Wednesday, 6th December 2023

Science & Tech

18 Oct
Meta is expanding its enforcement of its policies against violent posts and misinformation amid the Israel-Hamas war. It has created a special operations center with experts fluent in Hebrew and Arabic. Meta said it has temporarily lowered the threshold to trigger its technology that prevents "potentially violating and borderline content" from being amplified across its services.
18 Oct
Social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, said on Tuesday it will test a new subscription model under which it will charge a $1 annual fee for basic features.
15 Oct
Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe is a scientific icon in DR Congo. He's also an inspiration for the next generation of Congolese biologists. Also across Africa, more than 30% of harvests are lost pests and disease. A team of Ghanaian engineers are coming up with new ways to identify risks early. And Gambian rising star Maryama Cham is carving a path for herself in an industry largely dominated by men.
14 Oct
The European Commission has opened an investigation into X, Elon Musk's social media platform formerly known as Twitter. The move comes after Brussels ordered X, as well as rivals Meta and TikTok, to act quickly to tackle the spread of disinformation, which has surged on each of these platforms since Hamas's deadly attack on Israel.
13 Oct
Meta, the parent company of social media platforms Facebook and Instagram, as well as X, formerly known as Twitter, have responded to a letter from EU Commissioner Thierry Breton urging caution over an increase in disinformation and illegal content. Both social media giants have said they've taken action on social media posts that violate EU law.
12 Oct
A German agency that tackles discrimination and racism says it is quitting the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. It cited a rise in hate speech since owner Elon Musk took over last year.
12 Oct
Google makes passkeys default for all users: 'We've received really positive feedback'
10 Oct
The Spanish company PLD Space launched a reusable rocket in what is seen as a breakthrough for European space ambitions. The blast off occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning in Andalusia.
10 Oct
The tech behemoth has launched the first pair of prototype satellites meant for its internet-from-space service — Project Kuiper. The service is meant to compete with Elon Musk's Starlink.
6 Oct
Belgian intelligence service scrutinising Alibaba's presence at Liege airport. Oct 5 (Reuters) - Belgian officials are looking into risks around the presence of China's Alibaba Group Holding (9988.HK) at a cargo airport in the city of Liege, the country's intelligence service VSSE said in a statement on Thursday.
29 Sep
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of new AI-powered assistants on its various platforms on Wednesday, in a bid to keep up in the race to produce more accurate and personalised artificial intelligence. The chatbots will be able to answer users' questions thanks to a partnership with Microsoft's Bing. Also in this edition, oil prices edge closer to the $100 per barrel mark. Plus, striking Hollywood actors and studios agree to resume talks.
27 Sep
X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, is not a signatory to the EU-wide code of conduct to crack down on fake news on social media platforms and advertising companies


5 hours ago
At COP28 in Dubai, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for a phase out of fossil fuels, the US announced $3 billion in new climate funding and France pushed for nuclear energy as a way to reduce emissions.
6 hours ago
Early drafts of the COP28 agreement refer to the "phasedown/out" of fossil fuels, which are responsible for most climate emissions. The final wording will likely be disputed. What's the difference — and does it matter?
6 hours ago
Britain and Rwanda have inked a new treaty aimed at rescuing failed plans for the UK to deport asylum-seekers. A top court ruling had blocked the policy, saying it violated human rights laws enshrined in UK legislation.
9 hours ago
After the military burned down their village, one community describe their efforts to survive in a diplaced person's camp on the fringes of the jungle in the Sagaing region.
9 hours ago
Junta-led Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger have ditched the G5 anti-jihadist force. Experts say their intended confederation to tackle Islamist insurgents in the Sahel is bound to fail unless they mend ties with ECOWAS.
10 hours ago
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is accused of buying two yachts in October with Western aid money, in the name of two of his closest aides. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.