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US could ban ‘addictive’ autoplay videos and infinite scrolling online

Senator says bill aims to tackle features that ‘capture attention by using psychological tricks’ WT24 Desk Autoplaying videos on YouTube, Facebook’s infinite newsfeed and Snapstreaks could be banned in the US under a proposed new bill, The Guardian reports. The Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (Smart) Act takes aim at techniques and features that, according to its author, Republican Senator Josh ...

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Gunman scorned California garlic festival on social media before mass shooting

WT24 Desk Police on Monday identified a 19-year-old California man as the gunman who opened fire with an assault rifle at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, killing three people and wounding about a dozen, Reuters reports. Santino William Legan, 19, cut through a fence at the festival on Sunday evening and shot people, seemingly at random, with an “AK-47-style” ...

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Social Media Has Normalized The Idea Of Sharing Without Consent

WT24 Desk Social media has ushered in a new era of accountability in which ordinary people are emboldened by smartphones and social media to document the world around them, from the events they witness to the lived experiences that define their lives. At the same time, ubiquitous cameras and the pursuit of viral hits has normalized the idea of sharing not only ...

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Democrats and media condemn Trump’s racist Cummings attack

Baltimore Sun: ‘Better to have some vermin than to be one’ Mulvaney insists Trump not racist, just fighting back WT24 Desk In its response to Donald Trump’s racist attack on congressman Elijah Cummings, the editorial board of the Baltimore Sun said it “would not sink to name-calling in the Trumpian manner”, The Guardian reports. But it did enumerate some of the president’s failings ...

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PM Modi-led BJP helping corrupt by diluting RTI: Rahul Gandhi

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the Bill after an acrimonious debate. WT24 Desk New Delhi: In a scathing attack, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government of helping the corrupt by diluting the Right to Information (RTI) Act through the Amendment Bill, 2019, ANI reports. “Government is diluting RTI in order to help ...

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WhatsApp to launch digital payments service in India

WT24 Desk NEW DELH – Messaging giant WhatsApp plans to launch its first payment service this year in India, its biggest market with 400 million users, the company said Friday, AFP reports. The Facebook-owned firm has tested the service with about one million people over the past year. But a commercial launch has been on hold while it waits for ...

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Russia warns British media after RT fine

WT24 Desk The Russian government has warned of consequences for British media after Britain’s communications watchdog imposed a hefty fine on Russian state news network RT, AAP reports. “British media operating in Russia must be prepared to face the consequences of the actions of official London,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. It lambasted the fine ...

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Love Islanders given social media adverts guide

WT24 Desk Love Island contestants are being given a new guide to help them follow rules on social media advertising, BBC reports. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and ITV have come up with the checklist to help contestants be “upfront” with their followers. Adverts have to be “obviously identifiable” – which is why you often see “#ad” on paid-for content. ...

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New top cop may drop media prosecutions

WT24 Desk The incoming federal police boss is open to dropping prosecutions of journalists caught up in raids over leaks of national security information, AAP reports. The ABC’s Sydney headquarters and the Canberra home of Annika Smethurst, national politics editor for News Corp’s Sunday papers, were raided in June over leaked documents. Outgoing Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin has ...

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Facebook-like social media app launched in Vietnam

Inspired by Facebook, Gapo lets users create personal profiles and share posts to a feed. Gapo has received $21.55 million funding from tech company G-Group. WT24 Desk A Facebook-style social network was launched in Vietnam on Tuesday, following calls by the Communist-ruled government for domestic tech companies to create alternatives to US tech giants Facebook and Google, Reuters reports. Gapo, ...

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