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Facebook rejects move to regulate adverts, news feeds

Facebook Inc has rejected an Australian regulator’s recommendation for greater scrutiny over the social network’s advertising market power and the ranking of news articles in customers’ feeds.

Facebook to pay hefty fine to US agency over privacy violations

Facebook Inc and the United States Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a hefty settlement over the company’s privacy lapses that could require the online social network to pay a multibillion-dollar fine.

MTN prepares for share sale of Jumia

African online retailer Jumia is planning an initial public offering in New York this year that could value the business at about $1.5bn, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Instagram to take steps against fake accounts

Social media platform Instagram has announced plans to take action against users artificially increasing their follower numbers.
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Facebook, Google tools reveal political ad removal data

Public databases that shine a light on online political ads launched by Facebook and Google before Tuesday’s U.S. elections, offer the public the first broad view of how quickly the companies yank advertisements that break their rules.
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China calls for global cooperation to create ‘fairer’ internet

President Xi Jinping of China on Wednesday called for greater global cooperation to develop the internet and make it more “fair and equitable”, as Beijing seeks to bolster its global role in shaping the web.
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WhatsApp bans more than 100,000 accounts in Brazil election

WhatsApp has banned hundreds of thousands of accounts in Brazil as the Facebook Inc. messaging service struggles to contain political shenanigans ahead of a runoff election in Latin America’s largest country.
(FILES) This file photo taken on March 22, 2018 shows a computer screen displaying the logo of the social networking site Facebook, taken in Manchester, England. Facebook took out full-page ads in European newspapers on April 16, 2018 to trumpet tough new EU legislation that promises "more data protection for you", as the company seeks to win back trust following a damaging privacy scandal. The new law, set to come into effect on May 25, aims to give users more control over how their personal information is stored and used online, with big fines for firms that break the rules. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

Facebook to ban misinformation on voting in upcoming US elections

Facebook Inc will ban false information about voting requirements and fact-check fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations ahead of next month’s U.S. midterm elections.

India to block Facebook, WhatsApp in cases of misuse

India has asked its telecom operators to find ways of blocking applications such as Facebook and messaging app WhatsApp in the case of misuse, according to a document seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
Many Indian states, including Rajasthan, outlaw cow slaughter with some also banning the sale or transport of beef products [Harish Tyagi-EPA]

Indian mob lynches Muslim man transporting cows

A Muslim man has been killed by a mob of vigilantes in India after being accused of smuggling cows for slaughter, according to officials.
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Warren Buffett donates $3.4 billion to five charities

Warren Buffett has donated roughly 3.4 billion dollars of Berkshire Hathaway Inc stock to five charities, the billionaire’s largest contribution in his longstanding plan to give away his fortune.

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.

Google releases new app to beat slow internet speeds in Africa

Google is releasing an app in Africa that will help internet users overcome obstacles such as the lack of high-speed connectivity and the cost of data on the continent.

Trump signs law to punish websites for sex trafficking

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a legislation aimed at penalising website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking and chipping away at a legal protection for the technology industry.

Facebook shares decline as US regulator announces privacy probe

Facebook Inc shares fell to 6.5 percent on Monday after United States-consumer-protection-regulator said it was investigating how the social-network allowed data of 50 million users to get into the hands of a political-consultancy.

Mark Zuckerberg admits Facebook errors

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that the social media company made mistakes that allowed data about users to end up with the analytics firm Cambridge Analytica and vowed the company would make changes.

Facebook can’t guarantee social media is good for democracy

Facebook Inc warned on Monday that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy.

US Senate passes bill to renew NSA warrantless internet surveillance

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it undermined the privacy of Americans.

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Wednesday refuted report of planned increment of Value Added Tax (VAT) by 50 per cent to meet up payment of the newly proposed minimum wage.

Policemen allegedly beat civil defence officer to death in presence of wife, children

Ogar Jumbo, Assistant Superintendent of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), was on Wednesday allegedly beaten to death by policemen for violating traffic rules.
Richarlison admitted Neymar will be missed by Brazil but the forward is confident he can help fill the void left by the star captain.

Richarlison: Neymar missed by Brazil

Richarlison admitted Neymar will be missed by Brazil but the forward is confident he can help fill the void left by the star captain.
Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says the agency will monitor campaign funds donated to political parties for the 2019 elections as well as donors’ identities.

EFCC chief Ibrahim Magu seeks tougher stance against oil thieves

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr Ibrahim Magu, has advocated stiffer penalties against perpetrators illegal oil bunkering and theft in the South-South.

Imo elections: 47 parties challenge Emeka Ihedioha’s victory

At least 47 of the over 70 political parties that contested the 2019 governorship election in Imo State have signified their intention to drag the winner, Emeka Ihedioha, to the election petitions tribunal.