Facebook denies targeting insecure users

Facebook has denied it is targeting insecure young people in order to push advertising, amid a row over a leaked document. A research paper, reported on but not published by The Australian newspaper, was said to go into detail about how teenage users post about self-image, weight loss and other issues. Facebook confirmed the research […]

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Facebook ‘failed to remove sexualised images of children’

Facebook has been criticised for its handling of reports about sexualised images of children on its platform. The chairman of the Commons media committee, Damian Collins, said he had “grave doubts” about the effectiveness of its content moderation systems. Mr Collins’ comments come after the BBC reported dozens of photos to Facebook, but more than […]

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Mosul offensive: Iraqi forces storm airport in bid to retake city

Iraqi security forces have launched an attack on Mosul airport, a key part of the government’s offensive to drive so-called Islamic State (IS) militants from the western half of the city. They also stormed the nearby al-Ghazlani military camp, where fierce clashes were under way, AP reported. The runway has already been destroyed by IS, […]

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Oroville Dam risk: Thousands evacuate Californian homes

More than 180,000 people in northern California have been told to evacuate their homes after an overflow channel at the tallest dam in the US was weakened by heavy rainfall. The emergency spillway of the 770 ft (230m) tall Oroville Dam was close to collapse, officials said. The excess water has now stopped flowing. However […]

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Trump loses appeal court bid to reinstate travel ban

A US federal appeals court has rejected President Donald Trump’s attempt to reinstate his ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said it would not block a ruling by a Seattle court that halted the order. Mr Trump responded with an angry tweet saying national security was […]

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Russian hacking aims to destabilise West, Sir Michael Fallon says

Russia is carrying out a sustained campaign of cyber attacks targeting democracy and critical infrastructure in the West, UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has warned. Moscow was “weaponising misinformation” in a bid to expand its influence and destabilise Western governments and weaken Nato, he said. Vladimir Putin had chosen to become a “strategic competitor” […]

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Sudden death warning over faulty heart gene

An estimated 620,000 people in the UK have a faulty gene that puts them at risk of developing coronary heart disease or sudden death, and most are unaware, a charity has warned. The British Heart Foundation said the figure was 100,000 more than had been thought and could be even higher. It said there was […]

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Quebec City mosque shooting: Six killed, eight wounded

Six people have been killed and another eight wounded in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, police say. Shots were fired at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday night, where more than 50 people had gathered for evening prayers. One suspect was arrested at the scene and another was arrested nearby. […]

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