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The United States on Thursday condemned the Nigerian government for suspending Twitter and targeting individuals who use the social media site, including Nigerian broadcasters, and called for the African nation to reverse its decision. “Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy. Freedom
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President Joe Biden on Wednesday withdrew a series of Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok, and ordered a Commerce Department review of security concerns posed by those apps and others. The administration of former President Donald Trump had attempted to block new users from downloading the apps and
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Like supermarkets, restaurants, and purveyors of sourdough bread, the illegal drugs trade went digital to serve its customers during lockdown, and could stay that way when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, Europe’s drugs agency said on Wednesday. “The pandemic is pushing drug criminals online, reinforcing a trend,” said the European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva
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Bitcoin investors won’t face any capital gains tax, immediate permanent residency for cryptocurrency entrepreneurs — El Salvador President Nayib Bukele’s incentives for the crypto community has attracted attention from investors and entrepreneurs alike, following his recent announcement to make Bitcoin a legal tender in the country. Retweeting cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun’s tweet, “Crypto investors and
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Snapchat has made it easier to learn Indian languages by adding ‘Learn Langauge’ lenses for some Indian languages. The lenses combine augmented reality (AR) and machine learning (ML) to recognise over 1,000 objects and translate their name in real-time. Snapchat had introduced Hindi, Kannada, and Marathi language-learning lenses last year and has now added Bengali,
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Facebook on Friday suspended former US President Donald Trump until at least January 2023 and announced changes to how it will treat world leaders who break the rules on its site. Facebook had suspended Trump’s account the day after the deadly January 6 Capitol Hill riot, determining he had incited violence. That suspension will last
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In an incident that shows that Twitter can withdraw the blue verified badge against any verified account irrespective of the importance of the position of the account holder, the social media platform on Saturday briefly removed the blue badge from the personal Twitter handle of Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu, @MVenkaiahNaidu. However, the
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Nigeria’s government said on Friday it was suspending Twitter’s operations indefinitely, two days after the social media giant deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari’s account for violating its rules. Twitter was still working in Africa’s most populous country soon after Friday’s statement, which triggered immediate criticism from rights groups and analysts about freedom of
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Citing non-compliance of New Intermediary Guideline Rules by Twitter, the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Saturday sent a final communication to Twitter asking them to comply immediately with the requirements of the new guidelines failing which resultant consequences as enjoined in the law shall follow. A letter issued by the Ministry
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Facebook on Thursday appointed Marne Levine, vice president of global partnerships, as the social media giant’s first chief business officer. Fifty-year-old Levine said she will oversee Facebook’s advertising business and global partnerships, in a post. She will report to Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. In Levine’s over a decade-long stint at the company, she has
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The European Union and the UK have launched antitrust investigations into Facebook’s use of advertising data in its classified ads business, probes that could force it to change its business model on top of hefty fines. The European Commission and Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority are investigating whether Facebook uses data from advertisers to compete
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The Centre has told the Delhi High Court that social messaging platform WhatsApp was trying to “force” its users to consent to the new privacy policy before the Personal Data Protection Bill becomes the law by bombarding them with notifications daily to obtain their consent. Terming WhatsApp’s bombarding of notifications on its customers as an
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