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Facebook to let users rank 'trust' in news sources

San Francisco - Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network.

Instagram, Google+ join EU group fighting hate speech

Brussels - Facebook's Instagram and the Google+ social network have agreed to join an EU-sponsored group of US internet giants to combat online extremism, EU officials said Friday.

Booby-trapped messaging apps used for spying: researchers

San Francisco - An espionage campaign using malware-infected messaging apps has been stealing smartphone data from activists, soldiers, lawyers, journalists and others in more than 20 countries, researchers said in a report Thursday.

Google Search to start favouring faster mobile sites in July

Google has announced a major change to the way it organises search results. Mobile rankings will now consider loading time as a signal. Faster pages will be prioritised over slower ones in a move intended to push developers to build quicker sites.

Mozilla sues the FCC in attempt to restore net neutrality

Mozilla has filed a petition in the federal court of Washington DC in an attempt to overturn the FCC's repeal of net neutrality regulation. It said the web is a "global, public resource" that is dependent on net neutrality to exist in its current form.

Indonesian teen jailed for insulting president on Facebook

Medan - An Indonesian teenager was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for "insulting" President Joko Widodo on Facebook.

Denmark to charge 1,000 youths with spreading sex videos via Facebook

Stockholm - More than 1,000 youths in Denmark are to be charged with spreading sex videos of two 15-year-olds through Facebook, Danish police said on Monday, in the nation's largest case of its kind.

Iran removes block on Telegram

Tehran - Iran has lifted restrictions imposed during recent protests on the country's most popular social media app Telegram.AFP journalists were able to access the service on Sunday and officials confirmed it has been restored.

Whistleblower Manning seeks US Senate seat

Washington - Whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is seeking election to the US Senate in the state of Maryland, a document seen on Saturday says.

Facebook joins Europol talks to fight Islamist propaganda

Den Haag - Facebook took part this week in key talks with European police agencies on how to stop and eliminate violent and terror-related Islamic jihadist posts, in an evolving battle against such propaganda.

H&M removes 'black boy' ad after racism accusation

Stockholm - Swedish clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz on Monday apologised and removed an advertisement of a black child after the company was accused of being racist on social media.

Starry Internet to expand wireless broadband service this month

Starry Internet has announced it will launch a beta of its wireless broadband service in Los Angeles and Washington DC later this month. Starry Internet's also partnering with Marvell to improve wireless broadband technologies.

Berlin to evaluate online hate law as minister falls victim

Berlin - Germany signalled Monday it was open to amending a controversial law combatting online hate speech as the justice minister fell victim to the rules he himself championed.

German justice minister victim of own social media law

Berlin - Germany's justice minister has fallen victim to the rules he himself championed against online social media, as one of his tweets was deleted following several complaints, Bild daily reported Monday.

Catholic Church fury in DR Congo after bloody crackdown

Kinshasa - The death toll from a crackdown on New Year's Eve demonstrations in Democratic Republic of Congo rose to 12, protestors said on Tuesday, as the country's powerful Catholic Church condemned what it called "barbarism" and the UN and France sounded their ...

Death toll from DR Congo violence now 12: protestors

Kinshasa - The death toll from a crackdown on New Year's Eve protests in Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to 12, protestors said on Tuesday.

Crowdfunding saves tumbling down French chateau

Poitiers - It's a modern story of an ancient fairytale castle: a crowdfunding effort online has raised 1.6 million euros ($1.9 million) to restore a chateau in western France.

Tabarnia, the fictional region that wants to leave Catalonia

Madrid - A satirical petition proposing that Tabarnia, a non-existant part of independence-minded Catalonia, break away from the region and remain part of Spain went viral on Tuesday.The Change.

Bangladesh activist arrested on 'anti-Islam' charges

Dhaka - Bangladesh police arrested a 25-year-old social media activist as he tried to leave the country on charges that he defamed Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, authorities said Tuesday.

China has shut down 13,000 websites since 2015: Xinhua

Bejing - China has shut down or revoked the licenses of 13,000 websites since 2015 for violating the country's internet rules, state media reported Sunday.

Eric Schmidt stepping down as chair of Alphabet board

San Francisco - Google's parent company Alphabet on Thursday announced that Eric Schmidt will step down as chairman, remaining on the board but shifting into a role as a technical advisor.

Google VP vows 'vigilance' after US net neutrality rollback

Geneva - Google's vice president Vint Cerf voiced concern Thursday about a US move to roll back "net neutrality" rules for internet access, and vowed to be on the lookout for any "serious side effects".

Romania arrests five suspected members of major ransomware gang

Den Haag - Romanian law authorities have arrested five suspected members of an internet-based ransomware gang responsible for infecting tens of thousands of computers across Europe, the United States and Canada, Europol said on Wednesday.

Spain ready to fight 'fake news' in Catalonia vote

Madrid - The Spanish government has sought to allay fears of fraud in Thursday's Catalan election by announcing a slew of measures to limit the spread of false reports ahead of the official results.

Blinded in one eye, Syrian baby becomes symbol of siege

Jaramana - The heartrending photograph of a Syrian baby who lost an eye in an air strike has set off a viral social media campaign, with users sharing pictures of themselves covering one eye.

France orders WhatsApp to seek permission for data transfer

Paris - France's data protection agency on Monday told messaging app WhatsApp it needs to obtain users' permission to transfer some information to its parent company Facebook and gave it a month to comply.

New software allows robots to be operated through VR

Brown University technologists have developed software that enables users control robots over the Internet using standard a virtual reality hardware interface.

Internet traffic redirected through Russia in 'suspicious' event

Traffic to some of the world's top web services was briefly routed through an "unused" ISP in Russia this week. Researchers have described the unexplained event as "suspicious" and "intentional." Facebook, Google and Microsoft were amongst those impacted.

End of net neutrality could change how much you pay for Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote December 14 on a new rule that would reverse net-neutrality regulations adopted in 2015.

Net giants 'must pay for news' from which they make billions

Paris - Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits.
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