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2 June 2020
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1 June 2020

USA: Company executives speak out against racism following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor & Tony McDade by police

On 25 May 2020, white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned George Floyd to the ground, keeping his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, ultimately killing him. Three additional officers were involved. All four officers...

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8 April 2020

Companies step up to address global shortages of medical equipment and supplies in response to COVID-19

Author: Marguerite Ward, Business Insider (USA)

Tesla, Apple, and Ford are stepping up to address global shortages of ventilators, hand sanitizer, face masks, and gowns. Here's a running list of companies helping out, 27 March 2020...

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5 March 2020

Africa: Social media companies' initiatives to curb misuse, incl. misinformation & online child abuse

Author: Pauline Kairu, Business Daily (Kenya)

"Social media takes fight against fake news notch higher"...

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29 January 2020

Facebook to pay $550 million to settle privacy lawsuit over facial recognition tech

Author: Jay Peters, The Verge

Facebook says it has agreed to pay $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit regarding its use of facial recognition technology... The case against Facebook has been going on since 2015. The lawsuit alleged that Facebook’s initial version of the...

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24 May 2019

Snapchat employees allegedly spied on users with internal tool; co. denies allegation

Author: Carrie Mihalcik, Cnet

Snapchat employees used internal tools to spy on users, according to a report Thursday from Motherboard. The data abuse reportedly happened "a few times" and was carried out by "multiple" people. Two former employees told Motherboard about abuse that...

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11 February 2019

EU reports significant rise in removals of illegal hate speech by Facebook, Microsoft & Twitter

Author: EU Business (Belgium)

"Brussels welcomes speedier Facebook, Twitter responses to hate speech", Feb 2019...

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24 January 2019

Venezuela: Blocking of social networks accentuated as political crisis worsens

Author: Access Now (USA)

"Social media shutdown in Venezuela is a warning of what is to come as political tensions rise", 22 Jan 2019...

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27 November 2018

Four more cos. express intent to join code of conduct on countering illegal hate speech online in 2018

Author: European Commission

"Countering illegal hate speech online #NoPlace4Hate", 18 Oct 2018...

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28 September 2018

Saudi Arabia: Digital activist calls for open, decentralized platforms that don’t archive or sell users’ information

Author: Manal Al-Sharif, The New York Times (USA)

"The Dangers of Digital Activism", 16 Sep 2018...

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