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Once a leader, Xiami saw its monthly active users (MAUs) fall to 22.4 million by October 2020, a tiny fraction of the 450 million for Tencent’s three music apps. Founder Wang Hao’s laid back style was reflected in Xiami’s philosophy of focusing on the music first but it may have also contributed to the decline.
Online supporters of US President Donald Trump are scattering to smaller social media platforms, fleeing what they say is unfair treatment by Facebook, Twitter and other big tech firms looking to squelch misinformation and threats of violence.
Personal Information Protection Law will allow use of sensitive information only for specific purposes and when ‘sufficiently necessary’, legislative body says. Draft text released for public consultation suggests sensitive information will include ethnicity, religion, facial biometrics and medical health.
Silicon Valley is seeing departures of some of its high-profile stars as a pandemic-linked shift to remote work and political polarisation have dulled the allure of the key tech industry hub.
Constant vigilance: the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission urged social media users to report fake social media to help stem the spread of fake news.
Social media and smartphones briefly gave youthful Arab Spring protesters a technological edge that helped topple ageing dictatorships a decade ago as their revolutionary spirit went viral.
Surveillance in China: artist who hides from security cameras in Beijing wants to highlight invasions of privacy
For his latest project, artist Deng Yufeng led a group down a Beijing street with the aim of not getting seen on any of its 90-odd surveillance cameras. China is home to 18 of the world’s 20 most monitored cities and over half the surveillance cameras in use globally, according to a study by one tech website.
The chief executive officers of Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc fielded the latest round of complaints from US senators who remain divided on how to regulate the companies heading into 2021.
Experts say deepfakes have the potential to disrupt financial markets and aid fraud, but there remain few real-world examples so far. People in China are growing increasingly concerned about deepfakes and biometric data leaks as the use of facial recognition grows.
In the quarter of a century since Sony launched the groundbreaking PlayStation, video games have exploded into the biggest form of entertainment in the world, and analysts say the growing diversity of billions of players is reshaping the industry.