SAN FRANCISCO: Several social networking sites were shut down in the Turkey amid an attempted military coup, media reports said on Friday.
Social networking and messaging services including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube claimed “intentional slowing” of the services in Turkey during a coup attempt.
“A @TurkeyBlocks account that monitors social networking and messaging services in Turkey, tweeted early in the day that it noticed “social media throttling,” particularly Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, read the reports.
— Turkey Blocks (@TurkeyBlocks) July 15, 2016
— Ahmed Zidan (@zidanism) July 15, 2016
— Turkey Blocks (@TurkeyBlocks) June 29, 2016
However, some people in Turkey claim the services work for them.
Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube is back up in Turkey, just this second.
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) July 15, 2016
— BeLive.tv (@BeLiveTV_) July 15, 2016
State broadcaster TRT said that Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were blocked for two hours following the initial military coup in the country.
Commenting on the news, a YouTube spokesperson said: “We are aware of reports that YouTube is down in Turkey, however, systems seem to be functioning normally.”
On the other side, Twitter rejected the reports of full blockage of the service; however, it said that there was an intentional slowing of the service in the country.
“We have no reason to think we’ve been fully blocked in #Turkey, but we suspect there is an intentional slowing of our traffic in the country,” Twitter said in a message fired off by its global policy team at a @policy account.
We have no reason to think we’ve been fully blocked in #Turkey, but we suspect there is an intentional slowing of our traffic in country.
— Twitter PublicPolicy (@Policy) July 15, 2016
Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Turkish government often imposes a media ban during periods of political crises that includes blocking access to social media sites and services. The purpose is to prevent potentially damaging news reports on the country that could hurt its image and help opponents organize.
Twitter launches new tool to combat election-linked misinformation
SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has announced that it is launching a new tool to help users report any practice of election-related misinformation on its platform.
The U.S. social media company said it is updating a feature within the product to combat “malicious automation and other forms of platform manipulation on the service.”
It is adding an option in the drop-down menu to let users describe how a specific tweet is misleading voters, such as misinformation about how to register to vote, or about the officially announced date or time of an election.
The new tool will be rolled out for the current elections in India, which begins on April 25, and the voting of European Parliament later this month, Twitter said.
Like other tech companies such as Google and Facebook, Twitter has been under pressure of the European Commission to tighten control of fake content on the platform.
The company said it is planning to expand the strengthened approach to other elections globally throughout the rest of the year.
It stopped short of saying when the new measure will be applied to U.S. elections in 2020.
Twitter announced the new tool one day after U.S. President Donald Trump met its top executives including CEO Jack Dorsey in the White House for what he called “an open dialogue” on Tuesday.
“Great meeting this afternoon at the @WhiteHouse with @Jack from @Twitter. Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!” Trump tweeted.
A Twitter spokesperson said the discussion touched upon Twitter’s commitment to protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections.
British PM approves Huawei role in 5G network: report
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May has given the go-ahead for China’s Huawei to help build a 5G network, shrugging off security warnings from senior ministers and Washington.
The country’s National Security Council, which is chaired by May, agreed Tuesday to allow the Chinese technology giant limited access to build “noncore” infrastructure such as antennas, the report said.
The decision was made despite concerns raised over May’s approach by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt.
Downing Street declined to comment on the newspaper report.
The United States has banned Huawei’s 5G technology from its territory and has urged allies in the so-called Five Eyes intelligence sharing collective — which also includes Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand — to follow suit.
Huawei is the leading manufacturer of equipment for next-generation 5G mobile networks with almost instantaneous data transfer that will become the nervous system of Europe’s economy, in strategic sectors like energy, transport, banking and health care.
However, the technology titan faces pushback in some Western markets over fears Beijing could spy on communications and gain access to critical infrastructure.
Last month, Britain identified “significant technological issues” in Huawei’s engineering processes that pose “new risks” for the nation’s telecommunications, according to a government report.
Tesla unveils ambitious full self-driving chip for next-generation vehicles
SAN FRANCISCO: U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla unveiled a new full self-driving (FSD) chip for its next-generation autonomous vehicles.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk told investors during the company’s Autonomy Day that FSD-powered computers will turn its electric cars into self-driving vehicles without human intervention.
He said all new models of Tesla cars including Model 3, X and S have been equipped with the chips featuring full self-driving capabilities, but the next-generation chip, which is currently under development, would be “three times better” than the existing system.
Musk said Tesla will probably have more than 1 million cars with full driving capabilities running on the road by 2020.
“Probably two years from now, we’ll make a car with no steering wheels or pedals,” he said. He predicted the new powerful FSD chip will come out in two years.
Musk touted his company’s FSD technology while mocking the LIDAR technology by calling it a “fool’s errand.”