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Twitter bans House candidate who suggested Ilhan Omar should be hanged

Sponsored Links Scott Heins/Getty Images Twitter may be reluctant to crack down on politicians’ tweets, but it still has its limits — and one political candidate may have crossed the line. The social media giant has permanently banned Republican House candidate Danielle Stella’s personal and campaign accounts for “repeated violations” of Twitter’s policies. While it …

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Facebook labels a post as false to obey Singapore misinformation law

Sponsored Links franckreporter via Getty Images Facebook has voluntarily labeled fake news and other misinformation for a while, but in Singapore it now doesn’t have much choice. The social site has labeled a November 23rd post as containing “false information” to obey a Singapore law meant to curb the spread of fake info. The government …

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Facebook built a facial recognition app that identified employees

Sponsored Links Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Facebook’s stance on facial recognition has changed as of late, but its past enthusiasm for the technology may have been stronger than previously thought. Business Insider has learned (subscription required) that Facebook developed an internal mobile app between 2015 and 2016 that used facial recognition to identify …

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Police arrest member of group that hijacked Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account

Sponsored Links Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Law enforcement has struck a blow against the group that compromised Twitter chief Jack Dorsey’s account, albeit relatively late. Motherboard has learned that police arrested a former leader of Chuckling Squad (unnamed as the person is a child) roughly two weeks ago. The suspect allegedly used SIM …

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Instagram cracks down on app that snoops on private profiles

Sponsored Links Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images Instagram is taking action against a stalker-friendly app that makes Like Patrol seem modest. The social network confirmed to Android Police that it was sending a cease and desist request to Ghosty, an Android app built to show you private Instagram profiles without permission. That would be enough …

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Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia

Sponsored Links Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Federal law enforcement is taking action against former Twitter workers who allegedly spied for Saudi Arabia. The Justice Department has charged Ali Alzabarah (the one whose activities first surfaced) and Ahmad Abouammo with using their combined access to monitor Twitter accounts on behalf of the Saudi government. Abouammmo, an American …

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8chan returns without its most notorious community

Sponsored Links 8kun, YouTube The anonymous forum 8chan is back, although it might not be the anything-goes site it once was. The newly rebranded 8kun launched on November 3rd with many of 8chan’s boards having made the migration. There’s now a more prominent disclaimer that 8kun will remove any content deemed illegal in the US, …

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Marco Rubio calls for TikTok review over censorship claims

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Susan Walsh TikTok owner ByteDance might find itself in legal trouble in the US over claims it’s censoring criticism of China in other parts of the world. Senator Marco Rubio has sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to …

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Instagram tests Group Stories after Facebook ditched them

Sponsored Links Jane Manchun Wong/Twitter Facebook might not be giving up on Group Stories just because it’s cutting them from its main app. App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has found test code for a Group Story feature in Instagram. There’s no mystery to how it works — you’d just choose to “share to Group Story.” …

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Facebook will shut down Group Stories on September 26th

Sponsored Links Facebook If you didn’t find yourself using Facebook’s Group Stories, you’re not the only one. The social network has confirmed a report from commentator Matt Navarra that it’s shutting down Group Stories on September 26th at 12PM Eastern. After that, Facebook will both delete any existing Stories and prevent users from creating new …

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