Facebook's Zuckerberg grilled by EU Parliament over data scandal

Social network’s boss met the European Parliament to explain how user data ended up in the hands of a consultancy. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook chief executive, has faced a series of tough questions from European Parliament leaders about how the data of millions of the social network’s users ended up in the hands of a political consultancy. The live-streamed meeting on […]

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Royal wedding fever has struck

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already broken with tradition – by not inviting high-profile world leaders to their wedding. Royal enthusiasts are camping outside Windsor Castle for Saturday’s event, which will see Prince Harry marry American actress Meghan Markle.   Al Jazeera’s Emma Hayward has more on the royal wedding mania. Source: Read Full Article

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The Guardian gets online flak for 'Greek crisis holiday'

Advertisement removed after Greeks slam British newspaper for ‘offensive’ financial and refugee-crisis themed trip. Social media users have criticised The Guardian for “insulting” the people of Greece and “making money out of misery” after the British newspaper offered a trip highlighting the impact of the financial and refugee crises in the country. After the outcry on Wednesday, the page advertising […]

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Social media users in China take on ‘thigh-wrapping’ challenge

Something new to feel bad about! Social media users take on ‘thigh-holding’ challenge as they try to wrap their hands around their legs to see if they are skinny enough Thousands have posted pictures of their attempt on Chinese social media Users try to show that they can form a circle with their hands around their thigh  Trending topic page […]

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Egypt's Sisi: Defaming security forces is 'high treason'

President’s warning comes amid controversy over a BBC investigation into alleged rights abuses by security forces. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi warned on Thursday he considers defamation of the country’s armed forces and police an act of “high treason” that wouldn’t be tolerated. In televised comments during a visit to the Mediterranean coastal town of Alamein, he reminded viewers of […]

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How Egypt targets 'fake news' ahead of elections

Egyptian prosecutors have long urged that critical outlets should be silenced. As the Egyptian presidential election, to be held between March 26 and 28 nears, Egypt turns its attention to news outlets and journalists it accuses of spreading lies. These include some foreign media, such as the BCC, and even one pro-government commentator. Here is how Egyptian authorities charged reporters […]

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Social media gives anti-Jewish hatred a grandstand in France

Social media is blamed for surging anti-Semitism in France, as Jewish groups warn racists ‘now have a much bigger audience’ French Jewish groups say social media gives anti-Semites a stage that widens their audience, resulting in more anti-Semitic acts online and on the streets French authorities put pressure on social media to banish hate-based content  Social media are now required […]

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Paying Coaches And Administrators Is Ruining College Sports

The New York Times’ opinion section published an extraordinary piece today. What’s extraordinary is not the content, which is dull and dulling and dishonest, and has been published in basically this exact form for the better part of the century. What’s extraordinary is that we now have hard evidence that the Times’ sports opinion pieces can be every bit as […]

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Social media giants should be forced to sign code of ethics to protect users and face prosecution if they flout it, says MPs

In a damning report, the parliamentary committee on culture has blasted social media firms  for “failing in the duty of care” they owe their users. They launched an extraordinary attack on Facebook – accusing the Silicon Valley firm of trying to frustrate their investigations. And they accused Mark Zuckerberg of showing “contempt” for MPs by refusing to give evidence to […]

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