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Telegram app was targeted by crypto mining malware: Kaspersky Lab

Telegram app was targeted by crypto mining malware: Kaspersky Lab

Previously undetected malware directed at users of the desktop version of the messaging app Telegram has been discovered by the Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab, Kaspersky said Tuesday. The malicious software has been used to target Russian users since March 2017, Kaspersky said in a...

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Twitter hits milestone with first-ever profit

Twitter hits milestone with first-ever profit

Twitter Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly profit, a key milestone that sent shares soaring at the social network which has lagged for years behind fast-growing rivals. Twitter shares leapt 18 percent to $31.77 - their highest levels in over a year - as the San Francisco-based...

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Facebook booming even as time spent on it drops

Facebook booming even as time spent on it drops

Facebook Wednesday reported a big jump in profits even though people are spending less time on the world's biggest social network. The company said its priority is to encourage personal interaction among users, rather than simply boost the number of hours they spend on Facebook....

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Facebook vows to tackle social media threat to democracy

Facebook vows to tackle social media threat to democracy

Facebook acknowledged Monday that the explosion of social media poses a potential threat to democracy, pledging to tackle the problem head-on and turn its powerful platform into a force for "good". The comments from the world's biggest social network were its latest response to intense...

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Facebook to prioritize 'trustworthy' news sources

Facebook to prioritize 'trustworthy' news sources

 Facebook Inc will begin to prioritize “trustworthy” news outlets on its stream of social media posts as it works to combat “sensationalism” and “misinformation,” Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday. The company, which has more than 2 billion monthly users,...

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Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech: EU

Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech: EU

Social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube have accelerated removals of online hate speech, reviewing more than two thirds of complaints within 24 hours, new EU figures show. The European Union has piled pressure on social media companies to increase their efforts to...

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Facebook widens probe into alleged Russian meddling in Brexit

Facebook widens probe into alleged Russian meddling in Brexit

Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Wednesday it would conduct a new, comprehensive search of its records for possible propaganda that Russian operatives may have spread during the run-up to Britain’s 2016 referendum on EU membership. Some British lawmakers had complained that the world’s...

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Twitter won't block world leaders, citing need for discourse

Twitter won't block world leaders, citing need for discourse

Twitter announced Friday it would not block the accounts of world leaders even if their statements are "controversial," citing a need to promote a "public conversation" on political issues. The announcement came just days after a tweet from President Donald Trump hinting at the use of...

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Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

Facebook Inc will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the U.S. to detect users with suicidal intent, the world’s largest social media network said on Monday. Facebook began testing the software in the United States in March, when the...

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Facebook tests splitting its News Feed into two

Facebook tests splitting its News Feed into two

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday it was testing the idea of dividing its News Feed in two, separating commercial posts from personal news in a move that could lead some businesses to increase advertising. The Facebook News Feed, the centerpiece of the world’s...

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Russia fines Telegram for not giving backdoor access

Russia fines Telegram for not giving backdoor access

A Russian court on Monday fined the popular Telegram messenger app for failing to provide the country's security services with encryption keys to read users' messaging data. A Moscow court imposed an 800,000-ruble fine (about $14,000/12,000 euros) over Telegram's failure to "provide law...

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Las Vegas shooting was Twitter's saddest day ever: study

Las Vegas shooting was Twitter's saddest day ever: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 injured, was the saddest day ever recorded on Twitter, according to Hedonometer, a tool that measures sentiment on social media platforms. The barometer, which measures the...

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History of Syria’s War at Risk as YouTube Reins In Content

History of Syria’s War at Risk as YouTube Reins In Content

Syria's civil war has been one of the modern world's most brutal conflicts and one of its most heavily filmed. Hundreds of thousands of amateur videos uploaded to YouTube document every heartbeat of the war over the past seven years, from momentous events like cities under bombardment to...

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EU fines Facebook 110 mn euros over 'misleading' info in WhatsApp takeover

EU fines Facebook 110 mn euros over 'misleading' info in WhatsApp takeover

The European Commission on Thursday fined U.S. social media giant Facebook 110 million euros ($120 million) for providing incorrect and misleading information on its takeover of WhatsApp. "Today's decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger...

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Facebook targets 30,000 fake France accounts before election

Facebook targets 30,000 fake France accounts before election

Facebook says it has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country's presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation. The company said Thursday it's trying to "reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including...

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Pro-Erdogan hackers in Twitter attack as EU blasts Turkey

Pro-Erdogan hackers in Twitter attack as EU blasts Turkey

Hackers supporting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday defaced Twitter accounts of top individuals and institutions with Nazi jibes, as the EU hit back at Ankara's behaviour in an escalating crisis. Turkey and the European Union are going through their most explosive crisis...

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Facebook creates 'Community Help' feature for disaster assistance

Facebook creates 'Community Help' feature for disaster assistance

Facebook plans to add a feature Wednesday to make it easier for people affected by disasters to find each other locally to provide and receive help. The world's largest social network said its "Community Help" will activate after natural disasters and major accidents as a part of "Safety...

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Apple, Facebook, Uber, Google, Intel, Snap and Netflix join slew of companies to take legal action against Trump

Apple, Facebook, Uber, Google, Intel, Snap and Netflix join slew of companies to take legal action against Trump

(The Independent)- Ninety-seven companies, from Apple to Zynga, filed an impassioned legal brief condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, stepping up the industry’s growing opposition to the policy. The amicus brief was filed late Sunday in the Ninth Circuit...

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