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Spider-Man star caught in Indian Twitter storm mix-up

New Delhi - "Spider-Man" star Tom Holland was grappling with an angry Twitter storm in India on Friday in a case of mistaken cyber identity.

India steps up clampdown on US social media giants

New Delhi - India imposed tough new rules on social media platforms Thursday as it accused US tech giants of "double standards" in taking down disputed content.

Philippine critics in firing line of anti-communist misinformation war

Manila - Philippine lawmaker Sarah Elago faces a daily barrage of Facebook posts linking her to communist rebels trying to overthrow the government. She says the claims are false, but they could get her killed anyway.

Malaysia 'sugar daddy' website boss charged after outcry

Shah Alam - The head of a controversial Malaysian "sugar daddy" dating website was charged Wednesday with causing public alarm after his claims that university students were using the service sparked an outcry.

After Facebook, Twitter ban, Trump fans and extremists turn elsewhere

San Francisco - Gab instead of Twitter, MeWe over Facebook, Telegram for messaging and Discord for insiders -- banned from mainstream platforms, US conspiracy and supremacist movements, many of which support Donald Trump, have shifted to networks that are more confide...

Mogul vs Mogul: Australia's tech law pits Murdoch against Zuckerberg

Sydney - Australia's push to regulate tech giants has become a power struggle between two of the world's most powerful men, with Rupert Murdoch and Mark Zuckerberg locked in a generational battle for media dominance.

Australia health chiefs freeze Facebook ads

Sydney - Australia's health department will no longer advertise on Facebook, it has announced, the latest escalation of the government's feud with the social media giant, which continues to block news content from its platform in the country.

Australia and Facebook in talks over sweeping news ban

Sydney - Australia and Facebook held high-stakes talks Friday after the social media giant sparked global outrage by blacking out news for its Australian users, as Canberra insisted it wouldn't back down on a new law that would force the tech firm to pay for jo...

Cambodia sets up China-style internet firewall

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's government moved to exert near-total control over the country's online life Wednesday, setting up a national internet gateway which activists say will stifle freedom of expression and block content via a China-style firewall.

Fear and isolation as Myanmar junta cuts internet

Bangkok - For the past two nights, Kyaw Soe has felt a knot in his stomach as he imagines family members, friends and colleagues swept up in night-time raids, increasingly common since Myanmar's military coup of February 1.

Fighting online misinformation on the COVID-19 vaccine

Social media users are being warned about the use of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation online. Even as more people are being vaccinated against the coronavirus, a steady force of anti-vaccination activists continues to play on people's fears.

Tech giants 'close' to deals with Australian media

Sydney - Google and Facebook are "very close" to deals with major Australian media to pay for news, a top government official said Monday, as the tech giants scramble to avoid landmark regulation.

Twitter suspends pro-Trump activist group for privacy violations

San Francisco - A conservative activist group notorious for its use of undercover footage and publicity stunts was permanently suspended from Twitter on Thursday, after the group reportedly violated the platform's policies on sharing private information.

Why the world is watching Australia's tussle with Big Tech

Sydney - Facebook's decision to pull news from its platform in Australia comes in response to legislation that would force tech giants to pay for sharing news content.

Museums bet on paid virtual tours during pandemic but will they catch on?

New York - Take a guided tour of Elvis Presley's home from your sofa or marvel at old masters' paintings in The Met without visiting New York: museums, forced to adapt by the pandemic, are now offering paid virtual tours -- but how big a source of income will the...

Microsoft backs search engines paying for news worldwide

San Francisco - Microsoft on Thursday lobbied for other countries to follow Australia's lead in calling for news outlets to be paid for stories published online, a move opposed by Facebook and Google.

France struggling in Sahel 'information war'

Paris - As well as suffering a spate of recent battlefield casualties in the Sahel, France risks losing the fight for hearts and minds in the strategic west African region.

Safer Internet Day: Time to focus on online learning safety Special

February sees the marking of Safer Internet Day, and associated events. The theme for 2021 is around the need to protect minors online and hold online companies responsible for keeping minors safe.

Myanmar's protests will be broadcast, despite junta blackout

Fpo - Myanmar's web-savvy protest movement has overcome social media blocks and even a nationwide internet blackout to transmit real-time information out of the country, as the new military regime struggles to tamp down opposition to last week's coup.

'Worse than my ex': Myanmar's very online youth take on the junta

Fpo - Their signs say it all: Myanmar's ruling junta is worse than an ex-boyfriend, fouler than fish curry, rejected by millions and more painful than a period.

Family sues trading app Robinhood over suicide

San Francisco - The family of a college student who killed himself after thinking he'd lost a fortune using Robinhood sued the free trading app Monday.

Myanmar anti-coup protests grow as army broadens internet crackdown

Yangon - Myanmar saw its largest anti-coup protests yet on Saturday with young demonstrators spilling on to the streets to denounce the country's new military regime, despite a nationwide internet blackout aimed at stifling a growing chorus of popular dissent.

India to lift lengthy internet clampdown in Kashmir: official

Srinagar - Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir said Friday they would restore high-speed web access in the region, bringing to an end what rights groups have called one of the world's longest internet clampdowns.

Indian celebrities slam Rihanna for farmers' protest tweet

New Delhi - Indian celebrities on Wednesday hit back at pop superstar Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg for making social media comments about mass farmers' protests.

Australia's ruling conservatives reckon with conspiracist MP

Sydney - Australia's conservative prime minister was forced to bring a vocal party lawmaker to task on Wednesday for spreading pandemic disinformation, after a string of comments that threatened to undermine public safety.

Microsoft offers to step in if rival Google quits Australia

Sydney - US technology giant Microsoft offered Wednesday to fill the void if rival Google follows through on a threat to turn off its search engine in Australia over government plans to make it pay for news content.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk says he's off Twitter 'for a while'

New York - Tech billionaire Elon Musk said Tuesday he was taking a break from Twitter "for a while", after his posts on the platform helped fuel a stock market frenzy that sent the share prices of several companies soaring.

Microsoft seeks to fill void if Google exits Australia: reports

Sydney - Microsoft has a "Plan B available" if Google follows through on threats to leave Australia over plans to compel digital giants to pay news organisations for content, local media reported Monday.

GameStop phenomenon spreads to Malaysian glove stocks

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian retail investors joined forces on social media and pushed up stocks of under-pressure rubber glove makers on Friday, taking inspiration from the recent GameStop trading phenomenon in the US.

Google bombards Australian search users as PR campaign intensifies

Sydney - US tech giant Google stepped up its public relations campaign against Australian regulation Friday, presenting all search users Down Under with a "proposal" to water down planned rules.
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