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Kik Messenger app with millions of active users shuts down, enabling company to concentrate on its Kin cryptocurrency, staff cutbacks reduce overheads by 85%, giving it a much better chance of winning legal fight with US Securities and Exchange Commission over launch of Kin

Comic Shane Gillis fired from Saturday Night Live four days after his announcement as new cast member, the dismissal occurred following pressure from several entertainment publications and leftist outrage on social media calling for his termination for making jokes about minorities as a white man, Gillis comments "I was alway a Mad TV-guy anyway".

PewDiePie cancels USD 50,000 donation to far-left Anti Defamation League, says he made the mistake of picking a charity he was advised to instead of picking one he is personally passionate about, saw it as an opportunity to put an end to alt-right claims thrown against him

Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey has own account taken over by hackers, group referring to itself as the Chuckling Squad claims responsibility, account tweeted out remarks using the n-word and anti-Semitic comments referencing the Holocaust

Sky News New Zealand fined equivalent of USD 2,500 by Broadcasting Standards Authority for broadcasting clips of Christchurch massacre, watchdog rules video had potential to cause significant distress to Muslim community as well as family and friends of victims

Facebook collects audio from voice chats on Messenger and pay contractors to listen to and transcribe them, tech giant says it only affect users who have given their consent, but doesn't disclose in its data-use policies it transcribes user audio, Bloomberg reports

India's government contacts international media such as Al Jazeera and BBC over alleged fabricated Kashmir videos, claims only 20 people were present at protest which report says 10,000 took part in, news organisations say videos are geniune and they can provide raw footage if required

Federal judge orders Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin to pay Jewish woman Tanya Gersh USD 14 million in damages, Gersh and her family were harassed for years after Anglin posted her name and contact information in article covering her dispute with Richard Spencer's mother

Facebook offers news outlets millions of dollars to license their content for its new News tab, to be launched later this year, no longer interested in driving traffic to traditional news sites

The movie The Hunt portrays liberal elites kidnapping and hunting "deplorables" who express pro-life positions or are deemed racist, hits theaters in September

Network provider Cloudflare terminates 8chan's service, says evidence shows suspected El Paso shooter as well as the Christchurch shooter posted to the website before the attacks, wishes to work with policy makers regarding "lawless platforms" such as 8chan and Daily Stormer

Ines Pohl, Deutsche Welle editor-in-chief: The Frankfurt tragedy where an Eritrean man threw an 8-year-old in front of a train will have serious consequences for an already-tense societal debate, balancing insecurity with maintaining Germany's identity as a prosperous country – important to report truthfully and impartially, and the perpetrator's origin is a part of the full truth

Russian Embassy in Syria has Twitter account suspended after posting video showing fully functional Idlib market the White Helmets said was destroyed by Russian airstrikes, Russian Foreign Ministry calls suspension flagrant freedom of speech violation

Federal judge dismisses Nicholas Sandmann's USD 250 million lawsuit against Washington Post, rules newspaper's seven articles and three tweets about the smirking MAGA hat teen protected by First Amendment

YouTube stops Christian veterans Mighty Oak Foundation from using Christian as ad keyword, says religious beliefs are personal and not allowed to be used to target users, foundation's founder Chad Robichaux says term has been used for years and entering keyword Muslim instead works without issue

Polish newspaper Gazeta Polska to issue "LGBT-free zone" stickers with next issue – move criticized by US ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher who says we must side with diversity and tolerance, and deputy mayor of Warsaw Paweł Rabiej who compares it to German Jew-free zones, Instagram removes newspaper's post about the stickers citing it as hate speech

34 years after Svetlana Alexievich published Poslednie svideteli, a collection of memories from Soviet children during World War II, an English translation titled Last Witnesses is released

Apple and Google introduces 72 new emojis to represent gay, straight and lesbian couples in combinations of five races and multiple disabilities, lacking understanding they are a symbolic shorthand, Ken Broni, calling himself an emoji researcher, says to be truly inclusive companies must introduce 80,000 emojis

Instagram hides number of likes on posts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Brazil to "help people focus less on likes and more on telling their story", number of likes on own posts still viewable

Tommy Robinson found guilty of breaching contempt law by Old Bailey judge after filming suspects outside sex abuse trial, awaits sentence which could see him back in prison or keep his freedom having already served two months

Satire magazine Mad ceases publication after 67 years, has struggled to find niche in new media landscape competition with internet cartoons and late night shows, after next two issues with original content, remaining subscription responsibilities will be fulfilled using reprinted material

German authorities fines Facebook EUR 2 million for under-reporting complaints about illegal content, Facebook says it received 1,048 complaints during second half of 2018 compared to Twitter and Youtube who reported more than quarter of a million complaints each for the whole year, Facebook says it complies with the law and reserves the right to appeal

Mark Zuckerberg admits mistake taking too long to flag doctored video of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that had been slowed and made her appear incoherent, describing it as an execution mistake, addresses firm's struggle with "deepfake" videos

Reddit quarantines subforum The_Donald, says users have promoted violence against politicians and police officers, group has 754,000 followers and is thought to have significant political impact, seen by critics as bridge between radicals and mainstream where content flows from 4chan and Gab to mainstream politicians and Trump supporters, quarantine makes forum harder to find, imposes warnings and in some cases complete blocking

Jordan Peterson to launch pro free speech platform Thinkspot, will according to Peterson not yield in to online de-platforming campaigns

Infowars and Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie reach settlement over company's use of the frog on posters, Infowars will pay USD 15,000, stop using the frog and destroy all posters in stock

Donald Trump calls on Twitter to restore accounts of conservatives banned from platform, citing freedom of expression and saying the social media platform is making a giant mistake – CEO Jack Dorsey last year said majority of company's employees share left-leaning editorial bias but are trying to operate with impartiality

Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Anh sentenced to six years in prison for Facebook posts allegedly urging for peaceful protests, government crackdown on social media has been escalating since 2017

Youtube bans thousands of channels not in line with company's guidelines on harmful content, including channels they claim promotes Nazi ideology or denies well-documented violent events such as the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary took place, also removes videos promoting phony miracle cure for serious illness or claiming earth is flat

HBO miniseries Chernobyl tourism boom in area around the plant and ghost town Pripyat, bookings have risen by 30-40% because of the show, a visit gives a person around two microsieverts radiation

Russia requires Tinder to hand over data on its users, including messages, to national intelligence agencies, the dating app included on list of 175 online services affected by demand, Russia banned Telegram last year, claiming extremists used it to plot terrorist attacks, but the messaging app is still available

YouTube restricts younger minors from streaming unless accompanied by an adult, recently YouTube disable comments on videos featuring minors

Twitter apologizes for suspending accounts critical of China Communist Party ahead of Tiananmen massacre anniversary, claims it happened by mistake during ongoing cleanup of spam accounts

16 year old girl stands trial for filming herself during sex act, charged with distribution of child pornography, ruling expected this year from Maryland Court of Appeals

Amazon removes books claiming homemade bleach can cure conditions ranging from malaria to childhood autism, social media sites also grapple with the issue

Chinese robot censors calibrated with unprecedented precision ahead of Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary to block all content related to the event, domestic version of internet under increasingly tight control by Communist Party Propaganda Department

Facebook announces it has deleted another three billion fake accounts, rise in number of fake accounts because actors use automated methods to create them, company also removes seven million "hate speech" posts as well as posts for selling drugs and guns, about 5% of active users believed to be fake accounts

France threatens three French journalists with jail time and fine for using secret documents to reveal lies about country's involvement in Yemen war

State broadcaster China Central Television switches scheduling amid US-China trade war, anti-American Heroic Sons and Daughters (1964), Battle on Shangganling Mountain (1954), and Surprise Attack (1960) shown at prime time — films all set during Korean War, otherwise known in China as the War to Resist American Aggression and Aid Korea

Australian DJ Adam Sky dies in accident on Bali, was badly injured smashing through a glass door while trying to help friend who had fallen from their private terrace, Singapore-based Sky was ranked as third most popular DJ in Asia

Snoop Dogg backs Louis Farrakhan who was kicked off of Facebook and Instagram, urges his fans to post their favorite videos of the Nation of Islam leader on their Instagram and Facebook pages, challenges social media platforms to ban him

Facebook and Instagram bans Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan after extensive evaluation, will remove pages and not allow promotion of events when it knows banned individual is participating

British left-wing newspaper The Guardian breaks even for first time in recent history, increased financial contributions from readers major contributing factor

Scientific journal refuses article by professor Ton van Raan over Sleeping Beauty metaphor referring to scientific research lain dormant suddenly being rediscovered as scientific breakthrough, sexualising to women and offensive to other cultures, Journal of the Association for Informational Science and Technology editor Julia Khanova claims, Van Raan will not rewrite his article but publish it in another journal

Facebook blocks 17 pages belonging to three right wing networks ahead of Spanish general election on April 28, social media giant says decision not based on content, but on page coordinators using duplicate and fake accounts, together pages had more than 1.5 million followers and accumulated over seven million interactions since beginning of year

Netflix expects subscriber growth to slow as firm continues to roll out price rises in US, Brazil, Mexico and parts of Europe, prices lifted to help fund production of its own content, says it is excited to compete with new rivals Disney and Apple

Mainstream media gives Katie Bouman credit for first images of black hole while her contributions only represent 0.26 per cent of code, meanwhile Andrew Chael wrote over 850,000 of the total 900,000 lines of code

WhatsApp launches fact-check service Checkpoint Tipline in attempt to combat fake news in India, local start-up Proto will classify messages sent to the service by users as true, false, misleading or disputed

Mark Zuckerberg says he agrees with lawmakers stating Facebook has too much power, wants regulators and governments to play more active role in determine rules on internet content and calls for new regulations in the areas harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability

Chinese censorship removes every line of dialogue mentioning homosexuality or bisexuality from movie Bohemian Rhapsody, some parts of movie’s narrative ends up no longer making sense

Facebook bans white nationalism and separatism following the Christchurch attack, will be treated same as white supremacy, users who try to post such content will be directed to website Life After Hate, policy director of counterterrorism at Facebook Brian Fishman says

Spotify acquires story-based podcasting studio Parcast, third such deal in less than two months, founded in Los Angeles in 2016 and employs around 20 people

400 people in mass brawl after rival rapper YouTubers "Thatsbekir" and "Bahar Al Amood" call on followers to face-off at Berlin's central Alexanderplatz, one hundred police officers deployed, using tear gas after trying to calm the crowd over loudspeakers, nine people detained and one police officer injured

Documentary Combat Obscura by former Marine Miles Lagoze aims to display true image of combat in the Afghan war, shows Marines covering up the body of an unarmed shopkeeper and smoking marijuana while on patrol, most of the men in the movie happy the public sees what their experience was like

Owen Benjamin, Vox Day, David the Good and Infogalactic announce streaming site Unauthorized.tv, with hundred hours of free content and a premium service soon to come

Far-left SPLC fires co-founder and former chief litigator Morris Dees as his conduct was deemed not on par with the values of the organization, which declined to elaborate when pressed for details

Facebook blocks Zero Hedge articles citing violation of "community standards", the news site has covered Facebook's many problems including privacy violations, abandonment by younger users, its fake users, and systematic censorship and back door government cooperation

Australia rejects Milo Yiannopoulos' visa application on character grounds, sends him letter stating they can block people that risk inciting "discord in the Australian community or in a segment of that community"

National Association of Black Journalists calls out CNN and its president Jeff Zucker, blasting the company for a lack of diversity in its top leadership, says it placed the company on a media monitoring list so the matter can be studied further after Zucker refused to meet with a four-person NABJ delegation

Britain's Trades Union Congress calls for Tommy Robinson to be banned not only from social media, but from public spaces as well, claims unions have "always come out against fascism and racism wherever it arises"

Comedian Trevor Noah apologises for making jokes about the rise in tensions between India and Pakistan over disputed Kashmir, compared a potential war to a Bollywood dance, caused most anger in India which lacks a well-established tradition of political satire

Facebook deletes former Breitbart editor Raheem Kassams's personal account, picked up by Donald Trump Jr. who says it's funny that these "accidents" only happen one way, Facebook restores the profile and says it was removed in error

BBC and production partner ITV to launch "BritBox" competitor to Netflix in 2H 2019, previous attempts at developing a streaming service in UK had been blocked by regulators

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman admits PayPal works with far-left SPLC when it considers blacklisting conservatives, says most important values are diversity and inclusion

English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram, the company claims he repeatedly violated community standards policies against threatening and bullying messages, Robinson has been known to take a pugnacious stance with investigative journalists by releasing unedited videos of his interviews

Rampant mental health problems reported at Facebook content moderation vendor Cognizant, traumatized employees use drugs during work to cope with reviewing disturbing material, "accuracy" heuristic difficult to hit because of competing interpretations of truth around policies

YouTube bans anti-vaccination channels from monetizing videos, classify such content as "harmful and dangerous" which violate strict ad policies

Disney, Nestle and Epic Games pause advertising on YouTube after reports of pedophile network using the comment section to objectify children and mark time stamps showing child nudity in monetized videos

Washington Post columnist Matt Sears says MAGA hats will have same stigma as Ku Klux Klan hoods one day, claims Trump supporters primarily desire a country without non-white immigrants, argues the iconic campaign headwear is a clear symbol of hate

Canadian DJ Deadmau5 shuts down his Twitch channel after being temporarily suspended for using homophobic language, accuses the streaming platform of having a double standard when it comes to censorship

Facebook under pressure to halt rise of anti-vaccination groups, professor questions why Facebook is unrestrained by the stringent controls against misinformation put on drug companies, WHO points to a 30% worldwide increase in measles

InfoGalactic and OneWay creates social media platform SocialGalactic, alternative to SJW-controlled Twitter as well as Gab which has become hellhole of defamation and Nazi trolls according to InfoGalactic founder Vox Day

Liam Neeson film premiere for Cold Pursuit abruptly cancelled amid fallout from interview, he told a 40-year-old story of when he roamed the streets in search of a black person to kill after someone close to him was raped by a black man, he then sought help from a priest and friends when he realized what he was doing

Wikipedia's top editor Steven Pruitt has made 3 million edits and written 35,000 original articles, has spent more than three hours a day on the site for 13 years, large contributor to project increasing content on women on the platform, lives with his parents and works at US Customs and Border Protection

Wave of media layoff announcements followed by "learn to code" meme on Twitter, former BuzzFeed and other journalists being targeted in online harassment campaign

New Facebook communications chief promises Dublin-based "war room" for May EU elections, Nick Clegg says it will allow "rapid response efforts to fight misinformation", promises strong public-private partnership with government authorities, the former Liberal Democrat politician and anti-Brexiteer says the company has 30,000 people globally devoted to site security and safety

Director Bryan Singer accused of sexually molesting anonymous underage boys in The Atlantic magazine, he denies the charges as a "homophobic smear" campaign timed to coattail ride his movie's box office success, he was fired from the production of "Bohemian Rhapsody" for "unreliable behaviour on set" weeks before the end of filming

Doomsday Clock remains at two minutes to midnight the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warns, citing lack of progress on nuclear risk and climate change, global destruction heightened by disinformation campaigns and fake news

WhatsApp limits the number of times a message can be forwarded on from 20 to 5 in bid to combat the spread of fake news, change first rolled out in India last summer after rumours spread on social media led to several brutal murders and lynchings

Tech reporter proposes "10 Year Challenge" is elaborate data collection plan to train facial recognition algorithms, Facebook denies Kate O’Neill's speculations they started the challenge

Netflix raises its prices by 13 to 18 percent for its 58 million US subscribers, will help pay for its huge investment in original shows and films, shares up 6.5 percent finishing at USD 354.64 still far from peak of USD 423.21

YouTube announces new monetization policies to reduce incentive for prank videos, wave of dangerous behaviors aimed at creating viral videos include man shot through a book by girlfriend, challenges to eat laundry detergent pods and attempts to drive vehicles while blindfolded inspired by recent Netflix movie "Birdbox"

Megyn Kelly formally resolves contract with NBC News resulting in USD 69 million contract payout, the former Fox News star faced public outrage over her nostalgic comments regarding "blackface" on Halloween

C Jay Engel launches Austro-Libertarian magazine to compete with socialist Jacobin Mag, believes there's an urge among the intellectually inclined for a high quality, minimalistic and pleasant publication away from the world of clutter, rooted in Misesian, Rothbardian and Hoppean ideas

Allum Bokhari: Platforms like Patreon shutting down accounts of dissidents result of pressure from Mastercard, Visa and Discover who in turn take advice from far-left Southern Poverty Law Center and Color of Change, China's UnionPay only other financial actor with global reach

Netflix agrees to remove objectionable content from Saudi service at behest of crown, episode of American Hasan Minhaj's original series deemed to violate anti-cybercrime law, critics cite the move as evidence of crackdown on freedom of expression in Riyadh

Homeless man who became a media darling blaming Brexit for his predicament and earned Jeremy Corbyn’s sympathy is revealed to be a sex offender who tried to rape an 87-year-old widow

Rivalry between PewDiePie and T-Series proxy for frustration over commercial mass entertainment elbowing out individual content producers and sub cultures

Right-wing British website Politicalite loses 70% of income after Google denies ad service, the ad giant claims the group violated its Terms of Service reposting a Marine Le Pen article, the move is part of a growing trend from within Google targeting conservative political voices

Turkmenistan launches its first messaging app, the privately developed BizBarde app will allow the exchange of messages, files, photos and videos, one of the world's most isolated regimes blocks Western services including Facebook, Twitter and Viber, along with popular Russian networks Odnoklassniki and VKontakte

The Zman: The media think they are part of a special class of human, a priestly class that not only reports facts to the public, but provides moral instruction, and when Claas Relotius came back from the bush, reporting exactly what his bosses knew was the case, they had no reason to question it

33-year old Der Spiegel journalist fabricated stories "on a grand scale", Claas Relotious had received CNN Journalist of the Year 2014 award and resigned after admitting to the scheme, pressure to come clean developed after colleague Juan Moreno began questioning sources and details in his stories

British industry watchdog ASA to ban advertising showing men struggling to change a nappy or women who can't park as it may cause offence or harm, claims adverts portraying sexist stereotypes can hold people back from fulfilling their potential, bringing costs for individuals and the economy

Colin Kroll dies at 35, co-founder of video hosting platform Vine and HQ Trivia app, believed to have died of a drug overdose at his home in New York City, reports news website TMZ

The Weekly Standard shutters after 23 years, the magazine which espouses traditional conservatism and has been deeply critical of Donald Trump publish its final issue on December 17, outlets on the right critical of Trump have lost influence, while media organizations supportive of the President have flourished

Venezuela jails German journalist Billy Six, accused of spying, rebellion and "violating security zones", known for his bylines in Berlin-based conservative newspaper Junge Freiheit

Patreon bans the accounts of Milo Yiannopoulos, Sargon of Akkad and James Allsup, Yiannopoulos' ban comes a day after he announced a “magnificent 2019 comeback” tour, was cut off due to his association with the Proud Boys, says Patreon

H.A. Goodman: firing of Marc Lamont Hill from CNN represents Leftist censorship, Dr. Hill hypocritically ignores internecine violence amongst Palestinians, Hamas tried to assassinate Fatah Prime Minister in March

YouTube's most popular content creator plans book review series to increase subscriber base, "PewDiePie" has 200,000 user lead over Bollywood-based "T-Series"

Instructors at Leeds Trinity's j-school advised not to use capitalized words in student communications, the official memo states that such emphasis might scare students about "the difficulty or high-stakes nature of the task"