WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study. But use of the messaging app appears to vary widely between countries. In Malaysia, more than 50% of those surveyed said they used WhatsApp for news at least once a week. But in the US, the figure was only 3%, and in the UK it was 5%. The Digital News Report also indicates the Brexit debate has led…

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News and sports websites 'vulnerable to attack'

News and sports websites 'vulnerable to attack'

News and sports websites have some of the lowest levels of security adoption, a study has suggested. A team of cyber-security experts looked at the security protocols used by the top 500 sites in various industries and online sectors. They found that fewer than 10% of news and sports websites used basic security protocols such as HTTPS and TLS. Even those that do are not always using the “latest or strongest protocols”, one of the…

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Facebook prunes 'shocking' news feed posts

Facebook prunes 'shocking' news feed posts

Websites that harbour “disruptive, shocking or malicious” adverts will appear less frequently on user’s news feeds, Facebook has said. The social network is tweaking the algorithm that picks posts for feeds to do a better job of spotting “low quality” web pages. Instead, the algorithm will seek out more informative posts. It said the change was part of broader work it was doing to make Facebook less profitable for spammers. Building trust The change was…

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ITV News rapped for showing Alien 'chestburster' scene

ITV News rapped for showing Alien 'chestburster' scene

ITV News has been found in breach of Ofcom rules after it broadcast the famous “chestburster” scene from horror film Alien on a Saturday morning. The clip was shown on 28 January in an obituary for actor Sir John Hurt, who had died that week and starred in the film’s most shocking scene. However the broadcast came at 09:25 GMT, immediately after a block of children’s television programmes. Ofcom said the content broke its rules…

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