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    Google, Facebook face Australia crackdown over market power

    Published on 10/12/2018

    » Google and Facebook face a regulatory crackdown in Australia after the nation’s competition watchdog joined a chorus of international criticism over their use of data and the market power they wield across news and advertising.

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    Zuckerberg gets all warm and messianic

    Life, James Hein, Published on 19/07/2017

    » I rarely post on my Facebook page, and never about what I am eating. Its primary use, for me, is to reconnect with old friends or communicate with current friends overseas. Mark Zuckerberg has other aims, claiming that Facebook is the "new church" and that his social network can fulfil the role that religion once did in giving people a sense of community and belonging to "something bigger than ourselves". With 2 billion users, 100 million of whom Zuckerberg considers "meaningful", that is a lot of influence he wields. A vice-president of Facebook recently visited Pakistan to assure its leadership that Facebook would be removing anything criticising Islam, but nothing criticising Buddhism, Christianity, Hindus, etc. This should give some indication of where Facebook's "community" may be heading.

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    Turning point as social media tackles online 'terror'

    AFP, Published on 07/12/2016

    » WASHINGTON - Facing mounting pressure to use their technological clout to curb the spread of jihadist propaganda, major US social networks have finally joined forces in an effort to curb "terrorist content."

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    Growing fears of IS use of weaponised drones

    AFP, Published on 30/11/2016

    » BAGHDAD - The Mosul battle in Iraq has seen the Islamic State group increasingly resort to weaponised drones, which Western governments fear could lead to a new type of attack at home.

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    Facebook, Twitter failing on extremist content: UK MPs

    AFP, Published on 25/08/2016

    » LONDON - Facebook, Twitter and Google are not doing enough to prevent their social networks from being used by extremists for a recruitment drive, a panel of British MPs said Thursday.

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    After German attacks, Facebook insists it works with probes

    AFP, Published on 08/08/2016

    » BERLIN - Facebook on Monday dismissed complaints by German officials that it had not been helpful in fighting terrorism and urged authorities to better formulate their requests.

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    Dallas robot bomb highlights technology in policing

    AFP, Published on 09/07/2016

    » WASHINGTON - The "bomb robot" killing of a suspected Dallas shooter may be the first lethal use of an automated device by American police, and underscores growing role of technology in law enforcement.

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    Putin signs controversial anti-terror measures into law

    AFP, Published on 07/07/2016

    » MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a package of controversial anti-terror amendments dubbed "Big Brother" measures by critics that may cost internet companies billions.

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    Facebook aiding probe of France live-streamed killing

    AFP, Published on 15/06/2016

    » WASHINGTON - Facebook said Tuesday it was cooperating with French authorities probing the killing of a police commander and his partner in an incident that included a live-streamed video statement on the leading social network.

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    EU, US sign data protection deal

    AFP, Published on 02/06/2016

    » BRUSSELS - The European Union and the United States on Thursday signed a deal to protect personal data transferred across the Atlantic in a bid to fight crime and terrorism.

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