India asks Twitter to follow tough new social media laws

 India’s government on Saturday warned Twitter to immediately comply with the country’s new social media regulations, which critics say give the government more power to police online content.Twitter is involved in a tense battle with the Indian government, which has often asked i

Dozens of Palestinian journalists say blocked by WhatsApp

Messaging app WhatsApp has blocked the accounts of dozens of Palestinian journalists following this month’s fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas, reporters said.Shortly after a cease-fire went into effect at 2:00 am on Friday (2300 GMT Thursday) ending 11 days of de

Ireland rejects Facebook bid to block regulatory data probe

Ireland's High Court on Friday rejected Facebook's bid to block an investigation that could potentially stop data transfers from the European Union to the United States.   "I refuse all of the reliefs sought by (Facebook Ireland) and dismiss the claims made by it in the proceedings," read a

Online speech shield under fire as Trump Facebook ban stays

Lurking beneath Facebook's decision on whether to continue Donald Trump's suspension from its platform is a far more complex and consequential question: Do the protections carved out for companies when the internet was in its infancy 25 years ago make sense when some of them have become global pow

BBC receives nearly 110,000 complaints about Prince Philip coverage

BBC coverage following the death of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip led to nearly 110,000 complaints about canceled programs and cleared schedules, the corporation said on Thursday.The Duke of Edinburgh’s death at the age of 99 last Friday prompted the publicly-funded broadc

Facebook Oversight Board allows appeals on content that remains online

Facebook and Instagram users can now appeal against other people's content that has been allowed to remain on the platforms after the independent Oversight Board expanded its mandate. The board, which began operating in October and reviews the social media giant’s content decisions, is allo

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