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Digital Asia links: Fake news galore, Facebook’s China censorship tool, android spyware and more



25 November 2016 08:10

  • While countries across the world struggle with the online proliferation of fake news, it’s worth noting China had its own fake news crackdown six months ago.
  • This is what happens when millions of people in Myanmar suddenly get the Internet (hint: more fake news & anti-Muslim sentiment).
  • Again on fake news, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill allegedly ‘confronted’ Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg at APEC. The story was front-page news in PNG and caused lots of debate…on Facebook.
  • The NYT has the scoop on Facebook’s development of a third-party censorship tool for the Chinese market (weibo reactions here). But will such a tool be enough to break into China?
  • YouTube has shut down a popular North Korean TV clips channel that was an essential source for journalists and researchers.
  • A security firm has found several models of Android mobile devices sold through US-based online retailers contain preinstalled spyware that collects and transmits sensitive personal data to a third-party service in Shanghai.
  • How Indonesia’s scooter hailing app GoJek is beating Uber.
  • What does China’s new cybersecurity law mean for Chinese Internet companies?
  • Here I try to understand the geopolitics of viral mobile app Pokemon GO in Asia.
  • Chinese music video app Musical.ly merges Chinese and western product features and teenagers are obsessed.
  • Singapore’s media is reporting this 15-year old girl created a presentation for President-elect Trump after being contracted by his campaign team via online marketplace Fiverr:

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