Tech giants and celebrities weigh in as European Union lawmakers vote to force Google, Facebook and other firms to share more revenues with EU media, publishers and other content creators in a shake-up of copyright rules.
Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to Iranian actors that a cybersecurity firm said on Tuesday were promoting Iran's geopolitical agenda around the world.
The company said it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in "coordinated" political behaviour and appeared to be fake. Nearly 300,000 people followed at least one of the accounts.
Twitter registers drop in market value by more than $6 billion as it begins containing online hate and trolls that has in turn hurt its standing with investors and declined its monthly users.
Costs of improving privacy safeguards and slowing usage in the biggest advertising markets combined with missed revenue and user growth targets saw the company's shares lose a quarter of their value.
Ugandans will have to pay $19 a year to keep a social media account – all in a country where some 35% of the population live below the poverty line.
Facebook will face a class action lawsuit for the violation of people's biometric information privacy without permission, according to a federal court decision in US.
The move has been labelled an attempt to stifle freedom of expression, but the government of President Yoweri Museveni says it needs the revenue so that there is electricity for people to use social media.
Facebook believes the data of up to 87 million people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Initial reports had put the figure at as many as 50 million users.
New Zealand's privacy commissioner said that the social media giant claimed it wasn't bound by New Zealand's privacy laws and didn't have to comply with a request from his office to take a look at disputed information.
Can we move toward an internet where your personal data isn't currency to be traded with advertisers, and where services exist for the common good? The good news is that it already exists.
Google launches a $300 million project to combat fake news and strengthen journalism. It is working with 50 media partners, bolstering their business models and introducing technological changes.
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