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(FILES) A file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US multinational technology company Google displayed on computers' screens. Google is dropping out of the bidding for a huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion, saying the deal would be inconsistent with its principles. The decision by Google, confirmed to AFP in an email October 9, 2018, leaves a handful of other tech giants including Amazon in the running for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract aimed at modernizing the military's computing systems. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to

Shareholder activists want Google parent Alphabet Inc to break itself up before regulators force the world’s biggest internet ad seller to split into different pieces.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has enjoyed soaring approval ratings in his first few months in power, got a rare taste of public animosity on Saturday when he was booed at the inauguration of a baseball stadium in Mexico City.

Mexican president seeks Mark Zuckerberg’s help to promote universal internet access

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he spoke with Facebook Inc’s Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, inviting the social media tycoon to partner with him in a bid to promote universal internet access in Mexico.
Facebook might be putting Messenger back into its main social media app.

Facebook suspends pre-installation of WhatsApp, Instagram apps on Huawei phones

Facebook has said it would no longer allow pre-installation of its WhatsApp, Instagram and other apps on new Huawei phones.
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are are displayed on an iPhone. Jenny Kane-AP

Facebook suspends pre-installation of WhatsApp, Instagram apps on Huawei phones

Facebook Inc. said on Friday it would no longer allow pre-installation of its WhatsApp, Instagram and other apps on new Huawei phones.
Chris Hughes

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.”

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.

Hate speech: Facebook bans white nationalists from platform

Facebook is extending its ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism.

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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Governor Ikpeazu inaugurates commissioner, council chairmen

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DPR, NSCDC arrest five illegal cooking gas dealers

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Senator Omo-Agege seeks rejigging of APC south-south structure

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Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the new head of the Sudanese interim military council, met with gulf envoys on Tuesday (AFP)

Sudan army ruler calls on protest leaders to hold unconditional talks

Sudan's army ruler on Wednesday called on protest leaders to resume talks on the transfer of power without any conditions, as tension between the two sides remain high after the bloody dispersal of a sit-in demonstration.

Tailor sues DSS chief’s wife, others over alleged threat to life

A tailor, Hadiza Usman, on Wednesday dragged the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS) and his wife, Y. B. Magaji and the SSS FCT Director before the FCT High Court Apo, over alleged threat to life.