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Twitter will eliminate false content related to COVID-19

Twitter said it will remove tweets that run the risk of causing harm by spreading dangerous misinformation about Covid-19. The social network had been criticized for weeks that its policies on misinformation were too lax. Now, Twitter says, it will be applying a new broader...

Treasury Proposes Tax Grab On Online Services

The Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance) proposes to charge the 13% Value Added Tax (VAT) on purchases of 191 cross-border online services and websites available consumers in Costa Rica. The list includes famous streaming services such as Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime; video games...

Fighting for the internet: Social media, governments and tech companies

The inventor of the World Wide Web has argued that some internet platforms and social media firms are becoming too powerful. In March 2018, Tim Berners-Lee said they were in a position to "weaponize the internet at scale." Free speech or illegal content? Whether hate speech,...

Pope wants big tech do more to tackle porn

Pope Francis said Thursday that tech companies, such as Facebook and Google, needed to take action over pornography. Primarily, he wants preventative measures to be taken so that children cannot easily access pornography, as well as for social media companies, search engines and IT firms...

Is Facebook The World’s Newest Country?

Facebook has announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra, adding another layer to its efforts to dominate global communications and business. Backed by huge finance and technology companies including Visa, Spotify, eBay, PayPal and Uber – plus a ready-made user...

New Huawei phones will be without Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram!

When it seemed like things couldn't get worse for Huawei, Facebook Inc is no longer allowing to pre-install Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram apps on the Chinese telecom's phones. According to Reuters, the change will only affect new phones. Customers who already have Huawei phones will...

Facebook blames a server configuration change for yesterday’s outage

March 14, 2019 will be a day that will be remembered what it was like to live without Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Whatsapp whenthey began to register faults on Wednesday afternoon, which caused a cataract of complaints on the site downdetector.com, which monitors problems...

Telesur Says Facebook Deleted Outlet’s English Page

Latin American broadcaster Telesur, headquartered in Venezuela, said its English language page was deleted by Facebook without any explanation. “Facebook has delete our Facebook page for the second time this year without any explanation. Please spread the word and help us get our page back,”...

Brazil: Facebook Censors Pages and Profiles of Libertarian Political Party

As presidential elections loom in Brazil, Facebook has closed multiple political pages, but its methods hardly appear impartial, with undue scrutiny being placed on the libertarian Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL) party. Through a statement, on Wednesday, July 25, Facebook closed “196 pages and 87 profiles...

McDonald’s Costa Rica is not giving away combos on WhatsApp

If you got a message on WhatsApp telling you that McDonald's is giving away combos, the info is false. The fake news was revealed on McDonad Costa Rica's official Facebook page. The post told clients that it is best not to open the WhatsApp link,...

The internet is designed for corporations, not people

Urban spaces are often designed to be subtly hostile to certain uses. Think about, for example, the seat partitions on bus terminal benches that make it harder for the homeless to sleep there or the decorative leaves on railings in front of office buildings...

Nicaragua’s proposed social media controls follow dictatorship handbook

The government of Nicaragua announced last Wednesday its suggestion for the country’s legislature to take steps to regulate social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, among others)–under the pretext of protecting the integrity of families and guaranteeing civil security. Photo credit: MattHurst on Best Running / CC...

Cyberbullying at an all-time high: Don’t be a bystander

Never in the history of humanity has bullying been so inventive and thus destructive. Cyberbullies exploit this digital age to spread hate. They intentionally and repeatedly use the internet to cause harm, fear or distress to people. Their behaviour includes harassing individuals they consider...

Facebook Launches Marketplace In Costa Rica

As of today, Tuesday, January 16, Facebook Marketplace has arrived in Costa Rica. This is a functionality that the social network had launched in 2016 in the United States, and that allows the purchase and sale of articles locally through the social platform. To use Marketplace,...

Fighting Engagement Bait on Facebook

Facebook says it is getting tough in 'engagement baiting', the spammy posts that goad people into interacting with likes, shares, comments, and other actions. For example, “LIKE this if you’re an Aries!” This tactic, known as “engagement bait,” seeks to take advantage of our News...

Government Admits Unable To Stop Uber Advertising On Social Networks and Search Engines

The government admits its inability to reach out beyond its borders in its battle against Uber. The Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) admitted that it cannot limit the advertising of Uber channeled through social media networks like Facebook and search engines like...

Luck In Tamarindo (Costa Rica)

Photos by Costa Rica radio personality and overall great guy, Evan Luck posted on his Facebook page. TGIF..... Evan broadcasts live on Radio Dos 99.5FM from Witch's Rock Surf Camp for the Pirate Radio Show every friday at 5 pm.

Smartphone addiction’ seems to only be getting stronger

QTECH - When was the last time you were in a restaurant or at the mall and everyone was talking to each other instead of being on their smartphone? When it comes to our smartphones, we seem to be more addicted than ever. Even as...

Men In Costa Rica Being Targeted In Facebook Blackmail Sex Scam,, Says OIJ

Q COSTA RICA - Meeting new people online can be costly. At least 80 men in Costa Rica, mostly professionals and married, were victims in 2016 of an international extortion ring asking them for money in exchange for not divulging their compromising video. So said...

Would You Travel Without Your Smartphone? Or Camera? You Are In Need Of A Digital Detox!

(Qtravel) Are you glancing at your phone every five to 10 minutes (if not more frequently) or maybe (like me) staring at a computer screen for hours on end? Or perhaps you are constantly on Facebook and Twitter. Pinterest and Instagram are you home...

Costa Rica Authories Warn Of Extortion Scams Against Men On Facebook

QCOSTARICA - Married men who engage in a simple and innocent conversation on the social media like Facebook could enter a world of hurt and become a victim of a new form of extortion, warns Costa Rica's judicial police, the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial...

Facebook Tries To Predict When Your Relationship Will End

It’s not in the stars after all. The Verge - A Cornell professor and a senior Facebook engineer are claiming to have developed a Facebook algorithm that can accurately identify who you're dating and, especially for new relationships, whether you're in danger of breaking...

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