Iran files charges against Telegram app CEO

The Telegram app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)
Updated 26 September 2017
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Iran files charges against Telegram app CEO

TEHRAN: A semi-official news agency in Iran says authorities have filed charges against the CEO of the popular encrypted messaging app Telegram.
The comments carried by the ISNA news agency represent the latest back-and-forth between the Iranian government and Telegram, which millions of Iranians use.
ISNA’s report Tuesday quoted Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi saying Telegram’s popularity with the Daesh group, as well as the ease by which child pornographers, human traffickers and drug smugglers use the app, warranted the charges against Telegram’s Russian CEO Pavel Durov.
Durov wrote on Twitter he was surprised by the comments as “we are actively blocking terrorist and pornographic content in Iran. I think the real reasons are different.”
It remains unclear how Iran will prosecute Durov as he lives outside of the country.


Facebook to clearly label political advertising in Britain, CTO says

Updated 26 April 2018
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Facebook to clearly label political advertising in Britain, CTO says

LONDON: Facebook will introduce new measures to boost transparency around adverts in Britain by June this year and require political ads to be clearly labelled, the firm’s Chief Technology Officer told a British parliamentary committee.
In a written submission to the UK parliament’s media committee, Mike Schroepfer said those wanting to run political adverts would have to complete an authorization process and the messages would also have to display who paid for them.
Facebook has said that the personal information of about 87 million users might have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign.
Lawmakers have also raised concern over the use of social media in Britain’s referendum decision to leave the European Union in 2016.
“I want to start by echoing our CEO, Mark Zuckerberg: what happened with Cambridge Analytica represents a breach of trust, and we are deeply sorry. We made mistakes and we are taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Schroepfer wrote.
Earlier this month, Zuckerberg apologized to US senators for issues that have beset Facebook, including shortcomings over data protection.
But the 33-year-old Internet mogul managed to deflect any specific promises to support any congressional regulation of the world’s largest social media network and other US Internet companies.
Schroepfer, who was appearing before the British media committee on Thursday, said it was clear Facebook had not done enough to ensure its tools from “potentially being used for harm” or take a broad enough view of its responsibility.
“That was a mistake,” he wrote.