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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook boss urges tighter regulation

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook boss urges tighter regulation

Business
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has called for more regulation of harmful online content, saying it was not for companies like his to decide what counts as legitimate free speech.Citing China, Mr Zuckerberg also warned excessive control risked stifling individual expression. He was speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany. Social media giants like Facebook are under increasing pressure to stop the spread of false information.Facebook in particular has been criticised for its policy on political advertising. The company launched new policies for political advertising in the US in 2018 and globally the following year. These rules require political ads to display who had paid for them, and a copy of the ad is kept in a pu...
WHO urges ‘extreme caution’ over coronavirus slowdown

WHO urges ‘extreme caution’ over coronavirus slowdown

World
An apparent slowdown in the spread of the coronavirus epidemic should be treated with "extreme caution", according to the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO)."This outbreak could still go in any direction," the WHO's director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said. Earlier, China reported its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeks. Image: Medical staff collect samples from Chinese paramilitary police officers The country's national health commission said 2,015 new cases were counted on Tuesday, the second straight daily decline and down from nearly 3,900 a week ago.There have now been more than 45,000 cases worldwide of the disease, now named COVID-19, which has killed more than 1,100 people in China. ...
NSPCC urges Facebook to stop encryption plans

NSPCC urges Facebook to stop encryption plans

Technology
Child-protection organisations say Facebook's decision to strongly encrypt messages will give offenders a place to hide. The company is moving ahead with plans to implement the measure on Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct. But more than 100 organisations, led by the NSPCC, have signed an open letter warning the plans will undermine efforts to catch abusers. Home Secretary Priti Patel said she "fully supported" the move.In a statement to the BBC, she said: "Tech companies like Facebook have a vital responsibility to balance privacy with the safety of vulnerable children.""Following my letter to Mark Zuckerberg, I met with Sheryl Sandberg and emphasised that Facebook's encryption plans cannot be allowed to hamper their ability to protect young people ...
US urges UK to reverse Huawei decision – but EU has more bad news for Trump

US urges UK to reverse Huawei decision – but EU has more bad news for Trump

Technology
The US secretary of state has said that US information should only pass through trusted networks.Mr Pompeo, who is due to meet the UK's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday, said there was "a chance for the United Kingdom to relook at this [decision] as implementation moves forward". "We will make sure that when American information passes across a network we are confident that that network is a trusted one, " he added. Explained: Why 5G...