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Tech Companies Say Takedown of Extremist Content Within Hours a Huge Challenge

Tech Companies Say Takedown of Extremist Content Within Hours a Huge Challenge

According to Google’s general counsel, taking down “extremist content” within a few hours after posting is an enormous technological and scientific challenge. Google counsel Kent Walker will be delivering this response on behalf of Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter in an event on the sidelines at a gathering of world leaders at the UN. The EU has recently exerted greater pressure on the tech companies for the faster removal of terrorist content from the Internet. Walker adds that there is no silver bullet that can address the issue, but significant progress has been made. Last year, the companies have already set […]

Twitter Progresses on Removing Users Promoting Hate, Terror  

Twitter Progresses on Removing Users Promoting Hate, Terror  

Brussels, Belgium – Responding to the pressure from US and EU governments calling for greater action against online radicalization, Twitter said that it was able to take down a total of 299,649 accounts within the past 6 months for promoting terrorism. The company added that it was able to weed out such accounts using their internal controls, rather than closing them down after a request from the government. More than half of the accounts got shut down even before making a post, and 95% were detected using Twitter’s proprietary tools, as opposed to only 74% last year. The microblogging platform […]

Facebook to Restrict Ad Purchase of Pages That Share Fake News

Facebook to Restrict Ad Purchase of Pages That Share Fake News

Social media giant Facebook has recently announced that they will not be allowing pages that share fake news to buy ads on their advertising platform. As a step against “false news”, Facebook will be working with fact-checking organizations AP and Snopes to flag stories that are outright hoaxes and lies. The disputed articles can no longer be promoted via Facebook ads, and the page will be banned from buying ads for repeated pattern of misinformation. However, product director Rob Leathern says the ban won’t be permanent and pages that have been found in violation will be able to purchase again […]

New Photo-Sharing Social Network Uses Emotion Detection

New Photo-Sharing Social Network Uses Emotion Detection

Last Friday, photo-sharing Social Network Polygram launched its iOS app which is expected to be compete directly with Instagram and Snapchat. The app includes features such as beautification using augmented reality, emotion recognition, and smart screenshot prevention, as well as giving the user analytics on their posts. Even after raising $2.1 million in seed funding, Polygram will be facing an uphill climb, since there is a chance that its bigger competitors will copy the features they offer. However, co-founder Faryar Ghazanfari says that they offer ‘white glove’ service and custom features to influencers who can attract people to use and […]

Onavo App Gives Facebook Early Insight on Competitors

Onavo App Gives Facebook Early Insight on Competitors

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported on how Facebook’s Onavo app gives the social media giant its competitive edge. Onavo Protect, a data security app developed by an Israeli mobile analytics company, has already been downloaded by millions of users worldwide and was critical in providing Facebook insights on Snap and its flagship app Snapchat. Snapchat has a feature which is a directly competes with Instagram’s Stories. Onavo provides the user a free encryption and data security service through its app. However, he app it is also able to collect data from user’s phones that other Facebook apps […]

Facebook to Improve Fact-Checking and Hoax Detection in the Fight Against Fake News

Facebook to Improve Fact-Checking and Hoax Detection in the Fight Against Fake News

Berlin — Social media giant Facebook vows to take better measures against fake news by sending suspected fake articles to outsourced fact-checkers and will only publish their findings after the material has been verified. According to Facebook, they will be using intelligent machine learning technology to identify malicious hoax articles, which will then be forwarded to qualified fact checkers for verification of its sources. In recent years, the social media network has gone under fire for being used as a platform for widespread fake articles. This includes possibly affecting votes during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In Europe, Germany plans […]

Facebook Sponsors Harvard-Based NGO to Stop Election-Related Cyber Attacks   

Facebook Sponsors Harvard-Based NGO to Stop Election-Related Cyber Attacks   

Las Vegas, Nevada — Facebook announced that it will provide funds to a nonprofit group that fights cyber criminals leading propaganda attacks against campaign networks, political groups, and voting systems, according to news last Thursday.   Facebook head security official Alex Stamos said they aim to help develop an autonomous Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) that collates groups that may be at risk of threats. They are also connecting with other technology organizations to aid them with the matter. The project, called Defending Digital Democracy, will be headed by Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton and stationed in the Kennedy […]

EU Compels Google, Facebook, and Twitter to Improve User Terms

EU Compels Google, Facebook, and Twitter to Improve User Terms

Brussels, Belgium — Last Tuesday, tech giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter were pushed by officials of the European Union (EU) to revise their user terms to align with the new EU law. The U.S.-based technology companies previously proposed updated laws, but were deemed inadequate by the EU. The European Commission requested them to submit improved laws by July 20 to be enforced by the end of September. The proposals came under fire when authorities scrutinized terms which limited their accountability so they can remove illegal or inappropriate content without informing users. Facebook stated that they followed the request, saying they […]

Snapchat Gets Strong.Codes Engineers to Prevent App Imitators

Snapchat Gets Strong.Codes Engineers to Prevent App Imitators

According to a report last Sunday, Snapchat is employing efforts to stop other social media companies from copying their app. By hiring Strong.Codes, software engineers can obscure their code and make it difficult to interpret. Over the past year, users have seen other social media platforms with updates that strikingly resemble features in Snapchat. These copycat platforms have also gained more user activity, sometimes exceeding those of the original app. Snapchat is stepping up its game following reports that the popular image messaging app is financially under-performing. Apart from the move to secure its code, the company began more aggressive […]

Twitter’s Internal Anti-Abuse Statistics Reveals Improvements

Twitter’s Internal Anti-Abuse Statistics Reveals Improvements

A report last Thursday highlighted Twitter’s improved rates in handling online abuse cases. The social media platform published a blog with the latest anti-abuse data which suggests their recent efforts are working. Like other social networks, Twitter has its fair share of offenders who continue to send abusive statuses directed at other users. The social media platform has also been criticized in the past for not responding fast enough to stop online bullying. Twitter general manager Ed Ho stated that they have been suspending thousands of offensive accounts daily. Compared to the previous year, the published report stated Twitter has […]