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EU, US seek 'quick solutions' to data deal void

Luxembourg - Brussels and Washington want "quick solutions" to the legal void left by the collapse of a transatlantic data deal on which major companies like Facebook depend, a senior EU official said Friday.

Facebook announces six new emotions to sit alongside 'Like'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently confirmed the company is working on adding a "dislike" button to the social network, although he never put it as such. Today, the new options were unveiled and they're rather different than what people expected.

Snowden hails EU for quashing transatlantic data deal

Moscow - America's most-wanted whistleblower Edward Snowden on Tuesday hailed a decision by the EU's top court to strike down a transatlantic data deal used by companies like Facebook to send citizens' personal data to the US.

Facebook says 'imperative' for EU, U.S. to find data deal solution

Brussels - Facebook urged the EU and US to find a quick solution after Europe's top court struck down a key transatlantic data sharing deal that is relied on by the social media giant and other big firms.

Facebook blow as EU court quashes transatlantic data deal

Luxembourg - Facebook and other Internet giants could be barred from sending European citizens' personal information to the US after the EU's top court on Tuesday struck down a key transatlantic data deal in the wake of the Edward Snowden scandal.

U.S.-EU data deal at risk in Facebook case judgment

Brussels - The EU's top court is set to rule Tuesday on a transatlantic data deal, relied on by companies such as Facebook, a judgement that could see it declared invalid given spying revelations in the Edward Snowden scandal.

Digicel wants Google to pay up or it will block its ads

A mobile carrier in Jamaica wants Google, Facebook and Yahoo to pay money or they will block their ads from being shown to its customers.

Facebook blames engineer for causing net neutrality controversy

A day after controversy heated up over Facebook’s alleged role to end net neutrality in India, the social media giant has come out with an explanation to clear all doubts regarding its part in the Digital India initiative.

Facebook hit by another viral copy-and-paste privacy scam

Another Facebook privacy hoax is currently going viral on the social network, asking users to copy and paste a "privacy notice" to their profile if they want to avoid the social network charging $5.99 to retain access to private posts.

Vigilante lynchings go viral in Peru

Suspects forced to stand on anthills, made to eat raw chili peppers and stripped naked and whipped in public — mass Facebook vigilante movements are going viral in Peru, prompting civilians to punish alleged criminals for petty crimes.

Brief Facebook outage prompts flurry on Twitter

San Francisco - Facebook users experienced a brief outage of the huge social network Thursday, with many turning to Twitter to vent frustration or joke about the incident.

Fake Facebook 'dislike' buttons are scamming users

Scammers are using fake Facebook "dislike" buttons in an attempt to trick unwitting users into handing over money, having malicious code downloaded to their computers, and liking pages, Digiday reports.

Facebook confirms it is working on a 'dislike' button

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed the social network is developing a new "Dislike" button as an alternative to the ubiquitous "Like." The company is working to make the new option a better way to "express empathy" for certain topics.

Facebook pledges to combat racism on German platform

Berlin - Facebook pledged Monday to combat racist hate speech on its German-language network amid an upsurge in xenophobic comments online as Germany faces an unprecedented influx of refugees.

Facebook's Conversion Lift can now compare ad effectiveness

Facebook's ad-performance-tracking tool Conversion Lift now has a new set of features. A new feature allows advertisers to compare multiple ads and see which performs best.

Zuckerberg: 1 billion people logged onto Facebook on Monday

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that 1 billion users logged onto Facebook on Monday August 24, representing an all-new and very impressive milestone for the social network that has made it to the heart of the Internet.

Instagram just introduced the feature everyone's been asking for

Instagram announced today that it is "thinking outside the square" and will now allow users to post in both landscape and portrait format.

Facebook announces 'M' — a human-powered virtual assistant

Facebook has announced its own virtual assistant to rival Siri, Cortana and Google Now. 'M' will live inside Messenger and is supervised and enhanced by real people, giving it a unique advantage over its all-digital competitors.

'Spam king' hacked 500,000 Facebook users, sent 27m spam messages

A Las Vegas man who called himself the 'Spam King' while he used phishing attacks to gain passwords for 500,000 Facebook accounts before sending over 27 million spam messages has pleaded guilty in court.

Syrians use Facebook to plan, document journey to Europe

Kos - When Wael and his relatives from Syria climbed into an inflatable boat in the dead of night to cross the sea from Turkey to Greece, they abandoned all their belongings -- except their smartphones.

Facebook announces plans to revamp Events and Notes

Facebook has unveiled plans to reinvent its "Events" feature after realising it is used for public gatherings as often as the private ones it is designed for. The little-used Notes is also being completely revamped to rival platforms like Medium.

Op-Ed: Something funny? Use 'LOL' and you're old fashioned

London Colney - Just as the way language changes, so does social media etiquette. The once popular initialism LOL is no longer the preferred means of expressing merriment on Facebook.

Everything you need to know about global Facebook-ad performance

Facebook is leading the pack when it comes to ad efficacy, as studies tell us, but ad performance varies country to country.

Less 'lol' and more 'haha' used on Facebook, study says

Internet language continues to evolve and how users share laughter has changed from "lol" to "haha" and emoji, according to a Facebook study.

Social media is becoming increasingly influential on consumers

There have been numerous debates about the actual effectiveness of social media in regards to consumer purchases, but the reality is that Internet users are more likely than ever before to become influenced by things they see on Facebook and Twitter.

Germany orders Facebook to allow fake user names

Hamburg - A privacy watchdog in Germany ordered Facebook to allow users to join the site using pseudonyms. The order challenges Facebook's authentic name policy.

Facebook beats YouTube at getting ad clicks, says report

A new report from Adobe shows that when it comes to getting users to click on ads, Facebook is doing a better job than YouTube and other competitors.

Facebook working on a shopping assistant dubbed 'Moneypenny'

Facebook is apparently working on creating its own digital assistant. Unlike Siri, Cortana or anything else, "Moneypenny" will not be focused on productivity but rather something else entirely: shopping.

Thousands flock to 'sin-free Facebook'

A special "sin-free" social networking site has drawn 100,000 members in a month of operating. Created by a group of Brazilian Evangelical Christians, swearing and erotic content is banned and blessings, prayers and inspirational quotes encouraged.

Mother reunited with son abducted in 1999 thanks to Facebook pic

Campbell - A photo posted on Facebook helped reunite a northern California mother with her son who was abducted 15 years ago when he was just 3 years old.
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