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U.S. tech firms must do more to combat extremism, says the World Economic Forum

(Reuters) — U.S. tech firms such as Facebook and Twitter should be more aggressive in tackling extremism and political misinformation if they want to avoid government action, a report from the World Economic Forum said on Monday. The study from the Swiss nonprofit organization adds to a chorus of calls for Silicon Valley to stem the spread of violent material ... Read More »

Facebook says Pages that regularly share false news won’t be able to buy ads

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 Facebook says it’s taking another step against Pages that share fabricated news stories. The company has already been working with outside fact-checkers like Snopes and the AP to flag inaccurate news stories. (These aren’t supposed to be stories that are disputed for reasons of opinion or partisanship, but rather outright hoaxes and lies.) It also says that when a story ... Read More »

Teens favoring Snapchat and Instagram over Facebook, says eMarketer

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 Facebook is losing appeal among teens and young adults which is contributing to generally slowing growth for the platform, according to the latest projections from research firm eMarketer. Read More Social – TechCrunch Read More »

‘Uber’s CEO will not be Meg Whitman’, says Meg Whitman

With rumors circulating that Meg Whitman was being lined up as a possible replacement for Travis Kalanick at Uber, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) CEO has taken to Twitter (where else?) to reveal that she won’t be joining the ride-hailing giant. Whitman, who joined eBay as CEO in 1998 and led it to become an ecommerce titan by the time ... Read More »

Twitter says it’s ‘taking action’ on 10X more abusive accounts than last year

Twitter’s early promise as a social platform for connecting people the world over quickly turned somewhat sour, with harassment, bullying, and general nastiness becoming commonplace. And that is why earlier this year the company announced a number of measures designed to make Twitter a safer place to hang out, including improvements to the mute and block features, as well as preventing repeat offenders ... Read More »

Twitter says Vine users’ emails and phone numbers were exposed for a day, but weren’t misused

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 Twitter is alerting Vine users of a bug that exposed their email addresses and, in some cases, phone numbers to third parties. It’s also advising affected users to be cautious about any emails from unknown senders as a result. The company says the bug was only active for 24 hours before being patched, and doesn’t believe that the data was misused in ... Read More »

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