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Twitter to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during US elections

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Twitter Inc, which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 US elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service.The company said it would email 677,775 people in the United States who followed, retweeted or liked content from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA) during the election.The IRA is a Russian organization that according to lawmakers and researchers, ...

Facebook to let users rank ‘trust’ in news sources

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network. The change to the Facebook news feed comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that it has failed -- along with Google and Twitter -- to prevent the spread of bogus news, most strikingly ahead of the 2016 US election. In a Facebook post, co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the network would ...

Journalists protest Philippine move to close news website Rappler

Friday, 19 January 2018

Philippine journalists took to the streets Friday in support of a news website facing state-enforced closure, accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of trampling on press freedom.The government withdrew the corporate registration of the Rappler website this week and has summoned its chief executive to answer a “cyber-libel” complaint in what media watchdogs describe as payback for critical coverage of Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.About 200 journalists and activists, most of them ...

Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech

Friday, 19 January 2018

Social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have greatly accelerated their removals of online hate speech, reviewing over two thirds of complaints within 24 hours, new EU figures show.The European Union has piled pressure on social media firms to increase their efforts to fight the proliferation of extremist content and hate speech on their platforms, even threatening them with legislation.Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube signed a code of conduct with the EU in ...

Sudan holding AFP and Reuters journalists arrested while covering protests

Friday, 19 January 2018

Sudanese authorities have detained a Reuters stringer and an Agence France-Presse journalist who were covering protests in the capital Khartoum, the external information council, which deals with foreign media organizations, said. Reuters last had contact with its stringer early on Wednesday before he went to report on the demonstrations, which resulted in clashes between police and protesters. An official in the external information council, contacted by Reuters, did not say whether charges ...

Philippine investigators summon boss of Rappler news site derided by Duterte

Thursday, 18 January 2018

A Philippine law enforcement agency has summoned the head of Rappler, a news site known for challenging President Rodrigo Duterte, to answer a complaint related to cybercrime, adding to problems for an outlet central to a row over press freedom. The country’s corporate regulator last week revoked the site’s operating license for violating the constitution’s restrictions on foreign ownership of media, while the justice minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation ...

Lebanon court orders six-month jail term for journalist critical of Hezbollah

Thursday, 18 January 2018

A Lebanese military court handed down a six-month prison sentence to a journalist for presenting views critical of the army, a court official told AFP said Thursday.Hanin Ghaddar, also a researcher known for her criticism of the powerful Hezbollah militias, was sentenced in absentia on January 10 over an expose at a conference in the United States, the source said.Her sentence sparked outrage among fellow journalists and academics in Lebanon, where they said free speech and freedom of the press ...

Facebook selfie nails murder probe of 21-year-old in Canada

Thursday, 18 January 2018

In March 2015, Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty to killing her best friend Brittney Gargol, 18, who was found in Saskatoon, Canada with Antoine’s belt near her body. The best friend was sentenced seven years for murder. It has now emerged that a Facebook selfie post showing both girls indicated the belt found near Gargol’s body and that was what made Antoine a suspect as she was wearing the exact same belt. That post was on Facebook only a few hours before Gargol’s ...

CNN takes the cake in Trump’s Fake News Awards

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Donald Trump unveiled the winners of his much-touted "Fake News Awards" and the "winners" included top networks and newspapers CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. The brash Republican president announced the ten "honorees" using his preferred medium of Twitter, linking to a list published on the Republican Party's website that crashed minutes after his big reveal. CNN took the cake with 4 “prices” and the list begins with New York Times ...

Al Arabiya at Davos: On the modern migrant and the right to seek refuge

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

While working on the upcoming session that Al Arabiya is going to conduct in Davos about the plight of large-scale displacement and the calls for new solutions to help families find safety, navigate through life and contribute to the communities where they find refuge, I felt obliged to mention during my opening remarks that I am a refugee myself. I thought that such a statement will send out two main messages: The first one is that such a tragedy could befall anyone and the second is that we ...

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