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UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook

A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes very uncomfortable reading for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of people’s data. In the report, published today, the committee has also called for Facebook’s use of user data to be investigated by the UK’s data watchdog. In an evidence session to the committee late last ...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Russia, US, Social Media, Business Model, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, United States

Manipulating an Indian politician’s tweets is worryingly easy to do

Here’s a concerning story from India, where the upcoming election is putting the use of social media in the spotlight. While the Indian government is putting Facebook, Google and other companies under pressure to prevent their digital platforms from being used for election manipulation, a journalist has demonstrated just how easy it is to control the social media messages that published by government ministers. Pon Radhakrishnan, India’s minister of state for finance and shipping, publishe...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Twitter, Finance, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Software, United States, Digital Media, United Kingdom, Journalist

Facebook urged to offer an API for political ad transparency research

Facebook has been called upon to provide good faith researchers with an API to enable them to study how political ads are spreading and being amplified on its platform. A coalition of European academics, technologists and human and digital rights groups, led by Mozilla, has signed an open letter to the company demanding far greater transparency about how Facebook’s platform distributes and amplifies political ads ahead of elections to the European parliament which will take place in May. W...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, Transparency, UK, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Nick Clegg, United Kingdom, Mozilla, Commission, European Commission

Medicare for All: A Time for Honesty

E. Kent Yucel                 I would like to give some additional perspective on the widely-touted Medicare for All (MFA) movement, which seems almost to have become a litmus test for being considered a competitive Democratic presidential candidate. Unfortunately, MFA, as it is used in the parlance of most advocates as well as the Democratic presidential candidates, skips over several important issues. These issues cut to the heart of whether or not MFA is a feasible approach to achieving u...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Boston, US, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Medicare, Branding, Guest Blogger, Trump, MFA, Tufts Medical School, Kent Yucel

Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse

The UK government has said it could legislate to require age verification checks on users of dating apps, following an investigation into underage use of dating apps published by the Sunday Times yesterday. The newspaper found  more than 30 cases of child rape have been investigated by police related to use of dating apps including Grindr and Tinder since 2015.  It reports that one 13-year-old boy with a profile on the Grindr app was raped or abused by at least 21 men.  The Sunday Times also f...
Tags: Social, Apps, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tinder, Social Media, Tech, Bbc, Policy, Dating, Regulation, United Kingdom, Child Abuse, Dating Apps, Times

Instagram and Facebook will start censoring ‘graphic images’ of self-harm

In light of a recent tragedy, Instagram is updating the way it handles pictures depicting self-harm. Instagram and Facebook announced changes to their policies around content depicting cutting and other forms of self harm in dual blog posts Thursday. The changes comes about in light of the 2017 suicide of a 14 year old girl named Molly Russell, a UK resident who took her own life in 2017. Following her death, her family discovered that Russell was engaged with accounts that depicted and promoted...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, UK, Instagram, Social Media, Mental Health, Self Harm, United Kingdom, Russell, Online Communities, Suicide Prevention, Adam Mosseri, Mosseri, Molly Russell

Tech platforms called to support public interest research into mental health impacts

The tech industry has been called on to share data with public sector researchers so the mental health and psychosocial impacts of their service on vulnerable users can be better understood, and also to contribute to funding the necessary independent research over the next ten years. The UK’s chief medical officers have made the call in a setting out advice and guidance for the government about children’s and young people’s screen use. They have also called for the industry to agree a code of ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Bullying, Social Media, Tech, CMO, Mental Health, Abuse, Digital Media, United Kingdom, Photo Sharing, Science and Technology Committee

TopCashBack: Shopping Portal With 100% Commission Payout – $10 New Member Bonus

Flat $10 New Member Bonus is back. TopCashBack has a bunch of rotating new member bonuses, but they are often for something like a big package of flushable wipes or laundry detergent. From now until February 14th, 2019, they have brought back the flat $10 cash bonus if you sign up via refer-a-friend link and earn $10 in cash back through shopping. When that happens, your $10 bonus will be “released” and available for withdrawal. For some reason, the $10 bonus isn’t indicated on the referr...
Tags: Amazon, Marketing, United Kingdom, American Airlines, TopCashback, Deals & Offers

Instagram’s Adam Mosseri to meet UK health secretary over suicide content concerns

The still fresh-in-post boss of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, has been asked to meet the UK’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, to discuss the social media platform’s handling of content that promotes suicide and self harm, the BBC reports. Mosseri’s summons follows an outcry in the UK over disturbing content being recommended to vulnerable users of Instagram, following the suicide of a 14 year old schoolgirl, Molly Russell, who killed herself in 2017. After her death, Molly’s family discovered she ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Instagram, Molly, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Bbc, Artificial Intelligence, Self Harm, United Kingdom, Telegraph

Online platforms still not clear enough about hate speech takedowns: EC

In its latest monitoring report of a voluntary Code of Conduct on illegal hate speech, which platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube signed up to in Europe back in 2016, the European Commission has said progress is being made on speeding up takedowns but tech firms are still lagging when it comes to providing feedback and transparency around their decisions. Tech companies are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours, with 72% of content deemed to be illegal hate speech bei...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Instagram, Youtube, Germany, Censorship, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Snapchat, Artificial Intelligence

Brexit backer’s insurance firm and leave campaign fined £120k by data watchdog

The UK’s data protection watchdog has issued fines against a pro-Brexit campaign, Leave.EU, and an insurance company owned by the largest individual donor to the leave cause, Arron Banks’ Eldon Insurance. The penalties have been handed down for what the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) dubs “ serious breaches of electronic marketing laws”.  The fines — served under the UK’s Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, which governs electronic marketing — total £120,000 (~$157k...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, US, Social Media, Insurance, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, United Kingdom, Kremlin, NCA, Brexit

International free speech roundup

“30 Years After the Rushdie Fatwa, Europe Is Moving Backward” on speech that gives religious offense [Jacob Mchangama and Sarah McLaughlin, Foreign Policy] Whether you call it blasphemy or hate speech, chilling effects on expression are the same [Helen Dale, Unherd] British writer faces police inquiry after “deadnaming” transgender activist online [Katie Herzog, The Stranger; Sophie Law, Daily Mail on Graham Linehan case] Social media “like” contributes to another police call [James Kirkup, T...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Uncategorized, Social Media, Transgender, Terrorism, United Kingdom, Hate Speech, Free Speech, Jacob Sullum, Graham Linehan, Jacob Mchangama, Tom Rogan Washington Examiner, Katie Herzog, Sarah McLaughlin, Rushdie Fatwa Europe

Google and IAB ad category lists show “massive leakage of highly intimate data”, GDPR complaint claims

Male impotence, substance abuse, right-wing politics, left-wing politics, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, mental health. Those are just a few of the advertising labels that Google’s adtech infrastructure routinely sticks to Internet users as it watches and tracks what they do online in order to target them with behavioral ads. Intimate and highly sensitive inferences such as these are then systematically broadcast and shared with what can be thousands of third party companies, via the ...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Marketing, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, United Kingdom, Data Protection, NGO, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Online Advertising

Facebook is launching political ad checks in Nigeria, Ukraine, EU and India in coming months

Facebook is launching some of its self-styled ‘election security’ initiatives into more markets in the coming months ahead of several major votes in countries around the world. In an interview with the social networking giant confirmed it’s launching checks on political adverts on its platform in Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union, reiterating too that ad transparency measures will launch in India ahead of its general election. Although it still hasn’t confirmed how it will respond in ot...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, Advertising Tech, Indonesia, Australia, Government, India, Nigeria, Israel, US, Social Media, Tech, European Union, Ukraine, Philippines

After Over a Decade, The Economist Released Its First TV Ad to Sustain Subscribers

For the first time in more than 10 years, The Economist will run a TV ad. Developed by Proximity and dubbed "Never Stop Questioning," the 40-second spot from the London-based publication will run on broadcast channels in the United Kingdom (including Sky, Channel 4, ITV and Channel Five) and the United States (including CBS, NBC,...
Tags: London, Advertising, United States, United Kingdom, Economist, Publishers & Platforms, Sky Channel 4 ITV and Channel Five

Massive E-Commerce Growth in India

The e-commerce environment in India offers lucrative opportunities for brands willing (and ready) to get involved. In fact, in a race to be the world’s largest economies, India jumped from the 10th position in 2005 to third in 2011. As per the report has drawn by the International Comparison Program (ICP) of the Development Data Group at the World Bank, the U.S. retained its position as the largest economy while countries like Japan and the United Kingdom gave way. It was observed that two-third...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, UK, Indonesia, China, India, Marketing, US, Sales, Walmart, E-commerce, Asia Pacific, United Kingdom, Delhi, Mumbai, Latin America

How Trump and Brexit united Europe - Hot Springs Sentinel

How Trump and Brexit united Europe   Hot Springs Sentinel Europeans across the English Channel are nervously watching Britain's debate over Brexit, fearful of what the United Kingdom's divorce from the European ...
Tags: Europe, Seo, Britain, United Kingdom, Brexit, Trump, Europe Hot Springs Sentinel

Industries must adopt ethics along with technology

Klaus Michael Vogelberg Contributor Share on Twitter Klaus Michael Vogelberg is the chief technology officer of Sage, a UK-based accounting software firm. A recent New York Times investigation into how smartphone-resident apps collect location data exposes why it’s important for industry to admit that the ethics of individuals who code and commercialize technology is as important as the technology’s code itself. For the benef...
Tags: Startups, Column, UK, Technology, Privacy, Big Data, Oil, Social Media, Information, European Union, Smartphone, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Ethics, United Kingdom, New-York-Times

Amnesty International used machine-learning to quantify the scale of abuse against women on Twitter

A new study by Amnesty International and Element AI puts number to a problem many women already know about: that Twitter is a cesspool of harassment and abuse. Conducted with the help of 6,500 volunteers, the study, billed by Amnesty International as “the largest ever” into online abuse against women, used machine-learning software from Element AI to analyze tweets sent to a sample of 778 women politicians and journalists during 2017. It found that 7.1%, or 1.1 million, of those tweets wer...
Tags: TC, Twitter, UK, Social Media, Tech, Abuse, United States, United Kingdom, Amnesty International, Parliament, Breitbart, U S Congress, Sarah Jeong, U K parliament, Element AI, Troll Patrol

Bunce wins its very first Council Tender in Nottingham, United Kingdom, for electric road sweepers

Nottingham/Swindon – December 18, 2018 – Bunce, the exclusive supplier of Boschung products in the United Kingdom, wins its very first Council tender in the United Kingdom for electric road sweepers. Bunce championed the Boschung full electric ‘Urban-Sweeper S2.0’ against all other major Read more… The post Bunce wins its very first Council Tender in Nottingham, United Kingdom, for electric road sweepers appeared first on TechRecur: Latest Telecom Media & Technology News, Trends, Analysis, Pres...
Tags: Business, Seo, Environmental, Automotive, United Kingdom, Transport, Logistics, Bunce, News Trends, Boschung, Nottingham United Kingdom, Nottingham Swindon

How to Effectively Trade in Foreign Currencies

The increasingly global nature of the trading market which has been ushered in by globalization has meant that wealthy individuals and financial trading institutions wish to trade in foreign currencies on the exchange market.  This is known as foreign exchange trading, which is more commonly referred to as Forex trading.  The Forex market is the most liquid market in the world with more than $5 trillion being traded daily on this market.  Currencies are traded on an online trading platform in th...
Tags: Finance, India, Marketing, US, Sales, United Kingdom, Forex, Deloitte, Stock Market, Saxo Capital Markets

38% of European Jews have considered emigrating due to recent anti-Semitism, E.U. reports

The survey is based on responses from 16,395 Jewish people living in 12 European countries.1 in 4 reported having experienced anti-Semitic harassment over the past 12 months.E.U. officials urged governments to do more to combat anti-Semitism, including the promotion of Holocaust education. None About 38% of European Jews have considered emigrating from Europe over the past five years due to a "surge" of anti-Semitism, according to a new survey.The poll was conducted by the European Union Agency ...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, France, Germany, Religion, US, Social Media, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Innovation, Poland, European Commission, Belgium, Denmark, Brussels

Found: Lovebirds Who Lost Engagement Ring Down a Times Square Grate

It was a fairy-tale ending for a couple from the United Kingdom who got engaged this weekend in New York, then dropped the too-big band down a grate.
Tags: New York, News, New York City, Social Media, United Kingdom, Ny, Great Britain, Police Department (NYC, Jewels and Jewelry, Times Square and 42nd Street (Manhattan

“The problem is Facebook,” lawmakers from nine countries tell Zuckerberg’s accountability stand-in

A grand committee of international parliamentarians empty-chaired Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing earlier today, after the Facebook founder snubbed repeat invitations to face questions about malicious, abusive and improper uses of his social media platform — including the democracy-denting impacts of so-called ‘fake news’. The UK’s DCMS committee has been leading the charge to hold Facebook to account for data misuse scandals and election interference — now joined in the effort by international ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Pinterest, Instagram, Privacy, France, Singapore, Africa, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Canada, Ireland

UK parliament seizes cache of internal Facebook documents to further privacy probe

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may yet regret underestimating a UK parliamentary committee that’s been investigating the democracy-denting impact of online disinformation for the best part of this year — and whose repeat requests for facetime he’s just as repeatedly snubbed. In the latest high gear change, reported in yesterday’s Observer, the committee has used parliamentary powers to seize a cache of documents pertaining to a US lawsuit to further its attempt to hold Facebook to account f...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Lawsuit, UK, London, Privacy, California, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, United Kingdom

Google lays out narrow ‘EU election advertiser’ policy ahead of 2019 vote

Google has announced its plan for combating election interference in the European Union ahead of elections next May when up to 350 million voters across the region will vote to elect 705 members of the European Parliament. In a blog post laying out a narrow approach to democracy-denting disinformation, Google says it will introduce a verification system for “EU election advertisers to make sure they are who they say they are,” and require that any election ads disclose who is paying for th...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Advertising Tech, Russia, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, United States, United Kingdom, Kremlin, European Parliament

Google lays outs narrow “EU election advertiser” policy ahead of 2019 vote

Google has announced its plan for combating election interference in the European Union, ahead of elections next May when up to 350 million voters across the region will vote to elect 705 Members of the European Parliament. In a blog post laying out a narrow approach to democracy-denting disinformation, Google says it will introduce a verification system for “EU election advertisers to make sure they are who they say they are”, and require that any election ads disclose who is paying for t...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Advertising Tech, Russia, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, United States, United Kingdom, Kremlin

Zuckerberg rejects facetime call for answers from five parliaments

Facebook has declined once again to send its CEO to the UK parliament — this time turning down an invitation to face questions from a grand committee comprised of representatives from five international parliaments. MPs from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK have joined forces to try to pile pressure on the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to answer questions related to his “platform’s malign use in world affairs and democratic process”. The UK’s Digital, Culture, Media a...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, London, Australia, Russia, Social Media, Tech, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Argentina, Damian Collins, Collins, Zuckerberg

Where’s the accountability Facebook?

Facebook has yet again declined an invitation for its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer international politicians’ questions about how disinformation spreads on his platform and undermines democratic processes. But policymakers aren’t giving up — and have upped the ante by issuing a fresh invitation signed by representatives from another three national parliaments. So the call for global accountability is getting louder. Now representatives from a full five parliaments have signed up ...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Australia, Senate, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence

Facebook must change and policymakers must act on data, warns UK watchdog

The UK’s data watchdog has warned that Facebook must overhaul its privacy-hostile business model or risk burning user trust for good. Comments she made today have also raised questions over the legality of so-called lookalike audiences to target political ads at users of its platform. Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham was giving evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee in the UK parliament this morning. She’s just published her latest report to parliament, on the...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Privacy, Facebook Pages, Advertising Tech, Germany, Russia, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence

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