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Facebook and Twitter must address cyber-bullying or face £20 million fine

Cyber-bullying isn’t a new thing, you only need to find old forums and message boards to realize that. But cyber-bullying has become an important online topic as social media has grown giving more people a platform and voice. It has become, like any sort of unwelcomed behavior, an increasingly annoying issue for many. Now the British Digital Minister Matt Hancock is calling on Facebook and Twitter (and others) to address the issue with a little more zeal. Mr. Hancock is attempting to encourage the two social media giants with new codes and a potential £20 million fine.

Digital Minister Matt Hancock last night said a package of new powers would force social media giants for the first time to make their software and products “age appropriate”.

The new proposed “code of practice” would make social media sites default the highest measure of privacy settings on young users

Read more at: https://techaeris.com/2017/12/11/facebook-twitter-address-cyber-bullying/

Twitter and Facebook will be fined up to £20million if they fail to tackle cyber-bullying in government crackdown

Facebook and Twitter will be fined if they fail to take school cyber-bullies offline in a new Government crackdown.

Digital Minister Matt Hancock last night said a package of new powers would force social media giants for the first time to make their software and products “age appropriate”.

Mr Hancock said companies which did not abide by a new code of practice could face fines of as much as 20 million

Mr Hancock said companies which did not abide by a new code of practice could face fines of as much as £20million

Websites will have to be tailored for younger users, and children’s accounts will have the highest possible privacy settings as a ‘default setting’.

Mr Hancock said companies which did not abide by a new code of practice written into Government legislation could face fines of as much as £20 million.

Currently, social

Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5109617/twitter-and-facebook-will-be-fined-up-to-20million-if-they-fail-to-tackle-cyber-bullying-in-government-crackdown/

​These Were the Most Popular Canadians on Twitter in 2017

Justin Bieber Thinks He’s the Reason Marilyn Manson Is Still Relevant

Like it or not, Justin Bieber holds a lot of power in this world. In fact, the Biebs holds so much power we actually have him to thank for M…

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DOJ Subpoenas Twitter About Popehat, Dissent Doe And Others Over A Smiley Emoji Tweet

So, here’s a fun one. Back in May, the Justice Department — apparently lacking anything better to do with its time — sent a subpoena to Twitter, demanding a whole bunch of information on a five Twitter users, including a few names that regular Techdirt readers may be familiar with:

If you can’t see that, it’s a subpoena asking for information on the following five Twitter users: @dawg8u (“Mike Honcho”), @abtnatural (“Virgil”), @Popehat (Ken White), @associatesmind (Keith Lee) and @PogoWasRight (Dissent Doe). I’m pretty sure we’ve talked about three of those five in previous Techdirt posts. Either way, they’re folks who are quite active in legal/privacy issues on Twitter.

And what info does Twitter want on them? Well, basically everything:

  1. Names (including subscriber names, user names, and screen names);
  2. Addresses (including mailing addresses, residential addresses, business addresses, and e-mail addresses);
  3. Records

    Read more at: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171023/18275838465/doj-subpoenas-twitter-about-popehat-dissent-doe-others-over-smiley-emoji-tweet.shtml

DOJ Subpoenas Twitter About Popehat, Dissent Doe And Others Over A Smiley Emoji Tweet

So, here’s a fun one. Back in May, the Justice Department — apparently lacking anything better to do with its time — sent a subpoena to Twitter, demanding a whole bunch of information on a five Twitter users, including a few names that regular Techdirt readers may be familiar with:

If you can’t see that, it’s a subpoena asking for information on the following five Twitter users: @dawg8u (“Mike Honcho”), @abtnatural (“Virgil”), @Popehat (Ken White), @associatesmind (Keith Lee) and @PogoWasRight (Dissent Doe). I’m pretty sure we’ve talked about three of those five in previous Techdirt posts. Either way, they’re folks who are quite active in legal/privacy issues on Twitter.

And what info does Twitter want on them? Well, basically everything:

  1. Names (including subscriber names, user names, and screen names);
  2. Addresses (including mailing addresses, residential addresses, business addresses, and e-mail addresses);
  3. Records

    Read more at: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171023/18275838465/doj-subpoenas-twitter-about-popehat-dissent-doe-others-over-smiley-emoji-tweet.shtml

Twitter handles give police edge in fighting cyber crime

The Mumbai Police’s Twitter handle, which was set up one-and-a-half years ago, has given a boost to inter-agency cooperation in fighting cyber crime.

The Mumbai Police set up its Twitter handle — @MumbaiPolice — in December 2015 along with the Twitter handle of the Mumbai Police Commissioner, @CPMumbaiPolice. It’s tweets, including daily puns regarding laws and law enforcement, made it wildly popular. @MumbaiPolice now boasts 3.89 million followers, while @CPMumbaiPolice has 2.36 million followers.

Police officials said that the handle receives scores of complaints every day. Common complaints include calls from people claiming to be representatives of banks who try to con citizens into revealing sensitive bank account details such as debit card and credit card PIN numbers.

An officer with the Cyber Department of Mumbai Police said, “We have observed that in a lot of instances, citizens tweet the numbers from which they get the calls. These numbers are sent

Read more at: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/twitter-handles-give-police-edge-in-fighting-cyber-crime/article19908097.ece

UK wants to tax Twitter and Facebook in the fight against cyber-bullying

UK ministers said today Facebook and Twitter could be asked to pay a levy for the “undeniable suffering” they have caused amongst young people.

Culture secretary Karen Bradley suggested an “industry-wide levy,” where social media companies and service providers fund campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of the internet, amongst other proposals. She also indicated she wants social media platforms to reveal the scale of online hate found on their websites in order to take a more direct approach towards these issues.

Various foundations which promote internet safety awareness and those who help tackle these problems would receive the money collected, in hopes of building a safer internet community. No specific figures have been declared yet as the options are still in discussion.

Bradley urged for a voluntary social media “code of practice” to take down any offensive or bullying online content as quick as possible. She added, “Collaboratively, government, industry, parents

Read more at: https://thenextweb.com/insider/2017/10/11/uk-wants-to-tax-twitter-and-facebook-in-the-fight-against-cyber-bullying/

Facebook, Twitter Face a UK Levy If Cyber Bullying Not Tackled

Social-media giants such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. will have to reveal the scale of cyber bullying in the U.K. and face being made to pay the cost of dealing with it.

Under the latest guidance by the U.K. government, technology companies will be required to publish an annual report on how complaints are handled, the reported abuse that is pulled down and the extent of their efforts to moderate bullying or offensive content about children, women, gay people or religions.

One of the proposals is for “an industry-wide levy so social-media companies and communication service providers contribute to raise awareness and counter internet harms,”​ according to a statement published Wednesday that didn’t give further details.

Read more about how the U.K. is taking on tech firms

“Behavior that is unacceptable in real life is unacceptable on a computer screen,” Culture Secretary

Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-10/facebook-twitter-face-a-u-k-levy-if-cyber-bullying-not-tackled

Ministers unveil new cyber bullying crackdown – but Facebook and Twitter won’t be forced to sign up

A new crackdown on cyber bullying and web trolling is unveiled today – but web giants will not be forced to sign up.

Firms like Twitter and Facebook will be asked to stump up for an industry-wide levy and code of practice to help tackle online harassment, ministers revealed.

But Whitehall sources admitted it will be voluntary and the social media companies will not have to take part.

The Government has repeatedly threatened to impose tough new curbs in a bid to force the websites to clamp down on rogue users who exploit the web to spread hate and inflict misery.

But, in a victory for web firms which insist they are already taking action, ministers have backed away from making the levy and code of conduct mandatory.

Instead, an annual internet safety report will be published outlining web giants’ success in combating abusive and harmful content, under plans set out in today’s Internet Safety

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/ministers-unveil-new-cyber-bullying-11321981