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Facebook to have outside audit of ad data

Facebook on Friday promised an outside audit of data it provides advertisers in a move apparently aimed at quelling concerns about accuracy. The news came just months after the leading social network announced it was working to fix flaws in its metrics calculations that led to audiences being overestimated at times. “We are committing to an audit by the Media ... Read More »

Tech firms must do more against ‘fake news’: Apple boss

Technology firms must up their game in tackling “fake news”, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said Saturday, calling for a major public information campaign. “All of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news,” the US tech giant boss told the Daily Telegraph in an interview. “We must try to squeeze this ... Read More »

Wikipedia readers get shortchanged by copyrighted material

When Google Books digitized 40 years worth of copyrighted and out-of-copyright issues of Baseball Digest magazine, Wikipedia editors realized they had scored. Suddenly they had access to pages and pages of player information from a new source. Yet not all information could be used equally: citations to out-of-copyright issues increased 135 percent more than issues still subject to copyright restrictions. ... Read More »

Craigslist founder donates $500K to curb Wikipedia trolls

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is donating $500,000 to help curb harassment on Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation announced Thursday that money from the Craig Newmark Foundation and Craigslist’s Charitable Fund will go toward tools for Wikipedia’s staff and volunteer editors to reduce harassment on the user-generated encyclopedia site. The Wikimedia Foundation says online harassment faced by Wikipedia contributors impedes their ability ... Read More »

Japan court rejects ‘right to be forgotten’ on Google

Japan’s Supreme Court has rejected a man’s demand that news search results of his arrest on sex charges be deleted from Google, ruling that to do so would violate freedom of expression. Japanese media said it was the first decision by the nation’s top court involving the “right to be forgotten” relating to Internet searches. “The deletion (of references to ... Read More »

Hounded over Merkel selfie, Syrian refugee sues Facebook

A Syrian refugee whose selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been repeatedly manipulated to link him to violent jihad will take Facebook to court Monday for spreading defamatory fake news. Anas Modamani, 19, argues the US social media giant has failed to take down doctored images that have falsely linked him to, among other things, deadly Islamist attacks in ... Read More »

Syrian IT expert extends web lifeline to fellow migrants

Migrants navigating a new language, unfamiliar cultural conventions and Germany’s multitude of rules and regulations are finding help online in their adoptive country courtesy of one of their own. The website arabalmanya.com—which translates to “Arabs in Germany”—was founded a year ago by Syrian IT expert Talal Mando. The site contains a range of information, including news about Germany, feature stories ... Read More »

Japan court rejects ‘right to be forgotten’ on Google

Japan’s Supreme Court has rejected a man’s demand that news search results of his arrest on sex charges be deleted from Google, ruling that to do so would violate freedom of expression. Japanese media said it was the first decision by the nation’s top court involving the “right to be forgotten” relating to Internet searches. “The deletion (of references to ... Read More »

Denmark seeks harsher punishment for ‘revenge porn’

Denmark presented Friday a series of measures to curb “revenge porn”, the sharing of nude pictures or videos of people online without their consent, including raising the penalty from six months to two years in prison. “Nude photos of ex-lovers are being shared online to a shocking extent,” Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on his Facebook account. “The ... Read More »

Twitter Buys Yes for Product VP Talent

Twitter last week purchased Yes and named the mobile app startup’s CEO, Keith Coleman, as its new VP of product — a challenging post. Coleman will be Twitter’s third VP of product this year and the fifth since 2014. Twitter’s main problems are monetization, which has plagued it since its founding; slowing user growth; and stiff competition. Those encouraged by ... Read More »