Indonesia Fights Same-sex Emoticons; 25 Percent of Mobile Apps Insecure

Posted February 11th, 2016 at 11:10 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - The logo of free messaging app Line and it's sticker characters are pictured at the Line Corp's press briefing venue in Urayasu, east of Tokyo, Japan. (Reuters)

FILE – The logo of free messaging app Line and it’s sticker characters are pictured at the Line Corp’s press briefing venue in Urayasu, east of Tokyo, Japan. (Reuters)

Indonesia Warns Messaging Apps to Drop Same-sex Emoticons

The government of Indonesia, where homosexuality is a sensitive topic, is demanding that instant messaging apps remove stickers and images that express support for bisexual or transgender orientations. The move follows a backlash on social media over same-sex stickers on popular messaging app Line

Here’s How Facebook Can Avoid Playing the Part of the Colonialist

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday chided board member Marc Andreessen over an  offensive tweet about colonialism in India. Writer David Meyer argues that Facebook opened itself up to this type of criticism with its Free Basics Internet initiative, now banned in India.

25 Percent of Mobile Apps Include at Least One High Risk Security Flaw

A new study from NowSecure, a mobile security solutions firm, found business apps three times more likely to leak login information than other apps. Game apps were one-and-a-half times more likely to include high-risk vulnerabilities.

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Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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