Indian lawmakers summon Facebook officials over citizens’ rights protection

An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media. The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added. It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear. The panel has previously summoned social


An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media. The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added. It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear. The panel has previously summoned social
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Indian lawmakers summon Facebook officials over citizens' rights protection

An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media.

Social media in the world’s largest democracy have become a hotbed for circulation of fake political news and tech firms face intense scrutiny ahead of a general election due before May, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a second term.

In a circular late on Thursday, the parliamentary committee on information technology, chaired by Anurag Thakur, a lawmaker from Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, said it would hear the views of officials from Facebook and its units on March 6.

The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added.

It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear.

Facebook declined to comment, while WhatsApp and Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The panel has previously summoned social network Twitter Inc’s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey to appear on Monday to discuss the same topic.

“These are issues for all Internet services globally,” Twitter said on Friday, adding that Colin Crowell, its global vice president of public policy, is to meet the panel on Monday.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have overhauled policies to boost transparency ahead of the general election and rein in misinformation.

Alphabet Inc’s Google this week launched a program to train journalists in areas such as online verification and fact checking before the polls.


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Indian lawmakers summon Facebook officials over citizens’ rights protection

An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media. The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added. It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear. The panel has previously summoned social


An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media. The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added. It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear. The panel has previously summoned social
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Indian lawmakers summon Facebook officials over citizens' rights protection

An Indian parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook Inc, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media.

Social media in the world’s largest democracy have become a hotbed for circulation of fake political news and tech firms face intense scrutiny ahead of a general election due before May, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a second term.

In a circular late on Thursday, the parliamentary committee on information technology, chaired by Anurag Thakur, a lawmaker from Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, said it would hear the views of officials from Facebook and its units on March 6.

The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added.

It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear.

Facebook declined to comment, while WhatsApp and Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The panel has previously summoned social network Twitter Inc’s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey to appear on Monday to discuss the same topic.

“These are issues for all Internet services globally,” Twitter said on Friday, adding that Colin Crowell, its global vice president of public policy, is to meet the panel on Monday.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have overhauled policies to boost transparency ahead of the general election and rein in misinformation.

Alphabet Inc’s Google this week launched a program to train journalists in areas such as online verification and fact checking before the polls.


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EU’s Juncker ‘not very optimistic’ on Brexit deal after meeting with UK leader May

Europe’s top civil servant has said he is “not very optimistic” about Britain’s chances of leaving the European Union with a deal. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker met British Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels on Wednesday evening but on Thursday morning warned a committee that he still “cannot exclude” a no-deal exit. But I am not very optimistic when it comes to this issue,” said Juncker. U.K. leader May has agreed a deal to exit the European Union with Brussels but has s


Europe’s top civil servant has said he is “not very optimistic” about Britain’s chances of leaving the European Union with a deal. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker met British Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels on Wednesday evening but on Thursday morning warned a committee that he still “cannot exclude” a no-deal exit. But I am not very optimistic when it comes to this issue,” said Juncker. U.K. leader May has agreed a deal to exit the European Union with Brussels but has s
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EU's Juncker 'not very optimistic' on Brexit deal after meeting with UK leader May

Europe’s top civil servant has said he is “not very optimistic” about Britain’s chances of leaving the European Union with a deal.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker met British Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels on Wednesday evening but on Thursday morning warned a committee that he still “cannot exclude” a no-deal exit.

“My efforts are oriented in a way that the worst can be avoided. But I am not very optimistic when it comes to this issue,” said Juncker.

“In the British parliament every time they are voting, there is a majority against something, there is no majority in favor of something,” he told a session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

U.K. leader May has agreed a deal to exit the European Union with Brussels but has so far failed to gain the required support needed from U.K. lawmakers.

Describing Brexit as an act of “deconstruction,” Juncker also warned that Britain’s exit could have “terrible economic and social consequences” for both the U.K. and continental Europe.

Shortly after the comments, sterling dipped briefly before regaining ground. At around 11 a.m. GMT, sterling was trading 0.15 percent higher at $1.306.


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Facebook’s Zuckerberg to meet with UK culture minister to discuss regulation

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with a British official Thursday to discuss internet regulation and fake news. Zuckerberg will speak with U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright at the firm’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, about a U.K. government plan to regulate tech companies over how they tackle harmful content online. “I look forward to meeting Mr. Zuckerberg to discuss what more Facebook can do to help keep people safe on their platforms, as we prepare a new regula


Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with a British official Thursday to discuss internet regulation and fake news. Zuckerberg will speak with U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright at the firm’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, about a U.K. government plan to regulate tech companies over how they tackle harmful content online. “I look forward to meeting Mr. Zuckerberg to discuss what more Facebook can do to help keep people safe on their platforms, as we prepare a new regula
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Facebook's Zuckerberg to meet with UK culture minister to discuss regulation

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with a British official Thursday to discuss internet regulation and fake news.

Zuckerberg will speak with U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright at the firm’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, about a U.K. government plan to regulate tech companies over how they tackle harmful content online.

Another topic high on the agenda will be the spread of disinformation on the web, a government spokesperson said, an issue the social network has faced heightened scrutiny over globally.

“I look forward to meeting Mr. Zuckerberg to discuss what more Facebook can do to help keep people safe on their platforms, as we prepare a new regulatory framework that will reinforce Facebook’s and other tech firms’ responsibility to keep us safe,” Wright said in a statement Thursday.

Britain’s Home Office and the culture department are due to release a white paper where they will lay out their strategy to counter issues like cyberbullying and child abuse content online. Reports have said the report could include a proposed regulator similar to Ofcom, the media watchdog, to monitor social media.


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Why the ‘Amazon coat’ from this Chinese brand is a must-have for US consumers

A $129.99 winter coat by Chinese fashion label Orolay has become a number one best-seller on Amazon, becoming so popular it is now known as the “Amazon coat,” after going viral on social media. The Jiaxing Zichi Trade Co owns the Orolay label and is headquartered in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. Orolay was founded in 2006 and started selling online in 2010, mainly targeting people in North America and Western Europe. The company does its own design, manufacturing and distribution, which it


A $129.99 winter coat by Chinese fashion label Orolay has become a number one best-seller on Amazon, becoming so popular it is now known as the “Amazon coat,” after going viral on social media. The Jiaxing Zichi Trade Co owns the Orolay label and is headquartered in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. Orolay was founded in 2006 and started selling online in 2010, mainly targeting people in North America and Western Europe. The company does its own design, manufacturing and distribution, which it
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Why the 'Amazon coat' from this Chinese brand is a must-have for US consumers

A $129.99 winter coat by Chinese fashion label Orolay has become a number one best-seller on Amazon, becoming so popular it is now known as the “Amazon coat,” after going viral on social media.

The Women’s Thickened Down Jacket has been reviewed more than 6,000 times on the e-commerce site and comes in five colors, with shoppers saying they are delighted to have got their hands on one.

“Just as expected. Love,” wrote one in a review on Amazon, adding: “It’s warm and I am pleased and happy I spotted this so, so often when in NYC and now I have mine all the way in London.” Another wrote: “Finally got after seeing 20 women wearing (it) during one walk.”

Some reviewers compared Orolay to outerwear from designer labels such as Canada Goose and Moncler, which typically sell coats for upwards of $900.

The Jiaxing Zichi Trade Co owns the Orolay label and is headquartered in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. Orolay was founded in 2006 and started selling online in 2010, mainly targeting people in North America and Western Europe.

The company does its own design, manufacturing and distribution, which it says means it can pay workers fairly and sell garments profitably. “Our goal is to establish a fashion brand beloved by people throughout the world,” it states on its website.

Its success is due in part to the influence of shoppers’ peers, according to Alexis DeSalva, a senior retail and e-commerce analyst at consultancy Mintel. Fifty-six percent of women aged 18 to 34 would be willing to buy something because a friend posted about it on social media, compared to 38 percent for all age-groups, according to a survey by Mintel in the U.S. in September 2018.

“A well-reviewed item or one shared on certain social platforms can influence women’s shopping decisions, prompting them to buy an item and even share their purchase with others, which can result in a domino effect,” DeSalva said in an email to CNBC.


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Russia bans soldiers from using smartphones to prevent tracking of military

Russian lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban its soldiers from using smartphones and social media to help prevent tracking of the nation’s military operations. The State Duma — Russia’s parliament — approved the draft law on Tuesday, it said in a Twitter post. The proposed law will now be passed on to President Vladimir Putin for formal approval, according to British newspaper The Times. Digital activity has previously enabled media outlets to expose military operations that had been denied by the


Russian lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban its soldiers from using smartphones and social media to help prevent tracking of the nation’s military operations. The State Duma — Russia’s parliament — approved the draft law on Tuesday, it said in a Twitter post. The proposed law will now be passed on to President Vladimir Putin for formal approval, according to British newspaper The Times. Digital activity has previously enabled media outlets to expose military operations that had been denied by the
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Russia bans soldiers from using smartphones to prevent tracking of military

Russian lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban its soldiers from using smartphones and social media to help prevent tracking of the nation’s military operations.

The State Duma — Russia’s parliament — approved the draft law on Tuesday, it said in a Twitter post.

Under the new legislation, military personnel will be banned from posting about themselves or colleagues online, using smart devices, and recording or distributing audio, photo, video or geolocation data.

The proposed law will now be passed on to President Vladimir Putin for formal approval, according to British newspaper The Times.

Digital activity has previously enabled media outlets to expose military operations that had been denied by the state. In recent years, pictures and social media posts posted by Russian soldiers have contradicted government assertions that the military was not fighting in Ukraine or involved in Syria’s conflict.


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Russian lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban its soldiers from using smartphones and social media to help prevent tracking of the nation’s military operations. The State Duma — Russia’s parliament — approved the draft law on Tuesday, it said in a Twitter post. The proposed law will now be passed on to President Vladimir Putin for formal approval, according to British newspaper The Times. Digital activity has previously enabled media outlets to expose military operations that had been denied by the


Russian lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban its soldiers from using smartphones and social media to help prevent tracking of the nation’s military operations. The State Duma — Russia’s parliament — approved the draft law on Tuesday, it said in a Twitter post. The proposed law will now be passed on to President Vladimir Putin for formal approval, according to British newspaper The Times. Digital activity has previously enabled media outlets to expose military operations that had been denied by the
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Russia bans soldiers from using smartphones to prevent tracking of military

Russian lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban its soldiers from using smartphones and social media to help prevent tracking of the nation’s military operations.

The State Duma — Russia’s parliament — approved the draft law on Tuesday, it said in a Twitter post.

Under the new legislation, military personnel will be banned from posting about themselves or colleagues online, using smart devices, and recording or distributing audio, photo, video or geolocation data.

The proposed law will now be passed on to President Vladimir Putin for formal approval, according to British newspaper The Times.

Digital activity has previously enabled media outlets to expose military operations that had been denied by the state. In recent years, pictures and social media posts posted by Russian soldiers have contradicted government assertions that the military was not fighting in Ukraine or involved in Syria’s conflict.


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Pinterest cracks down on anti-vaxxers, pressuring Facebook to follow

Social network Pinterest has taken a big step to stop the spread of false content that is damaging people’s health, which could put pressure on competitors to follow. False health information can have very real consequences, public health officials have found. “We want Pinterest to be an inspiring place for people, and there’s nothing inspiring about misinformation,” said a Pinterest spokesperson. Pinterest has also taken steps to block content promoting false cancer cures, the company said, as


Social network Pinterest has taken a big step to stop the spread of false content that is damaging people’s health, which could put pressure on competitors to follow. False health information can have very real consequences, public health officials have found. “We want Pinterest to be an inspiring place for people, and there’s nothing inspiring about misinformation,” said a Pinterest spokesperson. Pinterest has also taken steps to block content promoting false cancer cures, the company said, as
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Pinterest cracks down on anti-vaxxers, pressuring Facebook to follow

Social network Pinterest has taken a big step to stop the spread of false content that is damaging people’s health, which could put pressure on competitors to follow.

False health information can have very real consequences, public health officials have found. Measles outbreaks have been spreading in communities across the country, and in many cases this is linked to unfounded concerns that have been shared online about the health and safety of vaccines. Cases have been documented in New York City, Washington, and Texas since last fall.

Pinterest said Wednesday that it would no longer return any search results, including pins and boards, for terms related to vaccinations, whether in favor or against them. It took that step in late 2018 after noticing that the majority of shared images on Pinterest cautioned people against vaccinations, despite medical guidelines demonstrating that most vaccines are safe for most people.

Pinterest told CNBC on Wednesday that it’s been hard to remove this anti-vaccination content entirely, so it put the ban in place until it can figure out a more permanent strategy. It’s working with health experts including doctors, as well as the social media analysis company called Storyful to come up with a better solution, the company said.

“We want Pinterest to be an inspiring place for people, and there’s nothing inspiring about misinformation,” said a Pinterest spokesperson. “That’s why we continue to work on new ways of keeping misleading content off our platform and out of our recommendations engine.”

Pinterest has also taken steps to block content promoting false cancer cures, the company said, as part of a broader health misinformation policy initiative its had in place since 2017. The company found that a lot of this content was redirecting users to sites that discouraged them from getting traditional medical treatment, such as an essential oil claiming to be a cure for cancer.

The visual social network claimed to have more than 250 million users every month as of September 2018, putting it around the same level as Snap (which does not report monthly users but claims 186 million daily users). But it’s not as popular as Twitter, Facebook, Facebook-owned Instagram or Google-owned YouTube.

Pinterest’s move could pressure other social networks to do more to stop the spread of misinformation that is damaging to public health. For instance, Facebook recently told Bloomberg that it is considering making changes related to health-information, including anti-vaccination content, after getting critiques from policymakers such as California congressman Adam Schiff:

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Pinterest cracks down on anti-vaxxers, pressuring Facebook to follow

Social network Pinterest has taken a big step to stop the spread of false content that is damaging people’s health, which could put pressure on competitors to follow. False health information can have very real consequences, public health officials have found. “We want Pinterest to be an inspiring place for people, and there’s nothing inspiring about misinformation,” said a Pinterest spokesperson. Pinterest has also taken steps to block content promoting false cancer cures, the company said, as


Social network Pinterest has taken a big step to stop the spread of false content that is damaging people’s health, which could put pressure on competitors to follow. False health information can have very real consequences, public health officials have found. “We want Pinterest to be an inspiring place for people, and there’s nothing inspiring about misinformation,” said a Pinterest spokesperson. Pinterest has also taken steps to block content promoting false cancer cures, the company said, as
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Pinterest cracks down on anti-vaxxers, pressuring Facebook to follow

Social network Pinterest has taken a big step to stop the spread of false content that is damaging people’s health, which could put pressure on competitors to follow.

False health information can have very real consequences, public health officials have found. Measles outbreaks have been spreading in communities across the country, and in many cases this is linked to unfounded concerns that have been shared online about the health and safety of vaccines. Cases have been documented in New York City, Washington, and Texas since last fall.

Pinterest said Wednesday that it would no longer return any search results, including pins and boards, for terms related to vaccinations, whether in favor or against them. It took that step in late 2018 after noticing that the majority of shared images on Pinterest cautioned people against vaccinations, despite medical guidelines demonstrating that most vaccines are safe for most people.

Pinterest told CNBC on Wednesday that it’s been hard to remove this anti-vaccination content entirely, so it put the ban in place until it can figure out a more permanent strategy. It’s working with health experts including doctors, as well as the social media analysis company called Storyful to come up with a better solution, the company said.

“We want Pinterest to be an inspiring place for people, and there’s nothing inspiring about misinformation,” said a Pinterest spokesperson. “That’s why we continue to work on new ways of keeping misleading content off our platform and out of our recommendations engine.”

Pinterest has also taken steps to block content promoting false cancer cures, the company said, as part of a broader health misinformation policy initiative its had in place since 2017. The company found that a lot of this content was redirecting users to sites that discouraged them from getting traditional medical treatment, such as an essential oil claiming to be a cure for cancer.

The visual social network claimed to have more than 250 million users every month as of September 2018, putting it around the same level as Snap (which does not report monthly users but claims 186 million daily users). But it’s not as popular as Twitter, Facebook, Facebook-owned Instagram or Google-owned YouTube.

Pinterest’s move could pressure other social networks to do more to stop the spread of misinformation that is damaging to public health. For instance, Facebook recently told Bloomberg that it is considering making changes related to health-information, including anti-vaccination content, after getting critiques from policymakers such as California congressman Adam Schiff:

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Facebook is a ‘digital gangster’ that urgently needs more regulation, UK lawmakers say

Facebook “intentionally and knowingly” violated U.K. data privacy and anti-competition laws and urgently needs to be regulated and investigated, a scathing new report by British lawmakers said. The final report issued Monday by the U.K.’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee concluded an 18-month investigation into Facebook and other social media companies for their role in spreading “fake news” and disinformation. In the 108-page document, lawmakers called for the creation of an independ


Facebook “intentionally and knowingly” violated U.K. data privacy and anti-competition laws and urgently needs to be regulated and investigated, a scathing new report by British lawmakers said. The final report issued Monday by the U.K.’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee concluded an 18-month investigation into Facebook and other social media companies for their role in spreading “fake news” and disinformation. In the 108-page document, lawmakers called for the creation of an independ
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Facebook is a 'digital gangster' that urgently needs more regulation, UK lawmakers say

Facebook “intentionally and knowingly” violated U.K. data privacy and anti-competition laws and urgently needs to be regulated and investigated, a scathing new report by British lawmakers said.

The final report issued Monday by the U.K.’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee concluded an 18-month investigation into Facebook and other social media companies for their role in spreading “fake news” and disinformation. In the 108-page document, lawmakers called for the creation of an independent regulator for social media sites and a mandatory code of conduct that, if breached, could result in “large fines.”

“Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law,” the report said.

The committee accused Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of showing “contempt” toward U.K. parliament for declining to testify in front of lawmakers. Zuckerberg appeared in front of U.S. and EU lawmakers to discuss the company’s data collection practices last year but sent other company representatives to testify in Britain.

“Mark Zuckerberg continually fails to show the levels of leadership and personal responsibility that should be expected from someone who sits at the top of one of the world’s biggest companies,” Damian Collins, chair of the committee, said on the committee’s website.

In a statement, Facebook said it made a “significant contribution” to the investigation, answering more than 700 questions with four senior executives providing evidence, adding it supports “effective privacy legislation.”

“While we still have more to do, we are not the same company we were a year ago,” Karim Palant, U.K. public policy manager at Facebook, said.


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