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WhatsApp is launching a new fact-checking service in India ahead of the country’s upcoming elections.

WhatsApp asks 1.5 billion users update apps, after cyber attacks

WhatsApp on Monday urged all of its 1.5 billion users to update their apps as an added precaution against hackers who remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices.

Facebook closes 23 pages with fake news, pro-govt propaganda

Facebook has closed 23 Italian pages, including many supporting the country’s populist government parties for spreading fake news and breaking other social network rules.
Facebook might be putting Messenger back into its main social media app.

Authorities in Sri Lanka suspend social media

Government Officials on Monday said, some social media networks will be temporarily blocked in Sri Lanka, after messages shared online raised religious tensions that have been running high since the deadly Easter Sunday bombings.

Facebook, CCHub to mentor 12 startups in Nigeria, Ghana

Facebook says it is collaborating with Co-Creation Hub (CCHub) to mentor and empower 12 startups in the ”Season 2 FbStart Accelerator Programme.”
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It’s time to break up Facebook – co-founder

Facebook Inc co-founder and former Mark Zuckerberg roommate, Chris Hughes, has called for the break-up of the social network in an opinion piece in the New York Times.
Facebook has banned the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform. Jim Bourg-Reuters

Facebook bans Alex Jones, other extremist figures

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it was banning Alex Jones and other controversial U.S. political personalities for violating the social media company’s policies on “dangerous individuals and organizations.”
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Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, others for alleged hate speech

Facebook announced on Thursday that it has banned several high-profile accounts and people from its platform, including Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, according to USA Today.
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Sri Lanka restores Facebook and YouTube access after nine-day blackout

The Sri Lankan government has ended a blackout of social media sites that was imposed after the bombings in the country earlier this month, The New York Times reports.
Elon Musk has agreed to more specific oversight on his tweets about Tesla.

Tesla chief Elon Musk reaches deal with SEC over Twitter use

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has reached a deal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle a dispute over Musk’s use of Twitter, according to a court filing on Friday.
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Spanish WhatsApp users reportedly flooded with ‘disinformation and hate’ ahead of elections

WhatsApp users in Spain are being subjected to disinformation and hateful memes at a rate that has outpaced similar malicious content on such platforms as YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.
Twitter said it discovered suspicious traffic to a customer-support forum [Lars Niki-Getty Images]

Twitter beats expectations with revenue of $787 million

Twitter has announced Q1 2019 revenues of $787 million — a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 18%. However, after reporting record $909 million income last quarter, this represents a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decrease of around 14%.

Facebook’s flood of languages leave it struggling to monitor content

Facebook Inc’s struggles with hate speech and other types of problematic content are being hampered by the company’s inability to keep up with a flood of new languages as mobile phones bring social media to every corner of the globe.
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Jennifer Newstead named new Facebook general counsel

Facebook on Monday named the legal adviser to the U.S. State Department as its general counsel, as the social media giant faces growing regulatory hurdles and privacy concerns.

Sri Lanka social media shutdown raises fears on free expression

Sri Lanka’s decision to block social media following deadly suicide attacks highlights a growing distrust of online platforms, but critics said the move is likely to restrict the flow of important news and information as well as abusive content.
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Instagram considers hiding Like count on people’s photos

Instagram has considered hiding the like count on photos, so audiences can’t see how many people have liked an individual post.
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BlackBerry Messenger shuts down on May 31

Blackberry has announced that its messaging platform will be shut down on May 31, because “users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on”.
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are are displayed on an iPhone. Jenny Kane-AP

Facebook confirms uploading 1.5 million users’ email contact without consent

The social media giant, Facebook, uploaded the contact details of 1.5 million new users without their permission in the last three years, Facebook confirmed in a statement on Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 09: A pedestrian walks by the Pinterest headquarters on April 09, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Social sharing site Pinterest is preparing for its initial public offering (IPO) and is planning to offer 75 million shares with a listing price of $15 to $17 per share. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Pinterest prices IPO at $19 to begin trading Thursday

Pinterest on Wednesday announced it would price its initial public offering at $19 a share to begin trading on Wall Street the following day.

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UN calls for ‘independent’ probe into death of Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi

The UN human rights office called Tuesday for an "independent inquiry" into former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's death while in state custody.

Gunmen burn 21 houses in Kaduna community

Gunmen on Monday attacked Kikuba village ‎in Chawai District of Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna state and set ablaze twenty-one houses in the area.

Man dies as parachute fails during US military exercise

A Canadian man has died after his parachute failed to open when he jumped out of a plane during a military exercise led by US forces in Bulgaria, local media reported on Tuesday.
President Buhari signs New National Minimum Wage Bill into Law in State House on 18th April 2019 2

President Buhari signs polytechnic amendment bill, one other into law

President Muhammmadu Buhari has signed the Polytechnic Amendments Bill and the National Institute for Security Bill.
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Adamawa confirms cholera outbreak in 3 local councils

Adamawa Government on Tuesday confirmed the outbreak of cholera in three local government areas of the state with one death from the 76 cases recorded.