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The seventh annual Digital News Report has found there has been a decline in the number of people indicating they use Facebook as a news source. Instead WhatsApp gains in popularity.

Google introduces new way to limit adverts

Following in Facebook's footsteps, Google is offering users a new way to restrict being hit with targeted adverts. This signals a new approach to data privacy.

Anonymous Twitter troll convicted of abuse in Belgium

A Belgian court has convicted an anonymous Twitter user of harassment after the social media giant supplied his identity, in the country's first case of its kind, officials said Thursday.

Armenia PM vows to fight graft 'using Facebook'

Armenia's new prime minister said he would fight graft with any means possible, after being swept to power on the back of mass street protests, in one of his first conversations with foreign media.

America takes to social media to #ThankCanada after Trump remarks

With diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and Canada escalating after President Trump's Twitter tirade against Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Americans have taken to social media to #Thankcanada for all they have given the world.

Huh? China stumped by Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb'

Chinese social media users are scratching their heads over a "Chinese proverb" US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka posted to Twitter as her father prepared for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Trump lashes out at US allies in Twitter rant

President Donald Trump lashed out at US allies Monday in a Twitter rant focusing on trade following a contentious G7 summit of economic powers in Canada at the weekend.

Google stops running some political ads in Washington state

Google has stopped running any ads in Washington state that are related to ballot measures or state and local elections. The company said it will notify any advertisers affected and update its political content policy to reflect this change.

Swiss vote to block foreign-based gambling sites

Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved Sunday blocking foreign-based betting sites in a high-stakes referendum on a new gambling law designed to prevent addiction, but which opponents said amounted to internet censorship.A full 72.

India arrests 15 over latest 'child abduction' lynchings

Indian police have arrested 15 men after the latest in a spate of lynchings incited by rumours spread on WhatsApp of strangers abducting children, an officer said Sunday.

Facebook hiring two staff to ferret out fake news

Facebook is looking for one English and one Spanish speaker who were originally described as a "news credibility specialist" but this was changed to "news publisher specialist". Whatever they are called they are to filter out fake news from Facebook.

Op-Ed: FCC hits the fan — Senate overturns net neutrality repeal

The FCC, reviled for its enthusiasm for overturning of net neutrality, is in trouble. The Senate has rejected net neutrality repeal, as the FCC comes under fire for allegedly faking a DDoS attack and millions of comments supporting the repeal.

BuzzFeed to shut French website

US news website BuzzFeed is to shut down its French version after four years online, staff told AFP on Thursday.

Youtube partly liable for copyright breaches: Austrian court

An Austrian court has ruled that video-sharing platform YouTube can be held partly liable for copyright breaches in videos uploaded by its users, in a ruling that may have far-reaching implications.

Facebook staff to learn Sinhala insults after Sri Lanka riots

Three months after Sri Lanka was rocked by deadly anti-Muslim riots fuelled by online vitriol, Facebook is training its staff to identify inflammatory content in the country's local languages.

Facebook deals with Chinese firm draw ire from US lawmakers

Facebook drew fresh criticism from US lawmakers following revelations that it allowed Chinese smartphone makers, including one deemed a national security threat, access to user data.

Facebook's new rules for political ads are causing problems

Facebook's new rules requiring verification for ads regarded as political are causing serious problems for advertisers as their ads are taken down until the accounts are verified as political advertisers a process that takes several days.

Nearly half of U.S. teens are online 'almost constantly'

Any doubts that the future is digital should be dispelled based on a new survey looking at on-line use among U.S. teenagers. Research suggests that the typical teen spends more time on-line than any other activity.

Uganda slaps tax on social media users to curb 'gossip'

Ugandan users of Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and other social media will from July have to pay a daily tax, according to a new law which rights activists said Thursday was a bid to stifle free speech.

German spy agency can keep tabs on internet hubs: court

Germany's spy agency can monitor major internet hubs if Berlin deems it necessary for strategic security interests, a federal court has ruled.

Operator of world's top internet hub sues German spy agency

The operator of the world's largest internet hub challenged the legality of sweeping telecoms surveillance by Germany's spy agency, a German court heard Wednesday.

Complaint: Facebook pressured users to agree to privacy policy

A complaint filed by the European Center for Digital Rights, on behalf of an anonymous complainant, against Facebook Ireland Ltd. et al alleges the company used pressure tactics to get people to accept its privacy policy, in violation of the GDPR.

Op-Ed: Major deal — Let's not get too damn cute about GDPR consents

GDPR, or the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, has already hit the world’s big players with lawsuits against them, filed by an Austrian privacy activist called Max Schrems.

Heightened debate in US as EU privacy rules take effect

Amid a global scramble to comply with new EU data protections laws, the debate on privacy has intensified in the United States with some calling for similar measures for Americans, and others warning the rules could fracture the global internet.

GDPR: Europe’s new privacy law is officially here

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on Friday aimed at forcing companies to pay closer attention to how they handle customer data with severe penalties for breaching consumers’ privacy rights.

Facebook, Twitter tighten rules for political ads

Twitter on Thursday announced new guidelines to clearly mark political ads on its platform as Facebook said it began implementing a policy requiring labeling and verification of identities of those paying for political messages.

Facebook begins labeling, verification for political ads

Facebook said Thursday it began implementing a new policy requiring labeling of political ads and verification of identities of those paying for the messages.

Op-Ed: Elon Musk attacks the media — Saying it has lost credibility

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, accused the media of being dishonest and floated the possibility of building a service to rate the credibility of specific journalists and news outlets, in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

The internet: a dangerous place for wild animals

From ivory baubles and leopard coats to rare turtles and live bears, the online market for protected wildlife is booming, according to an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) investigation released Wednesday.

Brazil's right wing attacks anti-fake news campaign

An influential right-wing group in Brazil has lashed out against a fact-checking campaign launched by Facebook, saying the measure amounts to censorship aimed at stifling political debate.

Mexico presidential frontrunner vows to hit back at Trump tweets

The fiery leftist leading the race for Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, vowed Friday to hit back at US President Donald Trump if he insults Mexico on Twitter.

Op-Ed: Break up the tech giants to protect privacy? Maybe not

An NYU professor called Scott Galloway has called for the big tech monsters to be broken up to deal with privacy issues. The problem is that this whole environment is a moving target, and the big companies are targets themselves.

Israel army disputes Hamas 'fake news' on tear gas baby

The Israeli army on Friday disputed Palestinian accounts that a baby had died of tear gas inhalation during protests on the Gaza border.

More than 100 arrested in Brazil child pornography blitz

More than 100 people were detained Thursday across Brazil in what authorities said was the country's biggest ever crackdown on internet child pornography.

Facebook has deleted millions of spam posts and fake accounts

Facebook has thinned out millions of spam posts, and it has removed millions of fake accounts, in an effort to keep its content cleaner, to enforce its community standards.

Twitter tweak steps up fight against trolls

Twitter said Tuesday it was stepping up its long-running battle against online trolls, trying to find offenders by looking at "behavioral signals.

EU seeks to protect citizens in data 'jungle': minister

The Facebook scandal has laid bare the urgency of protecting personal information in a digital "jungle," the EU's justice minister said before new European data rules become law.

New approach for tackling fake news and online disinformation

The digital transformation of news has opened up a world of new information and has allowed many areas previously ignored to gain a wider profile. However, it has also increased the rate of ‘fake news’. The European Union has taken new measures.

Malaysian PM Mahathir vows to review 'fake news' law

New Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad vowed Sunday to review a controversial law against "fake news" hurriedly passed before the elections and seen as aimed at critics of his scandal-tainted predecessor.

Facebook recovers all its losses from Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook has managed to recoup all of the losses that it had incurred in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Facebook bans foreign ads targeting Irish abortion referendum

Facebook said on Tuesday it will block foreign adverts aimed at Ireland's referendum on abortion later this month.
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