TWITTER, FACEBOOK DISABLE TRUMP VIDEO TRIBUTE TO FLOYD OVER COPYRIGHT COMPLAINT

Sat 06 June 2020: (Reuters) – Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and Instagram disabled President Donald Trump’s campaign tribute video to George Floyd on their platforms on Friday, citing copyright complaints. The clip, which shows photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of the death of Floyd while in police […]

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FACEBOOK PLACES STATE MEDIA LABELS ON RUSSIAN, CHINESE OUTLETS

Fri 05 June 2020: (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will start labeling Russian, Chinese and other state-controlled media organizations, and later this summer will block any ads from such outlets that target U.S. users, it said on Thursday. The world’s biggest social network will apply the label to Russia’s Sputnik, Iran’s Press TV and China’s Xinhua […]

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TRUMP THREATENS TO SHUTTER SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES AFTER TWITTER WARNING

Wed 27 May 2020: (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies, one day after Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) for the first time added a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the president’s claims. Trump, without offering any evidence, reiterated his accusations […]

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UK TO REDUCE HUAWEI’S INVOLVEMENT IN 5G NETWORK

Sat 23 May 2020: (AFP) Britain will reduce Chinese tech giant Huawei’s controversial involvement in its 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the green light to Huawei’s participation in January, despite widespread domestic opposition and pressure from the United States. But […]

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US VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY SEES RECORD APRIL SALES: SURVEY

Sat 23 May 2020: Spending on video games in the US jumped to a new April record as locked-down consumers sought refuge in play, industry figures released Friday showed. A total of $1.5 billion was spent on video game hardware, software, accessories and game cards, eclipsing a previous April high of $1.2 billion spent in […]

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CANADA FINES FACEBOOK $6 MILLION OVER MISLEADING PRIVACY CLAIMS

Wed 20 May 2020: (AFP) Facebook has agreed to pay a CA$9 million ($6.5 million) fine for making false or misleading claims about its privacy settings, Canada’s competition watchdog announced Tuesday. An investigation of the social media network’s practices from 2012 to 2018 found that the company gave Canadians the impression that users could control […]

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FACEBOOK SAYS IT ACQUIRED ANIMATED GRAPHICS STARTUP GIPHY

Fri 15 May 2020: Facebook said Friday it had acquired the animated graphics startup GIPHY and would integrate the company in its Instagram visual social network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the news site Axios said the California-based tech giant was paying $400 million. GIPHY is known for its use of stickers […]

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FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE REMOVE ‘PLANDEMIC’ VIDEO WITH ‘UNSUBSTANTIATED’ CORONAVIRUS CLAIMS

Sun 10 May 2020: (REUTERS) Facebook Inc and YouTube, the video service of Alphabet Inc’s Google, said on Thursday that they were removing a video that made medically unsubstantiated claims relating to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The 26-minute video dubbed “Plandemic” went viral this week across social media platforms. It features Judy Mikovits, an activist […]

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RISE OF TIKTOK AS MOBILE USE SOARS UNDER LOCKDOWN

Fri 08 May 2020: The popular video-sharing app TikTok has grown at record rates during the coronavirus pandemic, recording an all-time high number of downloads of 200 million for the first quarter of 2020, according to data gathered by Learnbonds.com. While the coronavirus pandemic has kept consumers at home, many have turned to their mobile […]

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APPLE, GOOGLE BAN USE OF LOCATION TRACKING IN CONTACT TRACING APPS

Tue 05 May 2020: Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday said they would ban the use of location tracking in apps that use a new contact tracing system the two are building to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Apple and Google, whose operating systems power 99 percent of smart phones, […]

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