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Facebook and YouTube accused of complicity in Vietnam repression

Amnesty report accuses sites of openly signalling they will bow to authoritarian regimesFacebook and YouTube are complicit in “censorship and repression on an industrial scale” in Vietnam, according to a report by Amnesty International that accuses the platforms of openly signalling that they are willing to bow to the wishes of authoritarian regimes.Facebook’s executives have repeatedly promoted the platform as a bastion of “free expression”, but in Vietnam, where there is little tolerance for d...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Human Rights, Media, Social Networking, Youtube, Newspapers & magazines, Asia Pacific, Amnesty International, Press freedom, Freedom Of Speech, Vietnam, Alphabet


11 Games You Can Play With the Family Remotely Over Zoom for Thanksgiving

Unless you spend every year sheltering in place and worrying about a global pandemic, the upcoming holiday season is going to be different for a lot of us. Video calling apps like Zoom can keep us in touch with each other even while we’re apart, and these online and offline games will save you from having to make up…Read more...
Tags: Video, Science, Social Networking, Zoom, Video Chats, Zoom Games


Facebook's encryption plans could help child abusers escape justice, NCA warns

Warning comes as man admits using Messenger to coerce children into sending explicit picturesPolice and a children’s charity have warned that a man who admitted 96 counts of child sexual abuse could have escaped justice if technology giants had already toughened their encryption.David Wilson targeted young boys aged from four to 14, getting them to send compromising pictures and video. Some were so traumatised that they considered ending their lives. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Crime, Social Networking, UK News, Child protection, NCA, David Wilson


Facebook condemned for hosting neo-Nazi network with UK links

Tech giant criticised for failing to act after being told two years ago about extremist activity on its platformA white supremacist network with more than 80,000 followers and links to the UK far right, including a student charged with terrorist offences, is being hosted by Facebook and Instagram, putting the world’s largest social media company under fresh pressure to tackle extremism.The network, which includes more than 40 neo-Nazi sites, offers merchandise including NaziSS symbols and sticke...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Race, Social Media, UK News, World news, Ukraine, Digital Media, Wisconsin, The far right, Nazi


Tech giants join with governments to fight Covid misinformation

Facebook, Twitter and Google part of working group targeting false claims about vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFacebook, Twitter and Google are working with a coalition of governments including the UK and Canada to fight misinformation and conspiracy theories around Covid vaccinations.Formed by the British fact-checking charity Full Fact, the new working group will aim to set cross-platform standards for tackling misinformation – as well as how to hold organi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, UK, Technology, Social Networking, Internet, Canada, Digital Media, Vaccines and immunisation, Facebook Twitter, Coronavirus


Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

Criticism made as Apple pushes ahead with transparency feature disliked by advertisersApple has criticised Facebook for trying to “collect as much data as possible” from users, saying it will push ahead with its planned launch of a new privacy feature despite objections from the advertising industry.The company’s director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, made the criticism in a letter to a coalition of privacy groups, reassuring them that the feature, which will require users to actively allow d...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Apps, Technology, Media, Privacy, Social Networking, Internet, Advertising, World news, Computing, Internet Safety, Jane Horvath


How to Send a Disappearing 'Fleet' on Twitter

After several months in beta, Twitter’s “Fleets” feature is now rolling out to all iOS and Android users. Despite Twitter marketing Fleets as “disappearing” Tweets, they’re really yet another version of the popular “stories” feature found on most social media platforms (including LinkedIn, for some reason), featuring…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Instagram, Social Networking, Stories, Lifehacks, Fleets


Mark Zuckerberg defends not suspending Steve Bannon from Facebook

CEO told staffers Bannon had not violated enough policies to justify ban when he called for beheading of Anthony FauciMark Zuckerberg told Facebook staffers on Thursday that former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon had not violated enough of the company’s policies to justify his suspension from the platform when he called for the beheading of two US officials and the posting of their heads outside the White House as a “warning”. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Technology, Social Networking, White House, US, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Bannon, Steve Bannon, US elections 2020, Anthony FauciMark Zuckerberg


India to regulate Netflix and Amazon streaming content

Government will also oversee news appearing on Facebook and TwitterIndia’s federal government will regulate content on video streaming platforms, including global services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney’s Hotstar, as part of rules announced this week.India’s ministry of information and broadcasting will oversee streaming video content, which was previously unregulated, a brief government circular said on Tuesday, without providing further details. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, India, Disney, World news, Netflix, South and Central Asia, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, Netflix Amazon Prime Video


How 2020 transformed big tech: the story of Facebook, QAnon and the world’s slackening grip on reality

The coronavirus pandemic has left us living more and more of our lives online. But the place where we chat with friends, get our news and form our opinions is full of vile and dangerous conspiracy theories. Is the world’s biggest social network doing enough to combat them?As with many others in Britain, lockdown hit Rachel and her husband, Philip, hard. Almost overnight, the couple, both in their early 50s, found themselves cut off from friends, family and colleagues. Before the Covid-19 outbrea...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Social Media, World news, US news, Britain, Digital Media, Philip, Rachel, QAnon, Facebook QAnon


Facebook, QAnon and the world's slackening grip on reality

The coronavirus pandemic has left us living more and more of our lives online. But the place where we chat with friends, get our news and form our opinions is full of vile and dangerous conspiracy theories. Is the world’s biggest social network doing enough to combat them?As with many others in Britain, lockdown hit Rachel and her husband, Philip, hard. Almost overnight, the couple, both in their early 50s, found themselves cut off from friends, family and colleagues. Before the Covid-19 outbrea...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Social Media, World news, US news, Britain, Digital Media, Philip, Rachel, QAnon


WhatsApp now lets users send disappearing messages

Feature on Facebook-owned app is designed to help people cut their digital footprintWhatsApp will soon have a disappearing message feature, designed to enable users of the chat app to cut down on their digital footprint.Once the update, which is rolling out from Thursday, hits phones, users will be able to set an option for each individual chat they are in – whether one-on-one or a group – to delete messages automatically seven days after they have been sent. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, Social Networking, UK News, Smartphones, Whatsapp, Mobile Phones, Digital Media, Technology sector


5 habits for coping with stress that are actually making your anxiety worse

Scrolling through your phone can distract you momentarily from negative thoughts, but screen time can actually interfere with your sleep. Crystal Cox/Business Insider Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author. If you struggle with anxiety, she says, you may find yourself looking for coping mechanisms that offer instant relief during moments of panic. While it's important to do something that makes you feel b...
Tags: Wellness, Social Networking, Advice, Trends, Strategy, Research, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Therapy, Nordic, Morin, Amy Morin, BI-freelancer, Contributor 2019, Amy Morin Courtesy of Amy Morin


Networking – The Dirty Word of Business [Infographic: College & Remote Networking]

It doesn’t matter what field of business you’re in, no business is an island. We all need to network — but maybe not in the sense you think I mean. It may be alien to many people, but networking can be one of the best ways to improve your bottom line. I hate clichés, but people do actually buy from people. That’s why anyone in business will agree when I say that your best customers are the ones with whom you have established rapport. When you click with each other, you click — and the best way ...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Networking, Social Networking, Small Business, Linkedin Twitter, Small Business Advice, Social Media Networking SMM, Small Business Development


Kazakh-American group claims Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 'incites violence'

The Kazakh American Association has released a letter on social media accusing Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest Borat film of ‘justifying harassment’A group of Kazakh-Americans has demanded that Amazon withdraw Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen’s new satirical comedy which – like its 2006 predecessor Borat – identifies Kazakhstan as the home country of its fictional journalist character Borat Sagdiyev.In a letter published on social media shortly before the film’s official launch, addresse...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Film, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Holocaust, Second world war, Kazakhstan, Donald Trump, Sacha Baron Cohen


Facebook moderators forced to work in Dublin office despite high-tier lockdown

Exclusive: Contract staff deemed essential workers as firm’s own employees work from homeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFacebook moderators working for one of the company’s Dublin-based contractors are being forced to go into the office, even as Ireland returns to its highest tier of Covid lockdown, after their employer categorised them as “essential workers”.Staff with personal shielding requirements are exempt from the order, but those with high-risk family members...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, Ireland, Working From Home, Dublin, CPL, Coronavirus


How to Use Instagram's New Story Archives Map

Instagram stories have a measly 24-hour lifespan—at least publicly. But the app actually keeps a private archive of all your old story posts that you can access at any time and resurrect them as profile “Highlights.” Digging through your entire story post archive to dredge up highlights can be a pain, but Instagram…Read more...
Tags: Instagram, Social Networking, Lifehacks, Data Privacy, Story Posts


Facebook says it rejected 2.2m ads seeking to obstruct voting in US election

Nick Clegg, Facebook vice president, says social media giant also attached false information warnings to 150m postsA total of 2.2m ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to “obstruct voting” in the upcoming US presidential election, Facebook’s vice president Nick Clegg has said.In addition, warnings were posted on 150m examples of false information posted online, the former British deputy prime minister told French weekly Journal du Dimanche o...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, US, US politics, Nick Clegg, Journal du Dimanche, Nick Clegg Facebook, US elections 2020


Biden article row shows how US election is testing Facebook and Twitter

Online giants felt forced to take unprecedented action as they struggle with role during divisive presidential battle Mere hours after the publication of a controversial New York Post article critical of Joe Biden, both Twitter and Facebook took unprecedented action to restrict distribution of the post.Facebook, a company spokesman revealed, had immediately begun to “reduce its distribution on our platform”, altering how the company’s recommendation algorithm would normally react to such a viral...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, New York Post, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, US, Social Media, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Digital Media, Biden


Facebook and Twitter restrict controversial New York Post story on Joe Biden

Social media platforms move to limit spread of article amid questions over its veracityFacebook and Twitter took steps on Wednesday to limit the spread of a controversial New York Post article critical of Joe Biden, sparking outrage among conservatives and stoking debate over how social media platforms should tackle misinformation ahead of the US election.In an unprecedented step against a major news publication, Twitter blocked users from posting links to the Post story or photos from the uncon...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Post, New York Post, Technology, Media, Social Networking, US, Joe Biden, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, US news, US politics, US press and publishing, US elections 2020


Facebook and Twitter restrict controversial New York Post story, sparking ire on the right

Social media platforms move to limit spread of article on Hunter Biden amid questions over its veracityFacebook and Twitter took steps on Wednesday to limit the spread of a controversial New York Post article critical of Joe Biden, sparking outrage among conservatives and stoking debate over how social media platforms should tackle misinformation ahead of the US election.In an unprecedented step against a major news publication, Twitter blocked users from posting links to the Post story or photo...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Post, New York Post, Technology, Media, Social Networking, US, Joe Biden, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, US news, US politics, US press and publishing, Hunter Biden, US elections 2020


Facebook to ban ads discouraging vaccination

Site will still allow ads focused on vaccine policy as it launches campaign to provide flu vaccine information Facebook will ban ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated, the social media company announced Tuesday, as it launches a new public health campaign aimed at spreading flu vaccine information.The changes are a departure from Facebook’s previous policy, which prohibited ads with vaccine misinformation but allowed ads expressing opposition to vaccines if they did not contain fals...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Social Media, Vaccines and immunisation


Facebook to ban content that denies or distorts the Holocaust

Mark Zuckerberg says his thinking has evolved after increase in antisemitic violenceFacebook says it is updating its hate speech policy to ban content that denies or distorts the Holocaust.The decision comes two years after its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said in an interview with the tech website Recode said that while he found Holocaust denial deeply offensive, he did not believe Facebook should delete such content. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, Holocaust, Antisemitism


Hands on with Telepath, the social network taking aim at abuse, fake news and, to some extent, ‘free speech’

There’s no doubt that modern social networks have let us down. Filled with hate speech and abuse, moderation and anti-abuse tools were an afterthought they’re now trying to cram in. Meanwhile, personalization engines deliver us only what will keep us engaged, even if it’s not the truth. Today, a number of new social networks are trying to flip the old model on its head — whether that’s attempting to use audio for more personal connections, like Clubhouse, eliminate clout chasing, like Twelv, or,...
Tags: TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Social Networking, Youtube, America, Social Media, Tech, New York Times, Quora, Reddit, Telegraph, Biden, The Washington Post


Michigan terror plot: why rightwing extremists are thriving on Facebook

The platform provides tools for radicalization and coordinated violence, and critics say it’s been slow to ban dangerous groupsIn a year of escalating political violence in the United States, Facebook has served as a key organizing tool for violent extremists.An alleged plot to kidnap the Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer, was planned in part on Facebook, with one leader of the scheme broadcasting a video of his frustrations with Whitmer to a private Facebook group, and participants later shar...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, US news, Fbi, US politics, The far right, Michigan, United States Facebook, Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer


Most girls and young women have experienced abuse online, report finds

Cyberstalking, body shaming and being sent explicit content among issues highlighted by Plan InternationalMost girls and young women using social media have experienced abuse that has driven them offline and left them traumatised, according to a new global survey.More than half of the 14,000 15- to 25-year-olds interviewed by Plan International said they had been cyberstalked, sent explicit messages and images, or abused online. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Gender, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Women, Social Media, World news, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Global development, Tiktok


Revealed: Trump-linked consultant tied to Facebook pages warning election will cause civil war

Network run by fake news-publishing father and son spreads word to Trump supporters they should prepare for violence in NovemberA militia-promoting father and son duo of fake news publishers and a Trump-connected social media consultant are linked to pages which promote the idea of an American civil war with material presented in a way that appears to be an effort to sidestep Facebook’s fact-checking system.Comments on their Facebook pages and other materials obtained by the Guardian show that s...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, Republicans, US news, US politics, The far right, Donald Trump, Trump, US elections 2020


Facebook merges Messenger chat service with Instagram

Users will be able to send chats, photos and videos between the two platforms for first timeFacebook Messenger and Instagram have merged, more than 18 months after the Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, announced his intention to integrate the two platforms.Instagram’s old direct messaging service, Instagram Direct, has been replaced by Messenger, allowing users to send chats, photos and videos between the two platforms for the first time. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, World news, Whatsapp


Will LinkedIn's Big Redesign Help You Land a Job?

LinkedIn isn’t the most glamorous social network, but the platform’s upcoming redesign could make it a lot easier to use, and potentially more helpful for job hunting—the update includes a new interface, overhauled search and messaging, and new ways to find job listings. On the other hand, the vibe and features are…Read more...
Tags: Work, Jobs, Social Networking, Linkedin, Job Search, Lifehacks


Can democracies stand up to Facebook? Ireland may have the answer | John Naughton

Governments struggle to tackle the might of the tech giants when it comes to protecting users’ data Last month, the Irish data protection commissioner (DPC) sent Facebook a preliminary order ordering it to stop sending the data of its European users to the US. This was a big deal, because in order to comply with the ruling, Facebook would have to embark on a comprehensive re-engineering of its European operations, or to shut down those operations entirely, at least for a time.Such a shutdown wou...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, US, World news, US news, Ireland, Data Protection, DPC, John Naughton