Big tech companies put political donations on hold following Capitol riots
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Business strategy

Big tech companies put political donations on hold following Capitol riots

Microsoft, Amazon, and Google among tech giants suspending political contributions
12 Jan 2021
Parler suffers data leak before being taken offline
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social media

Parler suffers data leak before being taken offline

Hackers could combine leaked data with phishing emails to exploit users
12 Jan 2021
Facebook will move UK users' data to the US post-Brexit
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Facebook will move UK users' data to the US post-Brexit

The move raises concerns as the US has much weaker data protection laws than across the EU
16 Dec 2020
Twitter fined €450k for breaching GDPR disclosure rules
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Twitter fined €450k for breaching GDPR disclosure rules

Firm chastised over its handling of a 2018 flaw that made private tweets accessible to the public
15 Dec 2020
The IT Pro Podcast: The power of disinformation
The IT Pro Podcast: The power of disinformation
social media

The IT Pro Podcast: The power of disinformation

Social media is a great innovation - but falsehoods and manipulation are rife
11 Dec 2020
UK gov could block Facebook plans for end-to-end encryption
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encryption

UK gov could block Facebook plans for end-to-end encryption

Privacy groups warn the Home Office to not "facilitate crime by making personal security harder"
9 Dec 2020
Trump's TikTok ban hits another roadblock
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social media

Trump's TikTok ban hits another roadblock

A second judge has blocked Trump's proposed TikTok shutdown
9 Dec 2020
Facebook may finally launch its Libra cryptocurrency in early 2021
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digital currency

Facebook may finally launch its Libra cryptocurrency in early 2021

The stablecoin is reportedly just waiting on final approval from Swiss regulators
27 Nov 2020
Snapchat now allows you to display subscriber numbers
social media

Snapchat now allows you to display subscriber numbers

This update will help companies to show their influence on their industries
4 Nov 2020
Instagram to extend livestreaming time limit to 4 hours
social media

Instagram to extend livestreaming time limit to 4 hours

Social media site will also soon support video archiving
28 Oct 2020
Facebook adds SMB hosting to WhatsApp for businesses
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Business strategy

Facebook adds SMB hosting to WhatsApp for businesses

SMBs will be able to use the firm’s infrastructure for free with Facebook Hosting Services when it launches
26 Oct 2020
Irish data regulator launches GDPR probe into Instagram
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Irish data regulator launches GDPR probe into Instagram

Investigation launched after 60 million children were given the option to switch to a public-facing business account
19 Oct 2020
Twitter pins global outage on unscheduled 'system change'
social media

Twitter pins global outage on unscheduled 'system change'

The brief outage heavily disrupted several of the firm's APIs including Enterprise Search and its Engagement API
16 Oct 2020
New York finance watchdog says Twitter hack proves social media should be regulated
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Security

New York finance watchdog says Twitter hack proves social media should be regulated

The New York State Department of Financial Services says social media firms have too much responsibility with little government oversight
15 Oct 2020
French and Dutch officials back EU's plans to break up Big Tech
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Policy & legislation

French and Dutch officials back EU's plans to break up Big Tech

A joint proposal adds weight to EU's own plans to curb the industry’s growing anti-competitive influence
15 Oct 2020
Facebook donates £1 million to support Bletchley Park’s survival
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programming

Facebook donates £1 million to support Bletchley Park’s survival

The donation mitigates some of the worst consequences of a severe revenue shortfall projected for 2020
13 Oct 2020
Five Eyes nations demand encryption 'backdoors' by-design
encryption

Five Eyes nations demand encryption 'backdoors' by-design

Tech companies are being urged to implement encryption-bypassing systems into their services by default
12 Oct 2020
Social networking startup Entre launches new app
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social media

Social networking startup Entre launches new app

The fledgling social network designed for entrepreneurs has finally entered the world of apps
2 Oct 2020
Twitter hires new cyber chief after devastating breach
Security

Twitter hires new cyber chief after devastating breach

After a major security breach in July, Twitter has made moves to improve its cyber security
1 Oct 2020
Airbnb glitch exposed hosts' personal data
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data breaches

Airbnb glitch exposed hosts' personal data

The company has blamed a "technical issue" for the leak that saw hosts' data made available to others
29 Sep 2020
US judge allows TikTok downloads to continue, for now
Acquisition

US judge allows TikTok downloads to continue, for now

November ban on US companies doing business with TikTok remains intact
28 Sep 2020
Third-party apps are tracking your WhatsApp activity
social media

Third-party apps are tracking your WhatsApp activity

Dozens of apps can track users' activity, including who they talk to and when they're asleep
21 Sep 2020
Twitter to make AI algorithm open source to scour for biases
machine learning

Twitter to make AI algorithm open source to scour for biases

Users highlight racial bias in the way Twitter’s automated image-cropping tool selects portions for preview
21 Sep 2020