Facebook, Twitter delete fake accounts originating in Iran
29 May 2019 | 3:45 pm
Several fake social media accounts spreading messages in support of Iran have been removed from Facebook and Twitter. The deletion of the accounts came after an investigation by internet security firm FireEye.
13 Nov 2021
Frances Haugen called on lawmakers in Brussels to seize the opportunity to create a "global gold standard" as they draft oversight regulation for tech giants.
11 Nov 2021
The world's richest man sold about 900,000 shares of his company Tesla after asking Twitter followers whether he should sell 10% of his stocks. But documents showed the sale was put in motion much before the poll.
12 Nov 2021
A teenager in the United States was rescued after flashing a hand signal that was popularized on TikTok indicating domestic violence. Experts say sharing such resources on social media can help those most at risk.
17 Nov 2021
Facebook became Meta Platforms on October 28 and subsequently announced its grand plans for bringing the virtual and physical worlds together in the metaverse. Since then, tech and entertainment giants have been jumping on the bandwagon and staking their own claims as builders of a new reality. But what exactly is the metaverse and what are the risks associated with it? Peter O'Brien takes a closer look in this week's Tech 24, the first in a new live format.
15 Nov 2021
In an interview with FRANCE 24 at the Paris Peace Forum, US billionaire Frank McCourt strongly criticised tech giants, saying social media is "undermining our democracies". The owner of French football club Olympique de Marseille told us more about his Project Liberty plan. He has invested $100 million in the initiative, which he hopes will "transform the way the internet works".
26 Nov 2021
In India, 80 fake social media profiles were blocked across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. These profiles were part of an influence operation trying to undermine the Sikh community by spreading divisive narratives online. And how do you identify a fake profile photo on social media? Web designer Victor Baissait explains more to our Observers team.
25 Nov 2021
France's popular, government-regulated tax-free savings account scheme, known as the "Livret A", is likely to raise interest rates in February after recording the biggest deposit outflow since 2014.
28 Nov 2021
Nine months after the military coup in Myanmar, this team of investigators works together with Myanmar citizens, witnesses and journalists, who can anonymously submit photos and videos online.Myanmar Witness then verifies and archives these online claims, which can be used as potential evidence in future human rights proceedings.We tell you more on this segment of Truth or Fake.
30 Nov 2021
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is stepping down as chief executive of the company. He will be replaced by the current chief technical officer, Parag Agrawal, Twitter said. Mr Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter in 2006, has been serving as chief executive of both Twitter and payment firm Square.
3 Dec 2021
This week, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced he was stepping down as CEO, and named Parag Agrawal, the company's chief technology officer, as his replacement. Agrawal has played a key role in driving the "re-acceleration" of Twitter's growth and helped oversee its fledgling cryptocurrency initiatives and machine learning efforts, a possible nod to why the Indian-American may have been the top choice for the CEO position.
13 Dec 2021
"Islamic State" propaganda lured hundreds of Indonesians to fight for an extremist cause in Syria. One such Indonesian says the IS Islamic caliphate dream was flawed and that he wants to turn over a new leaf. He has joined a social media campaign to counter extremist narratives.
17 Dec 2021
Many Facebook groups based in Mali and Nigeria began sharing a video of a helicopter on December 9, claiming it showed an aircraft delivering weapons to terrorists. In Mali, the posts often accused the French government of operating the helicopter, while posts coming from Nigeria laid the blame on the Nigerian government. In reality, the video is from neither one of these countries – it was filmed in the Central African Republic during a routine supply drop.
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After years of underwhelming relations between the EU and Indonesia, a flurry of diplomatic visits and increased trade has renewed optimism that Brussels is now strengthening ties with Southeast Asia's largest economy.
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A Belgian court agrees to admit the findings of a 22-year-old parliamentary commission into its investigation. The court is looking into the 1961 assassination of DR Congo's Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, seen by many as one of the country's founding fathers.
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The richest man in the world, Elon Musk, is buying Twitter for the equivalent of around €41 billion. That makes the deal one of the biggest in Wall Street history.
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We take a closer look at the petrol shortage hitting certain French service stations. We also hear about the options that US President Joe Biden is mulling in regard to OPEC+'s decision to cut oil supply. Plus, a small French town grapples with rising energy bills.
4 hours ago
Ukrainian emergency services say at least three people were killed and another dozen wounded. The strikes come as Russian forces continue to lose ground to Ukraine's counteroffensive in the south and east.