Facebook to label Russian, Chinese and Iranian state media outlets

Facebook Inc will start labeling Russian, Chinese and other state-controlled media organizations, and later this summer will block any ads from such outlets that target U.S. users, it said on Thursday. The world’s biggest social network will apply the label to Russia’s Sputnik, Iran’s Press TV and China’s Xinhua News, according to a partial list… Read More Facebook to label Russian, Chinese and Iranian state media outlets

Hong Kong passes China national anthem bill despite protests

Hong Kong passed a bill on Thursday that would criminalise disrespect of China’s national anthem, a move critics see as the latest sign of Beijing’s tightening grip on the semi-autonomous city. The move comes just days after Chinese authorities gave the green light to move ahead with a national security law, which the United States,… Read More Hong Kong passes China national anthem bill despite protests

Facebook, PayPal invest in Indonesian super app Gojek

Facebook Inc messaging platform WhatsApp and PayPal Holdings Inc on Wednesday said they have invested in payment, food delivery and ride-hailing app operator Gojek as part of the Indonesian firm’s ongoing fundraising round. WhatsApp and PayPal did not disclose the size of the investment. A Gojek investor said the Facebook investment, the first for the… Read More Facebook, PayPal invest in Indonesian super app Gojek

Myanmar sentences doctor to 21 months imprisonment for insulting monks over sex education

A Myanmar court has sentenced a doctor to 21 months in jail after convicting him of insulting Buddhist monks in connection with a debate about a proposal to teach sex education in schools. Kyaw Win Thant, 31, was arrested in May after angry scenes at a monastery in the central city of Meiktila, where he… Read More Myanmar sentences doctor to 21 months imprisonment for insulting monks over sex education

South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee in succession probe

South Korean prosecutors have requested an arrest warrant for Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee, they said on Thursday, in the investigation of a 2015 merger and alleged accounting fraud in a suspected bid to aid his succession plans. The move spells fresh trouble for Lee, who, if arrested, stands to return to jail just… Read More South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee in succession probe

Hong Kong to commemorate Tiananmen Square crackdown by lighting candles following vigil ban

People in Hong Kong are set to commemorate the bloody 1989 crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square by lighting candles across the city on Thursday, after police banned an annual vigil, citing the coronavirus. The anniversary strikes an especially sensitive nerve in the semi-autonomous city this year after Beijing’s move last month… Read More Hong Kong to commemorate Tiananmen Square crackdown by lighting candles following vigil ban

Former Facebook employees blast Mark Zuckerberg over decision on posts of U.S. President Donald Trump

Nearly three dozen former employees from Facebook’s early days on Wednesday blasted Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to act against incendiary posts by U.S. President Donald Trump as “cowardly” and a “betrayal” of company ideals. The open letter, initially reported by the New York Times, deepened a crisis facing Facebook’s leadership team, who had… Read More Former Facebook employees blast Mark Zuckerberg over decision on posts of U.S. President Donald Trump

ACLU files lawsuit against Minnesota police over harassment of journalists at protests

The American Civil Liberties Union has accused Minnesota law enforcement of wrongly arresting, injuring and harassing journalists covering unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in Minneapolis police custody. In a lawsuit, filed on behalf of journalists in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Wednesday, the ACLU accuses the Minneapolis… Read More ACLU files lawsuit against Minnesota police over harassment of journalists at protests