Facebook purges more Myanmar accounts for misrepresentation

Business 12/19/18, 06:50

Facebook has announced its third and biggest purge of military-linked accounts in Myanmar, where critics have charged that the social network did too little to block inflammatory material that fueled communal hatred and violence, particularly against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority.The social media giant said in a statement Wednesday that ...

Social media and misinformation: It’s a game of whack-a-mole

Business 12/18/18, 17:34

It's a high-stakes game of whack-a-mole with no end in sight.Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in the U.S. and beyond.This week, two reports released by the ...

Settlement requires ‘anti-hate training’ for internet troll

U.S. 12/18/18, 11:44

An internet troll who harassed a black college student with racist messages on social media has agreed to a court settlement requiring him to get "anti-hate training," apologize in writing and on video and publicly renounce white supremacy.Tuesday's settlement agreement would resolve Taylor Dumpson's claims against one of the defendants ...

California utility fires contractor from wildfire recovery

U.S. 12/17/18, 22:10

A Northern California utility on Monday said it terminated one of its contractors helping with wildfire recovery after three workers posted on social media insensitive photos and comments poking fun at victims and the region.Pacific Gas & Electric said Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. will no longer help the utility ...

Key takeaways from new reports on Russian disinformation

Politics 12/17/18, 16:25

Russians seeking to influence U.S. elections through social media had their eyes on the youth-oriented Instagram and the black community. These were among the findings in two reports released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee. Separate studies from University of Oxford researchers and the cybersecurity firm New Knowledge reveal insights into ...

Titans cornerback Logan Ryan says he has broken left leg

Football 12/17/18, 11:14

Titans cornerback Logan Ryan says he broke his left leg in Tennessee's victory over the Giants, writing on social media he believes a player should release his own injury news.Ryan updated his injury Monday morning with a post on Twitter.The cornerback says he will miss the rest of the season, ...

Christmas tree farmers combat popularity of artificial trees

U.S. 12/11/18, 01:30

Christmas tree farmers nationwide have launched a social media campaign to get Americans to buy real trees this season.In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, photo, a man looks at artificial Christmas trees for sale at the Balsam Hill Outlet store in Burlingame, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)In this Friday, Nov. 30, ...

Liz Weston: 4 tech tasks to keep your parents safer online

Tech 12/10/18, 12:24

All of us are vulnerable to fraud. But the ways some older people use technology can put them at higher risk.That's where you come in. When you're home for the holidays, or the next time you visit your folks, offer to help with a few tasks that can keep your ...

Hart’s fallout raises questions about Oscars, social media

Entertainment 12/07/18, 18:03

The dust is still settling from the fallout of comedian Kevin Hart's short stint as host of the 91st Academy Awards.Hart announced on Thursday night that he was bowing out of the gig after public outrage over old anti-gay tweets reached a tipping point.Faced with declining ratings and a critical ...

Dispute over UN migration pact fractures Belgian government

Europe 12/04/18, 15:48

Belgium's center-right government is fighting for its survival this week after the largest coalition party broke away from its three partners and said it would not back a global U.N.-backed migration pact.The right-wing N-VA party started a social media campaign against the migration pact Tuesday, more than two months after ...

Should social media check be required to get a gun license?

U.S. 12/04/18, 01:31

Should authorities be able to deny handgun licenses for hateful tweets? A New York lawmaker is raising the question with a bill that would require police to scrutinize the social media activity and online searches of handgun license applicants, and disqualify those who have published violent or hateful posts. State Sen. Kevin ...

Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra post wedding on social media

Entertainment 12/01/18, 16:16

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra posted photos of their wedding celebration Saturday amid reports that the couple had wed after a four-month courtship.While the couple didn't say they were officially married — Indian weddings are typically dayslong affairs — they both posted festive pictures of themselves on social media and ...

Mayweather, DJ Khaled settle over digital coin promotions

Entertainment 11/29/18, 20:34

Federal regulators said Thursday that boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled are paying a total $750,000 to settle charges they failed to disclose payments they received for promoting investments in digital-currency securities.The Securities and Exchange Commission said the cases are its first involving charges for violating rules ...

UK parliament seizes confidential Facebook documents

Europe 11/26/18, 09:24

Britain's parliament has seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bikini photo searching app as it turns up the heat on the social media company over its data protection policies.A British lawmaker took the unusually aggressive move of forcing a visiting tech executive to turn over the ...

Dolce&Gabbana founders make video apology to China

Business 11/23/18, 06:26

The co-founders of Dolce&Gabbana apologized Friday in a video on Chinese social media after promotional videos seen as racist and subsequent Instagram messages stoked a furor in one of the world's largest markets for luxury goods.Domenico Dolce and Steffano Gabbana appeared in a nearly 1 ½ minute video posted on ...

Technology shapes insurance companies’ response to wildfires

U.S. 11/22/18, 10:39

As wildfires raged this month in California, insurance claims experts at Travelers sat in a command center 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) away in Connecticut, monitoring screens showing satellite images, photos from airplane flyovers and social media posts describing what was happening on the ground.Real-time data and technology that were unavailable ...

Dolce&Gabbana accused of insulting China; blames hackers

Asia & Pacific 11/21/18, 12:32

The Italian luxury fashion house Dolce&Gabbana apologized Wednesday for insulting remarks about China it allegedly made in exchanges on Instagram but claimed its accounts had been hacked.Chinese celebrities reacted angrily after screenshots of the conversations were posted on social media and several said they would boycott a Dolce&Gabbana show scheduled ...

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