Messaging app “Telegram” sent a message to its users announcing that in January alone it gained 90 million new users. “In January 2021, more than 90 million new users from around the world joined Telegram,” reads the encrypted messaging app’s message. “Thank you! These milestones were made possible by users like you who invite their
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Jan. 13 that the company’s decision to remove President Donald Trump was divisive and set a dangerous precedent. “Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. And sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, indicated on Monday that Big Tech is now the “de facto arbiter of free speech,” referring to their recent move to ban President Donald Trump. “A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech,” Musk wrote on
Social media platform Gab reported on Saturday a huge increase in traffic as users migrate from Twitter amid widespread bans. “Our traffic is up 753% in the past 24 hours. Tens of millions of visits,” Gab said in a social media statement, responding to a user who said he wasn’t able to make an account.
Parler founder and CEO John Matze said his company is “prepared to take full legal action” after several big tech companies suspended the social media network from their services, according to an email. John Matze, Parler’s founder, told The Epoch Times in an email that he believes Apple, Google, and Amazon had acted in bad faith and
A series of leaked government documents recently obtained by The Epoch Times reveal that Chinese authorities have funded projects that are aimed at obtaining foreign advanced technologies through partnerships with international research institutions. Public records show that China’s Ministry of Science and Technology is behind the efforts. Budget for ‘Transferring’ Foreign Technologies Hebei International Talent
While Facebook portrays its army of fact-checkers as independent, the money behind at least one carries a distinct taint. One such fact-checker, Lead Stories, is partly paid through a partnership with TikTok, a social media platform run by a Chinese company that owes its allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). TikTok currently is being probed by U.S.
YouTube announced on Dec. 9 that the company will immediately start removing content pertaining to alleged “widespread fraud or errors” that took place in this year’s presidential election, a move that experts say is unprecedented in its scope and warned such censorship could trickle into every other major platform. In a statement, the video-sharing platform
The Facebook group where supporters of President Donald Trump discussed allegations of voter fraud and organized rallies across the country was purged from the platform in an effort to prevent “violence or civil unrest,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. Zuckerberg, alongside Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, testified Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about their companies’ actions around the presidential
Big Tech companies such Google and Facebook have enormous power to shift people’s opinions and voting preferences through manipulation of the content of their home pages that users see on screens of their devices, without people knowing, said Dr. Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology in California. “I
Commentary Scarcely a day goes beyond without another warning about how technology is transforming our lives, economies, and world. Innovation has become a central theme for national governments the world over, with hundreds of billions of dollars being invested in nanotechnology, IT, biotechnology, information management systems, e-commerce, 3D printing, and alternative energy technologies. In an age of
Commentary The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s 13th Five-Year Plan is going to conclude this year. For the first time, quantum communications was part of the plan, and it was even listed as the second largest strategic emerging industry and a government-sponsored R&D project. But the project is likely to fail and is going to be a big
Jokes and memes aside, consider this: Ever since the completion of Apollo 17’s mission and subsequent return to Earth in 1972, the United States has kept its lunar landing program on standby. Suspending all operations, mankind has not had another landing on the moon for half a century now. And as NASA still hasn’t given
In mainland China, facial recognition-enhanced surveillance cameras and other equipment are ubiquitous in cities and towns. The technology is installed inside stores, cafeterias, and banks for making payments or to access office buildings and airports. Internal Chinese government documents has revealed more details about authorities’ plans to monitor citizens on a large scale—including dissidents. The Epoch
Facebook has shut down more than 180 fake accounts, groups, pages, and Instagram accounts that it determined to be run in China, which posted content on the U.S. presidential election and spread Beijing’s talking points on a range of topics, from the South China Sea to Hong Kong protests. The U.S. social media giant announced the takedown
While social media giant Facebook portrays its fact-checking feature as neutral and independent, the personnel, funding streams, and credentialing mechanism behind the participating organizations indicates otherwise. Facebook launched the fact-checking feature shortly after Donald Trump won the presidential election in 2016. It says it has since partnered with more than 50 fact-checking organizations around the world. Only a handful
News Analysis A Chinese database containing the personal information of millions of people around the globe was recently leaked to Western media, offering a glimpse into the regime’s vast data harvesting campaign targeting foreigners. A private Chinese company, Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology, had amassed a database with files on 2.4 million people, compiled mostly from
At a time when Big Tech is facing historic scrutiny under the Trump administration, with antitrust probes by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, experts say a Biden-Harris ticket could signal a return to the friendly stance held by the Obama-era towards Silicon Valley. This change could impact ongoing federal investigations, experts told The
Microsoft said Thursday that hackers working for China, Russia, and Iran have recently ramped up their attacks, targeting the U.S. election as Election Day approaches. Tom Burt, the firm’s vice president of customer security and trust, wrote that there has been an increase in hackers going after both presidential candidates. “In recent weeks, Microsoft has detected
Competition watchdogs from the Five Eyes’ nations have signed a new agreement to cooperate across international borders, just as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) pursues a more stringent regulatory stance on global tech giants Google and Facebook. The Multilateral Mutual Assistance and Cooperation Framework for Competition Authorities (MMAC), was signed between the ACCC and its United
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