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Online safety bill ‘a recipe for censorship’, say campaigners
Proposals hand Ofcom the power to identify ‘lawful but harmful’ content and punish social networks that fail to remove it
The Problem Is Facebook
Facebook’s “Supreme Court” might have upheld Donald Trump’s suspension, but that doesn’t make it a real court.
Clubhouse appears to have permanently suspended Laura Loomer, a right-wing activist and self-proclaimed 'proud Islamophobe'
The right-wing activist had already been banned from other social platforms and ride-hailing firms for incendiary comments she routinely posted on social media.
McCarthyism 2.0: Twitter Shuts Down Accounts Attempting To Evade Trump Ban
Trump was banned from Twitter, where he had more than 88 million followers, and multiple other social media platforms following the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.
Twitter Pressures Users to Self-Censor 'Offensive' Replies to Tweets
The Twitter team behind new "prompts" to users over replies that its artificial intelligence moderator has deemed offensive said they were so effective that it caused a third of users to either edit or delete their posts.
Facebook blocks, then restores, content calling on Indian Prime Minister Modi to resign
Social-media giant said it erroneously censored posts tagged with #ResignModi as India faces devastating Covid-19 surge
Florida passes social media bill that would punish companies for banning politicians
Florida is fighting Social Media's organized crime against democracy by penalizing their use of censorship to manipulate elections results. Social media platforms face fines of $250,000 per day for banning a Florida political candidate, ...
Elon Musk to host Saturday Night Live - but not everyone is excited
Some critics say the Tesla and SpaceX boss was only chosen for the hosting role because he is very rich.
All eyes are on the Facebook Oversight Board as its decision on Trump's account looms
Anticipation is building for the Facebook Oversight Board's looming decision on whether to keep or reverse a ban on former President Trump's account.
How TikTok, The New "Hit Machine", Chooses Which Songs Go Viral
TikTok, a social network where people post short videos, often set to music, has become this generation's hit machine.
US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups
The US has blacklisted seven Chinese groups it accuses of building supercomputers to help its military.
Biden is picking up where Trump left off as US readies itself for a titanic tech cold war with China
America’s addition of more Chinese companies to its entity list shows it’s now being used as a vehicle of geopolitical containment. Coupled with a new $110bn tech bill, it proves the US is worried about being overtaken by Beijing.
Bad Apple? Global Chip Shortage Delays iPad, MacBook Production As Crisis Set To Worsen, Report Says
The news comes amid the global chip crunch leading to a sharp decrease in production across numerous sectors, including automotive, consumer elections and medical devices, among others.
US Justice Thomas Warns Big Tech Companies Should Be 'Regulated' in Twitter Ruling
In 2019, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals found that former US President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked certain Twitter users. At the time, lawyers for the blocked users argued the account was an official so...
Yellen to push for global minimum tax rate on corporations
Yellen to call for global coordination on taxes paid by multinational corporations
In pandemic-stricken Cuba, cryptocurrencies are becoming a lifeline
Can cryptocurrencies be a long-term solution for impoverished countries, particularly in times of economic crisis? Cuba could be about to find out.
YouTube Deleted 2.5 Million ‘Dislikes’ From Biden White House Videos
YouTube has deleted about 2.5 million ‘dislikes’ from videos on the official White House channel of President Joe Biden, according to data collected and posted online by a researcher who wished to remain anonymous. YouTube recently annou...
Facebook bans 'voice of Trump' from platform
Facebook has removed a video of former US President Donald Trump from the page of his daughter-in-law Lara Trump.
Google Pledges Over $29 Million to Help Fight Misinformation, Fake News
Amid the 2020 election and the pandemic, there has been growing concern about the spread of disinformation and misinformation. As a result, the chief executives of global tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter recently found themselves...
Facebook removes video of Trump interview with daughter-in-law Lara, citing ban
Facebook Inc has removed a video of an interview with former U.S. President Donald Trump, who remains banned from the platform, from his daughter-in-law Lara Trump’s Facebook page, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Look Forward To Staying In Touch: Trump Launches New Website
The website is meant to allow supporters to request their participation in events, submit letters and ask for personalised greetings, The Hill reported.
Facebook Permanently Bans Iran’s Press TV Over Alleged ‘Policy Violations’
The big three tech giants and the US government have repeatedly censored Iranian media and officials in recent years, deleting or suspending the accounts of individual politicians, seizing internet domains, blocking news agencies, and el...
Biden administration threatens tariffs on UK goods in 'tech tax' row
The US has warned it could put tariffs of up to 25% on a host of UK exports in retaliation for a UK tax on tech firms.
China's answer to YouTube slumps on market debut
Shares of Chinese video platform Bilibili have slumped at their launch on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
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