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Social media used to fuel South Sudan's civil war

Social media used to fuel South Sudan's civil war

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, shares the rest of the world’s love of social media, but with one difference: Observers believe combatants have marshalled this digital tool to incite atrocities and massacres along ethnic lines in the nation’s two-and-a-half-year-old civil war....

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Yahoo says at least 500 million accounts hacked in 2014

Yahoo says at least 500 million accounts hacked in 2014

Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) said on Thursday information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from its network in 2014 by what it believed was a "state-sponsored actor." The data stolen may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and hashed...

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Facebook is pushing more people to an app they didn't choose

Facebook is pushing more people to an app they didn't choose

Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another. Two years ago, the social-media giant forced its users to adopt its Messenger app for direct communication, a change it enforced by deactivating messages in the main Facebook app and steering users to the app. There was...

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Stop massacres, want our life back: Southern Damascus residents

Stop massacres, want our life back: Southern Damascus residents

(Zaman Al Wasl- Video)- A Syrian resident from the blockaded southern suburbs of Damascus demanded the International Community to reach an agreement ends Syrian people's suffering who have been facing daily massacres for over five years. The besieged man who addressed his message in...

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Facebook changes policies on 'Trending Topics' after criticism

Facebook changes policies on 'Trending Topics' after criticism

Facebook Inc said Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its "Trending Topics" section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias...

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Islamic State-linked hackers post target list of New Yorkers

Islamic State-linked hackers post target list of New Yorkers

A group of hackers linked to Islamic State has posted online a list of thousands of New York residents and urged followers of the militant group to target them, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Federal agents and New York City police officers have been contacting the...

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Thousands of apps running Baidu code collect, leak personal data - research

Thousands of apps running Baidu code collect, leak personal data - research

Thousands of apps running code built by Chinese Internet giant Baidu have collected and transmitted users' personal information to the company, much of it easily intercepted, researchers say. The apps have been downloaded hundreds of millions of times. The researchers at...

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Egypt arrests Facebook page administrators ahead of revolt anniversary

Egypt arrests Facebook page administrators ahead of revolt anniversary

Egyptian security forces have arrested two people for managing multiple Facebook pages they said were used to support the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and encourage protest, the Interior Ministry said. The move intensified a security crackdown on dissent in the run-up to the fifth...

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Turkey to take 'necessary' measures after Twitter fine period expires: minister

Turkey to take 'necessary' measures after Twitter fine period expires: minister

Turkey will not give up on its demand for micro-blogging site Twitter to pay a 150,000 lira ($50,000) fine for not removing content it says is "terrorist propaganda" and will take measures after the period to pay the fine expired, Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday....

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Turkish hackers block Russian minister's social network account

Turkish hackers block Russian minister's social network account

A social network account of Russia's communications minister was temporarily blocked on Sunday in a cyberattack carried out by hackers presenting themselves as a Turkish activist group and parading images of a warplane and Turkish flags. Russia's ties with Turkey suffered a severe blow when...

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Anti-ISIS group claims cyber-attack on BBC, says was only a test

Anti-ISIS group claims cyber-attack on BBC, says was only a test

A group of computer hackers that wants to target Islamic State has claimed it was behind a cyber attack on the BBC which it intended as a test of its own capabilities, according to messages sent to a reporter at the broadcaster on Saturday. "It was only a test, we didn't...

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Twitter restores access to politicians' deleted tweets

Twitter restores access to politicians' deleted tweets

Twitter said Thursday it was restoring access to deleted tweets from politicians, saying it would help "bring more transparency to public dialogue." Earlier this year, the U.S. messaging platform had blocked access to the deleted items by a website called Politwoops, which collected...

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IS supporters using IP addresses once owned by UK government: Hackers

IS supporters using IP addresses once owned by UK government: Hackers

(Middle East Eye)- A hacking group has claimed Islamic State supporters spread propaganda on the internet using IP addresses sold by the UK government to two Saudi firms.  Four online activists calling themselves VandaSec showed the Mirror Online news site details of IP addresses used...

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Giving Away 99 Percent Of His Facebook Stock

Mark Zuckerberg Is Giving Away 99 Percent Of His Facebook Stock

(Huffington Post)- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just had a baby girl named Max, and to honor the occasion he's giving away a massive portion of his wealth. The tech leader took to the social network Tuesday to announce the birth of his first child and the formation...

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Islamic State makes Telegram messaging app a major marketing tool

Islamic State makes Telegram messaging app a major marketing tool

n">The mobile messaging service Telegram, created by the exiled founder of Russia’s most popular social network site, has emerged as an important new promotional and recruitment platform for Islamic State. The service, set up two years ago, has caught on in many corners of...

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Facebook says it froze user named Isis by mistake

Facebook says it froze user named Isis by mistake

  Facebook Inc said it erroneously disabled the personal account of a user named Isis Anchalee for about a day, an action the user claims was due to her name being spelt the same as the acronym used for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group. Anchalee, a software developer in...

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Syrians react to passport found at Paris attack scene

Syrians react to passport found at Paris attack scene

(BBC)- The Syrian passport found at the scene of one of the Paris attacks is causing a strong reaction among Syrians online, some of whom fear the consequences in Western policy. One of the seven people named by French officials as suspected perpetrators of the deadly Paris attacks is...

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Facebook to enable safety check more in disasters after criticism

Facebook to enable safety check more in disasters after criticism

(Reuters)- Facebook Inc. vowed Monday to turn on its "Safety Check" feature more often during disasters in response to growing criticism that it only enabled the function after the attacks in Paris. In the wake of the deadliest attack on Europe in over a decade that killed at least 129 people...

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