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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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Instagram Attracting More Advertising than Twitter: Survey

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO, June 10 – Advertising agencies are for the first time turning to Instagram more frequently than Twitter for social media ad campaigns, a survey released Thursday showed, a further indication of weakness in an ad sales operation that has been one of the few bright spots for Twitter. The survey,

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Saudi Reporter Jailed For 5 Years For Insulting Rulers: Amnesty

DUBAI, March 27  – Saudi Arabia has sentenced a journalist to five years in jail for insulting the kingdom’s rulers and “inciting public opinion” on Twitter, Amnesty International said. Amnesty described the sentencing of Alaa Brinji on Thursday as “a clear violation of international law” and said it showed intolerance of the right to peaceful

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Belgians Turn to Twitter to Offer Rooms, Rides, After Attacks

By Meredith McGrath, Foo Yun Chee and Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS, March 22 – Brussels residents turned to Twitter to offer people stranded in the Belgian capital rooms and transport on Tuesday after twin attacks, claimed by Daesh, on the airport and a rush-hour metro train. The Brussels Chamber of Commerce said hotels would offer free

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U.S. Tech Companies Unite Behind Apple Ahead of iPhone Encryption Ruling

By Jim Finkle and Dustin Volz March 3 – Tech industry leaders including Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp , AT&T and more than two dozen other Internet and technology companies filed legal briefs on Thursday asking a judge to support Apple Inc in its encryption battle with the U.S. government. The rare display

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Holla Out: Diplo Performs in Pakistan’s Capital

All images courtesy Diplo’s social media accounts. DUBAI Feb 28: He has worked with some of music royalty’s biggest names: Britney Spears, Madonna, Justin Bieber, Usher, Beyonce and Skrillex and on Saturday night, he rocked the Pakistani capital. Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, created much hype and excitement when it first emerged early

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Is Daesh’s Reach Diminishing on Twitter?

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Feb 18 – Daesh’s English-language reach on Twitter has stalled in recent months amid a stepped-up crackdown against the extremist group’s army of digital proselytizers, who have long relied on the site to recruit and radicalize new adherents, according to a study being released on Thursday. Suspensions of English-speaking users affiliated

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