HOTTOPIC: Don’t get scammed by cheap clothing sites

It’s called “fast fashion” — rapidly producing for the masses the trends showcased by top designers, often using cheap materials and sketchy labor practices. Clothes appear online or in stores for hundreds less than designer brands, but their poor quality means they don’t last long. And the cycle starts again. Fast fashion brands’ ads overwhelm websites and social media. Names like Modlily, Dresslily, Lilligal and Rosegal (yep, many are soundalikes) tout images of svelte models in stunning gowns or chic girls in the latest boho looks — as well as…

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Okay Google: Forget me!

The internet never forgets, but privacy concerns have more people pushing for that to change. In today’s digitally connected world, racist tweets, drunken Facebook photos or tactless emails can come back to haunt individuals years after the fact. With online search results affecting the outcome of job offers, relationships and even home loans, more people are pushing to have a say in shaping their digital narratives. This is already possible in the European Union, which grants  ordinary citizens (not public officials) the “right to be forgotten” on search engines in certain…

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Should political ads be banned on social media?

Twitter is banning all political advertising around the world from next month. Social media has transformed the way we debate politics. Donald Trump, the president of the United States, often uses Twitter to announce new policies, attack an opponent or even re-tweet what many consider to be misleading information. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been criticised for allowing political hate speech and misinformation to flourish on their platforms. Now, with just a year to go before the US presidential election, Twitter is banning all political advertising around the world from…

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Trump impeachment inquiry: All the latest updates

US House set to hold first formal vote on impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives is scheduled on Thursday to hold its first vote in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. The measure calls for public hearings and the release of transcripts from closed-door proceedings. It also outlines what rights Republican politicians and Trump himself would have to participate as the process moves ahead. The impeachment inquiry focuses on a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to…

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Twitter bans political advertisements from its platform

Platform’s CEO says ‘reach’ of social media raises ‘significant risks’ to politics, raising pressure on Facebook to act. Twitter has announced a ban on all political advertising from its service, saying on Wednesday that social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted the change, declaring that the company had realised “paying for reach” on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms had “significant ramifications” for civic discourse. The majority of money spent on political advertising in the United States goes to…

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Facebook tops expectations with more than $6bn in profit

Shares of the world’s largest social network rose on Wednesday but the company remains under pressure from regulators. Social media giant Facebook Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue on Wednesday and profit rose as growth in expenses slowed from a year earlier, easing investor fears of financial fallout from fierce scrutiny by regulators and legislators. Shares of the company rose nearly three percent after hours. Facebook’s third-quarter revenue rose 28 percent compared with a year ago to $17.38bn, beating analysts’ average estimate of $17.37bn, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Facebook…

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