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TECH 18 Mar 2019 | 4:59 AM

Google AI struggles to keep mosque shooting clip off YouTube

YouTube has tried to keep violent and hateful videos off its service for years. The Google unit hired thousands of human moderators and put some of the best minds in artificial intelligence on the problem.

TECH 15 Mar 2019 | 11:01 AM

Social media platforms say they are taking action to remove NZ shooting content

Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter said on March 15 they would take down content involving mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques that killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 20.

TECH 31 Oct 2018 | 7:00 AM

Why is it so hard to text 911?

People can livestream their every move on Facebook and chatter endlessly in group chats. But in most parts of the US, they still can't reach 911 by texting – an especially important service during mass shootings and other catastrophes when a phone call could place someone in danger.

TECH 13 Jul 2018 | 4:24 AM

Fake news: the media industry strikes back

The viral spread of hoaxes and misinformation ahead of the US election and Brexit referendum two years ago was a wake-up call for many established news media, who have gone on the offensive to shore up their credibility and help filter out fake news.

TECH 11 May 2018 | 8:13 AM

Trove of Russian-backed Facebook ads show 2016 strategy at work

A trove of thousands of Russian-backed Facebook ads, being made public for the first time, shows that Russia’s main goal was provoking discontent in the US, leading to and continuing beyond Donald Trump’s election in 2016.

TECH 09 Mar 2018 | 7:28 AM

Videogames linked to violence, Trump tells industry

Videogames have been linked to real-world violence, US President Donald Trump told gaming industry leaders in a meeting after a school shooting last month reignited a national debate over guns.

TECH 11 Oct 2017 | 5:00 AM

US signals tougher stance with tech companies on encryption

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday sharply criticised technology companies that have built strongly encrypted products, suggesting Silicon Valley is more willing to comply with foreign government demands for data than those made by their home country.

TECH 17 Aug 2017 | 11:30 PM

PlayStation VR continues to mature as developers explore space

PlayStation VR has made headway since it launched nearly nine months ago. The games coming out are more complete experiences and less like tech demos. Sony announced in June that it sold more than 1 million PSVR units.

TECH 01 Aug 2017 | 2:30 PM

Apple doubles down on China as rivals pull ahead

Apple Inc is binding itself more closely to China as its share of the world's biggest smartphone market slips and it becomes more reliant on selling services which require government approval.

TECH 15 Jun 2017 | 8:47 AM

Facebook to add fundraising option to Safety Check

Facebook said it would soon allow its US users to raise and donate money using its Safety Check feature, to make it easier for people affected by natural disasters and violent attacks to receive help.