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To experts in online extremism, the continuing celebration on the Internet message board 8chan of last week's slaughter in New Zealand echoes another brand of terrorism — that carried out by Islamic militants who've long used the Web to mobilize followers and incite violence. The persistence of the talk of violence on 8chan has led some experts to call for tougher actions by the world’s governments.

  • Mar 22, 2019

The failure of social media companies to block videos of Friday's massacre in New Zealand highlights the difficulties of policing platforms whose very business model creates the systems that are so easily manipulated.

  • Mar 18, 2019

A new recut or repackaged version of the video showing the massacre was uploaded to YouTube every second, chief product officer Neal Mohan said in an interview with The Washington Post, offering the first detailed account of how the crisis unfolded inside the world’s largest video site.

  • Mar 18, 2019

The spread of graphic images from the mass slaughter raises questions about social media safeguards during breaking news events.

  • Mar 15, 2019

After years of promising to control inappropriate content, YouTube is still delivering violent and sexually charged videos to young children, an indication that the platform’s growth far exceeds its ability to police itself.

  • Mar 14, 2019

Google said Thursday that it would block YouTube users from leaving comments on most videos that feature minors, responding to reports that pedophiles had used the site to find, track and exploit children.

  • Feb 28, 2019

Federal regulators fined social media app Musical.ly — now known as TikTok — $5.7 million for illegally collecting the names, email addresses, pictures and locations of kids under 13, a record for violations of the nation’s child privacy law.

  • Feb 27, 2019

Microsoft said it had found and attempted to disrupt a "spear-phishing" attack by Russian intelligence aimed at groups that had criticized Russia.

  • Feb 19, 2019

In a blog post Thursday, the Amazon founder accused the National Enquirer of threatening to blackmail him.

  • Feb 8, 2019

Apple announced Wednesday that it would block access to a port that law enforcement uses to crack into iPhones, a move that could reignite debate over whether tech companies are doing enough to help authorities probing serious crimes.

  • Jun 13, 2018
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