What is Article 13 and Article 11?
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Policy & legislation

What is Article 13 and Article 11?

Everything you need to know about the controversial copyright directive including whether the UK will need to adopt the regulations
19 Feb 2021
TikTok under fire over potential GDPR violations
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

TikTok under fire over potential GDPR violations

The BEUC is urging the European Commission to urgently investigate the app's "unclear" data collection practices
16 Feb 2021
Microsoft's interest in Pinterest falls flat
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mergers and acquisitions

Microsoft's interest in Pinterest falls flat

The tech giant is thought to be in the market for 'active online communities' to add to its cloud portfolio
11 Feb 2021
Social media firms clamp down on hacked accounts
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hacking

Social media firms clamp down on hacked accounts

Instagram, Twitter and TikTok are targeting usernames harvested by the OGUsers community
5 Feb 2021
Twitter shifts offline analytics workloads to Google Cloud
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cloud computing

Twitter shifts offline analytics workloads to Google Cloud

The platform hopes to process trillions of data points to gain insights much quicker
5 Feb 2021
Facebook escalates Apple feud with own privacy pop-ups
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privacy

Facebook escalates Apple feud with own privacy pop-ups

The incoming iOS 14 update means Facebook could record revenue losses of as much as $5 billion
2 Feb 2021
Big tech companies put political donations on hold following Capitol riots
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Business strategy

Big tech companies put political donations on hold following Capitol riots

Microsoft, Amazon, and Google among tech giants suspending political contributions
12 Jan 2021
Parler suffers data leak before being taken offline
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social media

Parler suffers data leak before being taken offline

Hackers could combine leaked data with phishing emails to exploit users
12 Jan 2021
Facebook will move UK users' data to the US post-Brexit
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Facebook will move UK users' data to the US post-Brexit

The move raises concerns as the US has much weaker data protection laws than across the EU
16 Dec 2020
Twitter fined €450k for breaching GDPR disclosure rules
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Twitter fined €450k for breaching GDPR disclosure rules

Firm chastised over its handling of a 2018 flaw that made private tweets accessible to the public
15 Dec 2020
UK tech firms face billion-pound fines for failing to curb harmful content
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social media

UK tech firms face billion-pound fines for failing to curb harmful content

The government plans to hit social media platforms with GDPR-like penalties worth up to 10% of annual revenue
15 Dec 2020
The IT Pro Podcast: The power of disinformation
The IT Pro Podcast: The power of disinformation
social media

The IT Pro Podcast: The power of disinformation

Social media is a great innovation - but falsehoods and manipulation are rife
11 Dec 2020
UK gov could block Facebook plans for end-to-end encryption
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encryption

UK gov could block Facebook plans for end-to-end encryption

Privacy groups warn the Home Office to not "facilitate crime by making personal security harder"
9 Dec 2020
Trump's TikTok ban hits another roadblock
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social media

Trump's TikTok ban hits another roadblock

A second judge has blocked Trump's proposed TikTok shutdown
9 Dec 2020
Facebook may finally launch its Libra cryptocurrency in early 2021
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digital currency

Facebook may finally launch its Libra cryptocurrency in early 2021

The stablecoin is reportedly just waiting on final approval from Swiss regulators
27 Nov 2020
Snapchat now allows you to display subscriber numbers
social media

Snapchat now allows you to display subscriber numbers

This update will help companies to show their influence on their industries
4 Nov 2020
Instagram to extend livestreaming time limit to 4 hours
social media

Instagram to extend livestreaming time limit to 4 hours

Social media site will also soon support video archiving
28 Oct 2020
Facebook adds SMB hosting to WhatsApp for businesses
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Business strategy

Facebook adds SMB hosting to WhatsApp for businesses

SMBs will be able to use the firm’s infrastructure for free with Facebook Hosting Services when it launches
26 Oct 2020
Irish data regulator launches GDPR probe into Instagram
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Irish data regulator launches GDPR probe into Instagram

Investigation launched after 60 million children were given the option to switch to a public-facing business account
19 Oct 2020
Twitter pins global outage on unscheduled 'system change'
social media

Twitter pins global outage on unscheduled 'system change'

The brief outage heavily disrupted several of the firm's APIs including Enterprise Search and its Engagement API
16 Oct 2020
New York finance watchdog says Twitter hack proves social media should be regulated
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Security

New York finance watchdog says Twitter hack proves social media should be regulated

The New York State Department of Financial Services says social media firms have too much responsibility with little government oversight
15 Oct 2020
French and Dutch officials back EU's plans to break up Big Tech
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Policy & legislation

French and Dutch officials back EU's plans to break up Big Tech

A joint proposal adds weight to EU's own plans to curb the industry’s growing anti-competitive influence
15 Oct 2020
Facebook donates £1 million to support Bletchley Park’s survival
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programming

Facebook donates £1 million to support Bletchley Park’s survival

The donation mitigates some of the worst consequences of a severe revenue shortfall projected for 2020
13 Oct 2020