A senior German conservative has warned Facebook it could face fines if it fails to act faster to tackle online hate speech, and he said the government could propose legislative measures in the new year. Germany is seen as a forerunner when it comes to forcing Facebook to step up efforts to police online hate speech, which has risen here following an influx of almost one million migrants, mainly from the Middle East, last year. Politicians are also worried about how hate speech and fake news could sway public opinion ahead of elections next year in which Merkel will be running for a fourth t
The tech industry, which bet heavily on Hillary Clinton in the months leading up to the presidential election, is looking to build bridges to the incoming administration. The stakes are high after the industry-wide snubbing of the president-elect, who attacked Apple and Amazon during the campaign. Noticeably absent were the chief executives of Apple, Facebook and Google. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wished him success, and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff congratulated Trump on Twitter. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella posted his congratulations on LinkedIn. Apple CEO Tim Cook called Trump to congratulate
Critics say this would tilt the law too far in favour of censorship, with internet platforms incentivised to take down content rather than erring on the side of free speech. “The commission keeps complaining that the online companies are too powerful — and their solution is to have those companies, in the absence of responsibility, use their algorithms to make decisions about what we can say and do online,” said Joe McNamee, executive director of EDRI, a group that lobbies for civil rights online. Facebook and Twitter insist the new hash database will not act as a generalised censorship tool
In President-elect Donald J. Trump’s newly named kitchen cabinet of business advisers, Wall Street is in. Silicon Valley is out. Aside from Virginia M. Rometty of IBM, there is hardly any representation of technology companies, and certainly none from Silicon Valley. Perhaps that’s unsurprising, given Mr. Trump’s slim public support in the Bay Area. Among his biggest champions is Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member, who is now a member of the Trump transition team. Indeed, many Silicon Valley luminaries have opposed Mr. Trump since the presidential campaign. Eric Schm
The feature is called Collections and functions similarly to Snapchat's Discover section, which showcases news stories, listicles, videos, and other content submitted by handpicked media partners. Facebook's effort to create Collections comes as it struggles to distinguish between high-quality content from established media outlets and the glut of low-quality, fake news stories that go viral across the social network. The company has faced sharp criticism for its role in spreading fake news stories during the US presidential election.
The post, titled “TIFU [Today I F*cked Up] by editing some comments and creating an unnecessary controversy,” refers to a recent incident where Huffman edited comments from pro-Trump Reddit users who insulted him, replacing his own Reddit username with the usernames of Reddit’s pro-Trump community moderators. This led to Reddit users calling for Huffman to resign as Reddit CEO. Today’s announcement seems to make it apparent that Huffman will not be stepping down and will be doubling his efforts to censor “poorly behaving communities.”
A new variant of Android malware is responsible for what’s believed to be the biggest single theft of Google accounts on record. The so-called Gooligan strain has infected as many as 1.3 million Android phones since August, completely prizing the devices open and stealing the tokens users are given to verify they are authorized to access their accounts. It’s main aim, though, is not to pilfer all that juicy data in Gmail or Docs, but to force users into downloading apps as part of a huge advertising fraud scheme, making as much as $320,000 a month.
What worries me the most about fake news, isn’t that it’s fake, it’s that it’s being used by the left to try to silence opposing views. The only problem with the list, was it included real news sites of which the professor simply didn’t agree. Conservative blogs, including Red State and The Blaze, were on the list, as was more centrist, but GOP-leaning Independent Journal Review (IJR). None of those sites are fake — they often just peddle in the real news purposely not covered by the mainstream media. “Not all of these sources are always or inherently problematic, neither are all of them fake