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In the fight against fake news, pornography and online hate speech, we must be careful not to break the internet

During the Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong in 2014, there was a story of a young man who said he was fighting for the right to, well, use Facebook.This encapsulated the whole debate, though his comment should not be understood in the context of using Facebook, WhatsApp or the internet to broadcast the establishment’s failings. Rather, it simply illustrated how people want to be left alone to live their lives, for “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that… Source link

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No smoking, no tattoos, or bikinis: Inside China’s war to ‘clean up’ the internet

When are bikinis allowed on China’s live-streaming apps and when are they not?As content moderators at Inke, one of China’s largest live-streaming companies with 25 million users, Zhi Heng and his brigade of 1,200 mostly fresh-faced college graduates have seconds to decide whether the two-piece swimwear on their screens breaches rules governing use of the platform.Here on the front lines of China’s war to police the internet, companies employ armies of censors to adjudicate the sea of content… Source link

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Nigerian and Malaysian arrested over 11 Internet love scams involving $237,000, Singapore News

A 30-year-old Nigerian man and a 26-year-old Malaysian woman have been arrested for a series of Internet love scams in which victims lost at least $237,000. The scams reported in Malaysia and Singapore were solved through joint efforts by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP). The police said on Friday (April 5) that the duo were arrested on March 27 by officers from RMP’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), acting on information provided by SPF’s Commercial Affairs Department (CAD). The two were caught in an…

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Chinese banks boost fintech spending and launch services to counter competition from internet giants

Chinese commercial banks are boosting their fintech investments and capability to counter competition from internet giants as they chip away at their businesses.Some banks, although late to the party, are wholeheartedly embracing the fintech revolution which has transformed customers’ financial consumption behaviour.Last year China Construction Bank (CCB) set up its own wholly-owned fintech unit, joining Ping An Bank, China Merchants Bank, China Everbright Bank, Industrial Bank, and China… Source link

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Singapore hottie reading on the train becomes latest internet sensation, Singapore News

The habit of reading – and physical books to boot – has become a lost art. Gone are the days where we would hunker down on a commute and get lost in another world. Because of this, it’s even been argued that reading makes you sexy. (Clearly, the nerds and geeks back in secondary school have Longbottomed.) To drive that point home, the Instagram account hotdudesreading made a name for themselves for literally taking candid shots of hot men, well, reading. But it’s not just the eye candies that have…

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Tencent’s biggest investor Naspers to spin off 31pc stake to form Europe’s largest listed consumer internet group

Naspers, the biggest investor of Chinese technology giant Tencent Holding, is spinning off its main internet businesses in Amsterdam in a push to boost its value.The units that the South African company will list on Euronext Amsterdam include its 31 per cent stake in Hong Kong-traded Tencent, which runs the world’s biggest video games business by revenue and China’s largest social media operation, as well as holdings in Russian internet platform Mail. Ru, German food delivery business Delivery… Source link

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Local internet celebrity Steven Lim promotes slimming class by showing off his ‘six-pack’ in Bishan, Singapore News

Local internet celebrity Steven Lim was seen promoting his slimming class at Bishan MRT station on Wednesday evening (March 20) by showing passers-by real-life results — in the form of himself. The social media star, who affectionately refers to himself as ‘Superstar Steven Lim Kor Kor’, was spotted by Stomp contributor Ong at around 7pm. Ong told Stomp: “It was peak hour and I saw him approaching many passers-by outside Junction 8 shopping mall. “What’s funny was that he was promoting his ‘slimming class’ so he kept showing people his…

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Gay couple ask internet if it’s okay to come to Singapore – get a warm welcome, Singapore News

It’s pretty common for anyone to feel pre-travel jitters, not knowing what to expect when they go to another country. As the saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, so one gay couple decided to turn to the internet for advice for their trip to Singapore. Their question: What is it like in Singapore for gays? According to a discussion thread started on March 18, Redditor u/RatchetMemes highlights an upcoming trip he is planning with his partner. How’s it actually like to Travel to Singapore as a gay couple? from…

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China’s US$59 billion internet and technology bubble will trap many private-equity investors when it bursts, Bain says

China’s internet and technology sector is a bubble waiting to burst, according to an annual Asia-Pacific private equity report for 2019 released by Boston-based global management consultancy Bain & Company on Friday.According to the report, many private equity (PE) investors are stuck with portfolio companies bought over the past five years at high multiples. They now also face a deteriorating outlook for their investment.“That scenario, if and when it comes, will make it tough for general… Source link

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Internet triggered over Primary 6 question implying hawkers not ‘well-to-do’, Singapore News

It’s 2019 and there’s a new high-SES (socio-economic status), low-SES controversy circulating on social media. This time, the hullabaloo revolves around a Primary 6 question which seemingly implies that children of hawkers belong to families that are not well-to-do. Within two days of 25-year-old Rainbow Lim uploading a photo of the contentious question onto Facebook, her post garnered over 2,400 reactions, 540 comments and 4,000 shares. According to the post, students were required to analyse a story, state whether they think a given statement is true or false and provide a reason.…

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