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WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe to 16 ahead of data law change

WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe to 16 ahead of data law change

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month. WhatsApp will ask European users to confirm they are at least 16 years old when they are prompted...

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Britain may regulate young people's use of social media: minister

Britain may regulate young people's use of social media: minister

Britain's health minister Jeremy Hunt threatened to impose new regulations on social media firms unless they did more to protect young people using their services. Hunt said the groups were "turning a blind eye" to the effect social media had on children's well-being - an accusation...

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Russia asks Google and Apple to remove Telegram from stores: Ifax

Russia asks Google and Apple to remove Telegram from stores: Ifax

Russia's state telecommunications regulator said Tuesday it had sent requests to Google and Apple asking them to remove the Telegram messenger service from their application stores, the Interfax news agency reported. The watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said on Monday it had begun blocking...

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Zuckerberg's personal data included in Facebook leak

Zuckerberg's personal data included in Facebook leak

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday that his personal data was also included in the Cambridge Analytica breach, in which millions of users' information was obtained and used by a data firm in the U.K. for critical elections. In his testimony before the House Committee on Energy...

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Zuckerberg: regulation of social media firms is 'inevitable'

Zuckerberg: regulation of social media firms is 'inevitable'

WASHINGTON (AP)- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a House oversight panel Wednesday that he believes it is "inevitable" there will be regulation of the social media industry and also disclosed to lawmakers that his own data was included in the personal information sold to malicious third...

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Facebook users still waiting on privacy scandal notices

Facebook users still waiting on privacy scandal notices

(AP) — Facebook said it would begin notifying users Monday if their data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, although it appears to be taking its time. The 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica were supposed to get a detailed...

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Up to 2.7 million Europeans affected by Facebook data scandal: EU

Up to 2.7 million Europeans affected by Facebook data scandal: EU

Facebook has admitted up to 2.7 million people in the EU may have been caught in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the bloc announced Friday, saying its top data official will demand more answers from the social media giant next week. The EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova will hold...

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3 Facebook Messenger app users file lawsuit over privacy

3 Facebook Messenger app users file lawsuit over privacy

Three Facebook Messenger app users have filed a lawsuit claiming the social network violated their privacy by collecting logs of their phone calls and text messages. The suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in northern California, comes as Facebook faces scrutiny over privacy concerns....

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Twitter to ban cryptocurrency ads, joining Facebook, Google

Twitter to ban cryptocurrency ads, joining Facebook, Google

Twitter says it will ban or restrict advertisements related to crypto-currencies in an attempt to crack down on fraud. The move follows similar steps by Facebook and Google earlier this year. Twitter said the new rules will roll out starting Tuesday and will apply to all advertisers in...

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Facebook's Zuckerberg says sorry to Britons with newspaper apology ads

Facebook's Zuckerberg says sorry to Britons with newspaper apology ads

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized to Britons on Sunday over a “breach of trust”, taking out full page advertisements in British newspapers after a political consultancy got its hands on data on 50 million users. “We have a responsibility to...

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Zuckerberg takes responsibility for Facebook data leak

Zuckerberg takes responsibility for Facebook data leak

Facebook has a responsibility to protect the data of its users and it is taking action to prevent leaks in the future, co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday. Zuckerberg broke his silence following disclosure of a massive data leak with a post on the social media site in...

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UAE now requires licenses for 'social media influencers'

UAE now requires licenses for 'social media influencers'

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates says it will now require anyone conducting "commercial activities" through social media to register for a government-issued license. The new rules announced Tuesday target so-called "social media influencers," who parlay their internet fame into...

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Facebook apologizes for censoring prehistoric Venus statue

Facebook apologizes for censoring prehistoric Venus statue

 Facebook apologized Thursday for censoring the prehistoric "Venus of Willendorf" figurine, considered a masterpiece of the Paleolithic era. "Our advertising policies do not allow nudity or implied nudity but we have an exception for statues. Therefore, the ad with this image...

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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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