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UK Internet attitudes study finds public support for social media regulation  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
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U.S. State Department begins social media screening for nearly all visa applicants  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
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Millions of Instagram influencers' private details accessible in database  Sky News · 4 weeks
The personal information of millions of Instagram influencers has been found in an online database. more
Google creates performance test for ad blocking Chrome extensions  9to5Google · 5 days
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Facebook Use Eroding in US as Social Media Under Pressure: eMarketer  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
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Russia used social media to keep EU voters at home, report finds  THE VERGE · 5 days
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released... more
Google creates ad blocker Chrome extension for performance testing  9to5Google · 6 days
Since January, we’ve been following a set of major changes to extensions on Google Chrome, called Manifest V3,... more
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