Facebook removes hundreds of fake accounts linked to Iran opposition

Facebook has removed hundreds of fake accounts linked to an exiled Iranian opposition group, the Associated Press reported. The social media platform said in a statement on Tuesday that it removed more than 300 accounts that were part of a network tied to Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Ir

Russian court fines Twitter on charges of failing to delete content

A Russian court fined Twitter a total of 8.9 million roubles ($116,800) on Friday over accusations that the service had failed to delete banned content.Moscow said last month it had slowed the speed of Twitter inside Russia, and on March 16 threatened to ban the US social media service outright ov

Facebook disables 1.3 billion fake accounts in Oct-Dec last year

Facebook Inc. said on Monday it took down 1.3 billion fake accounts between October and December last year.The company also removed more than 12 million pieces of content about COVID-19 and vaccines that global health experts flagged as misinformation, it said in a blog post.

Twitter to set up legal entity in Turkey to abide by the law

A pro-government media outlet in Turkey claimed on Friday that Twitter is set to appoint a representative as required by the country’s social media law to avoid approaching bandwidth restrictions.If Twitter fails to comply with the law, its internet bandwidth in Turkey will be reduced by an

Russia rebukes Facebook for blocking some media posts

Russia accused Facebook on Monday of violating citizens’ rights by blocking some media outlets’ content in the latest standoff between a government and Big Tech. Communications watchdog Roskomnadzor at the weekend threatened Facebook with a minimum 1 million rouble ($13,433) fine and

Tweet for $2.5 MILLION? Twitter boss Jack Dorsey is selling first-ever tweet with a high price

The first post on Twitter that appeared on its co-founder and current CEO Jack Dorsey’s account in 2006 is up for sale as an NFT, a nonfungible token. Some social media enthusiasts are ready to spend a fortune on it. Dorsey’s almost 15-year-old message “just setting up my

YouTube cancels Myanmar military-run channels, pulls videos

YouTube has removed five channels run by Myanmar’s military for violating its community guidelines and terms of service.The company said Friday that it terminated channels of broadcasters Myawaddy Media, MRTV, WD Online Broadcasting, MWD Variety and MWD Myanmar. The decision follows a Feb. 1

Twitter labels to combat COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Social networking giant Twitter is ramping up efforts to remove harmful and misleading information circulating online about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines. As the vaccine roll out gains speed, conversations about inoculation have been increasing on social media platforms. And to help co

Facebook 'to restore news pages in Australia'

Facebook said on Tuesday it will lift a contentious ban on Australian news pages “in the coming days,” after the government agreed to amend a world-first media law fiercely opposed by the tech giant.   Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook indicated a compromise had been reache

Australia health chiefs freeze Facebook ads

Australia's health department will no longer advertise on Facebook, it has announced, the latest escalation of the government's feud with the social media giant, which continues to block news content from its platform in the country.   The freeze comes as Australia begins to promote its new

Facebook news goes dark in Australia as content spat escalates

 Australians woke to empty news feeds on their Facebook Inc. pages on Thursday after the social media giant blocked all media content in a surprise and dramatic escalation of a dispute with the government over paying for content.The move was swiftly criticized by news producers, politicians a

English soccer at breaking point over abuse on social media

LONDON: Death threats. Racist abuse. Sexist slurs. And social media accounts allowed to stay active even after spreading bile.English football has reached breaking point with players, coaches, referees and officials aghast at the ongoing proliferation of hate aimed at them on Instagram and Twitter

India’s row with Twitter increases over freedom of speech rules

NEW DELHI: India's technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad warned U.S. social media firms to abide by the country's laws, a day after a face-off between Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration and Twitter over content regulation. The IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called out Twitter,

Does Twitter impose fees on some of its services?

"Bloomberg" quoted sources within "Twitter" that the site may be looking for ways to allow the company to provide paid subscriptions, which may include fees to access "TweetDeck". TweetDeck is a popular alternative to the main Twitter website and mobile app, and it allows users to more efficientl

Chinese users flock to US chat app Clubhouse, evading censors

BEIJING/HONG KONG: Private social audio app Clubhouse is attracting masses of new users from mainland China, where the US app remains uncensored by authorities despite flourishing discussions on rights, national identity and other sensitive topics.Western social media apps including Twitter, Faceb

India tells Twitter to comply with order to block accounts

NEW DELHI: India has told Twitter to comply with an order to block content alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration was trying to wipe out farmers protesting against agricultural reforms, two technology ministry sources said.Twitter blocked dozens of accounts in

Facebook’s Zuckerberg reached out to Australian lawmakers over new media rules

SYDNEY: Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Australian lawmakers last week to discuss rules that would make Internet giants pay news outlets for content but failed to persuade them to change policy, the country’s Treasurer said on Sunday.Zuckerberg “reached out to talk about the c

YouTube suspends Trump indefinitely, stops Giuliani monetizing clips

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube has suspended Donald Trump indefinitely from the platform and said it will also prevent the former president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani from being able to monetize his clips, US media reported.It comes a week after the social media giant confirmed it would extend a ban on