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Global darknet child porn probe leads to 337 arrests

Washington - International law enforcement authorities announced Wednesday that a global investigation into child pornography sold for bitcoin on the underground internet had reaped 337 arrests and the shutdown of the dark web's most notorious pedophile site.

New Zealand creates unit to target, 'disrupt' online extremism

Wellington - New Zealand will establish a team of investigators dedicated solely to tackling online extremism, as it moves to address failures exposed by the Christchurch mosques massacre, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

Blizzard says China not a factor in eSports winner ban

San Francisco - Gaming company Blizzard Entertainment said Friday China had nothing to do with its decision to punish an eSports champion who voiced support for Hong Kong protestors, but eased the controversial sentence.

Apple chief defends pulling app used by Hong Kong protestors

San Francisco - Apple chief Tim Cook on Thursday defended the decision to pull an app used by protesters in Hong Kong to track police, according to a leaked email to employees obtained by a tech news site.Apple removed the HKmap.

Google yanks Hong Kong protester role-playing app

San Francisco - Google on Thursday removed from its online marketplace a mobile game that let people play as a Hong Kong protester, saying it violated a policy against cashing in on conflicts.

German shooter video stays online despite crackdown

Fpo - Video of a deadly shooting in Germany was easily accessible on 4chan, BitChute and other sites Thursday, attracting tens of thousands of views, despite efforts by tech companies to curb the spread of violent content.

Germany shooting livestreamed despite efforts by tech firms

Washington - Just weeks after a broad effort announced by tech platforms to curb the spread of violent content, a video of Wednesday's deadly shooting in the German city of Halle was posted online, where it was seen by some 2,200 people.

Ransomware attacks 'getting bolder': Europol

Den Haag - Global ransomware attacks are on the decline, but such malicious cyber strikes are getting bolder and homing in on more profitable companies, with data encryption a key target, Europe's police agency said Wednesday,.

Fake news sparks panic among Indonesia quake victims

Jakarta - Thousands of Indonesians are still in shelters nearly two weeks after a deadly earthquake sparked a stream of fake news and hoaxes warning that an even bigger disaster was looming, the government said Monday.

Innovative Iraqis dodge net blackout to illuminate protest violence

Baghdad - With secret satellites, pricey messages abroad and clandestine file transfers, young Iraqis are circumventing an internet blackout aimed at stifling several days of bloody protests in the capital and beyond.

Officials push Facebook for way to peek at encrypted messages

San Francisco - Officials are calling on Facebook not to use encryption in its messaging services that does not provide authorities a way to see what is being sent.

Iraq 'largely offline' amid mass protests

Baghdad - The internet was down across most of Iraq on Thursday, the third day of protests called for on social media, with a monitor saying "intentional restrictions" by major providers caused the near-blackout.

Twitter outages reported from Japan to USA

San Francisco - Several features on Twitter were down Wednesday, the platform said, with users from Japan to the USA reporting they were unable to log in, use the mobile app or see direct messages.

Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm

Fpo - Singapore's new law to combat "fake news" came into effect Wednesday despite criticism from tech giants and activists, who labelled the tough rules a "chilling" attempt to stifle dissent.

Twitter lets users sideline unwanted direct messages

San Francisco - Twitter on Monday said it is rolling out a filter that will hide away unwanted direct messages, providing a new tool to stymie abuse.

Facebook hides 'likes' in Australia trial to ease anxiety

Sydney - Facebook has begun hiding the number of "likes" for posts in Australia, it said Friday, a trial designed to ease social pressure that could be rolled out worldwide.

Egypt's rival camps wage online battle over Sisi

Apo - Rival hashtags, angry videos and calls to march -- the war for Egyptian minds is raging online ahead of possible mass demonstrations against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

More chores for Amazon's Alexa, and a new (celebrity) voice

Seattle - Amazon unveiled a lineup of new Alexa-powered products on Wednesday extending from homes and cars to wearable devices, and a celebrity voice option for the popular digital assistant.

More chores for Amazon's Alexa, and a new (celebrity) voice

Seattle - Amazon unveiled a lineup of new Alexa-powered products on Wednesday extending from homes and cars to wearable devices, and a celebrity voice option for the popular digital assistant.

Trump slammed for trolling Greta Thunberg climate speech

New York - US President Donald Trump stirred up fresh outrage on social media Monday with a tweet mocking an impassioned speech made by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg at the UN climate summit in New York.

Tech giants beef up body to fight extremist content

New York - Social media companies led by Facebook said Monday they were ramping up an industry body that aims to weed out extremist content, seeking to put procedures in place globally on how to handle crises.

Tech giants beef up body to fight extremist content

New York - Tech companies led by Facebook on Monday joined world leaders in ramping up an industry body to weed out extremist content online, giving it a permanent staff.

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Washington - Twitter said Friday it shut down thousands of accounts worldwide for spreading misinformation, including some artificially amplifying pro-Saudi messaging as part of a regional propaganda war.

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Washington - Twitter said Friday it has closed down thousands of accounts across the world for spreading fake news as well as pro-government propaganda, including in places like the United Arab Emirates, China and Spain.

Facebook taps London police to track terror livestreams

San Francisco - Facebook on Tuesday teamed up with the London police as part of a ramped-up effort to thwart live-streams of terror attacks such as the New Zealand mosque massacre.

Almost entire population of Ecuador has online data leaked

Quito - Almost the entire population of Ecuador had their personal data leaked online, security experts said Monday, a massive breach that the government called a "very delicate" issue.

Cuba denounces suspension of official Twitter accounts

Havana - The Cuban government on Wednesday denounced the suspension of multiple official media Twitter accounts during a live TV address by President Miguel Diaz-Canel about the communist island's fuel shortage.

Smooth succession: Jack Ma eases out of a thriving Alibaba

Shanghai - Jack Ma steps down next week as chairman of Alibaba, but the start-up he built into an online retail behemoth is expected to keep thriving into a new era thanks to a culture of innovation he helped nurture.

AFP joins BBC initiative to fight misinformation

Paris - A dozen international media organisations, including AFP, have signed up to a new initiative launched by the BBC to fight misinformation.

Blocked Chinese Twitter accounts targeted Beijing critics: think tank

Sydney - Hundreds of Chinese accounts suspended by Twitter were part of a disinformation operation for years targeting critics of China's ruling Communist Party, Australian researchers have found.After combing through 3.
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