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TECH 18 Feb 2019 | 4:30 AM

Facebook needs independent ethical oversight: UK lawmakers

Facebook and other big tech companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news, the abuse of users' data and the bullying of smaller firms, British lawmakers said on Dec 18.

Technology 10 Aug 2018 | 11:30 AM

Programmers need ethics when designing technologies that influence people's lives

Technological professionals are the first, and last, lines of defense against the misuse of technology. Nobody else understands the systems as well, and nobody else is in a position to protect specific data elements or ensure the connections between one component and another are appropriate, safe and reliable.

TECH 31 Oct 2017 | 1:30 AM

That Facebook quiz might not be so innocent

The recent disclosures that Russians bought ads from Facebook, Google and Twitter to target US voters in 2016 have left lawmakers investigating how to prevent foreign interference in future elections.

TECH 18 Feb 2019 | 8:55 AM

Facebook ‘digital gangsters’ who spread fake news: British MPs

A scathing British parliamentary report on Feb 18 branded Facebook “digital gangsters” that knowingly violated data privacy and competition laws.

TECH 03 Apr 2019 | 6:00 AM

India election body struggles with scale of fake information

Rumours and fake images abound on social media days before Indians begin to vote in general elections, and some observers say the Election Commission should have been better prepared.

TECH 10 Apr 2019 | 10:00 PM

Facebook uses AI to protect users from misinformation during elections

On April 8, the Facebook VP of India published a blog post revealing how the company has been using AI to reduce the spread of misinformation over the past year and a half as Indians prepare for the General Election for the 17th Lok Sabha.

TECH 10 Apr 2019 | 5:45 AM

Before India’s elections, voters feed on false information

False news and hateful propaganda on digital platforms are at peak levels before India’s elections begin, and that’s posing a problem for officials trying to combat it.

TECH 27 Mar 2019 | 6:00 AM

Facebook says it’s limiting false stories for India election

Facebook is taking steps to reduce the spread of false information on its platforms ahead of India's general election, company officials said March 25.

TECH 27 Mar 2019 | 2:30 AM

Inside the cutthroat combination of plastic surgery and social media

In South Florida, an area known for its high volume of successful and botched plastic surgeries, social media has brought a whole new level of craziness to the industry.

TECH 05 Sep 2018 | 2:00 AM

From penny press to Snapchat: Parents fret through the ages

When Stephen Dennis was raising his two sons in the 1980s, he never heard the phrase “screen time,” nor did he worry much about the hours his kids spent with technology.