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Social media wars claim new victims – Tiananmen square, Nigerian president, Trump

Microsoft Corp. on Friday blamed “accidental human error” for its Bing search engine not showing results for the query “tank man” in the United States and elsewhere after users raised concerns about possible censorship around the Tiananmen Square crackdown anniversary. Users, including in Germany and Singapore, reported Friday that when …

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Social media war in aftermath of Gaza war

Facebook was slammed on Sunday with a coordinated social media campaign launched by pro-Palestine activists in an attempt to push down the Facebook app’s ranking on Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play. The campaign was launched in solidarity with Palestinians and in response to Facebook’s censorship of content supporting …

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US media fights itself over Gaza as Jews defend unbiased news coverage

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera clashed with pro-Israeli host Sean Hannity on Wednesday over Israel’s attacks on Gaza.  Rivera is a 77-year-old correspondent and commentator who has previously reported from Israeli-occupied territories. Talking to Hannity, he declared that Rashida Tlaib — the only Palestinian-American member of the US Congress and …

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Australia joins effort to censor, tax social media

Australia will introduce landmark legislation to force Alphabet’s Google and Facebook to pay publishers and broadcasters for content next week, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Friday. Australia is on course to become the first country to require Facebook and Google to pay for news content, legislation that is being closely …

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Israeli hacking company in trouble with software giants, charged with Qatar and Khashoggi crises

Tech giants including Microsoft and Google on Monday joined Facebook’s legal battle against hacking company NSO, filing an amicus brief in federal court that warned that the Israeli firm’s tools were “powerful, and dangerous.” The brief, filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, opens up a …

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EU takes issue with online fake news industry

Two years after agreeing to a self-regulatory code of practice to tackle disinformation, Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, Twitter and other tech rivals must try harder to be more effective, the European Commission said on Thursday. Fake news related to COVID-19 has accelerated calls for social media to be more proactive in …

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UAE telecoms regulator holding talks with Huawei

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, stressed that all vendors and manufacturers of telecom devices have to protect the consumers’ rights and provide all related services to keep stability of the UAE telecom market. Due to the latest global developments related to Huawei products, challenges in its relation with Google …

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Google Innovation Hub opens at UAE University

A new Innovation Hub powered by Google has opened at UAE University (UAEU) in Al Ain as part of a collaborative effort involving Abu Dhabi’s Department of Education and Knowledge, Bayt Mitwahid Association, Google and the university. The hub is split into several different sections, including the maker area, where …

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EU readies tax on US tech titans

The European Union will next week unveil plans for a digital tax on US tech giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google as transatlantic tensions flare over prospects of a trade war. The move is aimed at recovering billions from multinationals that divert European earnings to low-tax countries, and opens a …

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