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YouTube’s Super Chat hijacked for hate speech

March 19, 2019

It may’ve been designed to let people playfully pelt YouTube celebs with water balloons, but it looks like YouTube’s live Super Chat feature is now being used to spread hate speech. A report this week from The Wall Street Journal reveals that in the wake of the mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, […]

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UK government could police social media with internet regulator

January 27, 2019

The British government could be preparing to set up an internet regulator that would police the actions of social networks and sanction them if they failed to comply with rules. Buzzfeed News reported on Thursday that it had obtained details of government proposals, which form part of legislation currently being drafted ahead of an official […]

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Netflix pulls episode of comedy show to satisfy Saudi Arabia ‘legal demand’

January 14, 2019

Netflix removed an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj from its Saudi Arabia service after the kingdom complained. That episode, the comedy show’s second, slammed the Middle Eastern country following the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Released in October, it remains available on Netflix outside Saudi Arabia […]

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Facebook paid teens 0 a month to access their browsing history and DMs

January 9, 2019

Some Facebook users have been giving the social network access to their phone activity in exchange for money as part of a research project since 2016, according to a Tuesday report by TechCrunch. Facebook, which critics say isn’t doing enough to protect the privacy of its users, has been giving people between the ages of […]

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Google takes steps to crush tech support scams

November 15, 2018

Google is planning to restrict ads for third-party tech support services following an increase in ‘misleading’ experiences. The search company will limit such ads globally while it prepares a verification program to make sure only ‘legitimate providers’ can offer their services, according to a weekend blog post. ‘For many years, we’ve consulted and worked with […]

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Facebook’s and social media’s fight against fake news may get tougher

September 21, 2018

Facebook isn’t the same social network it used to be. A decade ago, status updates had to include the word ‘is.’ Catching up with friends meant writing on their Facebook digital walls.  Today’s social media couldn’t be more different. Users are sharing moments of their lives in vertical videos and photos that vanish in 24 hours […]

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Facebook’s Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe is leaving

August 28, 2018

Brendan Iribe, the co-founder of Facebook-owned Oculus, is leaving the virtual reality company.  ‘This will be the first real break I’ve taken in over 20 years. It’s time to recharge, reflect and be creative. I’m excited for the next chapter,’ Iribe wrote in a Facebook post on Monday announcing his departure.  Iribe, who co-founded the virtual reality […]

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Online phishing sites skyrocket in number during past year

August 18, 2018

Be careful, online shoppers. The number of fake retail websites designed to phish for customer information is on the rise, according to a joint report published Wednesday by e-commerce fraud prevention company Riskified and cyber intelligence company IntSights.  Analyzing data from the third quarter of last year to Q3 2018, Riskified and IntSights found a […]

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wants to fix ‘filter bubbles’ on the social network

May 18, 2018

Social media sites such as Twitter can reinforce certain political viewpoints or biases by surfacing posts they think its users want to see. It’s a problem that Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey admits the company is trying to solve, but he’s not blaming it on the algorithms. ‘I think Twitter does contribute to filter […]

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Saudi teen who tweeted plight is granted asylum, arrives in Canada

May 1, 2018

The Saudi teen who fled her family and grabbed global attention with a dramatic series of near real-time tweets arrived in Canada on Saturday after being granted asylum there. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun ran away earlier this month while traveling in Kuwait. The 18-year-old said her family subjected her to psychological and physical abuse and that […]

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