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Social Media in Lebanon Erupts over U.S. Protests

Nations around the world have watched in horror and delight at the five days of civil unrest in the United States following the death of a black man being detained by police. But they have not been surprised.

In Lebanon, anti-government protesters flooded social media with humorous tweets sympathetic to U.S. protesters, using the hashtag #Americarevolts. That's a play on the slogan for Lebanon's protest movement -- Lebanon revolts -- which erupted on Oct. 17 last year.

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Trump Threatens to 'Close Down' Social Media after Tweets Tagged

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to close down social media platforms after Twitter labelled two of his tweets "unsubstantiated" and accused him of making false claims.

"Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen," Trump tweeted.

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Qatar Virus Tracing App Stirs Rare Privacy Backlash

Privacy concerns over Qatar's coronavirus contact tracing app, a tool that is mandatory on pain of prison, have prompted a rare backlash and forced officials to offer reassurance and concessions.

Like other governments around the world, Qatar has turned to mobile phones to trace people's movements and track who they come into contact with, allowing officials to monitor coronavirus infections and alert people at risk of contagion.

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Bitter Israel-Iran Rivalry Takes New Forms Online

Hacked websites in Israel, a reported cyberattack in Iran and a Twitter war between their leaders: the arch foes' animosity is flaring up online.

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Zuckerberg 'Confident' Facebook Can Stop U.S. Election Interference

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday he was "pretty confident" his company could help prevent attempts to influence the political outcome of the US presidential election later this year.

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Facebook Launches 'Shops' to Showcase Online Stores

Facebook on Tuesday reached out to businesses struggling to survive the pandemic with free tools for creating online "Shops" at the social network and Instagram.

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U.S. Says China Hackers Trying to Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Research

U.S. authorities warned Wednesday that Chinese hackers were attempting to steal coronavirus data on treatments and vaccines, adding fuel to Washington's war with Beijing over the pandemic.

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Facebook Reveals Members of 'Supreme Court' for Content Decisions

Facebook on Wednesday announced the first members of its independent "supreme court" empowered to make binding decisions about what content should be allowed or taken down at the social network and Instagram.

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UK and U.S. Warn of Cyber Threat to Health Sector Fighting Virus

Britain and the United States warned Tuesday of a rise in cyber attacks against health professionals involved in the coronavirus response by organized criminals "often linked with other state actors."

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UK to Roll Out Tracing App in Bid to Ease Lockdown

Britain was poised on Monday to roll out a new smartphone tracing app for coronavirus on an island off England's south coast, as the country looks to ease a six-week nationwide lockdown. 

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