Facebook ‘remembers’ nude images to combat revenge porn

Facebook ‘remembers’ nude images to combat revenge porn

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Revenge porn has affected up to one in five Australian women, according to one study Facebook is testing a system that allows users to message themselves their nude photos in an effort to combat so-called revenge porn. It will store a “fingerprint” of images to prevent any copies of […]

Google promoted Texas gunman fake tweets

Google promoted Texas gunman fake tweets

Google says it is “not happy” that its search results displayed false information about Texas gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, who killed 26 people. The search engine displayed a carousel of posts “popular on Twitter” that contained false stories that Kelley was a Muslim and a left-wing extremist. Google’s Danny Sullivan said the tweets were promoted […]

Twitter to expand 280-character tweets

Twitter to expand 280-character tweets

Image copyright Reuters Twitter plans to increase the number of characters in tweets from 140 to 280 for the majority of users. The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can convey more information in a single character. The move follows a trial among a small group of […]

Facebook’s fake news experiment backfires

Facebook’s fake news experiment backfires

Image copyright Facebook Image caption A variety of stories, from some questioning the monarchy to others about the Great British Bake Off, promoted comments questioning their truthfulness A Facebook test that promoted comments containing the word fake to the top of news feeds has been criticised by users. The trial, which Facebook says has now […]

eBay removes ‘Hawaiian sand’ listings

eBay removes ‘Hawaiian sand’ listings

Image copyright Getty Images EBay has removed items listed for sale on its website that claimed to contain small amounts of Hawaiian sand. The sand, from various parts of Hawaii, ranged in price from $3.50 (£2.60) to $35, the Hawaii-Tribune Herald said. It is illegal to remove sand, coral, rocks or soil from the shoreline, […]

IBM pitches blockchain for cannabis sale

IBM pitches blockchain for cannabis sale

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Could blockchain help with Canada’s legalisation of marijuana? Blockchain technology could provide a secure way to track the legal sale of cannabis in Canada, IBM has said. The British Columbia government has begun a public consultation on the legalisation of marijuana, which could take effect in July. Blockchain is […]

Mobile phone tracking data ‘could replace census questions’

Mobile phone tracking data ‘could replace census questions’

Image copyright PA Thousands of people have had their movements tracked by the Office for National Statistics to see if they can find out where they live and work. The ONS is trying to build up a picture of people’s daily commute – something it normally asks about in the census. Mobile phones create a […]

Fake WhatsApp app downloaded more than one million times

Fake WhatsApp app downloaded more than one million times

Image copyright AFP Image caption The real WhatsApp messenger has been downloaded more than a billion times from the Play Store A fake version of the WhatsApp messenger app was downloaded more than a million times from the Google Play Store before it was removed. The app, “Update WhatsApp Messenger”, appeared to have been developed […]

iPhone users fume over letter ‘i’ bug

iPhone users fume over letter ‘i’ bug

Image copyright AFP Image caption The latest model of the iPhone was released this weekend Some iPhone users have been left frustrated after an update to the iOS operating system started inexplicably auto-correcting the letter “i” to a capital “a” and a question mark. The affected version of iOS, 11.1, is available on iPhones and […]

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