Myanmar coup: Facebook and Instagram place immediate ban on military

Social media giant Facebook has banned Myanmar’s military and its affiliates from its platforms. The company said it acted after deciding “the risks of allowing the Tatmadaw [Myanmar military] on Facebook and Instagram are too great”. The military has used Facebook to boost its claim of voter fraud in the 2020 election. More than half […]

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Facebook reverses ban on news pages in Australia

Facebook has announced it will restore news content to its users in Australia. The tech giant has blocked news to Australians on its platform since last Thursday amid a dispute over a proposed law which would force it and Google to pay news publishers for content. According to Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Facebook chief Mark […]

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Twitter’s ‘extraordinary year’ sees reward revenues

Twitter has posted record revenues for the last quarter of 2020, capping off what its chief executive said was “an extraordinary year” for the platform. The social messaging platform said revenue grew 28% to $1.29bn compared to the last quarter of 2019. In January, Twitter banned Donald Trump from the platform which analysts felt could […]

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Amazon faces spying claims over AI cameras in vans

Amazon has begun using AL-powered cameras in delivery vans that constantly record footage of drivers and upload any mistakes they make. The company says it is an investment in safety but privacy campaigners described ot as “surveillance”. The camera will be on all the time but will only upload footage for 16 actions, including hard […]

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Australia takes on Google advertising dominance as battle against Big Tech intensified  

Sydney – An Australian regulator is considering letting internet users choose what personal data companies like Google share with advertisers, as part of the country’s attempts to shatter the dominance of tech titans. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) also proposed limiting giants’ ability to access users’ online histories to cross-sell products. The proposals […]

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Developer slams Apple and Google after Covid game gets rejected

A German app designer has filed a complaint with European Union antitrust authorities against Google and Apple which he said last year rejected a game aimed at encouraging compliance with government Covid-19 rules. A number of developers have challenged Google and Apple over their app policies, triggering calls for regulatory action as nearly all smartphones […]

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WhatsApp and Facebook to share users’ data outside Europe and UK

WhatApp is forcing users to agree to sharing information with Facebook if they want to keep using the service. The company warns users in a pop-up notice that they “need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp” – or delete their accounts. But Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, said European and UK users would not […]

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the US, British judge rules

A judge in the United Kingdom has denied Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he faces espionage charges for his work running WikiLeaks. According to The Guardian the ruling was delivered in a criminal court this morning, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the judge noted that the risk of suicide is […]

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GoDaddy apologises after sending staff fake bonus email as ‘phishing test’

Washington – US web company GoDaddy apologised Thursday after an email that promised employees a Christmas bonus in the midst of the economic crisis turned out to be a computer security test. “GoDaddy takes the security of our platform extremely seriously. We understand some employees were upset by the phishing attempt and felt it was […]

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