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Europe urges e-commerce platforms to share data in fight against coronavirus scams

Europe urges e-commerce platforms to share data in fight against coronavirus scams European lawmakers are pressing major e-commerce and media platforms to share more data with each other as a tool to fight rogue traders who are targeting consumers with coronavirus scams. After the pandemic spread to the West, internet platforms were flooded with local […]

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WhatsApp now lets you post ephemeral messages, which disappear after 7 days

WhatsApp now lets you post ephemeral messages, which disappear after 7 days Facebook recently announced that WhatsApp passed the whopping milestone of 100 billion messages sent per day, but not everyone wants those chats to stick around forever. Now, Facebook’s wildly popular messaging app with 2 billion users is adding a feature to give people […]

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Daily Crunch: Social media confronts election misinformation

Daily Crunch: Social media confronts election misinformation You may have heard that the United States had a presidential election yesterday, with plenty of implications for the tech world, particularly with social media as one of the battlegrounds in the fight over the results. Meanwhile, major tech-relevant ballot measures, like California’s Proposition 22, also passed. I’ll […]

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Close US election results plunge social media into nightmare misinformation scenario

Close US election results plunge social media into nightmare misinformation scenario When Trump spoke early Tuesday morning, it became clear which long-dreaded election scenario an anxious nation was on the cusp of. “This is a fraud on the American public,” Trump said in remarks delivered from the White House, mixing his campaign with the presidency. […]

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Facebook and Instagram notifications warn U.S. users there’s no winner yet in Presidential Election

Facebook and Instagram notifications warn U.S. users there’s no winner yet in Presidential Election Facebook and Instagram are running notifications in their respective apps informing U.S. users that the winner of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election has not yet been determined. In large pop-ups appearing at the top of the Facebook and Instagram News Feeds, […]

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Twitter restricts Trump’s tweet claiming that foes would ‘steal’ the election

Twitter restricts Trump’s tweet claiming that foes would ‘steal’ the election With key wins notched in a few states, Trump didn’t declare victory prematurely on election night as social media companies feared — but he did baselessly raise the specter of voter fraud. “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election,” […]

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Twitter hides Trump tweet attacking Supreme Court’s decision on Pennsylvania ballots

Twitter hides Trump tweet attacking Supreme Court’s decision on Pennsylvania ballots In an election eve preview of what to expect in the coming days, President Trump pushed the limits on Twitter’s election-specific policies Monday night. In a tweet, Trump railed against the Supreme Court’s decision to allow Pennsylvania officials to count ballots postmarked by Election […]

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What social networks have learned since the 2016 election

What social networks have learned since the 2016 election On the eve on the 2020 U.S. election, tensions are running high. The good news? 2020 isn’t 2016. Social networks are way better prepared to handle a wide array of complex, dangerous or otherwise ambiguous Election Day scenarios. The bad news: 2020 is its own beast, […]

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Facebook is limiting distribution of ‘save our children’ hashtag over QAnon ties

Facebook is limiting distribution of ‘save our children’ hashtag over QAnon ties Facebook today confirmed that it will be limiting the distribution of the hashtag “save our children.” Over the past several months, the phrase — and ones like it — have become associated with QAnon. As a popular splinter group, these terms have served […]

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WhatsApp is now delivering roughly 100 billion messages a day

WhatsApp is now delivering roughly 100 billion messages a day WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging app owned by Facebook, is now delivering roughly 100 billion messages a day, the company’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said at the quarterly earnings call Thursday. For some perspective, users exchanged 100 billion messages on WhatsApp last New Year’s Eve. […]

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