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Twitter shares surge as Trump accuses it of 'political games'

Social media platform’s revenues up 18% as president criticises its treatment of himTwitter has reported better-than-expected financial results, sending its shares surging, as Donald Trump accused the social media platform of “playing political games”.Revenues for the first quarter climbed by 18% to $787m (£605m), beating Wall Street forecasts of $776m. Revenues were boosted by ad sales that also rose 18%, to $679m. Its shares jumped nearly 13% to $38.81. A year ago, they were changing hands at ...
Tags: Twitter, Donald Trump, Economics, Social media, Business, Technology, US news, Media, Digital media


Tesla investigates video of Model S car exploding

The video, widely shared on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, shows the parked EV emit smoke and burst into flames seconds laterTesla said it has sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media which showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding, the latest in a string of fire incidents involving the company’s cars.The video, time stamped Sunday evening and widely shared on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, shows the parked EV emit smoke and burst into flames seconds later. A video purportedly of t...
Tags: Business, Technology, Media, China, Social Media, Tesla, World news, Asia Pacific, Digital Media, Weibo


Sri Lanka blocks social media sites after deadly explosions

The government of Sri Lanka has temporarily blocked access to several social media services following deadly explosions that ripped through the country, killing at least 207 people and injuring hundreds more. Eight bombings were reported, including during Easter services at three churches, on the holiest weekend of the Christian calendar. In a brief statement, the Sri Lankan president’s secretary Udaya Seneviratne said the government has “decided to temporarily block social media sites includ...
Tags: Google, Security, Facebook, Instagram, Government, India, Social Media, Communication, Tech, Turkey, Whatsapp, Digital Media, President, Easter, Sri Lanka, World Wide Web


Footballers supporting Enough campaign subjected to racist abuse

• Players had taken part in 24-hour social media boycott• PFA: ‘Response from social networks again unacceptable’Players who took part in the Enough campaign for a 24-hour social media boycott in protest at online racial abuse received further insults in response to their posts, the Professional Footballers’ Association has revealed.The union intended to display a show of solidarity with its members who have been targeted, as well as a demand to social media organisations and the game’s authorit...
Tags: Media, Race, Football, Social Media, Sport, UK News, Digital Media, Professional Footballers ' Association


Social media platforms 'failed to counter Notre Dame fire misinformation'

Algorithms did not prevent spread of conspiracy theories about fire, say criticsThe Notre Dame Cathedral fire presented social media companies with one of the first major tests of their nascent programmes aimed at fighting misinformation in real time – and critics say they failed. Related: YouTube algorithm adds 9/11 explainer to Notre Dame fire video Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Media, Youtube, France, Social Media, World news, Digital Media, Paris, Notre Dame


Google starts rolling out better AMP URLs

Publishers don’t always love Google’s AMP pages, but readers surely appreciate their speed, and while publishers are loath to give Google more power, virtually every major site now supports this format. One AMP quirk that publisher’s definitely never liked is about to go away, though. Starting today, when you use Google Search and click on an AMP link, the browser will display the publisher’s real URLs instead of an “http//google.com/amp” link. This move has been in the making for well ove...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Startups, TC, Mobile, Google Search, Digital Media, Html, Mobile Web, Cloudflare, AMP, World Wide Web, Matthew Prince, Online Advertising, Google Amp


Got a minute? Global attention span is narrowing, study reveals

Research combed from everything from movie tickets to social media finds more to focus on but less time to do soIt’s just as you suspected; the information age has changed the general attention span. A recently published study from researchers at the Technical University of Denmark suggests the collective global attention span is narrowing due to the amount of information that is presented to the public. Released Monday in Nature Communications Scientific Journal, the study shows people now have...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Science, Technology, Media, Wikipedia, Social Media, Society, Ireland, Digital Media, Reddit, Technical University of Denmark, University College Cork, Nature Communications Scientific Journal, Philipp Hövel


Egypt referendum: No one believes this vote will be fair but we won't be silenced

President Sisi is playing cat and mouse with us, shutting down our websites and blocking our social media but we won’t give inAs the world watches the peaceful revolution that is changing Sudan in awe and amazement, it is clear that in Egypt, Sudan’s neighbour to the north, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is getting nervous. On the same day as the protests in Khartoum reached a head, several of us who oppose Sisi’s autocratic rule launched an online petition to declare any result from Tuesday’s re...
Tags: Media, Africa, Social Media, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Digital Media, Global development, Sudan, Abdel Fatah al Sisi, Sisi, Khartoum, Egypt Sudan


Free speech row as US TV channel forces removal of tweets

Starz criticised over Twitter takedown of users’ links to news story about pirated showsA US TV channel has forced Twitter to remove tweets linking to a news story about pirated content – including tweets from free speech campaigners complaining that the social network was removing other people’s tweets.Starz, the network that airs American Gods, The 100 and Knightfall in the US, sent the takedown requests after the copyright and privacy news site TorrentFreak reported on a leak of promotional c...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Television, Media, Internet, Censorship, US, Social Media, World news, US news, Culture, Digital Media, Television & radio, Starz, US TV


Facebook urged to disable 'like' feature for child users

Proposed rules for child safety on social media include limits on data collectionFacebook and other social media firms should alert children if their parent or carer is monitoring their online activity, under proposed guidelines to improve child internet safety in the UK.Turning off the “like” function, and limiting data collection and geolocation tools on popular platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook, are among a 16-point list of recommendations for age-appropriate design released by the In...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, Society, UK News, Snapchat, Digital Media, Internet Safety, Information Commissioner 's Office Continue


Facebook restores services after users report outages

Thousands had difficulty accessing social networks including Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp, says tracking siteFacebook has said it has restored services on Sunday after some users were unable to access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages. Related: Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to dead friends Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, World news, Whatsapp, Digital Media


Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users report outages

Thousands having difficulty accessing social networks, says tracking siteFacebook was inaccessible to some users on Sunday, according to Downdetector, a website that monitors outages.The site showed there had been more than 7,700 incidents of people reporting issues with Facebook at its peak. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Facebook Instagram, Downdetector


Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram users report outages

Thousands having difficulty accessing social networks, says tracking siteFacebook was inaccessible to some users on Sunday, according to Downdetector, a website that monitors outages.The site showed there had been more than 9,000 reports of problems accessing Facebook. Its live outage map showed the issues had mainly cropped up in Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Europe Continue, Downdetector


Facebook suffers outage in Europe

Thousands are reporting issues accessing the social media network, says tracking siteFacebook is inaccessible to some users across the world, according to Downdetector, a website which monitors outages.The outage-tracking website showed that there are more than 9,000 incidents of people reporting issues with Facebook. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Facebook Continue


Myspace's music purge is the latest cultural scrubbing we'll regret | Will Cox

Bob Dylan’s first acting role was wiped because it took up space. What might we mourn from 50m songs deleted from Myspace? Back when people still bought CDs and streaming media was a slow and frustrating experience, my teenage band recorded a number of average songs and put them out. I have copies of two of the three EPs we released. What didn’t get committed to those low-print-run, landfill-fodder discs was uploaded to our MySpace and left to float in the digital forever of the internet.Two wee...
Tags: Music, Technology, Internet, Social Media, Culture, Digital Media, Bob Dylan, Myspace, Will Cox


Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to dead friends

Algorithmic features have sent suggestions to wish happy birthday to those who’ve diedFacebook has promised to use artificial intelligence to stop suggesting users invite their dead friends to parties.The site’s freshly emotionally intelligent AI is part of a rash of changes to how Facebook handles “memorialised” accounts – pages whose owner has been reported deceased, but that are kept on the social network in their memory. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, World news, Digital Media, Computing, Sheryl Sandberg, Artificial intelligence (AI


MEPs back fines for web firms that fail to remove terrorist content

Not responding to notification could cost companies 4% of their revenue under EU lawInternet companies will be fined up to 4% of their revenue if they fail to remove terrorist content within one hour of being notified by authorities, under legislation approved by MEPs.The civil liberties committee approved the move by 35 to one, with abstentions, but removed an obligation on companies to monitor uploaded content or use automated tools. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, Eu, European Union, World news, Digital Media, Internet Safety


The political jostling behind Tory internet crackdown

Online harms white paper fuses work of DCMS and Home Office, led by PM hopeful Sajid JavidSajid Javid’s warning social media companies face “serious consequences” if they don’t keep users safe marks one of the biggest incursions by the Home Office into the world of media regulation since the issue was hived off from the department in the 1990s.The online harms white paper meshes together the work of officials at the Home Office, who have been pushing for a tough crackdown on tech companies from ...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Internet, Social Media, Conservatives, UK News, Digital Media, Home Office, Internet Safety, Sajid Javid, Department for Digital Culture Media, Sajid JavidSajid Javid


Internet crackdown raises fears for free speech in Britain

Critics say online harms white paper could lead to North Korean-style censorshipCritics of the government’s flagship internet regulation policy are warning it could lead to a North Korean-style censorship regime, where regulators decide which websites Britons are allowed to visit, because of how broad the proposals are.The mooted legislation, launched on Monday in the online harms white paper, covers any website that “allows users to share or discover user-generated content, or interact with eac...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Internet, Social Media, UK News, Britain, Digital Media, Internet Safety, Freedom Of Information


Canada may regulate social media companies to avoid election meddling

Firms are not doing enough to combat potential interference, minister said after report found foreign meddling is ‘very likely’The world’s major social media companies are not doing enough to help Canada combat potential foreign meddling in this October’s elections and the government might have to regulate them, the cabinet minister in charge of ensuring a fair vote has said.The democratic institutions minister, Karina Gould, spoke shortly after Canada’s electronic signals spy agency said it was...
Tags: Americas, Social Media, World news, Canada, Digital Media, Karina Gould


UK sets out safety-focused plan to regulate Internet firms

The UK government has laid out proposals to regulate online and social media platforms, setting out the substance of its long-awaited White Paper on online harms today — and kicking off a public consultation. The Online Harms White Paper is a joint proposal from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Home Office. It follows the government announcement of a policy intent last May, and a string of domestic calls for greater regulation of the Internet as politicians hav...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Internet, Social Media, Tech, Search Engines, Policy, House Of Lords


Should democracies leave voters to their handheld devices? | Paul Chadwick

The European parliament has identified the dangers of social media misuse ahead of its polls next monthIt feels urgent, with elections approaching in several democracies, to focus on lessons from 2016, when the Brexit referendum and the US presidential election were both marred in ways still coming to light. Among several valuable reports, a recent study for the European parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology usefully encapsulates the challenges without unremitting alarmism ...
Tags: Europe, US, Social Media, European Union, Australia news, Digital Media, Cambridge Analytica, Paul Chadwick


Plan to crack down on social media firms is 'massive step', say MPs

White paper proposes making executives liable for harmful content on their platformsMPs have welcomed news that the government is considering personally fining social media executives deemed to have failed to meet their duty of care to users, with one calling the decision a “massive step forward in making companies actually liable” for activity on their platforms.The Guardian revealed on Thursday that the online harms white paper, due to be published on Monday, will call for the creation of a re...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Social Media, UK News, Digital Media


‘It’s genuine, you know?’: why the online influencer industry is going ‘authentic’

Calamities such as Fyre Festival have tarnished the booming business of YouTube and Instagram stars. Now the industry’s top tastemakers have a new plan: keeping it real. By Sophie ElmhirstIn a central London hair salon last December, the fashion influencer Victoria Magrath (@inthefrow) mingled among a few of her 849,000 Instagram followers. Magrath – tall, with signature silver hair – was celebrating the launch of her book, The New Fashion Rules, at an event organised by her talent agency, Gleam...
Tags: Fashion, Technology, London, Makeup, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Advertising, Social Media, Life and style, Digital Media, Marketing & PR, Notting Hill, Armani, St Lucian, Instagram YouTube Twitter


Australia passes law to hold social media companies responsible for “abhorrent violent material”

On Thursday, Australia lawmakers ushered through what is perhaps the toughest legal measures to hold social media companies accountable for the content they share. Only a few weeks after the massacre of 50 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Australia’s House of Representatives passed a law requiring social media platforms to “expeditiously” remove content that shows kidnapping, murders, rape, or terrorist attacks. If the platforms fail to get rid of the content in a timely fashion e...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Media, Australia, India, America, Social Media, Tech, Bloomberg, European Union, United States, Digital Media, New-York-Times, House Of Representatives, President, New Zealand


Social media bosses could be liable for harmful content, leaked UK plan reveals

Exclusive: Long-awaited government white paper proposes regulator to enforce duty of care and fine offendersSocial media executives could be held personally liable for harmful content distributed on their platforms, leaked plans for a long-awaited government crackdown obtained by the Guardian reveal.There has been growing concern about the role of the internet in the distribution of material relating to terrorism, child abuse, self-harm and suicide, and ministers have been under pressure to act....
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Politics, UK, Technology, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, UK security and counter-terrorism, Counter-terrorism policy, Online Abuse


Ocasio-Cortez discusses policy, popcorn and Republican critics on Instagram

Congresswoman talked about her ‘completely depraved lifestyle’ and climate change deniers in a livestreamed videoIt’s not every day that one gets to watch a prominent politician drop popcorn on the floor of their unfurnished apartment then invoke the five-second rule, but not much is traditional about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Related: ✊: How Ocasio-Cortez beat everyone at Twitter in nine tweets Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Social Media, US news, US politics, Digital Media, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ocasio Cortez


Australia passes social media law penalising platforms for violent content

Labor supports legislation in response to Christchurch shooting that threatens jail for executives, despite media companies’ concernsThe Australian parliament has passed legislation to crack down on violent videos on social media, despite furious reaction from the tech industry, media companies and legal experts.The Labor opposition combined with the ruling Liberal-National Coalition to pass the law on Thursday, despite warning it won’t allow prosecution of social media executives as promised by...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Media, Labor, Internet, Australia, Youtube, Social Media, Australia news, Digital Media, Australian politics, Labor party, Christchurch, Christian Porter


Want to know where influencers spring from? Look at their parents

How my heart leapt when the US college admissions scandal drew in a sitcom star and her Insta-famous daughterWhat’s happening with Olivia Jade, the Instagram influencer who was named and shamed in the US college admissions scandal? Dawn, LondonI’m back! As some of you (well, my mother) may have noticed, I have been away for a few weeks. Booking time off is always exciting, isn’t it? Until that time off comes around and you realise you are now missing the most exciting news story ever. What, Brex...
Tags: Fashion, Instagram, US, Social Media, Digital Media, Brexit, Felicity Huffman, John Hughes, Hadley Freeman, Dawn LondonI


Under-18s with mental health issues to be asked about their social media use

Under new guidelines, questions on screen use will be core part of NHS psychiatric assessments for young peopleChildren and young people with mental health problems will be routinely asked about their use of social media under new guidance being issued to NHS psychiatrists.Under-18s seeking help with conditions such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders will be questioned to see whether using Facebook, Instagram or other platforms is causing or exacerbating their illness. Continue reading....
Tags: Health, Media, Children, Social Media, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, NHS, Young People, Facebook Instagram