Press Release Category: Social Networks

NCA says end-to-end encryption poses challenge for law enforcers on child abuse

The National Crime Agency has said that end-to-end encryption risks “turning the lights out” for law enforcers trying to prevent child abuse, after the UK data watchdog said failure to introduce strongly encrypted messaging poses a risk to children.The NCA said referrals from social media companies led to 500 arrests and safeguarded 650 children every…

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TechScape: The US government may be one step closer to breaking up Meta

Mark Zuckerberg has a fascination with ancient Rome, but last week a court decision threatened the future of another empire: his own.Judge James Boasberg said the US competition watchdog can pursue the break up of Meta – the owner of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp – paving the way for a costly and lengthy legal battle.…

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Trail of African bling reveals 50,000-year-old social network

Scientists have uncovered the world’s oldest social network, a web of connections that flourished 50,000 years ago and stretched for thousands of miles across Africa.But unlike its modern electronic equivalent, this ancient web of social bonds used a far more prosaic medium. It relied on the sharing and trading of beads made of ostrich eggshells…

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Lawsuit aiming to break up Facebook group Meta can go ahead, US court rules

The US competition watchdog can proceed with a breakup lawsuit against Facebook’s owner, a federal judge has ruled.Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta, the parent of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, had asked a court to dismiss an antitrust complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the second time. However, Judge James Boasberg said on Tuesday that…

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France fines Google and Facebook €210m over user tracking

France’s data privacy watchdog has fined Google and Facebook a combined €210m (£176m) for hampering users’ ability to stop the companies tracking their online activity.The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) said on Thursday it had fined Google a record €150m for making it difficult for internet users to refuse cookies – small…

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Kirat Assi: ‘Bobby tried to destroy my hopes, my dreams, every part of my life’

The voice of Kirat Assi, subject of the podcast Sweet Bobby, is so familiar I momentarily forget we had never spoken, let alone met. I am one of the million-plus listeners gripped by her story of being “catfished” – duped into a relationship by someone with a false identity.Assi, who lives in London, fell victim…

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UK criminal sanctions for tech bosses ‘could be copied by non-democracies’

Introducing criminal sanctions for tech executives in the online safety bill could be copied by non-democratic regimes, the industry has claimed before an influential report this week.A joint committee of MPs and peers scrutinising the bill will publish its findings on Tuesday after the culture secretary promised to accelerate provisions for criminal liability for senior…

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Cyberwarfare report: Australia’s democracy faces existential threat from ‘mass influence’ of foreign powers and social media

Australia is facing an “existential threat” to its democratic institutions from “mass influence” actors including Russia, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, research for the department of defence has found.Commercial operations and foreign government agencies are collecting data to manipulate populations, spreading disinformation and propaganda, and in the worst cases, converting online activity into violence.Defence commissioned a…

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WhatsApp criticised for plan to let messages disappear after 24 hours

WhatsApp users are to be given the option to have their messages disappear after 24 hours, a change that drew immediate criticism from children’s charities.In a blog post announcing the change, WhatsApp, which has 2 billion users, said its mission was to “connect the world privately”.WhatsApp introduced disappearing messages last year, with the option of…

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Social media giants monetise anger and trolling is the result. A crackdown is welcome | Peter Lewis

It’s easy to be cynical about the Morrison government’s new anti-trolling laws but, despite much hype and hyperbole, any attempt to increase accountability of the big social media corporations deserves serious analysis.Under the proposal, social media companies would be forced to identify users who are engaged in so-called trolling subject to defamation claims; with the…

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Safer Places, Inc. Expands Social Media Monitoring Services

Middleboro, MA, November 6, 2021 — Safer Places Inc., a firm providing pre-employment screening, tenant screening, and security consulting, today announced the expansion of its social media screening and monitoring services in deference to the greater concern in the business community regarding the social media posting practices of job applicants and current employees. The expansion includes being able to monitor two new platforms—Reddit and YouTube—and being able to scan two additional risk categories—sexually explicit text and terrorism/extremism. According to a

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