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Facebook 'supreme court' to judge Trump suspension

San Francisco - Facebook on Thursday said it is asking its independent experts to rule on whether former president Donald Trump's suspension for "fomenting insurrection" should stand.

Social media faces reckoning as Trump ban forces reset

Washington - Social media giants crossed a threshold in banning US President Donald Trump and an array of his supporters -- and now face a quandary on defining their efforts to remain politically neutral while promoting democracy and free speech.

Twitter suspends QAnon-linked Republican lawmaker's account

Washington - A newly elected Republican congresswoman known for promoting QAnon conspiracy theories accused Twitter of censorship on Sunday after her account was temporarily suspended for "multiple violations".

Conservative social network Parler sues Amazon over web shutdown

New York - The social platform Parler sued Amazon on Monday after the tech giant's web division forced the conservative-favored network offline for failing to rein in incitements to violence.

India IT giant TCS sees profits jump on pandemic demand

Mumbai - India's largest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services saw its quarterly profits climb more than seven percent Friday, citing strong demand for its cloud services as the pandemic boosts remote working.

Facebook bans Trump 'indefinitely' for inciting violence

San Francisco - Facebook has banned President Donald Trump from the platform "indefinitely" due to his efforts to incite violence at the US Capitol, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday.

Facebook to close Irish units at center of tax dispute

Washington - Facebook confirmed Wednesday it was closing its Irish subsidiaries at the center of a dispute on profit shifting to avoid taxes in the United States.

Contradicting Trump, US justice chief fingers Russia in hack

Washington - US Attorney General Bill Barr said Monday that Russia was behind the massive hack of US government computer systems, contradicting President Donald Trump's suggestion that China could be involved.

Trump says cyberattack 'under control,' plays down Russian role

Washington - President Donald Trump on Saturday downplayed a massive cyberattack on US government agencies, declaring it "under control" and undercutting the assessment by his own administration that Russia was to blame.

Trump says cyberattack 'under control,' plays down Russian role

Washington - President Donald Trump Saturday downplayed a massive cyberattack on US government agencies, declaring it "under control" and undercutting the assessment by his own administration that Russia was to blame.

US blacklists Chinese companies including chip giant SMIC

Washington - The United States on Friday announced it has imposed export controls on dozens of Chinese companies including the country's biggest chipmaker, SMIC, restricting its access to US technology over its alleged ties to China's military.

Massive cyberattack grows beyond US, heightening fears

Washington - A devastating cyberattack on US government agencies has also hit targets worldwide, with the list of victims still growing, according to researchers, heightening fears over computer security and espionage.

Google hit with third antitrust lawsuit, by new state coalition

San Francisco - Dozens of US states on Thursday hit Google with its third antitrust suit in as many months, accusing the internet giant of abusing its internet search dominance to eliminate competition.

Amazon girds for challenge in warehouse union drive

Washington - Amazon workers at an Alabama warehouse have been given a green light by a federal agency on a unionization vote which could deliver a first for organized labor with the e-commerce and technology giant in the United States.

Texas leads US states suing Google for anti-competitive practices

New York - Several US states led by Texas filed a suit against Google Wednesday over alleged anti-competitive practices, branding it an "internet Goliath" that had eliminated competition in online advertising and was harming consumers.

Facebook antitrust suits seek to divest Instagram, WhatsApp

Washington - US federal and state antitrust enforcers filed suit against Facebook on Wednesday claiming the social media giant abused its dominant position and seeking to unwind its acquisitions of messaging services Instagram and WhatsApp.

Second US judge blocks Trump's TikTok ban

New York - A second US federal judge has suspended a Trump administration executive order threatening to ban TikTok in the United States.

#Covid19, #BlackLivesMatter top Twitter themes in 2020

Washington - The coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement topped the list of conversation topics on Twitter in a tumultuous year, the messaging platform said Monday.

Twitter bans content which 'dehumanizes' based on race, ethnicity

Washington - Twitter said Wednesday it was expanding its definition of hateful content to ban language which "dehumanizes" people on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin.

Facebook 'supreme court' begins daunting task on content disputes

San Francisco - Facebook's "supreme court" tasked with deciding on allowing or removing sensitive and harmful content has begun operations, with a backlog of some 20,000 cases already piling up for the expert panel.

Snapchat challenges TikTok with curated video feed

San Francisco - Snapchat on Monday unveiled a new curated short-form video feed in a stepped up challenge to social media rivals like TikTok.

Gaming sensation Roblox to go public: filing

San Francisco - Popular gaming platform Roblox, a pandemic sensation among children, is aiming to raise $1 billion in an initial public offering, according to documents published Thursday.

Apple changes course on app store, cuts fees for small developers

San Francisco - Apple said Wednesday it would cut in half its App Store fees for small developers, moving in the face of lawsuits over its 30 percent commission and increased antitrust scrutiny of the online marketplace.

Twitter, Facebook defend election rules at heated Senate hearing

Washington - Facebook and Twitter defended their handling of US election misinformation at a heated congressional hearing Tuesday where one key senator assailed the platforms for being the "ultimate editor" of political news.

US senators spar with Big Tech over legal immunity, politics

Washington - Capitol Hill clashed with Silicon Valley Wednesday over legal protections and censorship on social media during a fiery hearing a week before Election Day in which Twitter's Jack Dorsey acknowledged that platforms need to do more to "earn trust.

Facebook unveils machine learning translator for 100 languages

Washington - Facebook on Monday unveiled software based on machine learning which the company said was the first to be able to translate from any of 100 languages without relying on English.

NATO chief calls for new strategy on cyber, China

Bratislava - NATO needs a new strategic concept adjusted to the global rise of new technologies, terrorism and China to replace a plan developed a decade ago, the head of the alliance said on Wednesday.

Lawmakers slam Big Tech 'monopolies' in new report

Washington - A House of Representatives panel said in a report Tuesday that four Big Tech firms are "monopolies" which abuse their market dominance and called for sweeping changes to antitrust laws and enforcement, which could potentially lead to breakups of the gi...

Facebook, Instagram ban QAnon conspiracy-linked accounts

San Francisco - Facebook on Tuesday announced a ban on all accounts linked to the QAnon conspiracy group, as the social network tries to clamp down on misinformation ahead of the heated US presidential election.

Twitter bans Trump death wishes, sparks debate

San Francisco - Twitter is removing tweets hoping for the demise of US President Donald Trump -- a move which opened up the social platform to criticism that it should enforce the same policy for everyone.
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