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Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.

The Guardian has seen more than 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts that give unprecedented insight into the blueprints Facebook has used to moderate issues such as violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm.

Facebook will let users livestream self-harm, leaked documents show

There are even guidelines on match-fixing and cannibalism.

The Facebook Files give the first view of the codes and rules formulated by the site, which is under huge political pressure in Europe and the US. theguardian.com
The 22-year-old cyber whizz who shut down a massive cyber hack against the NHS has accused tabloid journalists of being “super invasive” and forcing him to move house.

Marcus Hutchins, who became famous overnight after he accidentally activated a “kill switch” to shut down a malware attack on NHS computer and phone systems across the UK, has blasted the media for intruding into his personal life, publishing false details about him, stalking his friends and publishing his address.

On his twitter feed, Mr Hutchins claimed that he had misjudged how “horrible” his “five minutes of fame” would become after he stopped the WannaCry virus as it spread around the world.

Mr Hutchins added that a journalist had “doxed [obtained details online about] a friend then rang them offering money for my gf's [girlfriend’s] name and phone number, one turned up at another friend's house.” independent.co.uk
The Federal Communications Commission will not publish evidence of an alleged distributed denial-of-service attack, which critics say prevented a flood of people from leaving messages on the agency's support of net neutrality.

Call for the release of the agency's log files came after security experts and pro-net neutrality groups disputed the agency's claims that someone attempted to "bombard the FCC's comment system with a high amount of traffic" in the hours after the John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" show, which rallied viewers to leave feedback in favor of Obama-era net neutrality rules, which the FCC currently wants to roll back.

Two senators have written to the FCC to demand answers over the agency's claims it was attacked by an "external party," a claim that critics argue lacks substance.

In a ZDNet interview, FCC chief information officer David Bray said that the agency would not release the logs, in part because the logs contain private information, such as IP addresses. zdnet.com
Security researchers have released a fix that gets rid of the ransomware and restores a device's files, though it only works on Windows XP to Windows 7, and only on computers that have not been rebooted since the infection.

The fix is called wanakiwi and it comes from security researcher Benjamin Delpy.

The program scours a computer's memory for prime numbers, the foundation of encryption, and then uses those to generate unlock keys for the encrypted files.

This ingenious tool is based on Adrien Guinet's wannakey, which was designed to recover Windows XP keys. engadget.com
UK Prime Minister Theresa May promises to abolish internet access in the UK, replacing it with a government-monitored web.

Online services will vet all user-supplied content for compliance with rules about pornography, political speech, copyright compliance and so on.

Search engines will also have to employ British rules to exclude banned material from query results.

The laws would force technology companies to delete anything a person posted while under 18, taking "steps to protect the vulnerable and give people confidence to use the internet without fear of abuse, criminality or exposure to horrific content." boingboing.net
Whether you voted remain or leave, the European commission has come to your aid.

Holidaymakers are about to get free mobile phone roaming across Europe and a host of other destinations from 15 June – for the next two years, at least.

Following a long campaign and a series of staged roaming price cuts, the commission will finally put in place a long-cherished aim – the ability of Europeans to make same-cost mobile calls and data downloads irrespective of which EU country they are in.

But fears in the UK remain that once Brexit takes place the gains could be reversed.

And holidaymakers will still need to be careful about getting caught out in some non-EU countries such as Switzerland, Andorra and even the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, which are not formally part of the EU or even the European Economic Area (EEA). theguardian.com
A recent survey found the photo-sharing app negatively impacted on people's body image, sleep and fear of missing out.

Respondents were asked to score how each of the social media platforms they use impact upon issues such as anxiety, loneliness and community building.

The site with the most positive rating was YouTube, followed by Twitter. Facebook and Snapchat came third and fourth respectively.

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) report said: "The platforms that are supposed to help young people connect with each other may actually be fuelling a mental health crisis." telegraph.co.uk
Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations, allowing the government to decide what is said online.

The plans will allow Britain to become "the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet", the manifesto claims.

That legislation allows the government to force internet companies to keep records on their customers' browsing histories, giving ministers the power to break apps like WhatsApp so messages can be read.

The manifesto makes reference to those increased powers, saying that the government will work even harder to ensure there is no "safe space for terrorists to be able to communicate online". independent.co.uk
As US cable companies push to eliminate or change net neutrality rules, the industry's primary lobby group today released the results of a survey that it says shows "strong bipartisan consensus that the government should let the Internet flourish without imposing burdensome regulations."

But proponents of keeping the current rules can find plenty to like in the survey conducted by NCTA—The Internet & Television Association.

A strong majority of the 2,194 registered American voters in the survey support the current net neutrality rules that prohibit ISPs from blocking, throttling, or prioritizing online content in exchange for payment.

While most opposed price regulation, a majority supported an approach in which regulators take action against ISPs on a case-by-case basis when consumers are harmed—the exact same approach the Federal Communications Commission uses under its existing net neutrality regime. arstechnica.com