Fresh from a highly publicised call to banish mascots from cereal packaging, Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has come out fighting once more, this time with US social media platforms firmly in his sights.Addressing a future Labour government’s approach to the sector during a major policy speech later today, Watson is expected to outline how a new regulatory watchdog could be given the powers to break up or hand multi-million pound fines to companies like Facebook and Google.The politician says the government should step in to protect children from online harms under a legal duty of care proposed by Labour.“For the duty of care to be effective we need penalties that seriously affect companies’ bottom lines,” he will say.Watson is expected to argue that politicians will be forced to "st
More than two years after the 2016 presidential election, Russian trolls are still spreading disinformation and propaganda on the internet. Two Senate-commissioned reports released in December 2018 found that despite (arguably lackluster) efforts by social media giants Facebook and Twitter and federal law enforcement agencies to combat them, Russian social media campaigns are in full swing. The Russian-sponsored Internet Research Agency nearly doubled the number of Facebook and Instagram posts it sent out in 2017 from the year prior, noted one of the reports, authored by the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University and Graphik. And on Thursday, Facebook and Twitter again announced they were suspending malicious actors on their platforms, engaging in state-sponsored, coor
Social media companies are facing renewed demands from the government to protect children from harmful online content, amid growing concerns over suicide and self-harm among teenagers. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has warned companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter that he will use the law to force them to act should they fail to remove inappropriate content. He warns that the benefits of new technology could be “lost because of reasonable concerns about its risks”. He writes: “It is appalling how easy it still is to access this content online and I am in no doubt about the harm this material can cause, especially for young people. It is time for internet and social media providers to step up and purge this content once and for all.” Hancock said he had issued the demand
A local non-profit says it knows the identity of an alleged fraudster who used photos of a child from Iowa to launch a fake fundraising campaign targeting Campbell River residents on social media. Someone going by the name of “Bob Dino” claimed to be raising money for the funeral expenses of a child named Dakota. But the Cameryn’s Cause for Kids Society – a local group that provides financial assistance to families in crisis situations including the death of a child – said in a Jan. 4 statement that the user “is a fraud and is using a stolen photo of another child from the Internet.” The user claimed that Cameryn’s Cause was supporting the campaign, but that statement was patently false, according to the non-profit society. “We take fraud seriously and are disgusted that someo
How to scrub social media of embarrassing videos of you dancing (or worse) Philly.comAfter a freshman congresswoman's college dancing video circulated on the Internet, I embarked on a social media audit to make sure I wasn't tagged in ... Swiftype News
“Is our life just worth one photo?”The question was posted in March on an Instagram account shared by a young couple named Vishnu and Meenakshi Moorthy, two software engineers and travel bloggers from India who had been living and working in Silicon Valley.This Instagram post showing a picture of Meenakshi Moorthy, taken by her husband Vishnu, asked: “Is our life just worth one photo?” Months later, they would both be dead.The post showed Meenakshi sitting on the edge of a rock over the Grand Canyon with the caption, in part: “A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers . . . Is our life just worth one photo?”In October, they were killed by an 800-foot fall at Yosemite National Park, an accident that occurred while
ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / December 21, 2018 / Findit, Inc. a Nevada Corporation that trades on the OTC Pinksheets Stock Symbol FDIT provides each and every member access to the same array of products and services to create great content on Findit to reach potential customers and increase the number of followers on an even playing field. Findit is branded as a social networking content management platform that also provides a search engine for all content posted inside of each members Findit "site". Every member has the option to have their own unique Findit address. If a member does not want to have a unique Findit address that they choose, a random address is generated when the member joins and that is the address they are given until they decide to upgrade. The Findit address, o...
The New York State legislature is considering a bill to include social media and internet search history in background checks for firearm purchases. (WHAM photo)NEW YORK (WHAM) â People applying for a pistol permit or renewing a license could have their social media accounts and internet history reviewed. It's part of a newly proposed bill in the New York State Senate.State Senator Kevin Parker of the 21st District introduced Senate Bill 9191 in attempts to keep firearms out the hands of people who may be violent.The measure requires, "social media and search engine reviews prior to the approval of an application or renewal of a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver; requires a person applying for a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver or a renewal of such licen
New York, New York - People applying for a pistol permit or renewing a license could have their social media accounts and internet history reviewed. It's part of a newly proposed bill in the New York State Senate.State Senator Kevin Parker of the 21st District introduced Senate Bill 9191 in attempts to keep firearms out the hands of people who may be violent. The measure requires, "social media and search engine reviews prior to the approval of an application or renewal of a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver; requires a person applying for a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver or a renewal of such license to consent to having his or her social media accounts and search engine history reviewed and investigated for certain posts and/or searches over a period of...
For years, Paolo Cirio has been turning data into digital activist art in inventive ways. His Obscurity social justice project, for instance, took on the predatory online mugshot industry that charges people with even minor arrests exorbitant picture removal fees. Cirio cloned the sites and shuffled their data, obfuscating the records.The Italian artist’s latest, Sociality, is no less impressive–and no less eye-opening.Cirio aggregates and sorts 20,000 social media and other tech patents into a searchable database that reveals just how invasive our digital devices have become. Patents with names like: Method of advertising by user psychosocial profiling. Mental state analysis of voters. Predicting user posting behavior in social media applications. RELATED: 200,000 Caymans Corporations