• 16
    Dec

    Facebook to move UK users out of EU’s privacy jurisdiction next year, post-brexit

    Facebook is to follow Google’s lead and move millions of UK users out of the jurisdiction of EU privacy laws to the US (which has no such comprehensive data protection framework) next year under a looming Brexit-related change to its T&Cs, Reuters reported yesterday. Confirming the switch, Facebook told the news agency: “Like other companies, Facebook has had to make changes to respond to Brexit ...
  • 13
    Nov

    More voting software FUD falls flat after Trump highlights dubious data

    Reports that Dominion Software, which provides voting tabulation tools to about half the states in the U.S., “deleted” millions of votes have been soundly rebuffed after outgoing President Trump parroted numbers from a random internet forum. Tweeting Thursday morning about baseless claims of election fraud, Trump cited OANN, a right-wing news outlet, which itself seemed to have found its numbers in a ...
  • 13
    Nov

    Twitter labeled 300,000 US election tweets — around 0.2%

    Just over a week after the U.S. elections, Twitter has offered a breakdown of some of its efforts to label misleading tweets. The site says that from October 27 to November 11, it labeled some 300,000 tweets as part of its Civic Integrity Policy. That amounts to around 0.2% of the total number of election-related tweets sent during that two-week period. Of course, ...
  • 11
    Nov

    Here’s everything Apple announced at the ‘One More Thing’ event today

    Ready for more Apple  news? Because it’s time for more Apple news. This morning the company hosted its third event in as many months, where they finally detailed how and why they’ll be shifting Macs to chips designed and built by Apple — and showed off the first Macs that’ll make the jump: new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini! Didn’t ...
  • 9
    Nov

    Joe Biden wins the 2020 US presidential election

    Following a tense week of vote tallying, Joe Biden won the state of Pennsylvania and vaulted ahead in the race to become the next president of the United States. Biden’s win in the critical state put him over the threshold of 270 electoral votes, cutting off all avenues for his opponent. Biden prevailed by flipping key states that went to Trump in ...
  • 5
    Nov

    WhatsApp now lets you post ephemeral messages, which disappear after 7 days

    Facebook recently announced that WhatsApp passed the whopping milestone of 100 billion messages sent per day, but not everyone wants those chats to stick around forever. Now, Facebook’s wildly popular messaging app with 2 billion users is adding a feature to give people more control on how their words and pictures live within the app. From today, messages — including photos and videos — can ...
  • 4
    Nov

    Twitter restricts Trump’s tweet claiming that foes would ‘steal’ the election

    With key wins notched in a few states, Trump didn’t quite declare victory prematurely on social media as platforms had feared — but he did baselessly raise the specter of voter fraud. “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election,” Trump tweeted. “We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!” Twitter  took ...
  • 4
    Nov

    A QAnon supporter is headed to Congress

    Marjorie Taylor Greene’s win in a Georgia House race means that QAnon is headed to Capitol Hill. Greene openly supports the complex, outlandish conspiracy theory, which posits that President Trump is waging a secret war against a shadowy group of elites who engage in child sex trafficking, among other far-fetched claims. The FBI identified QAnon as a potential inspiration for “conspiracy ...
  • 4
    Nov

    CA ballot measure that keeps gig workers as independent contractors is projected to pass

    Uber,  Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash — the major backers of California’s Proposition 22 — are getting their way. The proposition, which will keep gig workers classified as independent contractors, is projected to pass. The Associated Press called the race with 67% of precincts partially reporting. At the time of publication, 58.2% of voters (more than 6.3 million people) voted for Prop ...
  • 27
    Oct

    Top Facebook India executive Ankhi Das leaves the company

    Ankhi Das, a top Facebook executive in India, is leaving the company on Tuesday months after she was alleged to interfere in the company’s content moderation policy in the country to show favoritism to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Facebook has denied the allegations, and people close to Das (pictured above) said her departure was not related to recent stories in the press. ...