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Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

Facebook Inc has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica.

Facebooks reportedly plans to launch its own cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency efforts are said to be led by David Marcus, who earlier this week was reported to be leading a new blockchain division at Facebook “to explore how to best leverage Blockchain across Facebook, starting from scratch.”

Man sentenced to prison for anti-state Facebook posts

A Ho Chi Minh City court has sentenced a man to four and half years in prison for writing anti-state social media posts, Vietnam’s state media reported on Thursday.

Snapchat joins EU code of conduct to fight hate speech

The messaging app Snapchat is joining the EU code of conduct against online hate speech, the European Commission said on Monday.

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani condemns court order to block Telegram app

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani criticised the recent blockage of the country's most popular messaging app, Telegram, saying the decision by the country's judiciary is not supported by his administration.

Telegram shutdown sparks anger in Iran

Internet freedom has become a new political battlefield in Iran as a judicial order to block Telegram, a widely-used messaging application, has ignited anger among its tens of millions of users.

Russia takes further steps to restrict access to Telegram

Russia has taken further steps to limit access to popular messaging app Telegram, blocking 50 internet anonymizers and VPN services, as reported by Meduza. However, Roskomnadzor, the country’s federal executive body responsible for censorship, won’t disclose which services have been blocked.

Telegram cancels its much-hyped initial coin offering

Secure messaging service Telegram is canceling its initial coin offering (ICO), an anonymous source told The Wall Street Journal today, and it won’t be opening up its digital coins for public sale.

Facebook to launch dating service for long-term relationships

Facebook says it is entering the online dating space with unique features.

Facebook messaging app adds real time translations

Facebook on Tuesday gave its popular Messenger app the ability to translate missives in real time, deploying artificial intelligence to enable text conversations between people using different languages.

UK lawmakers pressure Mark Zuckerberg to testify on Facebook data breach

British MPs threatened Tuesday to issue a formal summons to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg for him to testify over a major privacy row, after he declined to appear.

Disney to collaborate with Twitter on content

Twitter announced a deal Monday to collaborate with Disney on content, particularly live events from the entertainment giant's sports arm ESPN.

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum leaving Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum on Monday put out word that he is leaving Facebook, which bought the smartphone messaging service four years ago for $19 billion.

Iran releases messaging app Soroush to replace Telegram

The Iranian government has officially released a mobile messaging app in a bid to encourage users to abandon the currently banned Telegram messenger.

Facebook creates rule book for what users can post

Facebook on Tuesday released a new set of rules to control the type of posts users are allowed to publish on the platform.

Cambridge Analytica says it is ‘no Bond villain’

Cambridge Analytica claimed Tuesday it was "no Bond villain" as it vehemently denied exploiting Facebook users' data for the election campaign of US President Donald Trump.

WhatsApp says users must be 16 or older to access the app in Europe

WhatsApp is banning anyone under 16 years old from using its app in Europe. It’s raising the age limit by three years just as the European data privacy rules start kicking in on May 25th, as spotted by Reuters.

Facebook defines terrorism on platform

Facebook Inc has revealed it had deleted and put a warning label on 1.9 million pieces of extremist content related to ISIS or al-Qaeda in the first three months of the year, as well as also published its internal definition of terrorism for the first time on Monday.

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