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Enough about Elon Musk's Twitter deal. It's time to talk about social media reform
While calls for coverage focused more on policy and less on personality are sounded often in media critiques, rarely has the need been so apparent as in the coverage the last month of Elon Musk's move to buy Twitter (TWTR).
‘Think Before You Link’: app launched to help social media users detect fake profiles
Ken McCallum, the director general of M15, said malicious profiles were being used on an ‘industrial scale’
Social media companies asked to archive evidence of war crimes
Meta, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube have received notice from American politicians asking them to preserve content that could be used to prosecute war criminals.
Bitcoin plunges to 2020 low as investors run from growing global recession fears
The recent flight from risky assets is persisting with cryptocurrencies seeing a deep, broad-based sell-off because of investor turmoil over global economic prospects.
Former Twitter vice president on Donald Trump, Elon Musk, and billionaires' whims controlling social media
Bruce Daisley spent eight years working for Twitter and fears Elon Musk's proposed takeover could have major implications on the media with what we see and read being controlled by "who has got the biggest pile of cash".
Clearview AI agrees to restrict use of face database
In a lawsuit settlement, the facial recognition startup will stop selling its collection to businesses and individuals in the US
Conflict taking 'heavy toll' on Russian units, says UK intel
Efforts are still ongoing to rescue civilians trapped for weeks in a Mariupol steel plant with at least 50 more evacuated on Friday. Meanwhile the US has promised another $150 million military aid package to Ukraine.
Egypt charity's shock as donated phone card raises fortune
An online fundraising campaign for a little-known charity in Egypt hit the jackpot thanks to a young donor who asked for anonymity.
Elon Musk to fire 1,000 Twitter staff, 5x revenue, 69m pay $3 a month
Elon Musk is planning to fire 1,000 staffers at Twitter as soon as his purchase of the social media platform is complete.
WhatsApp Reactions Feature To Roll Out Today, Announces Mark Zuckerberg
Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement on Facebook. He also listed the six emojis that would be part of WhatsApp reactions.
EU antitrust chief calls for global approach towards tech giants
Europe's antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, the architect of landmark rules to curb the power of U.S. tech giants, called on Thursday for a global approach towards Big Tech to prevent companies taking advantage of enforcement gaps.
Investigation finds hundreds of fake charity websites
Online scammers have been using hundreds of fake charity websites to trick people wanting to donate to Ukraine, a BBC investigation has found.
Soros, Clinton and Obama staffers and Europe govs in anti-Musk letter
Elon Musk on Tuesday demanded more information about the funding of 26 groups who signed a letter to Twitter advertisers, warning that Musk threatens to turn Twitter into a 'cesspool'.
Israel scraps Independence Day fireworks after appeals from veterans
Cities to mark occasion without usual displays out of consideration for former soldiers with PTSD
Will Elon Musk’s Twitter 2.0 unmask anonymous Arab dissidents?
The billionaire pledged changes that could mean the ‘end of online anonymous activism’ for thousands in the Middle East, activists and experts say.
Brands should force Twitter to uphold content policies under Musk, advocacy groups say
Some of the nation's biggest brands including Coca-Cola (CCEP), Disney (DIS) and Kraft (KHC) are facing calls to boycott Twitter if the company's soon-to-be owner, billionaire Elon Musk, rolls back content moderation policies limiting ha...
‘I can’t see it getting any better’: could the UK be heading for a recession?
Small business owners are already being hit as consumers cut back on non-essentials
Cinnamon summers: On being Libyan, and British
The flavours of magical childhood summers spent by the sea in Benghazi inspire and guide writer Nadeine Asbali to recreate beloved Libyan dishes in her English kitchen.
EU accuses Apple of blocking rivals from iPhone payment system
The EU’s antitrust chief says the US tech giant ‘unfairly shielded its Apple Pay wallets from competition’, breaking the bloc’s competition rules.
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen 'cautiously optimistic' about Elon Musk Twitter acquisition
Musk has expressed interest in open sourcing Twitter's algorithm, vowed to crack down on spam bots
Prominent Egyptian activist freed after presidential pardon
Prominent political activist Hossam Monis was serving a four-year sentence on terror charges deemed baseless by rights groups.
Elon Musk: “Next I’m buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in”
As is well known, the inventor of Coca-Cola, Mr. John Pemberton, sold the first bottle of Coca-Cola in 1894 (in the picture) which contained 3.5 grams of cocaine.
Facebook parent Meta reports weakest revenue growth for a decade as ad sales suffer
Investors respond positively to Meta's latest figures as daily active user numbers grow by more than the market had expected, though the company cautions that Russia's war in Ukraine has added to the downbeat sentiment among advertisers.
Doubling up: Italian children should get both parents' surnames, court says
Italian children should be given the surname of both parents, the Constitutional Court said on Wednesday, overturning the tradition by which all newborns are automatically named after their father.
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