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Indian court orders release of journalist arrested over social media

Indian court orders release of journalist arrested over social media

India's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the immediate release on bail of a journalist arrested at the weekend and remanded to 11 days' judicial custody over social media posts allegedly defaming a local politician.

Singapore passes 'fake news' law despite fierce criticism

Singapore passes 'fake news' law despite fierce criticism

Singapore's parliament Wednesday passed laws to combat ‘fake news’ that will allow authorities to order the removal of content despite fierce criticism from tech giants, the media and rights groups.

Sri Lanka government declares curfew, shuts down access to major social media sites

Sri Lanka government declares curfew, shuts down access to major social media sites

The Sri Lankan government declared a curfew with immediate effect, junior defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene said on Sunday, following eight explosions ...

Social media firms under scrutiny over NZ shooting footage

Social media firms under scrutiny over NZ shooting footage

Social media giants Facebook, Twitter, Google faced scrutiny over extremist content on their platforms on Friday after video footage of mass shootings in New Zealand was live streamed and widely shared online.

Nepal social media bill sparks freedom of speech concerns

Nepal social media bill sparks freedom of speech concerns

Nepal's government on Wednesday tabled draft legislation that would impose harsh penalties for "improper" social media posts, igniting concerns it could be used to suppress freedom of speech and stifle dissent.

British lawmakers: Facebook 'knowingly' violated data privacy laws

British lawmakers: Facebook 'knowingly' violated data privacy laws

British lawmakers on Monday accused Facebook of ‘intentionally and knowingly’ violating data privacy and anti-competition laws as they called for social media companies ...

UK data watchdog chief calls for more regulation of Facebook

UK data watchdog chief calls for more regulation of Facebook

The head of Britain's data watchdog said on Tuesday Facebook must significantly change how it does business and called for the social media giant to be subject to stricter regulation.

Facebook 'better prepared' for election meddling: Zuckerberg

Facebook 'better prepared' for election meddling: Zuckerberg

Facebook is better prepared to defend against efforts to manipulate the platform to influence elections and has recently thwarted foreign influence campaigns targeting several countries, Mark Zuckerberg said.

Bear spreads chaos in heart of Canadian capital

Bear spreads chaos in heart of Canadian capital

The black bear was first sighted by bypassers overnight near the city's Byward Market, a tourist spot that is also home to the US embassy.

Two arrested for online remarks about Didi victim

Two arrested for online remarks about Didi victim

Police have detained two men accused by Chinese social media users of making offensive remarks about a 20-year-old passenger who was killed by her Didi Chuxing ride-hailing driver last week.

Trump accuses social media firms of 'silencing millions'

Trump accuses social media firms of 'silencing millions'

Trump also criticised social media outlets last week, saying that unidentified companies were "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices."

Micro-businesses seen as drivers of Qatar's economy

Micro-businesses seen as drivers of Qatar's economy

Most home-based businesses in Qatar thrive in “virtual stores,” utlising social media apps such as Instagram and Facebook to market and sell their products.