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Child Health Experts Urge Facebook to Withdraw Messenger Kids

Child Health Experts Urge Facebook to Withdraw Messenger Kids

In an open letter published last Tuesday, more than 100 child health experts called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discontinue the company’s Messenger Kids app, which according to them, is an “irresponsible” attempt to entice younger children into using the popular social media platform. The letter, signed by child welfare groups including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Parents Across America, said that a growing body of research has already established that excessive use of social media and digital devices pose developmental risks to children’s development since they are not yet mature enough to comprehend the complexities of […]

Facebook to Show More Local News to US Users

Facebook to Show More Local News to US Users

Last Monday, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said that the platform will be delivering more local news to US users in its efforts against misinformation. Zuckerberg said that local news help build the community online and offline, and the company wishes to ensure that the time users spend on the platform is valuable. He adds that a lot of people had told him during his travel across the nation that they would prefer to see more concrete local issues, rather than heated and divisive national ones. Facebook says that it may roll out the same update in other countries later this […]

Facebook Criticized for “Oversimplifying” News Trust Survey

Facebook Criticized for “Oversimplifying” News Trust Survey

Facebook received fresh criticism after rolling out its new survey which the platform uses to determine the trust rating of various news publishers. The survey consists of only two questions. The first question asks the user if he recognizes the displayed website, while the second asks the user to rate the website on a five point scale. A number of journalists have complained about the oversimplification. Telegraph’s Chris Williams called the survey “an attempt to shirk responsibility for the integrity of its service”, while Rani Molla of Recode ridiculed it and said that she had filled up more robust surveys […]

Facebook Engineer Invents New Unit of Time

Facebook Engineer Invents New Unit of Time

Facebook Open Source recently tweeted about the launch of a new unit of time called “flicks” which is equivalent to 1/705,600,000 of a second.   “Flick”, which has its name derived from “frame tick”, was initially conceived by engineer Christopher Horvath who put his idea on GitHub in 2017. While flicks may not make much of a general impact, an Oxford researcher said that it will help create better VR experiences since it will allow programmers to measure time between media frames without using fractions. Lead research engineer at BBC Research and Development Matt Hammond further explained that errors can […]

Philippines Top Cyberattack Target, Says Expert

Philippines Top Cyberattack Target, Says Expert

Digital technology expert Reynaldo Lugtu recently revealed that the Philippines is the most vulnerable country to cyber attacks in Southeast Asia. Citing data from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lugtu also said that the nation, considered as the social networking capital of the world, is the 10th most vulnerable globally. Lugtu emphasized that cybersecurity in the country remains weak, and that the country ranks only 37th out of 193 in terms of cyber security preparedness. However, he added that the Philippines is ahead in terms of legislation since the Data Privacy Act, E-Commerce Law, and Anti-Wiretapping Law is already […]

Investors Not Happy with New Facebook Changes

Investors Not Happy with New Facebook Changes

Last Friday, Facebook shares slid down more than 4% as CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced changes to the platform that may translate to a negative impact on user engagement. Zuckerberg said that they will be adjusting the News Feed to display more from the user’s family and friends while reducing non-ad posts from businesses and brands. In a research note, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt said that he is changing his recommendation from “buy” to “hold” since there’s too much uncertainty surrounding the economic impact of Facebook’s recent decision. However, some hedge funds took advantage of the price drop to add to […]

Singapore Reconsiders Law Against Fake News

Singapore Reconsiders Law Against Fake News

It was reported earlier this week that Singapore is planning to set up a special ministerial committee which will review and make recommendations on the impact of fake news. The government initially proposed to introduce legislation against “online falsehoods”, but the country’s Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Law instead released a “green paper” which recommended the establishment of a committee which will be comprised of several MPs. It was noted that select committees are seldom formed in Singapore. The committee will have the authority to call for witnesses, request for documents and records, and hold public or […]

UK May Use Taxes to Pressure Tech Giants to Combat Extremism

UK May Use Taxes to Pressure Tech Giants to Combat Extremism

UK’s security minister Ben Wallace recently mentioned that the government is planning to use taxes to push tech giants like Facebook and Google to come up with better solutions in fighting online extremism. Wallace said that these companies were being uncooperative, in such that they profit off of their users data while the government is forced to spend on de-radicalization programs, surveillance and counter-terrorism measures.   Facebook responded to the criticisms and said that they have already invested millions in technology and staff for the identification and removal of terrorist content. Source: Reuters

Hate Speech Law Takes Effect in Germany

Hate Speech Law Takes Effect in Germany

Germany has begun enforcing the The Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG) law which is set to penalize social media sites for failure to quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and other illegal material. The law was passed in June 2017 and came into force this October. Websites and online services that fail to remove said material within 24 hours may face fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m). However, they will be given leeway and may act on complex cases within a week. It is said that the law aims to target Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, but is also likely to affect […]

John McAfee Says His Phone was Compromised, Twitter Hacked

John McAfee Says His Phone was Compromised, Twitter Hacked

Cyber security pioneer John McAfee recently issued a statement in response to some of the latest tweets from his account mentioning some lesser-known cryptocurrencies. McAfee says that he was not the one who made the tweets, but a hacker, after compromising his mobile phone. He added that he did not have control over Twitter’s security measures, and that the hacker was able to intercept his authentication code. Incidentally, McAfee is currently working on a device called the “Privacy Phone” which he claims is the world’s most “hack-proof” smartphone, which is set to be released in February. Source: BBC