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Twitter and Facebook have accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and sow political discord in the city.

Facebook opens cafés to encourage privacy checks with your coffee

Facebook has announced the opening of five Privacy Cafes, which have been established to help users navigate privacy settings while enjoying a free drink. Facebook is attempting to show it cares about protecting user data, but not all are convinced.

Does North Korea's Kim get Trump tweet alerts?

How people stay informed in the Hermit State of North Korea is always a question, and US President Donald Trump may have answered it Thursday: by Twitter alerts.

Peer-to-peer student site Brainly raises $30 million in funding

Brainly, the world’s largest peer-to-peer learning community for students, parents and teachers, has announced it has raised more than $30 million in funding to power their U.S. expansion.

Twitter to let users follow interests as well as people

Twitter users will be able to follow a small number of interests by the end of the year in the same way they follow people, the company said Tuesday.

Here's why the internet is obsessed with 'number neighbors'

The viral trend has users texting phone numbers that are one digit away from theirs and seeing what kinds of responses they get and what hilarity ensues.

GOP halts spending on Twitter when McConnell account locked

National Republican groups announced Thursday that they would halt spending money to advertise on Twitter after the social media site locked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) campaign account this week.

Airbnb host offers $4,600 'experience' of mock Amazon interview

A former Amazon executive turned Airbnb host in Seattle is offering people the chance to attend a mock interview for a job at Amazon.

New tool exploits WhatsApp and 'puts words in your mouth'

A new piece of software latches onto a flaw with Facebook's WhatsApp and enables an exploiter to alter text and make out that someone has written something which they have not. This flaw presents a cybersecurity weakness.

8chan founder hopes El Paso shooting 'final nail in coffin'

The American creator of the 8chan website linked to deadly US mass shootings said Tuesday he hoped the El Paso carnage would be the "final nail in the coffin" for the forum, which he accused of harbouring "domestic terrorists".

Op-Ed: Amazon sees big jump in data subpoenas, search warrants

Amazon had an increase in formal requests for information it holds. The company has been slower than other major corporations to release a transparency report, due to privacy issues, but is obviously now under much more demand for information.

Facebook settles French 'censorship' case over vagina painting

Facebook has agreed to settle a years-long legal battle with a French teacher who sued after the social media giant shuttered his account when he posted a renowned 19th-century painting that features a woman's genitals, his lawyer said Thursday.

Jordan Princess Haya receives brother's backing on Twitter

Princess Haya of Jordan, embroiled in a bitter legal battle with her husband the ruler of Dubai, has received support from her brother in the form of a photo on Twitter.

Misuse of social networks is damaging business brands

A new study from Trend Micro reveals how the misuse of social networks can damage a business’ brand. The report also informs consumers how they might be tricked into a scam from what is believed to be a trusted source.

Surge in false online videos of Chinese military crackdown in HK

Videos falsely claiming to show a Chinese military crackdown against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have flooded social media over the past week, according to an AFP investigation that has debunked multiple posts.

China's first 'cyber-dissident' given 12-year jail term: court

China's first "cyber-dissident", whose website reported on sensitive topics including human rights, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday for leaking state secrets, a court said.

Cuba expands internet access, but under a very wary eye

All Cubans can now have Wi-Fi in their homes, as the island's government extends internet access even while trying to maintain control over its version of the "truth" and to defend its legitimacy, a top official tells AFP.

Inventor of Twitter's retweet says it was a terrible idea

Chris Wetherell, the software designer who built Twitter’s “retweet” function, wishes he hadn’t done so. He says that no-one at Twitter had anticipated how this function would alter the way people used the platform.

Journalists investigating Russia targeted by cyberattacks: ProtonMail

Reporters investigating Russian military intelligence have been targeted by highly sophisticated cyberattacks through their encrypted email accounts, with evidence suggesting Moscow was responsible, the email service provider ProtonMail and journalists...

Video game Misinformer aims to teach players about fake news

Spotting fake news can be challenging, and add to that there is frustration of biased reporting and the annoying distraction of 'clickbait'. To help the public to differentiate products from the media, a new game has been launched.

US slaps $5 bn fine on Facebook, tightens privacy oversight

US regulators on Wednesday slapped Facebook with a record $5 billion fine for data protection violations in a wide-ranging settlement that calls for revamping privacy controls and oversight at the social network.

Op-Ed: Never Googlers — A very negative view of Google takes root

Google is a super-magnet for controversy. Now, people are actively trying to avoid it, mainly due to privacy issues and tracking. The “movement” is low profile, but it has quite a few points to make. Google should be listening.

Op-Ed: Click farms — Dumb, dangerous, and potential threats to markets

Chinese click farms have been around for a while. They’re supposed to generate false data for sales, search rankings and social media. They’re also potentially very dangerous and could be very expensive for those who use them.

Scotland Yard Twitter and emails hacked

London's Metropolitan Police apologised Saturday after its Twitter, emails and news pages were targeted by hackers and began pumping out a series of bizarre messages.

Twitter to explain more as to why tweets are unavailable

Twitter claims it will soon offer more context about tweets that are unavailable explaining why they are not available rather than just a notice that says "This Tweet is unavailable".

Op-Ed: The Internet of Thought aka a new global imbecility

The Internet of Thought is an ambitious idea to link minds to the Cloud, using nanotechnology. You and your synapses will be able to wander lonely as a cloud through the cloudy clods.

Op-Ed: Amazon offers $10 for Prime Day customer data? Ahem.

Amazon has offered Amazon Prime Day customers $10 for the right to track them online and see which websites they visit. This isn’t exactly generosity. It’s a commercial product being provided at bargain rates. There may also be security issues, or not

Internet a lifeline for Venezuela's embattled independent media

Starved of advertising revenue and battling a stranglehold on the newspaper industry by the government, Venezuela's independent media have been decimated by the country's years-long crisis -- with many migrating online to survive.

Chinese diplomats take to Twitter to defend Beijing

Chinese diplomats are increasingly turning to Twitter to defend Beijing's policies to the international community, taking combative stances and courting controversy on a platform banned in their own country.

Thousands call for Puerto Rico governor to resign after chat leak

Thousands of people demonstrated Monday demanding the resignation of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello following the leak of a group text chat in which he and other officials made obscene, sexist and homophobic remarks about political opponents and...

New Zealand PM 'utterly' disagrees with Trump tweets

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday joined international condemnation of US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen.

UK PM hopefuls slam Trump tweets, but refuse to call them racist

The two candidates vying to become Britain's next prime minister both condemned on Monday US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen as "totally offensive" and "totally unacceptable".

Shock and anger as videos of brutal Sudan raid belatedly go viral

Days after a blackout on mobile internet services ended, Sudanese are shocked by the content of online videos and photographs that appear to document last month's deadly raid on demonstrators.

Deby lifts Chad social media restrictions

Chad President Idriss Deby said Saturday he was lifting social media restrictions which were imposed more than a year ago for "security reasons.

Google are redesigning the News tab for improved readability

Google News, one of the foremost places to obtain news from the world's media outlets, is to receive a redesign centered on making the news cluster more readable and to provide greater transparency about news sources.

Diplomacy: a genteel world combusts in online era

President Donald Trump's fury over leaked cables written by the British ambassador demonstrates the growing predicament faced by diplomats whose profession -- once nearly synonymous with a stiff-upper-lip decorum -- has become explosive in the era of i...

France's lower house passes online hate speech law

French MPs on Tuesday passed a landmark law to fight online hate speech which will oblige social media networks to remove offending content in 24 hours and create a new button to enable users to flag abuse.

Trump Twitter outbursts test US-UK 'special relationship'

Donald Trump's refusal to deal with the UK ambassador following the leak of his frank assessment of the US president's chaotic rule raises a big question: can the allies' much-vaunted "special relationship" survive?

Not kosher: Israel embassy in Brazil mocked over lunch photo

A bungled attempt to alter a photo of Israel's ambassador to Brazil apparently enjoying a lobster lunch with President Jair Bolsonaro has been ridiculed on social media, where users accused the embassy of censoring the non-kosher shellfish.

Starbucks apologizes after employee asks police to leave shop

Six Tempe, Arizona, police officers were asked to leave a local Starbucks on the Fourth of July because a customer said the officers were making them feel uncomfortable, prompting an outcry on social media and an apology from Starbucks.

Q&A: Facebook app to pull user data for market research Special

Facebook has a new Android app called ‘Study by Facebook’ that will compensate users for letting the company see which apps/devices they use. Is this a good idea and should consumers be wary with their data privacy?
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