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Saudi Arabia arrests 22 for spreading online videos

Saudi Arabia has arrested 22 people, including a Qatari national, for "inciting against public order" on social media, authorities said, following a crackdown on dissent.

Cameroon blocks social media access in restive Anglophone regions

Reports indicate that social media access has been cut in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions. This is contrary to a government communication that said no such action was to be taken.

Twitter reveals Russia-backed ads ahead of US election

Twitter on Thursday revealed that nearly 2,000 ads were placed on the messaging service in 2016 by a Russian media group suspected of trying to interfere with the US presidential election.

Twitter blocks 201 Russian-linked accounts

Twitter has identified and blocked 201 suspected Russian-linked accounts connected to the spreading of false information in last year’s US presidential election, the social network said Thursday.

Trump, Facebook’s Zuckerberg in fire-for-fire

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has fired back at US President Donald Trump after he accused the leading social network of being “always anti-Trump.”

Twitter tests 280-character tweet limit

Twitter says it is testing doubling the number of characters allowed in tweets on the social media messaging platform.

Russia will block Facebook if it doesn’t comply with local data storage legislation –...

Facebook could be banned in Russia if it fails to comply with local legislation on personal data storage, warned the country’s head of Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (“Roskomnadzor”), Alexander Zharov.

China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

Chinese authorities appear to have severely disrupted the WhatsApp messaging app in the latest step to tighten censorship as they prepare for a major Communist Party congress next month.

Obama personally warned Facebook chief over fake news – report

Former United States President Barack Obama personally urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to counter the rise of fake news on the social network during a meeting held shortly after last year’s election, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

Zuckerberg abandons new Facebook share class after shareholder lawsuit

Facebook Inc Chairman Mark Zuckerberg abandoned plans on Friday to create a new class of company stock with no voting power, which was meant to be a way for Zuckerberg to retain control over the company he founded while fulfilling a pledge to give away his wealth.

Facebook bans ‘dangerous’ Rohingya militant group

Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a ‘dangerous organisation‘ as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media.

Twitter removed 299,649 accounts tied to terrorism in the first half of 2017

Twitter Inc said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the “promotion of terrorism” earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down.

EU ministers make push for Google, Facebook tax

Google and Facebook may face higher tax bills in Europe as the EU rushed Saturday to change rules so that more of Silicon Valley’s mega profits fall into public coffers.

Facebook disables feature that let marketers target ‘Jew haters’

Facebook said on Thursday it was temporarily disabling the ability of advertisers to target based on people’s self-reported education and job information after a report that those features allowed targeting based on anti-Semitic topics.

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Police kill one protester in Kenya opposition stronghold

A young protester was shot dead in western Kenya on Monday as hundreds of opposition supporters again took to the streets demanding reforms ahead of a presidential election, witnesses told AFP.

Fifty-year-old rapes three-year-old to death in Katsina

A 50-year-old man and father of seven, Abdullahi Sani, has been arraigned before a Katsina State Senior Magistrates’ Court for allegedly raping a three-year-old daughter of his neighbour to death.

N500 million suit: Lai Mohammed, Olisa Metuh fail to reach settlement

The N500 million libel suit filed by Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, against Olisa Metuh, a former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, spokesperson, is set to proceed to trial at the Ikeja High Court.

Kogi govt debunks alleged monkey pox vaccination rumour

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North Korea readies missile launch ahead of United States-South Korea drill

North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said Saturday, citing a government source.