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What happens when WhatsApp’s new terms start on 15 May?
Messaging app will begin to turn off features until users agree to Facebook’s updated terms of service
Bank of England's Bailey says there might be a case for digital currency
Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said there might be a role for a state-backed digital currency in Britain although there would be big implications ranging from the setting of interest rates to privacy.
German government ordered WhatsApp to prevent Facebook from collecting personal data. Facebook ignored it, as Germany can do nothing about it but make noise
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and “Freedom” of Information, or HmbBfDI, said Tuesday that it has issued an injunction that prevents Facebook from processing personal data from WhatsApp. And that’s the end of the story. Fac...
Kids are taking governments to court over climate. And they are starting to win
It was early in the morning when Luisa Neubauer got the call from her lawyer. She was staying at her mother's house, frantically trying to finish a book she'd been working on, so she said it took her a moment to realize what had happened.
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
Instagram adds option to show pronouns on profile
The social media platform rolls out the change in countries, including the UK, with people able to choose up to four pronouns.
PayPal Wants to Be a Lot More Than an Online Checkout Button
PayPal aims to be world’s next super app, akin to China’s Alipay and Tencent. ‘I think we have a chance,’ CEO Dan Schulman says in interview. PayPal is 20 years older but 90% smaller than its Chinese rivals and losing its attractiveness ...
UK: Loan sharks target new victims via WhatsApp and Facebook
Local WhatsApp groups have been one of the silver linings of the pandemic, creating community ties and support networks. Yet loan sharks are increasingly using these groups to extort money from their victims, according to England’s Illeg...
Desperate tourist-reliant EU nations reopen their ‘Covid-free’ zones. But can enough holidaymakers actually reach them?
EU members are yet to make a joint decision on when to reopen for non-essential travel, but several tourist-dependent countries have already chosen to walk alone, having lost part of the warm-season profits.
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.
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.
Starbucks considering leaving Facebook over hateful comments
Coffee chain is reported to be considering leaving the platform over comments left on posts about social justice issues
TikTok Hires Thousands to Challenge E-Commerce King Alibaba
Zhang Yiming built ByteDance Ltd. into the world’s most valuable private company via a string of blockbuster apps like TikTok that challenged Facebook and other incumbents on their own turf. His latest target: Alibaba.
What is the difference between digital currency and cryptocurrency?
From the Bahamas to Britain, the world's biggest banks are issuing digital currencies to fend off the threat of cryptocurrencies. But how are they different?
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.
UK ministers urged to make tech giants responsible for scams
Coalition of organisations including City of London police and Which? demand social media sites vet adverts
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.
US Homeland Security Reportedly Eyeing Outside Firms to Monitor Extremists Online
In the wake of the 2020 racial justice and protests, federal authorities came under severe scrutiny after investigators with the US Department of Homeland Security compiled intelligence reports on journalists who covered the demonstratio...
Signal Tries to Run the Most Honest Facebook Ad Campaign Ever, Immediately Gets Banned
Encrypted messaging app Signal has had a series of Instagram ads blocked from the social media platform, after it attempted to show users how much data the Facebook-owned company collects about them and how it's used to push targeted ads.
Two influencers face possible deportation from Bali after a viral fake-mask prank video
Influencers identified as Josh Paler Lin and Leia Se are facing deportation from Bali, Indonesia, after their mask-prank video drew ire.
Farmer moves 200-year-old French border with Belgium by mistake
"We will have to put things back in place," the local Belgian mayor of Erquelinnes said.
Facebook Censorship protecting the public from reality: Facebook Oversight Board upholds Trump's suspension but says further review is needed
Facebook's Oversight Board has ruled, according to their paid-by-Facebook-opinion, that while the company was justified in censoring the President and suspending Trump from communicating with his 84 million followers on Jan. 7, Facebook...
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
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