Threat researchers from the San Francisco-based security firm Lookout say they have discovered four Android surveillance tools that have been used to target the ethnic Uighur population in China for many years.
The speed at which two crucial pieces of technology-related legislation have passed through Parliament has alarmed the Australian Information Industry Association which has called for more consultation between government and industry.
New laws that target social media platforms which allow live streaming and broadcast of violent crimes has been passed by the Australian Parliament.
Singapore has proposed a law to police social media, with those who spread lies online that harm the public interest to be jailed for 10 years, while companies that host the falsehoods would be fined up to S$1 million (A$1.03 million).
Social media giant Facebook has announced that it will ban pages that praise, support or represent white nationalism and separatism both on its own site and Instagram, with the ban set to be enforced from next week.
The Federal Government will fine social media and online platforms operating in the country $10 million for serious breaches of the Privacy Act, or thrice the value of any benefit derived from the breach.
Facebook is not removing neo-Nazi groups from the site because they do not violate its "community standards", an investigation by a British newspaper has found.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority says it is investigating whether broadcasters breached the rules by some of the material they put to air about the massacre of Muslims in New Zealand on Friday.
When anything bad happens, politicians always look for the first convenient scapegoat. And in the case of the massacre of Muslims in New Zealand, they have their bete noire right in front of them: social media.
Developers at Google discussed technical means to counter the Trump administration January 2017 travel bans, but the company denied that any of the plans were implemented.
An employee of Mozilla based in Sweden has been denied entry to the US to attend a meeting called by the foundation which is known for its Firefox browser and other open-source software.
Citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, who were subject to US travel bans last month, may have to provide their social media passwords if they wish to enter the US.
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