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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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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Opposes Donald Trump’s Immigration Action

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Opposes Donald Trump’s Immigration Action

(Wall Street Journal)- Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday publicly opposed two executive orders signed by President Donald Trump aiming to curtail immigration and bolster border security, contrasting with the neutral stance the tech executive has taken since the election....

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Facebook, Nodding to Its Role in Media, Starts a Journalism Project

Facebook, Nodding to Its Role in Media, Starts a Journalism Project

 (New York Times)- Facebook is increasingly owning up to its role as one of the world’s largest distributors of information by taking more responsibility for the millions of stories that flow through its site. On Wednesday, the social network made its latest move to acknowledge that...

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Snapchat buying Israeli augmented reality start-up Cimagine

Snapchat buying Israeli augmented reality start-up Cimagine

Messaging app Snapchat is buying Israeli augmented reality startup Cimagine Media for an estimated $30-$40 million, marking Snapchat's first acquisition in Israel, the Calcalist financial daily reported on Sunday. Cimagine developed True Marketless Augmented Reality – technology that...

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube unite to 'fingerprint' terrorist content

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube unite to 'fingerprint' terrorist content

(Sky News)- Major technology companies are joining forces to spot terrorist propaganda and prevent it spreading online. Twitter, Microsoft and Google-owned YouTube will join Facebook in creating a form of digital database to "fingerprint" flagged up terrorist content.   By...

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Facebook fixes glitch that turned profiles into memorial pages

Facebook fixes glitch that turned profiles into memorial pages

Facebook Inc said on Friday a glitch that changed profiles of several users, including that of Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, to memorial pages had been resolved. A message meant for memorialized profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts, a company representative said in an emailed...

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Facebook 'pauses' WhatsApp data sharing after ICO intervention

Facebook 'pauses' WhatsApp data sharing after ICO intervention

(The Guardian)- Facebook has agreed to “pause” its plan to use data from UK users of messaging service WhatsApp for advertising and product improvement purposes across the rest of its business, after an intervention from the UK information commissioner. Elizabeth Denham wrote to Facebook...

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German prosecutors investigate Facebook over hate postings

German prosecutors investigate Facebook over hate postings

German prosecutors are investigating Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives, a spokesman for the Munich prosecutor's office said Friday, following a complaint alleging the company broke national laws against hate speech and sedition by failing to remove racist postings. The spokesman...

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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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