The Guardian view on Facebook and democracy: real and present danger | Editorial | Opinion

The Guardian view on Facebook and democracy: real and present danger | Editorial | Opinion

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In every political debate since Facebook began to dominate democracy, the company has placed itself on the wrong side of history. The social media firm cannot be reformed from within because its business model profits from hosting bomb-throwing circuses of hate, humbug and hogwash. The platform harvests users’ personal data to algorithmically recommend content but
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Peer ‘baffled’ by claims he was targeted by fake PR campaign to boost Huawei | Technology

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A peer has said he was not “putty in the hands of manipulators” in response to extraordinary claims he was among several public figures targeted by a fake PR campaign aimed at favourably boosting perceptions of the Chinese technology company Huawei. The alleged covert campaign – denied by Huawei – involved inviting British politicians and
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Final Fantasy VII Remake’s creators on updating one of the world’s most-loved games | Games

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Square Enix’s modern transformation of the 1997 classic Final Fantasy VII had players marvelling earlier this year. In addition to the graphical glow-up and modern-feeling changes to the game’s systems, Final Fantasy VII Remake added substance and emotional depth to much-loved characters such as Cloud, Tifa and Aerith, and left fans puzzling over the meanings
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Chinese ambassador: UK ban on Huawei would damage trust | Technology

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China’s ambassador to the UK has said a ban on the Chinese tech company Huawei from playing a role in developing the UK’s 5G network would damage Chinese trust in the UK and its belief that the UK can run a foreign policy independent of the US. Speaking at a virtual press briefing in London,
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Extend US Facebook boycott to Europe, campaigners urge | Technology

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Campaigners are calling for an advertising boycott of Facebook in the US to be extended to Europe, after its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, dismissed the effects of the campaign in a meeting with staff. A growing number of companies have halted advertising on Facebook after criticism that the platform was not doing enough to counter
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TikTok may be ‘data collection service disguised as social media’, Liberal senator says | Technology

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Popular video messaging app TikTok may be “a data collection service disguised as social media” that requires greater scrutiny by Australian users, the deputy chair of the Foreign Interference through Social Media inquiry has said. Liberal senator Jim Molan made the comments to Guardian Australia after Nationals MP George Christensen accused TikTok of being “used
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The venture capitalist with a Silicon Valley solution for minority-owned businesses | US small business

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On first blush a Silicon Valley venture capitalist might not strike you as the first person to turn to when trying to address the racial wealth divide but these days we should take good ideas where we find them. Ash Shrivastav works for Buckhill Capital, a Silicon Valley-based private equity and venture capital firm that
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Seasteading – a vanity project for the rich or the future of humanity? | Environment

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A white steel pole rises out of the sea off the Caribbean coast of Panama, poking above the waves like the funnel of a sunken steamship. Launched into the water last month, this is no shipwreck, but the base of what will soon become a floating home and, in the eyes of its makers, the
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Withings Sleep Analyzer review: advanced sleep tracking made easy | Technology

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Sleep tracking has become an important piece of total wellness monitoring, but typically requires strapping devices to your wrist or head. Withings Sleep Analyzer records your sleep and heart rate, plus is one of the first devices to monitor sleep apnoea, all without you needing to attach anything to your person. Instead, the £120 Sleep
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The Almost Gone review – dreamlike puzzles unlock a world of dark unease | Games

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A puzzle-box game along the lines of Monument Valley or The Room, The Almost Gone has you poking and prodding at beautiful miniature dioramas of homes and neighbourhoods to uncover the story of the family who lived there. Set in a liminal space between life and death, it is a surreal few hours of brain-teasers
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Boris Johnson now has ‘sound reasons’ to keep Huawei out of UK 5G | Technology

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Boris Johnson now has “sound technical reasons” to reverse his decision to allow the Chinese firm Huawei to play a role in building the UK’s 5G infrastructure, a former head of MI6 said on Sunday. Sir John Sawers said new US sanctions imposed on the company meant that allowing Huawei to expand its grip on
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Down the rabbit hole: how QAnon conspiracies thrive on Facebook | Technology

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In early May, QAnon braced for a purge. Facebook had removed a small subset – five pages, six groups and 20 profiles – of the community on the social network, and as word of the bans spread, followers of Q began preparing for a broader sweep. Some groups changed their names, substituting “17” for “Q”
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Jim Steyer: the man who took on Mark Zuckerberg | Technology

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With more than two billion users Facebook is bigger than Christianity,” says Stanford law professor Jim Steyer. “Their ability to amplify hate speech or white supremacy or racist messages is so extraordinary because of the scale of the platform.” It’s a typically bold statement from the man who set up the Stop Hate for Profit
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Facebook is out of control. If it were a country it would be North Korea | Technology

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There is no power on this earth that is capable of holding Facebook to account. No legislature, no law enforcement agency, no regulator. Congress has failed. The EU has failed. When the Federal Trade Commission fined it a record $5bn for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its stock price actually went up. Which
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Fifa v PES: the history of gaming’s greatest rivalry | Games

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Earlier this year, Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto was due to compete in a charity Fifa 20 tournament, which ultimately raised almost £130,000 towards the fight against coronavirus. Yet his first-round match against Eibar’s Edu Expósito never took place. The reason? Barca are an official PES 2020 partner club – and publisher Konami reportedly wasn’t keen for
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The Last of Us Part II: the blockbuster game breaking LGBTQ+ barriers | Games

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A withdrawn-looking 19-year-old leans against the bar in a rustic barn decorated with fairy lights, watching other people dance, taking nervous sips. She is looking at another young woman who is spinning around the room with a couple of different guys. “I hate these things,” says a friend standing next to her. “Tell me about
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Huawei could be cut out of UK’s 5G network this year, say reports | Technology

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The UK is poised to end the use of Huawei technology in its 5G network as soon as this year because of security concerns, according to reports. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, is set to make a major policy change after GCHQ is believed to have reassessed the risks posed by the Chinese technology company,
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How hate speech campaigners found Facebook’s weak spot | Technology

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It took less than two hours for Facebook to react and it did so for good reason. At 5pm on Friday, Unilever, one of the world’s largest advertisers, with a portfolio of products that ranges from Marmite to Vaseline, suddenly announced it was pulling all adverts from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the US. Given
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Telephone review – dial S for stranger in a night of unexpected connections | Stage

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The range of theatrical experiences emerging online is truly impressive. So far, I’ve tracked down a missing woman, been pulled into a whistleblower’s shady investigations and summoned up storms alongside a Shakespearean spirit. But Coney’s latest show, Telephone, is in a whole new genre: an entrancingly low-key combination of storytelling and shared conversation which explores
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Banking apps: what do they offer – and how is your cash protected? | Consumer affairs

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When the Financial Conduct Authority ordered the UK arm of payments firm Wirecard to freeze customer funds, hundreds of thousands of people who had probably never even heard of the company suddenly found they could not access their cash. Customers of several UK banking and payment services, including FairFX, Pockit, U Account and Anna Money,
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What should I do with old electronic devices? | Money

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Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper. During my lockdown clearout, I found lots of old electronics such as laptops and cameras. Is the tip the best option for
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Struggling for shut-eye in lockdown? Sleep-tracking devices may help | Technology

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Months in covd-19-induced lockdown have for many of us taken a toll on our sleep. From the late-night scrolling through news to the bizarre dreams and midnight wake-ups worrying, the stress of the coronavirus pandemic has been wreaking havoc on our collective sleeping habits. A recent survey found two in five people in the UK
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As a kid I loved Pro Evolution Soccer 5 – now it’s won me a new comedy audience | Bilal Zafar | Stage

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I began 2020 full of optimism, excited about returning to the Edinburgh fringe in August with a new show and feeling quite good about my standup. Then the pandemic arrived. As well as worrying about the health of family and friends, all my work disappeared overnight. The majority of my income is from performing standup
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Pokémon Go creator joins Punchdrunk theatre for interactive venture | Games

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Immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, best known for its Macbeth production Sleep No More, and augmented-reality game developer Niantic, creator of augmented-reality smartphone games Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, are teaming up to create “interactive experiences”, the companies announced today. They are not working on extensions to existing games and productions – so don’t
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Third of advertisers may boycott Facebook in hate speech revolt | Technology

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Almost a third of advertisers are considering joining a month-long boycott of Facebook as the social network struggles to convince advertisers that it is doing enough to fight hate speech on its platform. The unprecedented corporate snub has been revealed in survey by the World Federation of Advertisers, whose big-spending members control nearly $100bn (£81bn)
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UK government hints at U-turn on Huawei role in 5G technology | Huawei

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The government may be close to announcing a U-turn on its controversial decision to allow Huawei to supply 5G technology, the culture secretary has hinted by saying US sanctions appear likely to affect the Chinese company. Oliver Dowden told members of a special defence select committee scrutinising Huawei that an emergency review ordered last month
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Facebook bans extremist ‘boogaloo’ group from its platforms | Facebook

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Facebook has banned an extremist anti-government network associated with the term “boogaloo”, a slang word supporters use to refer to a second civil war. Tuesday’s move by Facebook designates the rightwing “boogaloo” network as a dangerous organization similar to the Islamic State group and white supremacists, both of which are already banned from its service.
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Sex Robots & Vegan Meat by Jenny Kleeman review – the future of food, birth and death? | Books

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In a plain factory building in the San Marcos hills, north of San Diego in California, a technological revolution is under way. There, a team of AI experts are developing a new brand of woman that can smile, flutter her eyelids, make small-talk and remember the names of your siblings. Harmony – for that is
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Signs of the Sojourner review – playing cards in faraway places | Games

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Card games typically pit players against each other. Signs of the Sojourner is more like matching dominoes, asking players to lay out their cards to map conversations with those they meet along the road. The game follows a travelling trader who follows their mother’s routes after her death, crisscrossing the continent to bring goods home
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New rightwing free speech site Parler gets in a tangle over … free speech | Internet

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In recent weeks, Donald Trump has started having his tweets factchecked and published with disclaimers when they contain misleading information. Katie Hopkins, the woman who once compared migrants to cockroaches and called for a “final solution” in relation to Muslims, has been banned from Twitter. And a subreddit called r/The_Donald has been banned after Reddit
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