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Italy probes TikTok 'blackout challenge' death of 10-year-old girl

Rome - Italian prosecutors have opened a probe into the accidental death of a 10-year-old girl who allegedly took part in a "blackout challenge" on the video-sharing network TikTok.

Judge rejects request to restore web access to Parler platform

San Francisco - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request by the conservative-friendly social network Parler that would have forced Amazon's web hosting service to allow it back online.

Twitter locks account of Chinese embassy in US over Uighur women tweet

Bejing - Twitter said Thursday it has locked the account of the Chinese embassy in the US, over a tweet claiming Uighur women were no longer "baby-making machines" after their minds had been "emancipated".

Bundled-up Bernie: 'anti-fashion' Sanders sparks inauguration meme storm

Washington - Standing out in a crowd of glamorously dressed guests, Bernie Sanders showed up for the US presidential inauguration in a heavy winter jacket and patterned mittens -- with an AFP photo of the veteran leftist spawning the first viral meme of the Biden e...

YouTube extends ban on Trump channel ahead of inauguration

San Francisco - Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday confirmed it extended a ban on new video being added to US President Donald Trump's channel due to the potential for inciting violence.

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.

World Wide Web inventor opposes Australia's news payment plan

Sydney - World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee says Australia's plan to force digital giants to pay media outlets for news content is "unworkable" and undermines a "fundamental principle" of the internet.

US urges Australia to abandon news payment plan for tech giants

Sydney - The United States has urged Australia to abandon its plan to force Google and Facebook to pay media outlets for their news content, saying there could be "long-lasting negative consequences" for consumers and companies.

As Wikipedia turns 20 it aims to reach more readers

Paris - Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday and the collaborative, volunteer-produced internet encyclopedia aims to spend the next 20 years further expanding free access to information.

Hong Kong's first website takedown under national security law confirmed

Fpo - A Hong Kong internet provider said Thursday it had blocked access to a website following a police order, the first confirmed takedown using a new national security law imposed by Beijing last year.

Twitter chief says Trump ban sets 'dangerous' precedent

San Francisco - Twitter chief Jack Dorsey on Wednesday backed the messaging platform's ban of US President Donald Trump, but said it sets a "dangerous" precedent and represents a failure to promote healthy conversation on social networks.

Twitter chief says Trump ban sets 'dangerous' precedent

San Francisco - Twitter chief Jack Dorsey backed the messaging platform's ban of US President Donald Trump, but said Wednesday it sets a "dangerous" precedent and represents a failure to promote healthy conversation on the social network.

Mobile internet: Cuba's new revolution

Havana - Since arriving in Cuba just two years ago, mobile internet has revolutionized life here -- helping people find food, fuel and even medicine amid crippling shortages, and helping them organize protests in a country where waving a placard can land you in...

Snapchat permanently bans Donald Trump from site

San Francisco - Image-centric social network Snapchat on Wednesday said it has permanently banned US President Donald Trump from the platform, as voices are raised against keeping him off the internet stage.

Uber and Lyft drivers challenge California 'gig worker' ballot

San Francisco - Drivers for ride-share and meal delivery apps filed a lawsuit Tuesday to nullify a referendum passed by California voters that lets such "gig workers" be treated as contractors.

YouTube suspends Trump channel for week over violence fears

Washington - Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday temporarily suspended President Donald Trump's channel and removed a video for violating its policy against inciting violence, joining other social media platforms in banning his accounts after last week's Capitol riot.

Activists call for YouTube to dump Trump channel

San Francisco - An activist group on Tuesday called for YouTube to join other social media platforms in dumping US President Donald Trump, threatening an advertising boycott campaign.

The ex-cop behind China's largest gay dating app

Bejing - Browsing the internet as a young policeman in China, Ma Baoli recalls the sheer volume of web pages telling him he was a pervert, diseased and in need of treatment -- simply because he was gay.

Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts linked to pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy

San Francisco - Twitter announced Monday it has suspended "more than 70,000 accounts" linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory following the attack on the US Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters.

Twitter's 'problematic' Trump ban troubles Europe

Paris - Twitter's decision to impose a permanent ban on US President Donald Trump's account has sparked some consternation in Europe, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling it "problematic".

Facebook shuts Uganda accounts ahead of vote

Kanpala - Facebook has shut a slew of accounts belonging to Ugandan government officials accused of seeking to manipulate public debate ahead of elections Thursday, the internet giant told AFP on Monday.

Conservative website Parler forced offline: web trackers

San Francisco - The conservative social network Parler was forced offline Monday, tracking websites showed, after Amazon warned the company would lose access to its servers for its failure to properly police violent content.

Conservative website Parler forced offline: web trackers

San Francisco - The conservative social network Parler was forced offline Monday, tracking websites showed, after Amazon warned the company would lose access to its servers for its failure to properly police violent content.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit social media: report

London - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have quit social media after growing disillusioned by the "hate" they have found on sites like Facebook and Twitter, a UK newspaper reported on Sunday.

The ex-cop behind China's largest gay dating app

Bejing - Browsing the internet as a young policeman in China, Ma Baoli recalls the sheer volume of web pages telling him he was a pervert, diseased and in need of treatment -- simply because he was gay.

Often-lectured Africa sees irony in US political violence

Abidjan - As they watched a violent mob smash into the US Capitol, some in Africa could not help but see a little irony in the chaos incited by President Donald Trump, who once famously called African nations "shitholes".

China goes online to mock 'beautiful sight' of US Capitol chaos

Bejing - China's internet erupted in mirth at America's troubled democracy after supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol, with Beijing criticising the "sharp contrast" between Washington's response to the chaos and the 2019 Hong Kong anti...

Twitter suspends Trump after Capitol violence

San Francisco - Twitter blocked Donald Trump on Wednesday and threatened a permanent ban for breaking platform rules as social media scrambled to respond to violence in the US capital blamed on the outgoing president's repeated claims of election fraud.

Vietnam faces US criticism for jailing critics

Hanoi - Vietnam faced criticism Wednesday from the United States and rights groups after jailing three pro-democracy bloggers weeks ahead of the communist government's party congress.

US pharmacist who destroyed vaccines was 'conspiracy theorist': police

Washington - An American pharmacist who allegedly destroyed hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses last month was an "admitted conspiracy theorist" and believed in a baseless rumor about their safety, authorities have said.
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