Mexico’s first lady stirs Twitter storm with comment on kids with cancer

MEXICO CITY – Mexican first lady Beatriz Gutierrez sparked an uproar on social media on Wednesday with a Twitter comment widely viewed as insensitive when she swatted away a question about what she was doing to help parents of children with cancer. Gutierrez published a celebratory post on the two-year anniversary of the election victory of her husband President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in July 2018. Responding to her post, Twitter user Jose David Guerra…

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India’s TikTok stars feel pained by government app ban

MUMBAI – Geetha Sridhar never used to enter her kitchen in Mumbai without her smartphone. The 54-year-old homemaker used to post dozens of short videos daily on the Chinese video app TikTok, mostly of herself cooking traditional recipes. With 1 million TikTok followers, she earned an average 50,000 rupees ($662) a month from companies who paid her to use their products. For thousands of Indian content creators like Sridhar, TikTok was a window into fame…

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Turkey determined to control social media platforms, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL – Turkey will introduce regulations to control social media platforms or shut them down, President Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday, pressing ahead with government plans after he said his family was insulted online. Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan’s son-in-law, said on Twitter on Tuesday that his fourth child had been born. Albayrak’s wife Esra was insulted by some users, who were later detained, according to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. Speaking to members of his…

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Drugs, doctors and donors: Pakistanis turn to ‘Corona Warriors’ Facebook group

ISTANBUL – When musician Zoraiz Riaz set up a Facebook group to help coordinate convalescent plasma donations for people fighting COVID-19 in Pakistan, he expected perhaps a few hundred responses. Within a month, however, the “Corona Recovered Warriors” group had more than 320,000 members, needing a team of 33 volunteers to manage posts from families of patients across Pakistan seeking advice. “Around 85% are looking for plasma,” Riaz, 27, told from his home in the…

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Google stymies media companies from chipping away at its data dominance

OAKLAND, Calif. – Alphabet Inc’s Google upended plans by European media companies to block it from harvesting data about their readers and slash some of its dominance in online advertising, seven people involved in the talks said this month. Publishers had expected to use data privacy measures going into effect Aug. 15 to bar Google from storing insights about readers, sapping the data advantage that has enabled it to dominate a market filled with advertisers…

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Google removes misleading ads in voting-related searches

– Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Monday that it had removed search ads that charged users searching for voting information large fees for voter registration or harvested their personal data. A Google spokeswoman told that the company’s misrepresentation policy barred such ads, which were found by the nonprofit watchdog Tech Transparency Project when searching for terms such as “register to vote,” “vote by mail,” and “where is my polling place.” Tech Transparency Project said in…

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Ford pauses U.S. social media advertising, calls for hate speech to be ‘eradicated’ from content

DETROIT – Ford Motor Co said on Monday it would pause advertising on all social media platforms in the United States for the next 30 days, joining a growing list of companies that have stopped spending on Facebook Inc in support of a campaign that called out the company for not doing enough to stop hate speech on its platform. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said it would re-evaluate its presence on all social media…

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Facebook, Cielo ask Brazil’s antitrust watchdog to reverse decision on payments deal

BRASILIA – Facebook Inc and card acquirer Cielo SA have asked Brazil’s antitrust watchdog Cade to reverse the suspension of an agreement they struck paving the way for WhatsApp to roll out a new payments system, according to a document. Both companies argued that their agreement was not exclusive and allowed rival card acquirers to forge deals with the U.S. social media giant’s WhatsApp messaging system. They also said they did not operate in the…

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Reddit bans pro-Trump forum r/The_Donald in content crackdown

– Social media site Reddit said it had shut down r/The_Donald, a forum for supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, on Monday as it announced an overhaul of its content policies. The site’s new content policy said that communities and users that promoted hate based on identity or vulnerability would be banned. Reddit also said it was banning about 2,000 subreddits, the majority of which were inactive. The list included r/The_Donald and the left-wing forum…

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Trump posts video of couple brandishing guns towards protesters

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday posted a video showing a Missouri couple brandishing guns towards protesters calling for police reforms, again accentuating racial tensions in America. The Republican president drew swift condemnation on Sunday for retweeting video of a Florida supporter shouting “white power,” a phrase used by white supremacist groups, and later deleted it. The White House said Trump had not heard the slogan. Without comment, Trump on Monday retweeted an…

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