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YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans

YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country’s richest businessmen and an opposition leader. Russia’s internet censor blacklisted material on both services after a court ruled that it violated billionaire Oleg Deripaska’s privacy rights. However, Alexei Navalny has refused to remove the videos and photos, which he claims are evidence of corruption. A Wednesday deadline has been set. If neither Mr Navalny nor the US tech firms involved delete or otherwise block local access to the…

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Reddit bans deepfake porn videos

Reddit has banned “fake porn” – imagery and videos that superimpose a subject’s face over an explicit photo or video without the person’s permission. The move follows the development of artificial intelligence software that made it relatively easy to create clips featuring computer-generated versions of celebrities’ faces. Reddit had become one of the most popular places to share and discuss so-called deepfake videos. It also reworded its policy for minors. The discussion site had been under growing pressure to act after other platforms – including Twitter, Gfycat and Pornhub –…

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Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases on its credit cards

Lloyds Banking Group has banned its customers from buying Bitcoin on their credit cards following a sharp fall in the value of the digital currency. The ban, starting Monday, applies to Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA customers. It will not apply to debit cards, only to the banking group’s eight million credit card customers. Lloyds fears people are buying Bitcoin to make a profit if its value rises but face debts if it falls. It is concerned it could end up footing the bill for unpaid debts…

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Lifting Russian doping bans 'craven & spineless'

XXIII Olympic Winter Games Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Sports leaders have been accused of making “craven and spineless” decisions, after life bans given to Russian athletes were overturned. British International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Adam Pengilly told BBC Sport he was “appalled and angry” after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) overturned the suspensions of 28 Russians for doping, and partially upheld 11 other appeals. “It is a desperate and…

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Lifting of 28 Russians' life bans 'may have serious impact on future fight against doping'

XXIII Olympic Winter Games Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. A decision to overturn the Olympic life bans of 28 Russian athletes “may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping”, says the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) overturned the IOC suspensions – for doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics – partially upholding 11 other appeals. Cas said that in 28 cases evidence was “insufficient”…

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Haskell & Marler called up by England despite bans

Follow the 2018 Six Nations live on the BBC Dates: 3 February-17 March Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Listen on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website and app. Live text coverage on BBC Sport website and app. James Haskell and Joe Marler have been added to England’s squad for the Six Nations opener against Italy on Sunday despite both being suspended. The pair were not part of England’s 34-man training camp in Portugal but…

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Waitrose bans sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to under-16s

Waitrose is to ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to children aged under 16. The supermarket said customers buying drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre would be asked to prove their age from 5 March. The move follows concerns over the impact of the high sugar and caffeine content on children. Teachers’ union NASUWT said one in 10 teachers cited energy drinks as a key cause of poor pupil behaviour. Waitrose said its decision was based on existing industry labelling guidelines, requiring any soft drink with…

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