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Europe Commission thunders: Tech firms must do more to remove extremist content

The European Commission has urged the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove extremist content - or face further regulation. EU home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned "the real battlefield is against 21st century terrorism". He said most of the recent terrorist attackers had never travelled …
Kat Hall, 7 Dec 2017

Facebook Messenger ... for who now? Zuck points his digital crack at ever younger kids

Comment "Won't somebody think of the children!" Hur hur. It's the great, sarcastic war cry of the childless middle aged tech guy. For example, when somebody wants to restrict extreme smut. "Won't somebody think of the children?!?" cries Shed Man. Cackle cackle. Sure, let nobody think of the children, ever, and let's see what kind of …

Facebook, Twitter, Google cleared in Dallas shooting lawsuit

A US judge says social networks cannot be held accountable for the murderous actions of their users. A district court in Dallas, Texas, dismissed with prejudice this week the idea that the major social networking sites in America harbored the sentiment that lead to the shooting and death of five Dallas police officers in July …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Dec 2017
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Bring me your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to see behavioural advertising

Just because you earn a dollar a day shouldn’t mean you're lost to the behavioural advertising industry. Not to be confused with Android One, Google has introduced a featurephone-sized package of Android, called Android Go Oreo Edition, aimed at phone makers targeting emerging economies. And like Nokia’s short-lived Android …
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Hot growth industry: checking social networks for nasties

YouTube's revealed it will increase the size of its video-nasty-spotting workforce to ten thousand people. CEO Susan Wojcicki used the fuddy-duddy medium of text to explain that YouTube's recognised that “... some bad actors are exploiting our openness to mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm.” Wojcicki stated that all of …
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Australia to probe Web giants' impact on news, ads, competition

Australia's government has fulfilled a promise to probe Web giants' impact on the media, news and advertising businesses. The land down under recently re-wrote its laws on media ownership, to allow greater concentration of ownership. That law was contentious, given that a certain R Murdoch already dominates Australian media. …

Ad-filtering fiend Eyeo: Morning has broken, like the first morning

Interview When I last interviewed Eyeo comms chief Ben Williams a year ago, the smell of gun smoke and scorched flesh hung in the air. Our piece was headlined: Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender. But things are much calmer now. Over the past year, the use of ad-blockers on the desktop has levelled off, …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Nov 2017

The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

Analysis Facebook is using mysterious software that scours material on its social network to identify and offer help to people who sound potentially suicidal. It's some new technology CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned in his 6,000-word manifesto earlier this year. Yet, his lieutenants have kept quiet about how the borderline-creepy thing …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Nov 2017

'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'

If the tech industry wants another wave of innovation to match the PC or the internet, Google and Facebook must be broken up, journalist and film producer Jonathan Taplin told an audience at University College London's Faculty of Law this week. He was speaking at an event titled Crisis in Copyright Policy: How the digital …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2017
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Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

On a walk across the show floor at January's Consumer Electronics Show, a friend working in technology for nearly thirty years expressed unease at where it all seemed to be headed. As I pulled my head away from a consumer door lock containing an embedded retinal scanner, I replied. “I don’t know what you’re talking about." …
Mark Pesce, 28 Nov 2017

Facebook bends to pressure, opens German center to löschen abuse, gets yelled at by spies

Facebook has caved to political pressure and announced a new office in Germany to scrub abusive posts from its social network. The center in Essen, close to Dusseldorf, will be operated by the Competence Call Center (CCC). Some 500 staff that will trawl the online platform and delete any criminal or offensive content they come …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Nov 2017

That $10,000 Facebook bug: Photos shafted, addicts screwed by polls

A security researcher found a way to delete any picture on Facebook, irrespective of whether it's public or private, by cunning use of polls. Pouya Daribi was digging around in the software used by Facebook users to set up quick opinion polls on their profile pages. When creating these informal surveys, the social media …
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2017
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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

Donald Trump's former policy chief Steve Bannon wanted to limit the power of Silicon Valley's plutocrats, but US trade negotiations have just thrown a protective arm around them. Bloomberg reports that negotiators are limiting attempts to give ordinary people more power to sue Google and Facebook over their responsibilities …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Nov 2017
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Facebook notifications to reveal who saw dodgy Russian election ads

Facebook has revealed it's started work on a tool that will let its members learn if they saw ads published by the “Internet Research Agency”, the outfit thought to have been behind mass buys of pro-Kremlin propaganda ads during the 2016 US presidential election. The Social Network™ has come in for stern criticism for allowing …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2017
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The Independent 'live streamed' space vid recorded in 2015

For reasons unknown, on Sunday The Independent "live streamed" footage from space that was more than two years old. The BBC reports the newspaper played International Space Station spacewalk footage from February 2015 on its Facebook page, stopping and taking down the video after being contacted by the Beeb. A spokesperson …
Andrew Silver, 20 Nov 2017
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The Social Network™ releases its data networking code

Facebook has sent another shiver running up Cisco's spine, by releasing the code it uses for packet routing. Open/R, its now-open source routing platform, runs Facebook's backbone and data centre networks. The Social Network™ first promised to release the platform in May 2017. In the post that announced the release, Facebook …

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) unites a strange mix of people. “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things,” Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said in a speech at Harvard University in May. “And yes, giving everyone the freedom to pursue purpose isn’t free. People …
SA Mathieson, 15 Nov 2017
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EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems' bid to bring a class-action lawsuit against Facebook has been dealt a blow by the advocate general advising the European Court of Justice. The PhD student has been embroiled in a years-long battle with Facebook over its privacy policies and data-sharing with US spy agencies. It has seen …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Nov 2017

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