UK unveils draft Online Safety Bill aimed at imposing sense of responsibility on social media companies

On Wednesday, in a significant development Britain said, it plans on unveil a new law which will fine social media companies up to 10% of their global turnover of 18 million pounds ($25 million), if they fail to remove online abuses such as racist hate crimes; the law will also see senior managers face criminal…

Russia lodges lawsuit against 5 social media platforms for not deleting violent protest posts

In a significant development that spells fresh bout of legal trouble for social media companies, Russian authorities are suing have launched a complaint against five social media platforms for allegedly failing to delete posts urging children to take part in illegal protests. Russian authorities have filed cases against Facebook, Twitter, Google, Telegram and Tiktok for…

PayPal Holdings blocks Christian crowdfunding site linked to alleged Trump supporter

In a statement PayPal Holdings Inc said it has blocked GiveSendGo, a Christian crowdfunding site which helped raise funds for people who attended last week’s event in Washington after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, visited en mass at the Capitol. PayPal confirmed that it has closed an account held by Ali Alexander, one of…

Non-compliance to British laws will attract fines on social media companies

Social media companies operating in Britain, including Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok could face fines up to 10% of their respective turnover if they fail to remove and limit the spread of illegal content under laws proposed by Britain on Tuesday. In a statement the British government said, social media platforms will need to do more…

Reddit acquires short video platform Dubsmash in cash & stock deal

In a statement social network firm Reddit said, it would acquire TikTok rival short-video platform Dubsmash. Although Reddit did not disclose the financial terms of the deal its spokeswoman said the acquisition was based on a combination of cash and stock. TikTok’s proliferance has led many social media companies to add short-video services to their…

Twitter and Facebook dismantle global disinformation networks spreading misleading, false information

In a statement, Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc said, they had taken down more than dozen disinformation networks used by state-backed groups and political entities in multiple countries to deceive users on their platforms. As part of that effort, they had identified and suspended more than 3,500 accounts between them, which used fake identities and…