Ahead of Malaysian polls, bots flood Twitter with pro-government messages

By A. Ananthalakshmi KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 20 : Just weeks before Malaysia goes to the polls, automated accounts known as bots are flooding Twitter with tens of thousands of pro-government and anti-opposition messages, according to a review of the tweets by Reuters and a U.S. digital media research institute. Asked about the matter, San Francisco-based […]

Sri Lanka lifts ban on Facebook imposed after spasm of communal violence

By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Mar 15 : Sri Lankan officials said on Thursday they had lifted a ban on Facebook after discussions with the social network, a week after blocking access on the grounds it was being used to fuel communal violence. At least two people were killed in clashes last week […]

Facebook says 126 mln Americans may have seen Russia-linked political posts

By David Ingram WASHINGTON, Oct 31 : Facebook Inc said on Monday that Russia-based operatives published about 80,000 posts on the social network over a two-year period in an effort to sway U.S. politics and that about 126 million Americans may have seen the posts during that time. Facebook’s latest data on the Russia-linked posts […]

Trump news conference sets worldwide social media afire

By Melissa Fares NEW YORK, Jan 12 : In his first news conference since the Nov. 8 election, President-elect Donald Trump set social media ablaze with remarks including harsh criticism of the press and a defense of his goal to improve ties with Russia. The session, held in the lobby of his Trump Tower headquarters […]

Trump’s ‘bad hombres’ and ‘nasty woman’ remarks stoke online outrage

By Amy Tennery NEW YORK, Oct 20 : US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stirred social media ire after he said: “We have some bad hombres here” and referred to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as “such a nasty woman.” The remarks during the third and final presidential debate yesterday came as Trump struggles to attract […]