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Online safety bill ‘a recipe for censorship’, say campaigners
Proposals hand Ofcom the power to identify ‘lawful but harmful’ content and punish social networks that fail to remove it
The Problem Is Facebook
Facebook’s “Supreme Court” might have upheld Donald Trump’s suspension, but that doesn’t make it a real court.
Facebook blocks account of ex-president Ricardo Martinelli
The former Panamanian president attributes the closure of his Facebook account to "government trolls." After this, he opened another account.
Biden softens on corporate tax hike, saying it could be set between 25% and 28%
"What I'm proposing is badly needed and able to be paid for and still grow," Biden said in a speech. "Trickle-down ain't working very well, man."
Clubhouse appears to have permanently suspended Laura Loomer, a right-wing activist and self-proclaimed 'proud Islamophobe'
The right-wing activist had already been banned from other social platforms and ride-hailing firms for incendiary comments she routinely posted on social media.
Treasury Chief Yellen Walks Back Claim US Economy Could ‘Overheat’ This Summer
As vaccination rates steadily increase in several parts of the globe, economists have made increasingly optimistic economic growth predictions, with the latest saying the US economy could grow 7.6% in 2021, the steepest pace it’s seen si...
EU Reportedly Considering 'New Legal Tool' as Response to Biden's 'Buy American' Order
In late January, POTUS inked the so-called "Buy American" order, an executive action that Joe Biden said would help "rebuild the backbone of America: manufacturing, unions, and the middle class".
US, Russia, China Poke Each Other At UN Security Council
Russia, China, the United States, France and Britain are the permanent, veto-wielding powers of the 15-member council.
McCarthyism 2.0: Twitter Shuts Down Accounts Attempting To Evade Trump Ban
Trump was banned from Twitter, where he had more than 88 million followers, and multiple other social media platforms following the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.
Twitter Pressures Users to Self-Censor 'Offensive' Replies to Tweets
The Twitter team behind new "prompts" to users over replies that its artificial intelligence moderator has deemed offensive said they were so effective that it caused a third of users to either edit or delete their posts.
Castro era in Cuba to end as Raul confirms he’s retiring
Castro, 89, said the new leadership would be party loyalists with decades of experience working their way up the ranks.
"Monumental Moment": WHO Chief Hails US Support For Vaccine Patent Waiver
The WHO chief wrote on Twitter that the move was a step towards vaccine equity, "prioritizing the well-being of all people everywhere at a critical time".
Facebook blocks, then restores, content calling on Indian Prime Minister Modi to resign
Social-media giant said it erroneously censored posts tagged with #ResignModi as India faces devastating Covid-19 surge
WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Plans To Seek Second Term: Report
The 56-year-old former Ethiopian health minister and minister of foreign affairs has not said publicly whether or not he plans to seek another term.
Biden at 100 days: Hottest stock market since JFK
The Biden bust that the Trump campaign warned of has morphed into a Biden boom.
Global military spending rises to $2 trillion despite pandemic
Total global military expenditure rose to almost $2 trillion in 2020, an increase of 2.6 percent on 2019. The latest report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says that the five biggest spenders in 2020 were ...
Florida passes social media bill that would punish companies for banning politicians
Florida is fighting Social Media's organized crime against democracy by penalizing their use of censorship to manipulate elections results. Social media platforms face fines of $250,000 per day for banning a Florida political candidate, ...
Julian Assange's Jailing "Undermines" UK On Press Freedom: Wikileaks
In January, a London judge refused to grant a US request for Assange's extradition, but also refused him bail until a US appeal against that verdict is heard.
US To Maintain "Strong" Military Presence In Indo-Pacific: Biden Tells China
After addressing Harris in his opening remarks as Madam Vice-President, Biden added: "No president has ever said those words from this podium. And it's about time."
Hidden Costs of the Petrodollar Uncovered
The world’s reserve currency relies on oil, dictators, inequality and the military-industrial complex. But a Bitcoin standard could change this.
Elon Musk to host Saturday Night Live - but not everyone is excited
Some critics say the Tesla and SpaceX boss was only chosen for the hosting role because he is very rich.
Digital Silk Road: Battle Between US and China Hi-Tech Firms Will Remain Fierce, Author Says
The Fourth Digital China Summit in Fuzhou scheduled for 25-26 April will promote global cooperation in the field of e-governance, digital economy, and the ambitious Digital Silk Road project. Those who hesitate to jump on Beijing's hi-te...
All eyes are on the Facebook Oversight Board as its decision on Trump's account looms
Anticipation is building for the Facebook Oversight Board's looming decision on whether to keep or reverse a ban on former President Trump's account.
How TikTok, The New "Hit Machine", Chooses Which Songs Go Viral
TikTok, a social network where people post short videos, often set to music, has become this generation's hit machine.
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