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Facebook can be ordered to remove posts worldwide

Facebook can be ordered to remove posts worldwide

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Facebook and similar apps and websites can be ordered to take down illegal posts worldwide after a landmark ruling from the EU's highest court. Platforms may also have to seek out similar examples of the illegal content and remove them, instead of waiting for each to be reported. One expert said it was a significant ruling with global implications. Facebook said the judgement raised "critical questions around freedom of expression". What was the case about? The case stemmed from an insulting comment posted on Facebook about Austrian politician Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, which the country's courts said damaged her reputation. Under EU law, Facebook and other platforms are not held responsible for illegal content posted by users, until they have been made aware of it - at w...
Iranian hackers targeted US 2020 campaign, says Microsoft

Iranian hackers targeted US 2020 campaign, says Microsoft

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Hackers that appear to be linked to Iran's government have targeted the 2020 US presidential election, according to tech company Microsoft. The group attacked more than 200 email accounts, some of which belonged to people associated with "a US presidential campaign", it said. The target was President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, sources told Reuters news agency. Iran has not yet publicly commented on the allegations. A spokesman for the Trump campaign said it had no indication it had been targeted. What did Microsoft announce? "Today we're sharing that we've recently seen significant cyber activity by a threat group we call Phosphorus, which we believe originates from Iran and is linked to the Iranian government," a Microsoft statement reads. Phosphorus, i
Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

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UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and counterparts in the US and Australia have sent an open letter to Facebook calling on it to rethink its plans to encrypt all messages on its platforms. The policy threatens "lives and the safety of our children", they said. They said it could hamper international efforts to grant law enforcers faster access to private messages on social media, as agreed between the UK and US. Facebook said "people have the right to have a private conversation online." The head of Facebook-owned WhatsApp Will Cathcart had previously posted on Hacker News: "End-to-end encryption protects that right for over a billion people every day." Facebook said it is "consulting closely with child safety experts, governments and technology companies and devoting new teams