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EU Finalising Laws To Remove Extremist Videos From Twitter, YouTube and Facebook

There's always a fine line to tread between freedom of speech and blocking content designed to incite hatred and violence against a specific group or groups of people. The EU is about to enshrine a line of some kind in law though, as it finalises plans to require internet companies to block extreme content. Read More >>

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Rejoice Gluttons, Facebook Now Lets You Order Food

Urge to overindulge... rising. Facebook's app now lets you buy meals. The new 'Order Food' option has just been rolled out in the States, and though Zuckerberg won't physically be rustling you up a mushroom risotto anytime soon, the app does find local restaurants near your abode, then allows you to order takeaway. Read More >>

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The EU is Fining Facebook €110 Million for Misleading it During the WhatsApp Takeover

The European Commission has ruled that Facebook intentionally misled officials during its takeover of WhatsApp in 2014. Specifically it was misleading about its ability to utilise data, and is receiving a fine of €110 million (£93.8 million). Read More >>

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How to Install Lightweight Versions of Your Favourite Apps

With an eye towards the developing world where people are more likely to own cheap phones and have spottier wireless data access, the big names in tech are developing simpler versions of their apps. These apps are lightweight, use little data, and don’t burn through battery life. Sound good? It does to us too, and here’s how to give them a test drive. Read More >>

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Tories Want to Let People Destroy Embarrassing Social Media Posts When They Turn 18

Some of you will have grown up before the rise of the internet and the trend of public ally sharing every minute details of your lives. Kids these days don't have that option, and stupid things they say as teenagers could easily come back to haunt them. The Conservative Party wants to give them a way out, if they want it. Read More >>

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Study Shows Heavy Facebook Users Have Less Grey Matter

If you're a heavy social media user, it might be because of a particular part of your brain being smaller than usual. Read More >>

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Facebook Advertises its Fake News Distribution Prowess

Facebook is taking responsibility for the spread of "fake news" around the world in quite the unusual way, turning to full-page print adverts in some newspapers to warn readers that its social network often can't be trusted. Read More >>

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Facebook’s Deleted Thousands of UK-Based Accounts in its Ongoing Battle With Fake News

Mark Zuckerberg would probably love to bury any link between Facebook and the rise of fake news, but he can't. The social media titan has been widely criticised for not doing anything about the spread of the false stories, but now it seems to be actively doing something about it. Read More >>

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Report: Facebook TV Coming as Early as June, It’s Still Not a Media Company

Facebook, which is definitely not a media company, is reportedly planning to launch around two dozen original “TV-like” programmes in mid-June. Are you ready to catch the opening credits in your newsfeed, stop what you’re doing, and watch some prestige television? Read More >>

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google: Which One Would You Ditch First?

A simple question in a tweet has thrown the geek world into chaos. Like a truly horrible version of Shag, Marry, Kill, Farhad Manjoo's tweet asks you to imagine jettisoning the big names of tech. And it's hard. Read More >>

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Facebook Will Add 3,000 More People to Watch Murders and Suicides

Facebook has a problem. Not the one where they admitted to being a megaphone for propaganda and psy-ops. Or the one where they narced on at-risk teens. No, today’s news concerns how the social giant/massive data collection scheme has (increasingly) become an unwilling platform for users to broadcast violent crimes, sexual acts, child exploitation, and suicide. Read More >>

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Facebook Handed Over Data on ‘Insecure’ and ‘Overwhelmed’ Teenagers to Advertisers

Facebook probably knows more about you than your own family, and the company often uses these type of insights to help sell you products. The best—or worst!—new example of this comes from the newspaper The Australian, which says it got its hands on some leaked internal Facebook documents. Read More >>

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Even the World’s Largest Internet Companies Get Phished, Just Like Your Grandma

If you’ve ever been duped by a phishing scam, you can feel a little less stupid about it today, because you’ve been joined in that sad club by Google and Facebook. Read More >>

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Facebook Shruggingly Admits It’s a Tool for Propagandists

Back in January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was “quite proud of the impact that we were able to have on civic discourse,” doubling down on his stance that the rise of misinformation, spread of outright propaganda, and rapid erosion of trust in the fourth estate were anyone’s problems but his. A whitepaper from the world’s largest social media platform—where an estimated 66 per cent of the site’s American users get their news—casually mentions that Facebook is also fertile soil for “subtle and insidious forms of misuse, including attempts to manipulate civic discourse and deceive people.” Read More >>

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Proposed Human Rights Would Protect Your Mind From the Likes of Facebook

“It sounds impossible but it’s closer than you may realise,” Facebook’s Regina Dugan recently told audience members at the F8 developer conference. Dugan was referring to the social network’s plans to read users’ thoughts. Just in time to inject some practical considerations into that terrifying scenario, researchers have proposed four new human rights to protect our minds from those who might have the worst intentions. Read More >>