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Facebook purges ads for illegal wildlife in Southeast Asia as online trade surges

YANGON (Reuters) – An ad showing a civet cat cowering in a cage being offered for sale on Facebook was just one of hundreds that the social media giant has removed in a crackdown on Southeast Asia’s illegal wildlife trade during recent weeks.

FILE PHOTO: An undated screenshot taken by WWF of a Facebook page selling wildlife is seen written in Burmese in Myanmar, obtained August 5, 2020. Courtesy of World Wide Fund for Nature/Handout via REUTERS

“Not too wild, not too-well behaved. If interested, call…” the seller wrote on the post, using an account in Myanmar, a major source and transit point for the trade in wild animals.

Facebook has a ban on the sale of animals on its platform.

But, in the five months through May 2020, a report seen by Reuters showed World Wildlife Fund researchers had counted 2,143 wild animals from 94 species for sale on

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China’s major state banks start internal testing of digital wallet application: media

FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, is pictured in Beijing, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Lee

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s major state-run commercial banks are conducting large-scale internal testing of a digital wallet application, moving a step closer to the official launch of a home-grown digital currency, the 21st Century Business Herald reported on Thursday.

The state-backed newspaper cited sources saying employees at state banks in cities including Shenzhen have started internally testing the app to transfer money and make payments.

The move is in line with a key task for the second half of this year set by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), which in statement on Monday said the country should actively and steadily promote the development of a state digital currency.

In April, the PBOC’s digital currency

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Australia to spend $1.2 billion on cyber security for private sector after rise in attacks

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will spend A$1.66 billion ($1.19 billion) over the next 10 years to strengthen the cyber defences of private companies and households following a rise in cyber attacks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press conference held with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Cyber attacks on businesses and households are costing about A$29 billion or 1.5% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, according to Morrison’s prepared remarks seen by Reuters.

The package is the latest cyber spending commitment from Australia, coming just weeks after Canberra said it will spend A$1.35 billion over the next decade to bolster the capabilities of the country’s chief cyber intelligence agency.

That spending followed an attack by a “sophisticated state-based actor” on all levels of government, political

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Facebook, Twitter pull Trump posts over coronavirus misinformation

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.

A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

The post contained a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier in the day, in which Trump claimed that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19.

“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19, which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” a Facebook spokesman said.

A tweet containing the video that was posted by the Trump campaign’s @TeamTrump account and shared by the president was also later hidden by Twitter Inc TWTR.R for breaking its COVID-19 misinformation rules.

A Twitter spokesman said the @TeamTrump account owner would be required to

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