Today on the net: Thai web users bear witness to the violence that has rocked Bangkok; reactions online to Libya’s election to the United Nations Human Rights Council; and running on water, a new sport becomes a web sensation.
They are called "apéritifs géants" and they are all the rage. Huge social gatherings arranged through social networking sites like Facebook have taken France by storm. They have been held in several French cities and have attracted tens of thousands. But the death of a young man in Nantes last week has led to the authorities hardening their tone. So should the gatherings be banned?
Popular social networking site Facebook has unveiled new security features that will prevent hacking, following a growing storm over privacy issues. Critics claimed some Facebook features compromise the privacy of its more than 400 million members.
When New York police released the name of the man arrested for the attempted car-bombing in Times Square, internet users trawled social networking sites for more clues to the identity of Faisal Shahzad, with some unhappy results.
The candidates had barely begun debating Thursday night, when viewers started posting their opinions, picking winners and the losers, and providing their own informed – and sometimes uninformed – analysis of Britain’s first-ever televised debate.
For the first time in British history, the leaders of the three main parties agreed to participate in pre-election televised debates, prompting Facebook and Youtube to join forces in organising an interactive digital political debate.
The British Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), met with Facebook executives in Washington, DC on Monday to discuss the addition of a 'panic button' to report paedophiles. Facebook has not yet consented to the idea.