark mode allows you to change the color arrangements on an app or operating system that makes the background black or something close to it. The mode makes looking at the screen a bit easier on the eyes.

Football hacker Pinto makes first appearance in Lisbon court

Rui Pinto, the Portuguese hacker linked to the Football Leaks whistleblower website, made his first appearance before a Lisbon judge on Friday.

German police warn social media stars after Berlin brawl

German police warned social media stars Friday to rein in their followers after making several arrests during a brawl in Berlin when fans of two YouTubers squared off.

French mayor quits over nude photos sent to woman

A mayor in northwest France close to Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has resigned after several nude pictures of him were released by a woman who claims she was the victim of unwanted advances.

Vietnamese blogger who vanished in Thailand jailed in Hanoi

A Vietnamese blogger who vanished in Thailand earlier this year is being held in a Hanoi prison, his friend and wife confirmed Thursday.

Hundreds of couples livestreamed in S. Korean motel spycam porn

More than 800 South Korean couples were livestreamed having sex in love motels, Seoul police said Thursday in one of the largest-scale and most intrusive examples yet of the country's spycam epidemic.

Vietnam dissident jailed for 'reactionary' Facebook posts

A Vietnamese activist was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison for "abusing democratic freedoms" in the conservative communist state that has seen an uptick in dissident detentions under a hardline leadership.

Bolsonaro's US visit ignites Twitter firestorm in Brazil

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's much-hyped visit to the United States ignited a firestorm on Twitter Tuesday as critics and supporters of the far-right leader flooded the social media site, highlighting the country's deep political divisions.

Cubans use new found social media heft to challenge leaders

Cubans are using new found social media muscle to challenge their leaders in ways hitherto unseen on the communist-run island.

Australian PM pushes G20 to tackle internet extremism

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called on world leaders to press technology firms to tackle the "ungoverned" space of extremist internet content in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack.

Australian teen who egged senator hailed online as 'heroic'

An Australian teen who egged a far-right senator over his offensive comments about the Christchurch mosque attacks has been hailed as "heroic" by internet users, who have raised thousands of dollars in support of his protest.

Mosque killing video shows the dark-side of social media

The Christchurch terrorist attack was made for social media and social media duly, for a period of time, showcased the horrific attack in New Zealand. This has opened a discussion about violent videos and their accessibility on social media.

Ukraine ready to take on Russian election hackers

At the headquarters of Ukraine's SBU security service more than a dozen local and Western security experts watch a simulated foreign cyber attack on several big screens ahead of this month's presidential vote.

YouTube's PewDiePie 'sickened' by mosque gunman's namedrop

YouTube's most-watched blogger PewDiePie said he was "sickened" after hearing that the gunman behind Friday's New Zealand mosque massacre had promoted his videos before opening fire.

Op-Ed: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down, still no info

Three of the world's biggest social media sites are experiencing outages and not available around the world. Facebook has stated that it's not a DDOS attack, but other than that, there's not much information available.

French 'yellow vest' fake news gets 100 million Facebook hits

Fake news circulating within the French "yellow vest" protest movement has been viewed more than 100 million times on Facebook, according to a study published Wednesday.

Op-Ed: New Chrome AI custom app Tune hides toxic comments

A new open source Chrome app called Tune has been developed by Alphabet/Google subsidiary Jigsaw. It hides and moderates toxic social media comments using machine learning techniques.

Messaging app dope-dealing ring busted in Israel

Israeli police said Tuesday that undercover officers had broken up a drug-dealing network that used a popular messaging app and had connections in the United States, Ukraine and Germany.
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