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Trump to redefine social-media legal protections

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order redefining the legal protections given to social-media platforms.It means platforms such as Facebook and Twitter could be sued if they are judged to "deceptively" block posts.The draft of the executive order says social networks are engaged in "selective censorship".Mr Trump has regularly accused social-media platforms of stifling or censoring conservative voices.On Wednesday, Mr Trump accused
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Coronavirus: France gives green light to contact-tracing app

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA France is set to launch its coronavirus contact-tracing app as soon as the weekend after it cleared two parliamentary votes.The country's Senate approved its release by a vote of 187-to-127 on Wednesday evening, following an earlier 338-to-215 National Assembly vote.A bug bounty scheme will be run to encourage the public to help identify any flaws in the software.But critics claim it suffers from a "fundamentally flawed
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Twitter fact-checks China amid bias row

[ad_1] Image copyright Retuers Image caption Mr Zhao is one of China's most prominent spokesmen Twitter, under intense scrutiny for its use of fact-checking warnings, has added them to tweets from China's foreign ministry spokesperson.The warning has been added to tweets from spokesman Lijian Zhao, in which he warned: "It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan."Twitter added the warning more than two months after the tweets
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Uber destroys thousands of bikes and scooters

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Uber is destroying thousands of electric bikes and scooters, after selling its Jump business to Lime.Videos of its red bikes being crushed at a recycling centre were shared on social media, angering cycling advocates.Uber said it had decided to destroy thousands of its older-model vehicles due to maintenance, liability and safety concerns.In the UK, Uber continues to operate Jump and has not scrapped any bikes.A
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Coastguard plans to add drones to air fleet

[ad_1] Image copyright Elbit Systems Image caption The coastguard has already said it plans to trial the Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft Drones are expected to play a role in coastguard search and rescue (SAR) operations in the near future.The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) wants to make greater use of the technology as part of a new SAR contract to be awarded in 2024.The contract also covers the continued provision
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Trump to ‘sign executive order about social media’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on social media firms on Thursday, the White House has said.It comes after he threatened to shut down social media platforms he accused of stifling conservative voices.The latest dispute flared on Tuesday after Twitter added fact-check links to his tweets for the first time.The order's details have not been shared and it is unclear what regulatory
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Video streaming: Lockdown sees fifth of UK homes sign deals

[ad_1] Image caption Disney+ soaked up more than half of the new subscriptions to online streaming services in the UK during lockdown, Kantar's data suggests One in five households in Britain – six million – signed up to an online video subscription service during the Covid-19 lockdown, data suggests.The majority of those sign-ups, 52%, are going to Disney+, according to market research firm Kantar.The most-enjoyed piece of content, though, was
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Zipline drones deliver supplies and PPE to US hospitals

[ad_1] Image copyright Zipline Image caption Drones are loaded in a special warehouse and goods are dropped via parachute Drone firm Zipline has been given the go-ahead to deliver medical supplies and personal protective equipment to hospitals in North Carolina.The firm will be allowed to use drones on two specified routes after the Federal Aviation Administration granted it an emergency waiver.It is the first time the FAA has allowed beyond-line-of-sight