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Irish regulator investigates Facebook over private photo glitch

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(Reuters) – An Irish regulator said on Friday it was investigating Facebook Inc (FB.O) following the company’s disclosure that a bug may have exposed private photos of up to 6.8 million users, the latest in a series of Facebook privacy glitches. The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), the lead regulator of Facebook in the European Read More

Not journalism but propaganda: Fact-checkers turn on Facebook for spreading its own fake news

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Journalist fact-checkers who signed up for a controversial partnership with social media giant Facebook to combat fake news are abandoning ship citing ethical concerns and shady practices. The fact-checkers became disillusioned with Facebook after the company ignored requests for meaningful data that showed the impact of the anti-fake news initiatives. Participating journalists anecdotally reported minimal Read More

Seven things to watch as Google's CEO appears before Congress hearing

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Google’s chief Sundar Pichai will be quizzed by US lawmakers later. He previously failed to appear at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing for top tech executives in September. An empty chair marked his absence. That hearing was attended by Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey, who made their own Read More

Google has 'no plans' to launch Chinese search engine: CEO

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google has “no plans” to relaunch a search engine in China though it is continuing to study the idea, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told a U.S. congressional panel on Tuesday amid increased scrutiny of big tech firms. Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing “examining Google and its Read More

Facebook could threaten democracy, says former GCHQ boss

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Facebook could become a threat to democracy without tougher regulation, the former head of intelligence agency GCHQ has said. Robert Hannigan told the BBC the social media giant was more interested in profiting from user data than “protecting your privacy”. It comes after MPs this week accused Facebook of striking secret deals over user data. Read More

Australian watchdog wants a regulator for dominant Google, Facebook

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s competition watchdog on Monday recommended tougher scrutiny and a new regulatory body to check the dominance of tech giants Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google in the country’s online advertising and news markets. FILE PHOTO: The Google name is displayed outside the company’s office in London, Britain, November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Read More

After 70 years of human rights, are they still right?

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It was to be a great and safe new future. On the spot where, just eight years before, Adolf Hitler had been photographed staring out at the Eiffel Tower having conquered most of Europe, the world’s leaders made a bold statement of intent. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by just the third Read More

Lustful lawmakers: Italian MPs secretly filmed having sex in govt bathroom

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Two Italian MPs have been busted for mixing passion with politics after being secretly recorded having sex in a bathroom at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, according to Italian media outlets. The naughtiness, which was captured with a smartphone, involved MPs from the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Lega Nord, suggesting that the coalition Read More

Facebook could threaten democracy, warns former GCHQ chief

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Without stronger regulation, Facebook could become a threat to democracy, according to the former head of GCHQ, the British equivalent of the NSA. In an interview with the BBC, Robert Hannigan warned that the social network is more concerned about profiting from users’ data than “protecting your privacy”. “This isn’t a kind of fluffy charity Read More