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Group asks Trump to unblock 41 Twitter users after court ruling

WASHINGTON: A US free speech group on Friday asked President Donald Trump to unblock 41 Twitter users after a federal judge in May ordered him to restore access to a group of individuals who filed suit. US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled on May 23 that comments on the president’s account, and those of other government officials, were public forums and that blocking Twitter users for their views violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The Knight First…

Twitter urges all users to change passwords after glitch

Twitter Inc urged its more than 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch caused some to be stored in readable text on its internal computer system rather than disguised by a process known as “hashing”. The social network disclosed the issue in a blog post and series of Tweets on Thursday afternoon, saying it had resolved the problem and an internal investigation had found no indication passwords were stolen or misused by insiders. Still, it urged all users to consider changing their passwords. “We…

This ‘suicide machine’ kills users with just press of a button

A new yet controversial suicide machine has been invented to revolutionize how we die. The pod enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button. Called the "Sarco", short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister. "The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit…

EU lawmakers to investigate alleged misuse of Facebook users’ data

BRUSSELS: EU lawmakers will investigate whether the data of more than 50 million Facebook users has been misused, the head of European Parliament said on Monday. Antonio Tajani urged the social media giant to take more responsibility, saying on Twitter that “allegations of misuse of user data is an unacceptable violation of our citizens’ privacy rights.” Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from more than 50 million users in developing techniques to support President Donald Trump’s 2016…

Facebook to notify users when photos of them are uploaded

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said on Tuesday it would begin using facial recognition technology to tell people on the social network when others upload photos of them, if they agree to let the company keep a facial template on file. The company said in a statement that it was making the feature optional to allow people to protect their privacy, but that it thought some people would want to be notified of pictures they might not otherwise know about. The feature would not immediately be available in Canada and the European…

Twitter reports progress on weeding out users advocating violence

BRUSSELS: Twitter said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for “promotion of terrorism” earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down. US and European governments have been pressuring social media companies including Twitter, Facebook and Google to fight harder against online radicalization, particularly by violent militant groups. Twitter said it had removed 299,649 accounts in the first half of this year for the “promotion of terrorism”, a 20 percent…

Digital Pakistan: Internet users can register and use websites in Urdu

ISLAMABAD: Internet users in Pakistan will now be able to register and use internet domains in Urdu as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board has passed a resolution on the Internet Registry. Minister for IT Anusha Rahman on Friday in a statement mentioned that this is an important milestone to proliferate the digitalisation in Pakistan through local content. The ministry had submitted a request in December 2016 for the internet registry in Urdu after consultation with stakeholders. Ms.…

Instagram’s user base crosses 600 million

Instagram's user base rose to more than 600 million, the Facebook owned company said on Thursday, as new features helped it gain popularity. The photo-sharing app added 100 million users since June, when it last announced its 500 million user milestone, the company said in a blog post. Since then, the company launched Instagram Stories, its picture and video slideshow feature, identical to the signature function of rival Snapchat. ALSO READ: You can now turn off and like comments on Instagram Instagram in…