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Data scientist drops Facebook defamation suit

Aleksandr Kogan, the data scientist at the centre of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, said he is dropping a defamation lawsuit against the social network rather than engage in an expensive, drawn-out legal battle.

Alarming lessons from Facebook’s push to stop fake news in India

The world’s largest election has become something of a test case in how technology giants handle fake news after years of scandal. It’s not working out so well.

Facebook joins research on social media impact on elections

Facebook announced it would make its data available to academics studying the impact of social media on elections, part of an effort to prevent manipulation of social platforms.

Britain plans social media regulation to battle harmful content

Britain proposed new online safety laws on April 8 that would slap penalties on social media companies and technology firms if they fail to protect their users from harmful content.

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.

Indian parliamentary panel asks Facebook to do more to curb fake news: sources

An Indian parliamentary panel on March 6 asked Facebook Inc to do more to tackle so-called fake news on its platforms ahead of a general election due by May, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Twitter to liaise with India's election body, boost hiring ahead of polls

Twitter Inc plans to boost hiring in India and appoint an officer to liaise with the Election Commission (EC), a senior executive said on Feb 26, responding to concerns about political misuse of social media ahead of this year's general elections.

Panel seeks more answers from Twitter as India prepares for elections

An Indian parliamentary panel gave Twitter Inc 10 days to file written answers to its questions after meeting on Monday with a senior company officer, part of India's scrutiny of social media content as it prepares for elections this year.

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.

Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes

Facebook Inc said that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months.