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UN draft text on digital rights ducks call for spyware moratorium

UN member states are set to sidestep a call for a moratorium on commercial spyware, deciding instead to commission a study of how digital technology affects human rights, according to a draft UN human rights resolution seen by Reuters.

Pull ‘inhuman’ women monitoring app, runaway Saudi sisters tell tech giants

Two runaway Saudi sisters on April 24 urged Apple and Google to pull an “inhuman” app allowing men to monitor and control female relatives’ travel as it helped trap girls in abusive families.

Australia could jail social media execs for showing violence

Australia’s Parliament has passed legislation that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream real violence such as the New Zealand mosque shootings.

Tech firms face fines, jail over violent content under new Australian laws

Australia will fine social media and web hosting companies up to 10% of their annual global turnover and imprison executives for up to three years if violent content is not removed "expeditiously" under a new law.

WhatsApp rolling out feature that stops scammers from adding you to groups

Popular messaging platform WhatsApp is rolling out a new update that will allow users to block others from adding them into groups automatically.

Australia to crack down on livestreaming of violent crimes

Australia will legislate “tough” new laws to prevent social media platforms from being “weaponised” by terrorists and extremists who may use them to livestream violent crimes, such as the Christchurch terror attack.

Some Facebook content reviewers in India complain of low pay, high pressure

On a busy day, contract employees in India monitoring nudity and pornography on Facebook and Instagram will each view 2,000 posts in an eight-hour shift, or almost four a minute.