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US Senate to quiz Heads of Google, Facebook and Twitter

The US Senate Committee on Commerce has voted to quiz the heads of popular online platforms; Google, Twitter and Facebook over their policies on different types of content. Google CEO, Sundar Pichai; Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey have all been subpoenaed by the senate committee. One of the major focus of the subpoena will be the legal protections enjoyed by the chief executives over what they leave up and take down …

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TikTok App Store Ban halted by US Judge

The controversy surrounding the ban on popular video sharing app, TikTok just took another twist as a US judge, Carl Nichols of the US District Court for the District of Colombia issued an injunction depicting that the app would not be banned and existing US based users could continue to use it.  This means that TikTok has avoided a government-ordered block of new downloads in the US.  The injunction was made on Sunday evening after …

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Judge blocks US attempts to ban downloads of Chinese App, WeChat

A judge in the United States has blocked the attempt by the US government to ban Chinese messaging and payments app, WeChat which is currently owned by conglomerate, Tencent. Judge Laurel Beeler who is a US Magistrate depicted that the ban raised serious questions in relation to the constitution’s first amendment which guarantees free speech. This is coming after the US Department of Commerce had announced a ban on WeChat appearing in US App Stores …

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Microsoft offer for Tik Tok rejected at the last minute

Chinese-owned popular video sharing app, Tik Tok has been up for sale following the deadline of September 15 given by US president, Donald Trump and his administration. Microsoft who had launched a bid for the app from Chinese firm, “Byte Dance” were confident they would purchase the company only for their bid to be rejected in the eleventh-hour, paving way for their competitor in the bid, Oracle to make a last minute bid. According to …

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Digital Trend in 2020

Our lives are becoming more digital with each passing day with over 4.5 billion people (nearly 60% of the world’s population) now using the internet. As at January 2020, the number of social media users have now exceeded 3.8 billion with the latest trends suggesting that more than half of the world’s population will use social media by the end of the year. According to a report by TNW2020, the average internet user spends at …

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Google and Twitter to clamp down on Misinformation ahead of US Election

The US presidential election is a couple of months away and all hands are on deck to ensure it is not only successful but free and fair. Search engine, Google as well as social media platform, Twitter have stated that they will be clamping down more on online misinformation ahead of the election. Flood of false claims and misleading posts are expected on messaging platforms ahead of the November polls. According to Google; it would …

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