Argentina has extended a price freeze on mobile, internet, and TV services until the end of 2020 after deeming them “essential public services”. The freeze prevents operators from increasing tariffs unless they receive permission from the country’s government. A price freeze has been in place since May and had been due to expire at the end of August.
Facebook on Wednesday said it has taken down about 5.4 billion fake accounts this year in a sign of the persistent battle on social media against manipulation and misinformation. Amid growing efforts to create fraudulent accounts, Facebook said it has stepped up its defenses and often removes the accounts within minutes of being created.
All Cubans can now have Wi-Fi in their homes, as the island's government extends Internet access even while trying to maintain control over its version of the truth and to defend its legitimacy. Cubans support and defend the revolution in every domain, both in the real and the virtual worlds, Ernesto Rodriguez Hernandez, vice-minister of communications, said in an interview.
The presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay are expected to announce Wednesday the elimination of the roaming service charge when travelling to any of the Mercosur countries, it was reported.
Facebook has said it will set aside US$ 3bn to cover the potential costs of an investigation by US authorities into its privacy practices. While it has provided for a heavy toll from the investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission, the final cost could be US$ 5bn, it said.
Millions of people are using easy-to-guess passwords on sensitive accounts, suggests a study. The analysis by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found 123456 was the most widely-used password on breached accounts.
Amazon, Apple and Google all employ staffs who listen to customer voice recordings from their smart speakers and voice assistant apps. News site Bloomberg highlighted the topic after speaking to Amazon staff who reviewed Alexa recordings.
Internet sites could be fined or blocked if they fail to tackle online harms such as terrorist propaganda and child abuse, under government plans. The UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport has proposed an independent watchdog and a code of practice that tech companies would have to follow.
Global action is required to tackle the web's downward plunge to a dysfunctional future, its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC. He made the comments in an exclusive interview to mark 30 years since he submitted his proposal for the web. Sir Tim said people had realized how their data could be manipulated after the Cambridge Analytica scandal
Thousands of people in Russia have protested against plans to introduce tighter restrictions on the internet. A mass rally in Moscow and similar demonstrations in two other cities were called after parliament backed the controversial bill last month.