‘More than half’ of UK households face broadband problems

Image copyright Thinkstock One in five British households have experienced slow broadband speeds in the last year, according to Which. A similar number have had connection dropouts and router problems, the consumer rights group added. It polled more than 1,900 customers across 12 providers, more than half of whom reported having problems with their broadband […]

Met Police chief: Social media leads children to violence

Image copyright PA Image caption Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick said stop and search will likely increase The UK’s top police officer has blamed social media for normalising violence and leading more children to commit stabbings and murders. Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick told The Times social media sites “rev people up” and make street […]

Lindsay Lohan loses GTA V privacy case appeal

Lindsay Lohan loses GTA V privacy case appeal

Image copyright Rockstar Games Image caption The character Lacey Jones appeared on GTA V’s box art, but plays a relatively minor role in the game The actress Lindsay Lohan has failed in her latest attempt to sue the maker of the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Six judges at New York state’s Court of […]

Facebook ‘ugly truth’ growth memo haunts firm

Facebook ‘ugly truth’ growth memo haunts firm

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Andrew Bosworth says his memo was intended to be provocative A Facebook executive’s memo that claimed the “ugly truth” was that anything it did to grow was justified has been made public, embarrassing the company. The 2016 post said that this applied even if it meant people might die […]

Can targeted ads really change votes?

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Prof Carroll was not happy with the invasive nature of the data collected on him Prof David Carroll campaigned for Barack Obama during his presidential bid but did not do the same for Hillary Clinton. Now he asks himself whether so-called dark ads – individually targeted online messages – were […]

iPhone update adds privacy ‘transparency’

iPhone update adds privacy ‘transparency’

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has updated its iOS, MacOS and tvOS operating systems to give people more information about how their personal data is collected and used. After updating, customers will see new information screens when they use Apple-made apps that collect personal data, such as App Store. The change comes ahead of new […]

Cambridge Analytica files spell out election tactics

Cambridge Analytica files spell out election tactics

Image copyright AFP Documents shared by Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie spell out how parent company SCL Group tried to influence elections worldwide. One letter also refers to its support of 15 psychological operations involving the UK’s Ministry of Defence as of January 2012. The Foreign Office is quoted as saying another part of SCL […]

Brexit: Netflix ‘passport’ not yet decided

Brexit: Netflix ‘passport’ not yet decided

Image copyright Reuters It is too early to say whether so-called content portability rules will extend to UK citizens after Brexit, the government has told the BBC. The new rules let people access local versions of subscription streaming and download services such as Netflix while visiting other EU countries. Some newspapers said the European Commission […]

Bonus pay gap revealed at Facebook UK

Bonus pay gap revealed at Facebook UK

Image copyright Getty Images Women working for Facebook’s UK division get nearly half the amount of bonus pay than their male counterparts, despite a similar proportion of each sex getting some kind of top-up award. The median gender bonus pay gap at the business is 41.5%, according to figures submitted to the government. However, the […]

Tommy Robinson banned from Twitter

Tommy Robinson banned from Twitter

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Twitter does not intend to let Mr Robinson return to its platform Tommy Robinson – ex-leader of the English Defence League – has been banned from Twitter. His account is marked as being “suspended”, but the BBC has learned that the US company has decided to permanently revoke his access. […]

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