Twitter to permanently ban users who spread COVID misinformation

Twitter says it will start labelling misleading tweets about Covid-19 vaccines and ban users who continue to spread such misinformation, the microblogging platform introduced on Monday a “strike system” that will gradually escalate to a permanent ban after the fifth offending tweet. “We believe the strike system will help to educate the public on our policies and further reduce the spread of potentially harmful and misleading information on Twitter,” the San Francisco-based company said in a blog post. “Particularly for repeated moderate and high-severity violations of our rules.” Twitter users will be notified when a tweet is labelled as misleading … Continue reading Twitter to permanently ban users who spread COVID misinformation

WhatsApp to switch off messages for all who reject new terms

WhatsApp users who do not accept its updated terms and conditions by the 15 May deadline will be unable to receive or send messages until they do so. Their account will be listed as “inactive”. And inactive accounts can be deleted after 120 days, calls and notifications will still function for “a short while” but, TechCrunch reported, probably only a “few weeks”. WhatsApp announced the update in January. There was a backlash among many users who thought it meant the company was planning to change the amount of data it shared with its parent company, Facebook. It later clarified this was … Continue reading WhatsApp to switch off messages for all who reject new terms

Breaking News: Facebook to restore news pages in Australia

Facebook has announced it will restore news content to its users in Australia. The social media giant has blocked news to Australians since last Thursday in response to a proposed law which would make it and Google pay news publishers for content. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said news pages would be restored on Facebook “in the coming days”. Amendments would be made to the law, he added in a statement on Tuesday. The government has said its legislation aims to set up a “fairer” negotiation process between the tech giants and news companies over the value of news content. The … Continue reading Breaking News: Facebook to restore news pages in Australia

Facebook blocks Australian users from viewing or sharing news

Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform, causing much alarm over public access to key information. It comes in response to a proposed law which would make tech giants pay for news content on their platforms. Australians on Thursday woke up to find that Facebook pages of all local and global news sites were unavailable. Several government health and emergency pages were also blocked, something Facebook later asserted was a mistake. Those outside of the country are also unable to read or access any Australian news publications on the platform. The Australian government … Continue reading Facebook blocks Australian users from viewing or sharing news

AI may soon use your veins to identify you

Researchers think that recognition technology that relies on identifying a person’s veins will be harder to bypass. Forget facial recognition technology, researchers say they can identify you from the veins on the backs of your hands, biometric recognition has become more prevalent in recent years. Facial recognition technology is used everywhere from airport check-in lines to police departments and even nightclubs, while iris, fingerprint and voice recognition is used across a variety of sectors, for security purposes. But researchers from Australia’s University of New South Wales say that some biometric methods have well known weaknesses. Fingerprints can be collected from a surface … Continue reading AI may soon use your veins to identify you

US airline set to buy flying electric taxis for airport runs

United Airlines plans to buy 200 flying electric taxis that it hopes will fly passengers to the airport within the next five years, the US airline is one of the first major carriers to commit to the purchase of flying taxis. United Airlines will also invest in flying taxi firm Archer as part of a $1.1bn (£800m) deal to develop the aircraft. The aircraft need regulatory approval before the purchase can go ahead. United Airlines will team up with US regional carrier Mesa Airlines to buy Archer’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of a $1bn order. … Continue reading US airline set to buy flying electric taxis for airport runs

Hacker steals $2.8 million from cryptocurrency ‘vault’ despite ‘Unhackable’ blockchain security

On Thursday evening, an unknown entity stole $2.8 million from a shared digital “vault” on the investment website Yearn.finance, the culprit exploited the vault using Aave, an open-source cryptocurrency platform that allows people to make “flash loans,” a rapid borrowing and repaying of money without the need for collateral. An unknown person was able to steal $2.8 million from a shared digital “vault” on Yearn.Finance, a service that allows users to deposit their funds in collective digital pools. Vault funds are then used in other “decentralized finance” (DeFi) offerings with the goal of generating additional earnings for the vault’s depositors. Yearn.finance … Continue reading Hacker steals $2.8 million from cryptocurrency ‘vault’ despite ‘Unhackable’ blockchain security

Google co-founder sets up family firm in Singapore

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is setting up a family office in Singapore to help manage his wealth, Mr Brin is the world’s ninth-richest person with a personal fortune of $86.5bn (£63.2bn). He joins the rush of super-rich families opening up family offices in the Asian financial hub including British entrepreneur Sir James Dyson. Family offices are private investment companies set up to manage the assets of wealthy individuals and clans. Mr Brin’s family office is called Bayshore Global Management and established a branch in Singapore late last year, according to documents filed with regulators. The name derives from North Bayshore, … Continue reading Google co-founder sets up family firm in Singapore

Twitter restores blocked Indian accounts over farmer’s protest

Twitter has restored dozens of Indian accounts that were earlier blocked in response to a legal notice by the government, citing objections based on public order. The accounts were all linked to continuing farmers’ protests against a series of agricultural reform laws, they included farmers’ leaders, activists and a news magazine. The protests are now in their third month, with many farmers camped on the outskirts of the capital, Delhi. Reports say government officials highlighted in their submission to Twitter about 250 accounts and tweets which they said constituted a threat to public security. Two popular accounts associated with the … Continue reading Twitter restores blocked Indian accounts over farmer’s protest

Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia

Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia over the nation’s attempt to make the tech giant share royalties with news publishers, Australia is introducing a landmark law to make Google, Facebook and potentially other tech companies pay media outlets for their news content, but the US tech giants have fought back, arguing the laws are onerous and would damage local access to services. Australian PM Scott Morrison said lawmakers would not yield to “threats”. The proposed news code would tie Google and Facebook to mediated negotiations with publishers over the value of news content, if no agreement … Continue reading Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia

Australia rebukes Google for blocking local content

The Australian government has urged Google to focus on paying for Australian content instead of blocking it, after media reports said Australian news websites were not showing up in searches, Google confirmed it was blocking the sites for a small number of users. The search engine said it was conducting experiments to determine the value of its service to Australian news outlets. Google, Facebook and other tech companies are fighting the Australian government over plans to make them pay for news content. Google said the tests affect about 1% of Australian users, and will be finished by February. “The digital … Continue reading Australia rebukes Google for blocking local content

WhatsApp and Facebook to share users’ data outside Europe and UK

WhatsApp is forcing users to agree to sharing information with Facebook if they want to keep using the service. The company warns users in a pop-up notice that they “need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp” – or delete their accounts, but Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, said European and UK users would not see the same data-sharing changes, although they will need to accept new terms. The exception has been welcomed by some as a victory for EU privacy regulators. The deadline in both regions to accept the change is 8 February, after which “you’ll need to accept … Continue reading WhatsApp and Facebook to share users’ data outside Europe and UK