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Egypt passes bill to block popular social media accounts

Egypt's parliament has passed a bill targeting popular social media accounts that authorities accuse of publishing "fake news," the latest move in a five-year-old drive to suppress dissent and silence independent sources of news.
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Minister: Social media tax in Uganda to stay in spite of protests

The Ugandan government on Tuesday said it will not scrap the recently introduced taxes on social media use and mobile money transfers in spite of public protest.
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Arrests after India mob lynches man over WhatsApp child abduction rumour

Indian police said Sunday they have arrested 25 people after a man was killed by a mob in the country's latest lynching over suspicion of child kidnapping sparked by rumours on WhatsApp.

Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Katy Perry, others lose followers following Twitter’s account purge

U.S. President Donald Trump, his predecessor Barack Obama and American singer Katy Perry , the most followed celebrities on Twitter, lost an astonishing number of followers on Thursday following Twitter’s account purge.

Report: Ebola survivors suffer severe mental, neurological problems

Researchers who analyzed patients infected during the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa found that some survivors had such severe health conditions that they were left unable to care for themselves.

Twitter sweeps ‘locked’ accounts from follower tally

Twitter said Wednesday users are likely to see “follower” numbers drop as the service stops adding in potentially dubious or fraudulent accounts.

WhatsApp introduces new feature to curb fake news

WhatsApp has announced the launch of a new feature globally that will highlight when a message has been forwarded and not composed by the sender.

IMF to sue Facebook over privacy breaches

Litigation funder IMF Bentham Ltd. is preparing to potentially sue social media giant Facebook Inc. in Australia over its sharing of users’ data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
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WhatsApp to now label forwarded messages

WhatsApp is now labeling its forwarded messages, in a move that the company hopes will curb some of the app’s viral misinformation problems.

Ugandan lawmakers to review social media tax

Ugandan lawmakers will on Wednesday review the recently imposed controversial government tax on the use of social media and mobile money transactions, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Twitter shares fall on worries about user base

Twitter shares tumbled Monday on concerns the social media’s efforts to crack down on fake accounts would affect its user base, and potentially its finances.

Twitter suspends over 70 million accounts in two months

Twitter Inc. suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months to reduce the flow of misinformation on the platform, the Media reported.

Indian government warns WhatsApp over abuse of platform

The Indian government directed WhatsApp, a messaging service, to immediately contain spread of fake, motivated and sensational messages in wake of recent killings of innocent people in the country, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

Ugandan citizens unite against social media tax

Politicians, clerics, feminists and others have formed a broad coalition of Ugandans calling on Tuesday for an end to a social media tax the government hopes will raise revenue and silence "gossip".

Ugandan civic groups file suit challenging social media tax

Ugandans pay 200 shillings (0.0517 dollars) per day to access Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, Skype and other phone apps under the tax introduced on Sunday.

Uganda introduces social media tax despite criticism

Millions of people in Uganda now have to pay extra to use popular social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter as new rules come into force.

Study: Facebook, Google ‘manipulate’ users to share data despite EU law

Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering “invasive” and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice, a government study said Wednesday.

Twitter to confirm new accounts in spam fight

Twitter on Tuesday said it will begin asking for email addresses or phone numbers to confirm new accounts as part of a battle against manipulation, particularly by automated bots.

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