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Facebook unveils its plan for oversight board

Facebook has unveiled its plan to create an independent “oversight” board to make decisions over how the network is moderated, reports BBC. The firm insisted the panel, which will hear its first “cases” in 2020, will have the power to override decisions it makes over contentious material and influence new policy. Read More »

Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

San Francisco, Aug 21 (AP/UNB) — Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is adding a section where you can ... Read More »

Facebook rolls out new privacy settings for groups

Facebook is homing in on Facebook groups to help crack down on harmful content on the platform. In a tandem of blog posts this week, Facebook detailed two major changes to its user-created groups feature — one of which will simplify privacy settings across the platform. According to the company, groups will now have just two privacy settings, public or ... Read More »

Privacy watchdogs warn Facebook over Libra currency

Global privacy regulators joined forces Tuesday to demand guarantees from Facebook on how it will protect users’ financial data when it launches its planned cryptocurrency, Libra. The watchdogs from Australia, the US, EU, Britain, Canada and other countries issued an open letter calling on Facebook to respond to more than a dozen concerns over how it will handle sensitive personal ... Read More »

Facebook and friends threaten to libralise the world

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, Jul 16 2019 (IPS) – On 17 June, a Facebook white paper proposed a new global digital currency it plans to launch in the first half of 2020. The Libra will be managed by a ‘not for profit’ Swiss-based Facebook-led consortium of ‘for-profit corporations’, with Uber, eBay, Lyft, Mastercard ... Read More »

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by photo glitch

Dhaka, July 3 (UNB) Some Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users cannot upload photos, videos and files. A spokesman for Facebook, which owns all three apps, told BBC News: “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.” Together, the social networks have billions of users worldwide, reports BBC. In March, Facebook and Instagram suffered their longest period ... Read More »

‘Deepfakes’ pose conundrum for Facebook

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday the leading social network is struggling to find ways to deal with “deepfake” videos which have the potential to deceive and manipulate users on a massive scale. Zuckerberg said Facebook is trying to determine whether deepfakes are “a completely different category” of misinformation and added, “there’s a very good case that they are.” ... Read More »

Virtual Facebook currency faces real-world resistance

If Facebook’s new cryptocurrency shouldresonate anywhere it should be India, where the social media giant has more than 300 million followers. Many Indians are shut out of banking and face punitive fees for simpletransactions, like transferring money to their loved ones. But in India as elsewhere, the US company’s ambitions to remake global finance through its “Libra” currency will have ... Read More »

Facebook to unveil new cryp to currency

Facebook is set Tuesday to unveil a bid to bring crypto currency payments into the mainstream, reportedly with the endorsement of governments and financial giants. The world’s biggest social network is expected to outline details of a virtual currency launching next year that it hopes will avoid the roller coaster volatility of “blockchain” technologies such as bitcoin. Facebook is setting ... Read More »

Facebook stops Huawei from pre-installing apps on phones

London, Jun 8 (AP/UNB)  — Facebook said Friday it has stopped letting its apps come pre-installed on smartphones sold by Huawei in order to comply with U.S. restrictions, a move that deals a fresh blow to the Chinese tech giant. The social network said it has suspended providing software for Huawei to put on its devices while it reviews recently ... Read More »

Facebook plans crypt to currency launch next year

Facebook has been in contact with US and British financial regulators with a view to launching its own cryp to currency next year, the BBC reported on Friday. “GlobalCoin” would work with a new digital payments system in about a dozen countries, starting in the first quarter of 2020, the broadcaster said on its website. Previous reports have said Facebook ... Read More »

Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3B

San Francisco, May 24 (AP/UNB) — Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network. In a new report, Facebook said it saw a “steep increase” ... Read More »

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

Jerusalem, May 17 (AP/UNB) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four ... Read More »

Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful info

Menlo Park, April 11 (AP/UNB) — Facebook said Wednesday it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combatting the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site — stepping up the company’s fight against misinformation and hate speech as it faces growing outside pressure. The updates will limit the visibility of links found to ... Read More »

Facebook could threaten democracy: former GCHQ chief

Facebook could become a threat to democracy without tougher regulation, the former head of intelligence agency GCHQ has said. Robert Hannigan told the BBC the social media giant was more interested in profiting from user data than “protecting your privacy”. It comes after MPs this week accused Facebook of striking secret deals over user data. The firm has also been ... Read More »

‘More than 600 apps had access to my iPhone data’

While Facebook desperately tightens controls over how third parties access its users’ data – trying to mend its damaged reputation – attention is focusing on the wider issue of data harvesting and the threat it poses to our personal privacy. Data harvesting is a multibillion dollar industry and the sobering truth is that you many never know just how much ... Read More »

Zuckerberg regrets Cambridge Analytica ‘breach’

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network “made mistakes” that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy. Cambridge Analytica is accused of improperly using the data on behalf of political clients. In a statement, Mr Zuckerberg said a “breach of trust” had occurred. Read More »

Zuckerberg rejects Trump bias claims

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed comments made by Donald Trump that the site has always been against him. The US president accused the social network of “collusion” on Twitter, branding it “anti-Trump”. He made the same claim against the New York Times and the Washington Post. Read More »