Australian MP targeted by conspiracy posts calls for Facebook to be treated as publisher | Technology- Tempemail

The Nationals MP Anne Webster is lobbying senior ministers to bring forward legislation that would force Facebook and other platforms to assume editorial responsibility for the content they publish, in an effort to combat proliferating misinformation. Webster launched defamation proceedings against Australian conspiracy theorist Karen Brewer over a series of Continue Reading

Samuel Paty: French security services failed to act over incendiary social media campaign | World news- Tempemail

French security services failed to appreciate the gravity of the defamatory campaign on social media against the teacher Samuel Paty before his murder, an inspectors’ report has found. Despite the school’s headteacher reporting concerns about increasingly incendiary posts targeting the history and geography teacher on Facebook and Twitter, intelligence officials Continue Reading

Snapchat to give users share of $1m a day for most entertaining clips | Technology- Tempemail

The promise of viral fame has always been a lure for online content creators, but Snapchat hopes it has found a more immediate way of encouraging people to post pictures and videos: a share of a daily $1m (£747,000) prize. The messaging app is to begin paying its users for Continue Reading

Facebook condemned for hosting neo-Nazi network with UK links | Technology- Tempemail

A white supremacist network with more than 80,000 followers and links to the UK far right, including a student charged with terrorist offences, is being hosted by Facebook and Instagram, putting the world’s largest social media company under fresh pressure to tackle extremism. The network, which includes more than 40 Continue Reading

If you think Biden’s administration would rein in big tech, think again | John Naughton | Opinion- Tempemail

Before the US presidential election I wondered aloud if Mark Zuckerberg had concluded that the re-election of Trump might be better for Facebook than a Biden victory. There were several reasons for thinking this. One was the strange way Zuckerberg appeared to be sucking up to Trump: at least one Continue Reading

Warning to ‘Instagram hikers’ after rescues at UK site of plane wreck | UK news- Tempemail

Ill-prepared “Instagram hikers” have been warned against heading into the Peak District hills to take photos by the eerie wreckage of a plane after mountain rescue volunteers were called out twice in one day to assist them. The crash site at Higher Shelf Stones, on moorland between Manchester and Sheffield, Continue Reading

Benjamin Law: the 10 funniest things I have ever seen (on the internet) | Culture- Tempemail

First up, I need to come clean: unlike all the fine people who’ve contributed to this series so far, I’m not technically a comedian. Also, I acknowledge that constantly being mistaken for one represents a stain on the Australian comedy industry and I apologise for that – I’m always learning, Continue Reading

Map of the soul: how BTS rewrote the western pop rulebook | Music- Tempemail

BTS’s leader RM looks up from under a black baseball cap, then stares back down at his hands. “Doing the promotional interviews, [I kept saying], ‘Music truly transcends every barrier.’ But even while I was saying it I questioned myself if I indeed believe it.” It’s late September, and the Continue Reading

Facebook and Twitter CEOs face Senate hearing over handling of 2020 US election – video | US news- Tempemail

The chief executive officers of Twitter and Facebook appear before a US Senate hearing to testify about allegations of anti-conservative bias and their handling of the 2020 election. Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg  face questioning for the second time in as many months, with Republican lawmakers alleging – without evidence Continue Reading

Twitter hires veteran hacker Mudge as head of security | Technology

Twitter has appointed one of the world’s most respected hackers as its new head of security in the wake of a humiliating mass attack in July. The company has placed Peiter Zatko in charge of protecting its platform from threats of all varieties, poaching him from the payments startup Stripe. Continue Reading