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Facebook is not listening to the fake news furore | John Naughton

Mark Zuckerberg’s absence from Capitol Hill to face questioning about the firm’s role in the spread of bogus election ads spoke volumes about his priorities<p>One of the most instructive sights of the week was that of representatives of Twitter, Google and Facebook getting a grilling from a US Senate …

Social Media

Egypt government could introduce 'the worst laws against LGBTIQ people in the world'

The unfurling of a rainbow flag at a concert has sparked a harsh anti-LGBT crackdown.<p>Experts fear the government will pass a law prohibiting …

Google Assistant can now catch the Singaporean English accent, and speak some Singlish

Outrage at video of Afghan colonel sexually exploiting woman

Graphic video apparently shows official having sexual intercourse with a woman reported to have been pressured for sex after asking for a promotion<p>A video of an Afghan government official appearing to sexually exploit a female employee has sent shockwaves through Afghanistan where sexual harassment …

Sexual Harassment

Huge private sector investment puts Paris climate target in reach, says report

Global investment could hold the key to fighting climate change, with one trillion dollars already invested in solutions such as renewables and energy efficiency, says International Finance Corporation<p>At least one trillion dollars are being invested globally in ways to reduce the threat of climate …

Climate

Singapore advertising rules to come for social media marketing and bloggers

SINGAPORE - There are currently no rules in Singapore for advertising online or on social media tools, such as blogs.<p>Now, the Advertising Standards …

Singapore Unveils Plan to Create 4,000 Finance Sector Jobs

Singapore wants to bolster its status as a wealth management and foreign-exchange center as part of plans to create more financial-sector jobs and …

U.S. tech firms must do more to combat extremism, says the World Economic Forum

(<i>Reuters</i>) — U.S. tech firms such as Facebook and Twitter should be more aggressive in tackling extremism and political misinformation if they want to avoid government action, a report from the World Economic Forum said on Monday.<p>The study from the Swiss nonprofit organization adds to a chorus of …

Facebook denies eavesdropping on your conversations to target ads

There’s been talk for at least a couple of years about whether Facebook ‘listens’ to your conversations and anything you say out loud through your phone to learn what you’re interested in and then bring relevant ads to your feed. While it seems all too plausible at this point, the company denied …

Cat Food

Blogger who was called ‘disgusting’ for body-positive post is killing her haters with kindness

The internet is a weird place.<p>In real life, you say something nice and you generally get a nice response in return.<p>Online, you can share something …

Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums as reform push intensifies

Announcement that sporting events will be open to women for first time comes a month after historic decision to allow women to drive<p>Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move opening up three previously male-only …

French police ‘use beatings, tear gas and confiscation’ against Calais refugees

Report from the Refugee Rights Data Project finds child refugees harassed and intimidated by police as well as local citizens<p>Police violence towards refugees in Calais has intensified to “excessive and life-threatening” levels, according to a new report, and the overall situation for unaccompanied …

Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed

It’s often said that of all the published scientific research on climate change, 97% of the papers conclude that global warming is real, problematic for the planet, and has been exacerbated by human activity.<p>But what about those 3% of papers that reach contrary conclusions? Some skeptics have …

Climate Change

Climate deniers want to protect the status quo that made them rich

Sceptics prefer to reject regulations to combat global warming and remain indifferent to the havoc it will wreak on future generations<p>From my vantage point outside the glass doors, the sea of grey hair and balding pates had the appearance of a golf society event or an active retirement group. …

Climate

The world is abandoning coal-fired electricity at an astonishing pace

Coal is the dirtiest of fossil fuels—it produces per kilogram the least amount of energy and the greatest amount of pollution—and the world is quickly abandoning it.<p>According to findings published by the NGOs Greenpeace and CoalSwarm on Wednesday (Oct. 18), countries are using coal less and less to …

Fossil Fuels

Twitter bans Russia Today and Sputnik from advertising on its service

Twitter has banned Russian media companies Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik from advertising on its service after it found that both had “attempted to interfere with the [2016 U.S.] election on behalf of the Russian government” using the social network.<p>“This decision was based on the retrospective …

Social Media

Private home prices up 0.7% in Q3, first rise in nearly 4 years: URA

SINGAPORE: Signalling the upturn of the property market, private home prices in Singapore went up 0.7 per cent in the third quarter, rising for the …

Battle for Marawi won, but the war continues

October 26, 2017 5:00 AM<br>The months-long siege of Marawi is effectively over. In recent weeks, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) managed to …

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list

• Official: ‘some language in the book makes people uncomfortable’<br>• Story of racism in the US south has been removed from schools before<p>To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic novel about racism and the American south, has been removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school …

Clean energy investments worth $500m over 5 years set to create 400 jobs

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Economic Development Board has secured six clean energy investments worth $500 million over the next five years.<p>The …

Thousands of ISIS returnees, including their children, continue to pose terror threat

JAKARTA - More than 40,000 foreigners from about 110 countries had left home to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since it declared its …

Preventing jaywalking among elderly pedestrians may need change in strategy: Experts

SINGAPORE: Along North Bridge Road, Milian Lee and her elderly mother were a rare sight earlier this week. They were using an overhead bridge while …

Urban Design

MAS keeps Singdollar policy unchanged even as economic growth surges to 3-year high

SINGAPORE - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is keeping its Singdollar policy unchanged, it said on Friday (Oct 13).<p>This came as the …

Schools hold key to improve needy students' reading skills

October 17, 2017 5:00 AM<br>Although Singapore ranked first in the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) study for reading, more can …

McDonald's offers to lock up your smartphone for more family time

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nothing ruins lunchtime conversations more than a smartphone.<p>And McDonald's thinks it has a way to combat our modern addiction.<p>The fast food chain has recently introduced mobile phone lockers in one of its branches in Singapore, encouraging diners to take a break from the virtual world and …

Tajikistan authorities draw up list of gay and lesbian citizens

Suggestion that those on official register would be required to undergo testing to avoid ‘spread of sexually-transmitted diseases’<p>Authorities in Tajikistan have drawn up a register of 367 allegedly gay citizens, suggesting they would be required to undergo testing to avoid “the spread of …

Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run

Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram. Today, Facebook announced it’s acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently with its own brand.<p>tbh had scored 5 million downloads and 2.5 million daily active users in the past nine weeks with its …

Social Media

Mogadishu bombings kill 'unprecedented number of civilians'

<b>Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) —</b> At least 277 people have now been confirmed killed in Saturday's double car bombing in Mogadishu, making it the deadliest incident in Somalia's modern history.<p>Somalia's Ministry of Information said 300 people remained in hospitals after the October 14 attack.<p>The number of …

Somalis Grasp For Answers After 'Deadliest Single Attack Somalia Has Ever Faced'

The initial numbers were staggering — and they grew ever more devastating as rescue workers sifted through debris: More than 300 people dead. At least 300 people injured. A blast area the size of "two or three football fields," as one witness told The Guardian.<p>The truck bombing in Mogadishu on …

Extremism