Oath, the owner of AOL and Yahoo to pay $5 million to settle charges for violating children’s privacy law.

Oath, the owner of AOL and Yahoo, has agreed to pay about $5 million to settle charges from the New York attorney general that the media company’s online advertising business was violating a federal children’s privacy law. AOL, through its ad exchange, helped place targeted display ads on hundreds of websites that it knew were …

Received an email about compromising browsing history? Its a SCAM, don’t fall for it

Have you recieved an email lately about your compromising browsing history? It is a huge scam, here is a true story from a BBC reporter. Don’t get pawned Thousands of people all over the world have been receiving sextortion emails from scammers. They’re different from garden-variety scam emails because they often include a hacked password …

African nations are among the world’s worst perpetrators of internet shutdowns

When it comes to internet shutdowns, African nations are among the world’s worst violators. Its countries are regularly cutting off connectivity for extended periods than any other region globally, the 2018 Transparency report from Facebook shows. Cameroon is the perpetrator of the Africa’s longest internet blackout. What started off January 2017, connections in the Anglophone …

Magna Carta for the web: Tim Berners-Lee in new campaign to rescue the web from abuse

The internet today isn’t what Tim Berners-Lee pictured when he invented the World Wide Web nearly three decades ago. In a talk at the opening of the Web Summit in Lisbon on Monday, the inventor of the web called on governments, companies and individuals to back a new “Contract for the Web” that aims to …

Internet freedom is declining globally and China is being blamed for exporting censorship

A new report out this week shows that China is by far the most effective censor of the internet, and far from retreating, is exporting its model around the world. Beijing has consistently defied all the confident predictions (including by people far more knowledgeable about the internet than Clinton) that this would be impossible. China’s …

PayPal, Stripe, GoDaddy and other platforms throw GAB offline

Gab,social media site is being de-platformed and forced offline by its service providers after it became clear that the alleged Pittsburgh shooter Robert Bowers had a history of anti-semitic postings on the site. In the hours following the attack, when the suspect’s postings were discovered on the site, Gab’s corporate partners abandoned it one by …

Facebook Glitch prevented users who posted a lot from deleting their accounts

Every few months, there’s a new Facebook scandal that results in a #deletefacebook campaign. According to a new report, there was a bug that inhibited users who had “a large number of posts” from deleting their Facebook accounts. However, after the publication reached out to the social network, an engineer resolved the issue, which was …