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YouTube deletes cheating videos after BBC investigation

Image copyright YouTube/Dan osi Image caption YouTube has a ban on all essay-writing adverts YouTube has deleted thousands of videos promoting academic cheating in the last week after a BBC Trending investigation. The videos all advertised essay-writing services, which can lead to serious penalties for students. Facebook and Google have been asked by a regulator to stop making money from adverts for these companies. All the social media companies say they are taking steps to discourage dishonest behaviour. Seven months after the BBC first exposed YouTube stars selling cheating on…

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US mid-terms: Twitter deletes anti-voting bots

Image copyright AFP Image caption The bots were taken down in September and October Twitter has deleted an estimated 10,000 automated accounts that were posting messages discouraging people from taking part in next week’s US mid-term elections. Most of the accounts were posing as Democrats, the social media company said. They were taken down in late September and early October. Twitter was alerted to the accounts by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The DCCC was formed in response to the party’s failure to respond to widespread false and negative…

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Exclusive: Twitter deletes over 10,000 accounts that sought to discourage U.S. voting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts posting messages that discouraged people from voting in Tuesday’s U.S. election and wrongly appeared to be from Democrats, after the party flagged the misleading tweets to the social media company. A voting official hands back an early voter his ID in Valdosta, Georgia, U.S., October 24, 2018. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant “We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesman said in an email. The removals took place in late September and early October. Twitter removed…

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Shop accidentally deletes game built by 12-year-old boy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Internet cafes are still popular across South East Asia A Malaysian 12-year-old boy who spent almost a year developing a computer game before it was deleted by mistake has been praised for his persistence by a government minister. Muhammad Thaqif was working on his game at an internet cafe, but it was deleted by staff who thought it was a virus. Thaqif, who didn’t have his own computer at home, planned to sell his game for RM1 ($0.24; £0.18). Youth and Sport Minister Syed…

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Facebook deletes Russian firm’s accounts over alleged data scraping

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Facebook has disabled dozens of accounts and profiles belonging to Russian database provider SocialDataHub for what it termed the unauthorized collection of user information, the social media giant said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed Russian flag in this photo illustration taken on August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo Facebook said in a statement that SocialDataHub, which has previously provided analytical services to the Russian government, had violated its terms of use. “As part of our efforts…

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Kanye West deletes Twitter and Instagram accounts – again

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kanye West at New York Fashion week in September 2018 Just when we were getting used to the regular stream of controversial statements spouted by Kanye West, he’s disappeared from social media. It looks like he deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Saturday night. The rapper, who wants to be referred to as Ye, recently came under fire for saying that the 13th amendment of the US Constitution, which brought an end to slavery, should be abolished – a statement that he later…

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Facebook deletes hundreds of posts under German hate-speech law

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Facebook said it had deleted hundreds of offensive posts since a law banning online hate speech came into force in Germany at the start of the year that foresees fines of up to 50 million euros ($58 million) for failure to comply. FILE PHOTO: A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo The social network received 1,704 complaints under the law, known in Germany as NetzDG, and removed 262 posts between…

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Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran deletes Instagram posts after abuse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kelly Marie Tran was the first woman of colour to play a major role in a Star Wars film Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran, who has suffered months of racist and sexist abuse on social media, has deleted all her posts on Instagram. Tran starred as mechanic-turned-Resistance fighter Rose Tico in 2017’s The Last Jedi. But she experienced a fierce backlash from some fans, who took aim at her ethnicity and appearance. The film’s director, Rian Johnson, has defended the star, apparently describing…

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YouTube deletes half of ‘violent’ music videos

Image copyright Getty Images YouTube says it has deleted more than half of the “violent” music videos that the country’s most senior police officer asked it to take down. More than 30 clips have been removed so far. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has blamed some videos for fuelling a surge in murders and violent crime in London – and singled out drill music. She asked YouTube to delete content which glamorises violence. Drill originated in Chicago. Its biggest breakout star is arguably Chief Keef, famous for his 2012 track…

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YouTube deletes half of ‘violent’ music videos

Image copyright Getty Images YouTube says it has deleted more than half of the ‘violent’ music videos which the country’s most senior police officer asked it to take down. More than 30 clips have so far been removed. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has blamed some videos for fuelling a surge in murders in London, singling out drill music. She asked YouTube to delete content which glamorises violence. Drill originated in Chicago. Its biggest breakout star is arguably Chief Keef, famous for his 2012 track I Don’t Like. The genre’s…

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