Social media

    • New face of diplomacy in a digital world

      New face of diplomacy in a digital world

      The use of social media in politics becomes a major player in building consensus. The new technologies have deeply affected the working methods of diplomats and their communication style, says H.E. Stefano Baldi, Ambassador of Italy in Bulgaria, in an interview to Europost.

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    • Facebook reboots its role with media with a 'news tab'

      Facebook reboots its role with media with a 'news tab'

      Facebook began rolling out its dedicated "news tab" with professionally produced content - the latest move by the social network to promote journalism and shed its reputation as a platform for misinformation. The tab, being tested with some US users, will be separate from a user's normal feed and include articles from partner news organisations - making a clear distinction between journalism and stories shared by users from a wide range of sources to combat fake news.

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    • Tech giants expand their anti-terror coalition

      Tech giants expand their anti-terror coalition

      Social media companies led by Facebook said Monday they were ramping up an industry body that aims to weed out extremist content, seeking to put procedures in place globally on how to handle crises. Facebook announced the additional efforts at the United Nations during a meeting with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has taken up the cause of fighting online extremism after a March massacre by a white supremacist at two mosques in Christchurch.

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    • Austria to reduce anonymity online

      Austria to reduce anonymity online

      Austria's government has introduced a draft law that would require internet users to provide their real name and address to larger sites before commenting, in a move that is part of global efforts to reduce anonymity online and curb hate speech. As Engadget states, the users would still be able to use a nickname in public, but authorities would now have an easy way to find internet trolls that they believe are harassing users or otherwise violating the law.

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    • UK steps up global crackdown on social media

      UK steps up global crackdown on social media

      Britain unveiled plans on Monday to vastly increase government oversight of social media companies, with a first of its kind watchdog that could fine executives or even ban companies if they fail to block content such as terrorist propaganda or images of child abuse. The British plans would create a statutory “duty of care” for social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to protect people who use their sites.

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    • German president warns against rising polarisation

      German president warns against rising polarisation

      The President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier has raised concerns about growing political and social polarisation, urging people both in Germany and beyond to get out of their "self-made bubbles where everyone always agrees one hundred percent" and address tensions by engaging with each other. Even if others espouse different views and it leads to arguments since that's an essential part of democracy.

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    • Tumblr removed from App Store over child pornography

      Tumblr removed from App Store over child pornography

      When Tumblr for iOS inexplicably vanished from the App Store a few days back, neither the social network nor Apple issued a detailed explanation for it. However, after Download.com approached Tumblr with sources, claiming that the reason was related to the detection of child pornography on the service, the Yahoo-owned social media network issued a statement confirming the cause of the app's disappearance.

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    • Commission warns of fake news, meddling in 2019 European elections

      Commission warns of fake news, meddling in 2019 European elections

      The European elections are vulnerable to “fake news” and cyberattacks, and Member States should take the threat of election meddling seriously, Security Union Commissioner Sir Julian King has warned. “All Member States must take seriously the threats to the democratic process and institutions, and should have national plans to prevent them,” he told German Funke media group.

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