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Theresa May Dances Her Way Through an African Visit

LONDON — She danced, Britain cringed, and then she danced again. The British prime minister, Theresa May, the vicar’s daughter known for her devotion to duty and wooden campaign style, busted out first in South Africa and then yesterday in Read more…


Customers Died. Will That Be a Wake-Up Call for China’s Tech Scene?

Huang Jieli, who ran a Chinese ride-sharing business called Hitch, was invited to a wedding in March. One of her drivers was getting married to a woman who had once been his passenger. Thanks, the invitation said, for getting them Read more…


Russian Trolls Used Vaccine Debate to Sow Discord, Study Finds

“Don’t get #vaccines. Illuminati are behind it.” “Do you still treat your kids with leaves? No? And why don’t you #vaccinate them? It’s medicine!” With messages like those, Russian internet trolls meddling in the 2016 presidential election also lashed out Read more…


Australia’s Political Brawl Has Another Winner: A Popcorn Seller in Texas

Peter Dutton, an Australian politician, was defeated in his efforts to become prime minister on Friday. But Peter Dutton, a popcorn seller in Austin, Tex., turned a fleeting moment of mistaken identity into fame on the other side of the Read more…


Netflix Tests Promotional Videos but Users See ‘Commercials’

It’s easy for a Netflix subscriber to watch one episode after another of a favorite show: a viewer makes a selection and lets them keep on coming. Netflix might interrupt a binge after several hours of inactivity by asking “Are Read more…


Protesters Accuse Russia of Entrapping Young Critics Online

Those caught up in such cases tend to be dismissive of such remarks from the Kremlin. They noted that both the human rights ombudswoman appointed by Parliament, Tatyana Moskalkova, and the chairman of the Presidential Human Rights Commission, Mikhail Fedotov, Read more…


With Alex Jones, Facebook’s Worst Demons Abroad Begin to Come Home

To Americans, Facebook’s Alex Jones problem might seem novel, even unprecedented. When does speech become unsafe? When can it be limited? Should those decisions be up to a private company at all? And if a company shies away from acting, Read more…


Domestic Abuse, Shown Blow by Blow, Shocks Brazil

On Instagram, Ms. Spitzner’s sister Luana Spitzner created a page called TodosPorTatiane, or Everyone for Tatiane, which was has been followed by 112,000 people. On it, she warns: “Violence leaves marks. Not seeing them leaves femicides.” As the images spread, Read more…


A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter

HONG KONG — Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in Canada when he goes to college in 2020. Mr. Wei is Read more…


Aggression, abuse and addiction: we need a social media detox | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion

It’s August, when the talk is of holidays looming or just gone – and yet the question I find myself asking is not where, but whether. I’m less interested in where friends or colleagues are going than whether they will Read more…