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‘Hello, Jack’: Iranian FM blasts Twitter for blocking real Iranians as ‘bots’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused Twitter of “shuttering” the accounts of Iranians after misidentifying them as ‘bots’ involved in influence campaigns. “Twitter has shuttered accounts of real Iranians, including TV presenters and students, for supposedly being part of an ‘influence op,’” the minister wrote on Twitter on Sunday. In his post, Zarif […]

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Man reveals child abuse photos by complaining about FBI blocking porn

A man inadvertently led investigators to his images of child sex abuse by reportedly complaining to local police that the FBI was blocking access to explicit material depicting minors. Christopher Kruithof complained to a desk officer in Stratford, Connecticut that the FBI was blocking his mobile phone’s internet access due to images he viewed containing […]

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Telegram Messenger blocking in Russia not in force 'due to appeal'

The ruling on nationwide blocking of Telegram Messenger has not come into force because it is being appealed by the app’s lawyers, the press service of the Moscow City Court reports. Earlier on Tuesday, Russian mass media, quoting a message on the court’s web-site, reported that the decision to block the software on Russian territory, […]

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Russia’s FSB called as third party in Telegram blocking trial

A Moscow court has called the Federal Security Service (FSB) as a third party in the case into whether popular internet messenger Telegram should be blocked, after the firm refusal to hand over encryption keys to the authorities. The decision was announced on Thursday, after the Tagansky District Court held preliminary consultations over the lawsuit […]

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Kadyrov describes Telegram as ‘convenient messenger,’ opposes blocking plans

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has said that he likes Telegram messenger as a means of direct communication with people, and added that he hoped some compromise would avoid it being blocked in Russia. “I have always advocated an open and direct dialogue between the authorities and society on all platforms, including the internet. This is […]

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Riot police crack down on Catalan demonstrators blocking roadways over Puigdemont's arrest (VIDEOS)

Catalan police have clashed with demonstrators who blocked major roadways to protest against the arrest of the region’s former leader Carles Puigdemont. Footage shows officers using batons to forcibly remove demonstrators. Pro-independence protesters began blocking roadways before dawn on Tuesday, expressing their anger at the recent arrest of Puigdemont in Germany and the jailing of […]

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Does Trump violate First Amendment by blocking users on Twitter? Judge to decide

Donald Trump’s tweeting impacts news, policy and diplomacy, but is it a “state action” or a personal one? A federal judge is to rule on whether the president violates the First Amendment rights of those he blocks. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan, New York, heard arguments on Thursday as part of a […]

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