Peter Thiel abandons bid to buy news website Gawker

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Billionaire Peter Thiel on Wednesday abandoned his effort to buy the irreverent news website, enabling the Silicon Valley venture capitalist to avoid a possible legal fight over his having secretly funded litigation that led to its demise. A proposed settlement between Thiel Capital LLC and a liquidator for Gawker Media LLC was filed with the US bankruptcy court in Manhattan. It requires a judge’s approval. Thiel, who bid for Gawker’s assets on Jan. 10, also agreed to ...

Hatred of journalists on the rise worldwide, watchdog says

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says hostility toward journalists is growing worldwide, often encouraged by political leaders - even in democratic countries.The group’s annual global index of media freedom released Wednesday found an overall rise in animosity toward reporters and a drop in freedoms, notably in former Soviet states but also in countries from the US to the Philippines.The group says many democratically elected leaders “no longer see the media as part of ...

WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe to 16 ahead of data law change

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month.WhatsApp will ask European users to confirm they are at least 16 years old when they are prompted to agree new terms of service and a privacy policy provided by a new WhatsApp Ireland Ltd entity in the next few weeks.It is not clear how or if the age limit will be checked given the limited data requested and ...

Facebook unveils appeal process for when it removes posts

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Facebook said Tuesday it will give users the right to appeal decisions if the social network decides to remove photos, videos or written posts deemed to violate community standards. Plans to roll out an appeals process globally in coming months came as Facebook provided a first-ever look at internal standards used to decide what posts go too far in terms of hateful or threating speech. “This is part of an effort to be more clear about where we draw the line on content,” Facebook ...

Facebook says software better tackling ISIS propaganda

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Facebook on Monday said new detection tools wielded by its counterterrorism team are quickly detecting and removing extremist propaganda for the ISIS and al-Qaeda.The leading social network “took action” on 1.9 million pieces of ISIS or al-Qaeda-linked content in the first three months of this year -- nearly double the amount from the previous quarter, according to vice president of global policy management Monika Bickert and global head of counterterrorism policy Brian ...

Facebook says it is taking down more material about ISIS, al-Qaeda

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Facebook said on Monday that it removed or 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, or about double the amount from the previous quarter. Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, also published its internal definition of “terrorism” for the first time, as part of an effort to be more open about internal company operations. The European Union has been putting pressure on Facebook ...

Ahead of polls, bots flood Twitter with pro-government messages in Malaysia

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Just weeks before Malaysia goes to the polls, automated accounts known as bots are flooding Twitter with tens of thousands of pro-government and anti-opposition messages, according to a review of the tweets by Reuters and a US digital media research institute. Asked about the matter, San Francisco-based Twitter Inc said it was focused on identifying and suspending accounts that violate its spam policies. “We continue to fight hard to tackle any malicious automation on our platform as well ...

Facebook rolling out privacy choices under EU rules

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Facebook announced Wednesday it would begin rolling out changes to how it handles private data this week to comply with forthcoming EU rules, with European residents seeing the measures first. The social network, which has been rocked by disclosures about the hijacking of personal data on tens of millions of its users, said it will start implementing “new privacy experiences” to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which become effective May 25. &ldquo ...

Trump Tweets support for American pastor on trial in Turkey

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

US President Donald Trump voiced his support on Tuesday for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group accused of orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup, in a case that has compounded strains in US-Turkish relations. “Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason,” Trump tweeted. “They call him a spy, but I am more a spy than he is. ...

Fox’s Sean Hannity revealed as mystery client of Trump’s personal lawyer

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer was forced on Monday to reveal in a New York federal court that Fox News personality Sean Hannity, one of Trump’s most ardent defenders, was also on his client list.Michael Cohen, Trump’s fiercely loyal and pugnacious lawyer, disclosed Hannity’s name through one of his own lawyers at the order of the judge. Stormy Daniels, an adult-film actress who says she had a sexual encounter with Trump, watched from the public ...

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