Russia lifts restrictions on Telegram messenger app after it agrees to block some content

Russia has lifted restrictions on secure messaging app Telegram after its developers agreed to block some content.

Australia warned to not ignore domestic misinformation in social media crackdown

Australia's Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media has been tasked with probing the risk posed to the nation's democracy by foreign actors online.

Twitter bans 32k accounts pushing Chinese, Russian, and Turkish propaganda

Twitter said it banned and removed 32,242 accounts that were part of networks based in China, Russia, and Turkey, pushing political agendas and narratives, with links to state-sponsored entities.

Facebook to save US users from ads bought by foreign state-controlled media

It will hide ads by state-owned media outlets from US users “to provide an extra layer of protection against various types of foreign influence in the public debate" ahead of November 2020 election.

Facebook introducing in-app notifications feature in Messenger to warn about potential scammers

American social media company Facebook is introducing in-app notifications in Messenger to warn people who are about to connect with someone impersonating someone else or simply trying to scam them.

NSO Group: Israeli firm 'impersonated Facebook to spread spyware'

An investigation from news site Motherboard claims a Facebook security lookalike domain was set up to spread NSO's Pegasus hacking tool.

Twitter will flag coronavirus tweets that contradict public health officials

Tweets containing false information about COVID-19 will now include a label or warning that the message contradicts messaging from public health experts, the company said.

Russian propaganda sites spent years spreading lies on Facebook before removal

Two networks of inauthentic Facebook accounts and pages removed last month had spent years leveraging the social media company’s reach to amplify thinly-veiled Russian propaganda criticizing the U.S.

Twitter kills SMS-based tweeting in most countries

Users who were using Twitter over SMS are advised to transition to the social network's web platform or to the Twitter mobile app "to enjoy the full Twitter experience."

Facebook tests security measures by cloning itself and setting bots free

In a research paper, the authors describe a virtual social network populated by bots, which “simulate real-user interactions on the real platform infrastructure, isolated from production users.

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