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Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp Banned Again in Sri Lanka After Violence Against Muslims

It’s part of a worrisome trend of governments blocking citizens' internet access
Tim Marcin
5.13.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Can Singapore’s New Law Against Fake News Affect Free Speech?

Activists say the law grants the government sweeping powers and could lead to censorship.
Shamani Joshi
5.13.19
misinformation

WhatsApp Launches a Tip Line for Misinformation in India Ahead of Elections

WhatsApp has been struggling to address misinformation and rumors on its app without compromising security. “Checkpoint Tipline” gives users in India an opt-in option to submit rumors for fact-checking.
Caroline Haskins
4.2.19
Hacking

You Can Now Get $1 Million For Hacking WhatsApp and iMessage

Companies that buy and sell exploits, or zero-days, are now willing to offer seven figures for hacks that allow spies and cops to steal WhatsApp, iMessage and other chat app messages.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.7.19
hate speech

India Pressured WhatsApp to Address Mob Violence—By Hiring Someone 8,000 Miles Away

More than two dozen people have been killed in 17 separate incidents since May as viral fake videos spread unchecked on the network, stirring up racial and religious tensions.
David Gilbert
9.24.18
Facebook

Facebook hired outside group to investigate its role in spreading hate speech in Myanmar

Facebook and WhatsApp have been accused by the U.N. of spreading hate speech that led to ethnic violence against the Rohingya minority.
David Gilbert
8.15.18
INDIA

India Is Threatening to Sue WhatsApp Over Mob Lynchings Linked to Fake News

“Rampant circulation of irresponsible messages in large volumes on WhatsApp’s platform has not been addressed adequately."
David Gilbert
7.22.18
INDIA

India’s Fake News Epidemic Is Killing People, and Modi’s Government Has No Plan to Stop it

“The bigger responsibility lies not with social media companies but with the state that is facilitating this environment of hate and impunity.”
David Gilbert
Zeenat Saberin
7.18.18
Stuff

Here’s Everyone You’re Currently Locked in a WhatsApp Group Chat With

One thousand people, all saying "LOL" at once.
Joel Golby
9.23.16
News

Indonesia Has Declared War on 'Gay Friendly' Emojis

It's only one aspect of the country's entrenched homophobia.
Erin Cook
2.16.16
Stuff

I Spent a Week Undercover in a Pro-Anorexia WhatsApp Group

The skeletal girls in it bowed before a mysterious leader known as "the goddess of emaciation."
Nadja Brenneisen
7.8.15
tech

It's Not Your Fault that Your Parents Don't 'Get' the Internet

I don't know what it is exactly, but sentences like "I think my Wi-Five is broken" make my blood boil.
Franz Lichtenegger
6.17.15
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