Tumblr deletes ‘Russian troll’ accounts

Tumblr deletes ‘Russian troll’ accounts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The 84 accounts were prolific posters of information, the blogging service says Blogging platform Tumblr has deleted 84 accounts it says Russian propagandists used to spread disinformation during the 2016 US election. The accounts are believed to have been used by Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) – an organisation linked […]

Baselworld: Tag Heuer chief takes swipe at his industry

Baselworld: Tag Heuer chief takes swipe at his industry

Image copyright AFP One on the most powerful men in luxury retailing has said it is time to stop seeing smartwatch makers Apple and Google as threats. Jean-Claude Biver, who runs watchmakers Tag Heuer, Hublot, and Zenith, said the smartwatch will boost his industry. Mr Biver was instrumental in reviving the Swiss industry after it […]

Facebook boss apologises in UK and US newspaper ads

Facebook boss apologises in UK and US newspaper ads

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time,” Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has taken out full-page adverts in several UK and US Sunday newspapers to apologise for the firm’s recent data privacy scandal. He said Facebook could have done more to stop millions of users […]

Elon Musk pulls Tesla and SpaceX from Facebook

Elon Musk pulls Tesla and SpaceX from Facebook

Image copyright AFP Entrepreneur Elon Musk has had the official Facebook pages for his Tesla and SpaceX companies deleted. The #deletefacebook movement has grown after data firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of obtaining the personal information of about 50 million users. Mr Musk had poked fun at speaker brand Sonos after it said it would […]

Elon Musk pulls brands from Facebook

Elon Musk pulls brands from Facebook

Image copyright AFP Entrepreneur Elon Musk has had the official Facebook pages for his Tesla and SpaceX companies deleted. The #deletefacebook movement has grown after data firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of obtaining the personal information of about 50 million users. Mr Musk had poked fun at speaker brand Sonos after it said it would […]

Craigslist drops dating ads after new law

Craigslist drops dating ads after new law

Image copyright Getty Images Classified advertising website Craigslist has closed its dating ads section in the US, in response to a new bill against sex trafficking. The bill states that websites can now be punished for “facilitating” prostitution and sex trafficking. Ads promoting prostitution and child sexual abuse have previously been posted in the “personals” […]

KeepVid scraps YouTube-ripping function in favour of legal approach

KeepVid scraps YouTube-ripping function in favour of legal approach

Image copyright Getty Images A popular website that let people save or “rip” videos from services such as YouTube has unexpectedly turned into a copyright advocacy site. KeepVid let people download copies of videos that could not officially be saved from YouTube, Vimeo and others. But the service has now been removed from its website […]

DeepMind explores inner workings of AI

DeepMind explores inner workings of AI

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption How algorithms make decisions in AI systems is something of a mystery As with the human brain, the neural networks that power artificial intelligence systems are not easy to understand. DeepMind, the Alphabet-owned AI firm famous for teaching an AI system to play Go, is attempting to work out […]

PornHub greets bloggers after YouTube gun ban introduced

PornHub greets bloggers after YouTube gun ban introduced

Image copyright YouTube / InRangeTV Image caption InRangeTV has moved some of its videos to PornHub YouTube has banned videos that show people how to manufacture or modify guns and their accessories. It had already banned videos linked to the sale of guns and accessories. Many firearms enthusiasts noticed that some of their videos had […]

Cambridge Analytica taken to court over data storage

Cambridge Analytica taken to court over data storage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The company at the centre of the row is alleged to have used data from Facebook to profile voters in the US presidential election A US citizen is taking Cambridge Analytica to court to get access to data he says it holds on him. Prof David Carroll filed his […]