10 things in tech you need to know today

Jason Merritt/GettySpotify will soon let people block artists.

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

  1. France fined Google $US57 million for breaking Europe’s strict new privacy rules. The regulator, CNIL, said Google didn’t properly explain how or why it collects people’s data.
  2. WhatsApp will only let people forward messages 5 times to fight fake news. The messaging app has already trialled the five-forwards restriction in India, where a series of high-profile lynchings were supposedly sparked by false information going viral on the app.
  3. The world’s biggest YouTube stars say they’re burning out because of the unrelenting pressure to post new videos. They said they are often their own bosses, do the majority of their own editing, and are under pressure to stay relevant.
  4. In a survey conducted by workplace chat app Blind, hundreds of Facebook employees said Mark Zuckerberg should keep his job as CEO. They also said the litany of scandals surrounding Zuckerberg hadn’t damaged Facebook.
  5. The Syrian schoolboy who right-wing activist Tommy Robinson claimed was attacking girls plans to sue Facebook.The boy, who can only be named as “Jamal”, claims Facebook gave special status to Robinson, allowing him to make defamatory remarks.
  6. Twitter suspended an account that helped make the controversial video between a schoolboy and Native American protestor go viral. The account was run from Brazil, CNN found.
  7. Spotify will let people mute and block particular artists. It means song from that artist will never play in any playlist or radio station.
  8. A Dutch surgeon who was disciplined for medical negligence has won a landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case against Google. She has won a legal action to remove search results about her case.
  9. British takeaway firm Just Eat has lost its CEO after just 16 months. Peter Plumb stepped down on Tuesday, effective immediately, and the company is looking for a permanent replacement.
  10. Elon Musk said he spoke with CERN about building tunnels for an upcoming particle accelerator that will be four times the size of the Large Hadron Collider. CERN confirmed its director and spoken with Musk.

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