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Web Giants to Cooperate on Removal of Extremist Content

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS, Dec 6  – Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. The companies will share ‘hashes’ – unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos – of extremist content they have removed from their

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U.S. Ethics Office Tweets Sarcasm at Trump on Business Conflictsv

By Andy Sullivan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, Dec 1 – President-elect Donald Trump faced criticism from an unusual source on Wednesday when a buttoned-down U.S. government ethics office issued an apparently sarcastic stream of Twitter messages applauding him for selling off his assets. Trump, in fact, has not said whether he will sell the hotels,

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Young Syrian Girl Sends Harrowing Tweets of Being Bombed in Aleppo

LONDON, Nov 28  – A seven-year-old Syrian girl, whose depictions of daily life in Aleppo have gained a large Twitter following, has sent harrowing messages describing the bombardment of her house as government forces advance on rebel-held parts of the city. Bana Alabed has amassed some 137,000 followers since joining the social media site in

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Google, an Obama Ally, May Face Policy Setbacks Under Trump

By David Shepardson, Malathi Nayak and Julia Love WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 18 – Alphabet Inc’s Google faces a tougher regulatory landscape as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration looks poised to reverse Obama administration policies that often favored the internet giant in the company’s battles with telecoms and cable heavyweights, analysts say. Google had close

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Muslims Heed Donald Trump’s Advice

By Meera Damji At the October 9 presidential debate, U.S. republican nominee Donald J. Trump was asked what he would do to fight Islamophobia. He responded by saying: “One thing we have to do is we have to make sure that because there is a problem, whether we like it or not — and we

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Twitter Could Take Many Forms, Depending on New Owner

By Liana B. Baker SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 27- With speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service – which has long struggled to define its core purpose -may end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions depending on who ends up paying for it.

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Facebook, Twitter Join Network to Tackle Fake News

NEW YORK, Sept 14 – Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media, the group said on Tuesday. First Draft Coalition, formed in June 2015 with the backing of Alphabet Inc’s Google, said it

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Facebook, Twitter Co-operated With Brazil Probe of Alleged Militants

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24 – The judge overseeing the probe that led to the arrest last week of suspected Islamist militants in Brazil said Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. co-operated with investigators by providing information about the suspects’ use of both social networks. In an interview late Sunday with Fantastico, a weekly news program

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Twitter Announces Crackdown After Online Abuse of “Ghostbusters” Actor

SAN FRANCISCO, July 20  – Twitter Inc said Tuesday it had moved to permanently suspend a number of user accounts for abuse and harassment after Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones on Monday drew renewed attention to the issue and announced she would quit the social media site. Jones retweeted and shared several abusive tweets she received

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Google, Facebook Quietly Move Toward Automatic Blocking of Extremist Videos

By Joseph Menn and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, June 24 – Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate

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