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Anti-refugee posts prompt Facebook to launch hate speech taskforce


Hate speech is illegal in Germany, which has criticized Facebook for sluggish takedowns of anti-refugee posts vs. fast takedowns of nudity.

Dad sues Facebook after 11-year-old shared photos and messages with men


The father of a young girl has sued Facebook for failing to enforce its age restriction policy after claiming his daughter was exposed to sexual predators when she signed up for an account at age 11.

Has Twitter traced escaped Mexican drug baron 'El Chapo' to Costa Rica?

Phone with location. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Is Joaquín Guzmán, aka 'El Chapo', really in Costa Rica? His son's Twitter seems to say so, but should we take that at face value?

Uber hires the guys who hacked a Jeep to develop safer driverless cars


Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, security researchers who caused huge headaches for Fiat Chrysler when they showed the world how to remotely hack a Jeep, have hacked their way into new jobs with Uber.

Google Chrome will block Flash from tomorrow...well, sort of

Adobe's Flash will face a double setback on 1 September 2015, when both Amazon and Google shift into "HTML5 is way better for ads" mode.

Facebook set to clamp down on video piracy


Videos on Facebook largely belong to other people but that's set to change as the company develops new tools and procedures to quickly identify and remove infringing content.

Man arrested after posting Facebook videos of him tampering with traffic cameras


It involves a long pole and a couple of balls. And yes, you can take that multiple ways.

How a crook could have taken over your Facebook pages

A Facebook bug hunter just found a hole through which crooks could take over your personal Facebook pages.

Facebook fixed it PDQ...

Autoplaying video of journalists' murders gives Facebook, Twitter users pause


Social media users unwillingly witnessed video of the murders of two television journalists yesterday, due to a default feature on Facebook and Twitter that plays videos automatically. Here's how to turn "autoplay" off.

Curt Schilling suspended over tweet comparing Muslims to Nazi-era Germans


The tweet compared the percentage of Germans who were Nazis with the number of Muslims who are extremists.

Facebook spammer Sanford Wallace guilty of sending 27 million messages

Facebook message. Image courtesy of dolphin / Shutterstock.

"Spam King" Sanford Wallace admitted sending 27 million emails through 500,000 compromised Facebook accounts. Now he faces three years behind bars.

Phone feared drowned posts selfies of adventures with firefighters


Soggy though it was, and passcode-protected it was not, its Facebook posts show it played a mean game of table tennis with its new buddies.

Twitter muzzles Politwoops politician-tracking accounts


The US site was the first to go, and now 30 countries will no longer be able to track their politicians flip-flopping via deleted tweets.

Facebook threats against Pokémon World Championships lead to arrests in Boston


Two men are being held without bail after they allegedly made threats on Facebook promising violence against attendees of the Pokémon World Championships.

Amazon bans Flash ads - but not for the reason you may have hoped!

Amazon has said "No" to Flash - but the aim is to improve your experience, not your security.

Nevertheless, it's a ban on Flash.

Updated privacy policies – do you check what’s changed?

A Forbes writer decided to take a careful look at the changes in the new Spotify privacy policy.

He checked, but did you?

Hacker pleads guilty in Facebook malware and spam scheme


The cybercrook allegedly used a "Facebook Spreader" malware to infect victims via booby-trapped links in Facebook chat messages.

Jennifer Aniston's wedding dress photos are fake


A photo of the dress has fans swooning, but the label on that designer gown should be changed to read "House of Hoax."

Don't bother signing up for the giant water slide Facebook events

SLide N Fly Facebook event

The photo for the huge water slide was stolen from a US company and used on 50 event pages for UK towns and cities, none of which report knowing anything about it.