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Undated family handout file photo of Molly Russell whose family's five-year wait for answers is set to end as an inquest will finally examine whether algorithms used by social media firms to keep users hooked contributed to her death. Molly, from Harrow, north-west London, is known to have viewed material linked to anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide before ending her life in November 2017, prompting her family to campaign for better internet safety. Issue date: Tuesday September 20, 2022.

Boss admits Pinterest ‘not safe’ when Molly Russell used site before ending life

A senior executive from social media giant Pinterest has apologised as he admitted the site was “not safe” when schoolgirl Molly Russell used it. The company’s head of community operations, Judson Hoffman, told North London Coroner’s Court that self-harm or suicide content that violates its policies “still likely exists on our platform” and conceded it […]

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FILE - The TikTok app logo appears in Tokyo on Sept. 28, 2020. TikTok may be the platform of choice for catchy videos, but anyone using it to learn about COVID-19, climate change or Russia's invasion of Ukraine is likely to encounter misleading information, according to a new research report. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

TikTok search results ‘riddled with misinformation’ on Covid, climate and war

TikTok is riddled with misleading information, including about Covid-19, climate change and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a new research report says. Researchers at NewsGuard searched for content about prominent news topics on the social media platform and found that almost one in five videos automatically suggested by TikTok contained misinformation. Searches for information about “mRNA […]

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China and India had agents working for Twitter, says whistleblower

Twitter’s former security chief has told US Congress there was “at least one agent” from China’s intelligence service on the social network’s payroll and that the company knowingly allowed India to add agents to the company roster as well, potentially giving those nations access to sensitive data about users. These were some of the troubling […]

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Snapchat’s parent company to cut staff by 20%

Snapchat’s parent company has confirmed a restructuring of the business which will see it cut staff numbers by around 20%. Snap Inc chief executive and Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel said the changes would allow the technology company to focus on “three strategic priorities” of community growth, revenue growth and augmented reality. Alongside the reduction in […]

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US securities regulators question Twitter about how it counts fake accounts

US securities regulators are questioning Twitter about how it counts fake accounts on its platform. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in June asked the company about its methodology for calculating the false or spam accounts and “the underlying judgments and assumptions used by management”. The agency’s Division of Corporation Finance made the request in […]

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Facebook fixes ‘configuration issue’ after ‘weird’ feeds problem

Facebook has fixed an issue with the platform which saw users’ feeds flooded with unrelated messages and posts. On Wednesday morning, Facebook users around the world began reporting what some deemed “spam” messages appearing on their feeds, often posts from random users being directed at celebrities or famous accounts on the platform. In many cases, […]

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Twitter whistleblower alleges major security lapses at social media firm

Twitter has substantial security problems that place personal user data and potentially national security at risk according to a former company executive turned whistleblower, it has been reported. According to a disclosure sent to the US Congress and federal agencies last month and obtained by CNN and the Washington Post, Twitter’s former head of security […]

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