Facebook and Twitter will be told to reveal the true scale of online hate as part of a major crackdown on the Wild West of the internet. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley will tomorrow unveil a new'internet safety strategy' to ensure web firms face up to their responsibilities on trolling and cyberbullying. As part of the strategy, social media companies will for the first time be told to publish how many complaints they get each year about abuse – and what proportion of abusive messages are actually taken down. Ministers want the firms to publish an annual'internet safety transparency report', laying out how they handle complaints and what efforts they made to moderate content. The Government says the move will expose the'true scale of risks and harms that users encounter on their platforms', with web firms told to disclose how many children and women are targeted.
Google is asking developers to take over its effort to make end-to-end email encryption more user-friendly, raising questions over whether it'll ever become an official feature in the company's browser. On Friday, the search giant said its email encryption tool, originally announced in 2014, was no longer a Google product. Instead, it's become a "full community-driven open source project," the company said in a blog post. The tool is designed to work as an extension to Google's Chrome browser that uses the OpenPGP standard to encrypt emails, ensuring that only the recipient can read them--and not the email provider or a government. The main goal of Google's project was to make OpenPGP easier to use.
Data is what fuels the information economy. And while there are many varieties of data clogging up the internet's bandwidth, there is one specific type of data that is known to be particularly lucrative: personal data. Like many other enterprising tech giants, Google must accumulate massive amounts of personal data to monetize its services – and in the process, the company develops an astonishingly robust picture of what you're all about. Today's infographic comes to us from TheBestVPN and it shows what Google knows about you, how the tech giant gathers that information, and a few solutions to stop Google from tracking you. Through its various apps and services, Google can craft a robust profile on you and your activity on the internet.
Fox News Flash top headlines for Sept. 9 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com Dozens of Google employees claim that when they filed complaints about harassment with human resources, they were retaliated against, according to a new report. An internal document obtained by Recode shows 45 retaliation claims collected by employees over the course of two weeks in April, with most of the cases yet to be disclosed publicly. Of those cases, 28 were related to harassment or discrimination by managers or colleagues, and six specifically involved sexual harassment as the reason for the complaint.
Facebook and Twitter have unveiled tools for displaying more information on political content ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Both companies were battered by revelations that Russian-linked agents had used their platforms to sow disinformation as part of a Kremlin-backed disruption effort. Confronted with federal legislation that would require more disclosures of online political spending, the social media giants announced they would share more information on their own. The sites are taking similar approaches. Both said that paid political content would bear labels identifying it as such and detailing who was funding it, and they laid out plans to create online databases that would act as clearinghouses for information on political content.