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A surge in child trafficking misinformation pushed by QAnon conspiracy theorists is stirring public panic, generating violence and interfering with official efforts to protect minors, experts warn.
In Jordan, Sandvine Inc’s equipment was used to censor an LGBTQ website. Egypt’s government relied on Sandvine equipment to block access to independent news sites. In Azerbaijan, it was deployed for a social media blackout, current and former employees say.
The increasingly visible and vocal followers of QAnon promote a bewildering blend of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, worrying everyone from Facebook to the FBI.
Growing up, Naseem Badar heard stories from her parents, uncles and aunts of how they fled for their lives from their village in northern India amidst bloody riots during the Partition and made their way to the newly created country of Pakistan.
Internet conspiracy theories from furniture companies selling children to face masks aiding kidnappings have led to a surge in calls to human trafficking tiplines, experts said, urging people to not to spread misinformation.
The baseless conspiracy theory took off after an anonymous user posed a bizarre question in an Internet chatroom: What if retail giant Wayfair is using pricey storage cabinets to traffic children?
A Philippine court has sentenced an American to life in prison on charges of sexually exploiting Filipino children using webcams to sell videos, photos and livestreams to buyers abroad, an official said on May 27.
Sheryl Sandberg’s schedule was packed as the Facebook Inc chief operating officer arrived in Portland, Oregon, for a summer forum of state prosecutors who were meeting to talk shop and share ideas with one another.
Thailand is struggling to tackle a rise in online recruitment scams promising jobs abroad that never materialise, with many appearing on Facebook, a senior official said on May 19.
Family’s long quest to find their boy ends with tearful reunion that brings to close one of the country’s most notorious missing child cases. Mao Yin went missing in the northwestern city of Xian in 1988 but his parents never gave up their quest to find him.