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Elon Musk reaches agreement to acquire Twitter for about 44 billion dollars

Billionaire Elon Musk has reached an agreement to acquire Twitter for approximately 44 billion dollars (£34.5 billion), the company said. The outspoken Tesla CEO, the world’s wealthiest person, has said he wants to buy Twitter because he thinks it is not living up to its potential as a platform for “free speech”. He says it […]

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Apple ‘deeply concerned’ about laws undermining user privacy, Tim Cook says

Apple boss Tim Cook has said the company is “deeply concerned” by proposed laws it says could weaken user privacy and put people’s data at risk. Speaking at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit in Washington DC, Mr Cook said Apple supported privacy regulation but was concerned about laws that would […]

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Weakening end-to-end encryption would do more harm than good, IT experts warn

Attacking or weakening end-to-end encryption used by apps such as WhatsApp would not make the world safer, IT experts have warned. Facebook has previously announced plans to roll out end-to-end encryption across its messaging services, however, a recent campaign backed by the Government warned against a wider tech industry rollout. Critics of the technology, which […]

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YouTube removes account publishing hoaxes of ministers over Russia links

YouTube has removed an account publishing videos of hoax calls with Cabinet ministers who were targeted by imposters allegedly linked to the Kremlin. The video sharing giant blocked the account on Friday as part of its investigation into “influence operations linked to Russia” after days of pressure to block the clips. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace […]

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Russian ‘court’ bans Facebook and Instagram on ‘extremism’ charges

A Moscow court has banned Facebook and Instagram for what it deemed extremist activity in a case against their parent company Meta. The Tverskoy District Court fulfilled a request from prosecutors to outlaw Meta Platforms and banned Facebook and Instagram for what they called “extremist activities”. Prosecutors have accused the social media platforms of ignoring […]

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A young girl looks at social media apps, including TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp, on a smartphone. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 12, 2019. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Russia limits access to Instagram after ‘calls for violence against Russians’

Instagram has been restricted in Russia after posts “calling for violence against Russians” were “distributed”, Russian authorities have said. The state’s communications watchdog will restrict access to the social media app and website following the posts, according to a statement published on Friday. A second statement published later said it will come into force from […]

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A young girl uses the TikTok app on a smartphone. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 12, 2019. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

TikTok blocks new videos in Russia to avoid media crackdown

TikTok has blocked its Russian users from posting new videos in response to the government’s crackdown on what people and media outlets can say about the war in Ukraine.The social media app that is particularly popular with young people also stopped showing Russians videos shared from elsewhere in the world, said spokesperson Hilary McQuaide.The action […]

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