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Terrorism: UK threatens Facebook, Google with new taxes

Britain may impose new taxes on tech giants like Google and Facebook unless they do more to combat online extremism by taking down material aimed at radicalizing people or helping them to prepare attacks, the country’s security minister said.

Iran blocks Instagram, Telegram after protests

Iran has restricted access to the Instagram and Telegram social media apps as a security measure during rare anti-government protests, according to state TV.

Facebook, Twitter face deadline in Brexit fake news probe

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter are facing a deadline in Britain to cooperate with an inquiry into so-called fake news in the Brexit referendum campaign, a parliamentary committee chairman said Friday.

WhatsApp to drop BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone support on December 31

The end of support doesn’t mean WhatsApp will no longer function on these platforms. That said, you will no longer be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts.

Twitter begins enforcing stricter rules on abusive content

The new rules announced in November on hateful and abusive content and behaviour went into effect on Monday, Twitter said in a press release.

Facebook to demote posts that beg for likes, comments, and shares

Starting this week, Facebook will begin demoting spammy or “engagement bait” posts that goad users into taking actions like sharing, tagging, liking, or commenting

Facebook defends itself against social media critics

Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world’s biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.

Social media reporters receive gadgets in Borno

The Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative (PNCI) on Wednesday distributed gadgets to 47 graduates of its social media reporting training programme in Borno.

France proposes age-of-consent rule for Facebook users

All French children under the age of 16 will have to seek parental approval to open an account on Facebook or any other social network under draft legislation presented on Wednesday.

Ex-Facebook executive bans his kids from using it, says app is ripping society apart

A former Facebook executive has admitted that he bans his children from using the site – saying he feels ‘tremendous guilt’ for his part in creating the service now used by billions of people.

Facebook to record global ad revenue locally as political pressure mounts

Facebook has announced plans to restructure its global tax affairs so that it records ad revenue locally rather than channeling it through its international HQ in Dublin, Ireland.

Twitter bots boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia’s exclusion from the Winter Olympics – backed by what appear to be fake Twitter accounts and users connected to past pro-Kremlin causes.

Facebook launches chat app for children

Facebook on Monday unveiled a version of its Messenger application for children, aimed at enabling kids under 12 to connect with others under parental supervision.

Facebook opens new London HQ and plans 800 more UK jobs

Facebook opens its new London office on Monday and said it would add 800 more jobs in the capital next year, underlining its commitment to Britain as the country prepares for Brexit.

Why we didn’t remove anti-Muslim videos shared by Donald Trump – Twitter

Twitter has explained why they failed to remove offensive and unverified anti-Muslim tweets shared by President Donald Trump.

Ex-Twitter worker claims responsibility for Donald Trump’s account shutdown

A German man has come forward as the former Twitter Inc employee who shut down the account of U.S. President Donald Trump for 11 minutes this month on his last day of work at the social network.

Facebook tests using selfies as login verifications

Facebook is asking some of its users to upload a photo of themselves to verify their identities.

Facebook using AI to identify suicidal users and get help

Facebook has begun monitoring its users to see if they are suicidal so it can contact the emergency services.

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