Donald Trump meets Twitter’s Jack Dorsey at White House

Donald Trump meets Twitter’s Jack Dorsey at White House

Image copyright AFP/Getty/EPA Image caption Mr Trump said he and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had a “great meeting” US President Donald Trump has met Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey at the White House to discuss social media. In a statement, Twitter said the pair spoke about “protecting the health of the public conversation” ahead of the […]

Netherlands ‘hosts most child sex abuse images’

Netherlands ‘hosts most child sex abuse images’

Image copyright Getty Images Almost half of the child sexual abuse images reported to the Internet Watch Foundation last year were hosted in the Netherlands, the organisation says. It confirmed more than 105,000 web addresses were connected to illegal images in 2018, with 47% of the content hosted in the Netherlands. It warned that the […]

Jacinda Ardern leads effort to curb online extremism

Jacinda Ardern leads effort to curb online extremism

Image copyright Getty Images New Zealand and France will lead efforts to stop the use of social media to organise and promote terrorism in the wake of the Christchurch attacks. A gunman killed 50 people in an attack on two mosques in March, while live-streaming the massacre on Facebook. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she […]

Election interference is ‘online harm’, MPs hear

Election interference is ‘online harm’, MPs hear

Image copyright Parliament TV Image caption The information commissioner was answering MPs questions about political ads on Facebook Adverts using disinformation to influence elections is a “significant online harm” needing urgent action from the government, MPs have been told. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham spoke to a parliamentary committee looking at disinformation. She said that she […]

Sri Lanka attacks: The ban on social media

Sri Lanka attacks: The ban on social media

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Offline security was also tight in the wake of the bombs at churches and hotels Shortly after the bombings in Sri Lanka, and the spread of inaccurate stories began, the government took the drastic decision to block social media. To stop the spread of “false news reports”, Facebook, Facebook-owned […]

Apple AI accused of leading to man’s wrongful arrest

Apple AI accused of leading to man’s wrongful arrest

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Bah claims Apple’s facial recognition technology has mistakenly identified him as a thief A student is suing Apple Inc for $1bn (£0.77bn), claiming that its in-store AI led to his mistaken arrest. Ousmane Bah, 18, said he was accused of stealing from Apple Stores in four US states, and […]

Tesla’s Elon Musk expects ‘robotaxis’ to start in US next year

Tesla’s Elon Musk expects ‘robotaxis’ to start in US next year

Image copyright Getty Images Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric car company Tesla, has said he expects the firm to have self-driving “robotaxis” on the road by 2020. The entrepreneur made the pledge as he announced an improved microchip for its driverless vehicles. Mr Musk told investors he expected regulators to approve ride-hailing in […]

Twitter sees more users and rising revenues

Twitter sees more users and rising revenues

Image copyright TED Image caption Twitter founder Jack Dorsey answered questions at TED on problems with his platform at last week’s Vancouver conference Twitter has reported rising numbers of users and higher revenues, days after its chief executive promised to consider changes to the platform. The company’s revenue rose to $787m (£605m) in the first […]

Samsung Galaxy Fold: Broken screens delay launch

Samsung Galaxy Fold: Broken screens delay launch

Image caption The Samsung Galaxy Fold was supposed to be released on 26 April Samsung has postponed the release of its folding smartphone, days after several early reviewers said the screens on their devices had broken. The company said it had delayed the launch of the Galaxy Fold to “fully evaluate the feedback and run […]

TED 2019: How to kill a zombie rumour and fix Facebook

TED 2019: How to kill a zombie rumour and fix Facebook

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Zombie rumours – false stories that refuse to die – are proliferating online From so-called zombie rumours – viral online stories that refuse to die – to the difference between misinformation and fake news, much of the talk at TED 2019 has been about the need to improve online […]