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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Google’s Russian Subsidiary to File Bankruptcy

Google’s Russian subsidiary will file for bankruptcy amid the Russian government’s seizure of the company’s assets. Google said the seizure has been “untenable,” leading its Russian office to a difficult position. “The Russian authorities’ seizure of Google Russia’s bank account …

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Thousands Support Campaign to Free British Geologist Facing Death Penalty in Iraq

A 95-thousand strong campaign has been launched seeking to free a retired British geologist at risk of facing the death penalty in Iraq after being accused of smuggling. A petition seeking to release 66-year-old Jim Fitton, a father of two, …

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Donald Trump Appeals Civil Contempt Order and $10,000 Daily Fine

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Former President Donald Trump filed to appeal the civil contempt order imposing a $10,000 daily fine for failing to comply with a subpoena, according to court documents filed on April 27. The fine went into effect on April 26 after …

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Russia To Fine Wikipedia Over Information On Ukraine War

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Russian media censorship agency will impose an administrative liability up to 4 million rubles or about $49,000 to Wikipedia for not taking down “inaccurate” information about the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine. The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information …

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Chinese Government Punishes Officials as COVID-19 Cases Mount

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The Chinese government has sanctioned more than 70 of its officials since last month over the latest COVID-19 outbreak across the country. A total of 74 officials were said to have been reprimanded because of failure in quick response to …

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China Fines 7-Eleven for Calling Taiwan a Country

China has fined and issued a warning to 7-Eleven’s China-based convenience stores for its website naming Taiwan a country and displaying maps with allegedly erroneous borders. The Beijing municipal authority fined the company about 150,000 yuan ($23,500) for “errors” including …

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U.S. Tourists Fined €800 for Sneaking into Colosseum to Drink Beer

Police in Rome, Italy fined two American tourists who broke into the Colosseum earlier this week to drink beer. A spokesperson for Rome’s carabinieri police force told CNN that two young American men were spotted on the second level of …

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