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Twitter adds way to report voter-tricking tweets

San Francisco - Twitter on Wednesday began making it easier to report tweets aimed at interfering with people voting, starting first in Europe and India.

NZealand, France announce bid to end violent extremism online

Wellington - New Zealand and France will bring together global leaders at a Paris summit next month aimed at stopping social media being used to organise and promote terrorism, the countries' leaders announced Wednesday.

I'm hatin' it — McDonalds app users hacked by hamburglar

Montreal - For the past several months, hamburglars have been on the loose in Canada, hacking into mobile phone user's McDonald's apps. They have hijacked people's accounts and ordered hundreds of dollars of food for themselves.

Samsung delays launch of folding Galaxy smartphone

San Francisco - Samsung said Monday it was delaying the launch of its folding smartphone after trouble with handsets sent to reviewers.Some reviewers who got their hands on the Galaxy Fold early reported problems with screens breaking.

Venezuelan comic pokes fun at stereotypes to explain Latin America

New York - Joanna Hausmann is a bubbly Latina cocktail of cultures, languages and opinion as she rants a mile a minute about how to curse well in Spanish or what's more useful: a 100-bolivar Venezuelan note or a roll of toilet paper.

Austria NGO fights hate online, one conversation at a time

Vienna - When it comes to the problem of online hate speech, the culprits behind the keyboards and smartphones can take some surprising forms -- just take 74-year-old Viennese retiree Ms H.

Facebook says it stored 'millions' of unencrypted Instagram passwords

San Francisco - "Millions" of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said Thursday, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands.

Fake news war: in Libya, battles also rage on social media

Tripoli - On Libya's front lines, fighters often hold a gun in one hand and a smartphone in the other, using their cameras in the propaganda war.

UK to roll out age checks for porn in world first

London - Britain in July is set to become the first country in the world to introduce age-verification to access online pornography, the government said on Wednesday.

Ecuador says hit by 40 million cyber attacks since Assange arrest

Quito - Ecuador said on Monday it has suffered 40 million cyber attacks on the webpages of public institutions since stripping Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of political asylum.

EU adopts controversial copyright reforms

Apo - European Union countries on Monday adopted copyright reforms championed by news publishers and the media business, but opposed by US tech giants and internet freedom activists who worry it could chill the sharing of information.

Google+ lives on in enterprise form

Google's failed attempt to take on other social media giants - Google+ may have disappeared (along with all of the content) for everyday users, the platform lives on in the enterprise form.

Disney+ streaming service sets November launch

San Francisco - Disney announced Thursday that its video streaming service would launch in the US in November, spotlighting its blockbuster-making studios as it takes on powerhouse Netflix.The company said that after launching in the US on November 12 at $6.

'Hitler would have loved social media': Disney CEO

Los Angeles - Disney CEO Bob Iger on Thursday called upon US politicians to reject hate in the run up to the 2020 election -- and claimed that Adolf Hitler would have "loved social media" as a tool to spread extremist propaganda.

Russian MPs approve controversial bill restricting internet

Moscow - 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.

Russian MPs approve controversial bill restricting internet

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Thursday approved in a key second reading a controversial bill that would allow Moscow to cut off the country's internet traffic from foreign servers.

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

Paris - 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.

WikiLeaks claims 'extortion' over leaked Assange footage

London - WikiLeaks on Wednesday claimed that it was being blackmailed by "dubious characters" who had obtained security camera footage of founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador's embassy in London.

Breaking the internet: new regulations imperil global network

Washington - Is the dream of one global internet still alive?Increasingly, moves by governments to filter and restrict content are threatening to fragment the system created with the promise of connecting the world with a largely unified body of content.

Ecuador says rethinking Assange asylum

Quito - Ecuador says it is reassessing its asylum for Julian Assange after WikiLeaks warned last week that the organization's controversial founder faced imminent expulsion from Quito's London embassy and arrest by the British authorities.

French MPs approve digital tax, defying US ire

Paris - French lawmakers on Monday approved a new tax on digital giants such as Facebook and Apple that has angered the United States, with Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire boasting that France was proud to be in the vanguard of such a move.

No plans to delay livestreams despite NZ massacre: Facebook's Zuckerberg

Washington - Facebook is working to prevent livestreams of terror attacks such as the one in New Zealand but it does not plan to introduce a delay on live feeds, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

Whatsapp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election

New Delhi - 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.

Pope warns against hate-fomenting 'fake news'

Vatican City - Internet-based "fake news" is fomenting prejudice and hatred, Pope Francis said on Tuesday, warning our culture "has lost its sense of truth and bends the facts to suit particular interests".

Israeli watchdog finds online manipulation ahead of vote

Jerusalem - An Israeli cyber watchdog said Monday it has uncovered a network of fake online accounts backing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and slandering opponents ahead of next week's general election.

Gun control, climate: a new US generation takes to the barricades

New York - In the United States, David Hogg is a leading campaigner for gun control, while in Europe, Greta Thunberg fights to defend the climate.

Facebook chief wants 'more active' govt role regulating internet

Washington - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg called Saturday for governments to play a "more active role" in regulating the internet, urging more countries to adopt versions of sweeping European rules aimed at safeguarding user privacy.

Facebook to deploy new transparency tools ahead of European elections

Paris - 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

Havana - 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.

How 'white van kidnapper' rumours sparked violence in Paris

Paris - How did an internet hoax about kidnappers driving white vans lead to "collective hysteria" and near-lynchings in the Paris suburbs this week? Experts say it is a combination of old-fashioned prejudice and modern technology.
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