Twitter to Pay $150 Million Penalty for Allegedly Selling Users’ Personal Data

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Federal regulators announced on May 25 that Twitter will pay a $150 million civil penalty to settle allegations that it “deceptively collected” and sold users’ personal data. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) alleged in …

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Texas Gunman Sent Facebook Messages About Attack Minutes Before Shooting, Governor Says

The 18-year-old gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers in a Texas elementary school said on Facebook minutes before the shooting that he was going to attack. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said at a press conference on May 25 …

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D.C. Attorney General Sues Mark Zuckerberg Over Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal

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Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine sued Meta Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg on May 23 for failing to protect Facebook users’ private and personal data in connection with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The lawsuit, filed in D.C. Superior …

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Hong Kong Telegram Group Admin Imprisoned for Allegedly Inciting Violence

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Hong Kong District Court sentenced a Telegram channel administrator to six and a half years imprisonment for allegedly inciting violence and vandalism in the 2019 social unrest.  Ng Man-ho, 27, was sentenced on seven incitement charges of conspiring to incite …

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EU Proposes Scanning Encrypted Messaging

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The European Union (EU) released a legislative proposal that would allow the scanning of encrypted end-to-end messages to help combat child sexual abuse. If implemented, the legislation would require tech companies to scan through encrypted messages in various messaging platforms …

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Musk Mulls Twitter Fee for Commercial and Government Users

Multi-billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday that Twitter may start charging a “slight” fee for its commercial and government users. After Musk’s $44 Billion buy-out of Twitter, the new owner now mulls adding a charge for Twitter’s commercial and government …

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Israel Accuses Iran of Recruiting Agents via Facebook

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Israel’s internal security agency (Shin Bet) on Monday said that Iran is using a fake Facebook profile to recruit Israelis to collect information on targets in their own country. The Times of Israel reported that a young Jewish woman under …

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Egyptian TikTok Star Jailed for Three Years for ‘Human Trafficking’

An Egyptian court on April 18 sentenced TikTok star Haneen Hossam to three years in prison after a retrial convicted her of “human trafficking.” The Cairo Criminal Court also fined her 200,000 Egyptian pounds ($10,820) after she was found guilty …

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Musk Offers to Buy Twitter for $41B

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Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter for about 41 billion USD and said that the platform needs to go private to thrive and serve free speech, days after rejecting a seat on Twitter’s board. Musk offered to buy 100% …

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