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Facebook testing monthly charges for certain groups

Menlo Park - Facebook has decided to allow administrators of some groups to begin charging $4.99 to $29.99 a month for exclusive memberships. The company made the announcement in a blog post indicating it was part of an early test.

Will blockchain replace the web? Special

Brooklyn - Blockchain – a decentralized data base – is known today because it’s used to produce and exchange cryptocurrencies. But blockchain might prove to have many more applications, one day threatening the monopoly of companies like Amazon and Facebook.

Decline in people using Facebook for news

The seventh annual Digital News Report has found there has been a decline in the number of people indicating they use Facebook as a news source. Instead WhatsApp gains in popularity.

Facebook hiring two staff to ferret out fake news

Facebook is looking for one English and one Spanish speaker who were originally described as a "news credibility specialist" but this was changed to "news publisher specialist". Whatever they are called they are to filter out fake news from Facebook.

Facebook out to lure eSports fans with online portal

San Francisco - Facebook on Friday unveiled a portal devoted to streaming video game play and commentary as it ramped up its challenge to Amazon-owned Twitch and Google's YouTube for eSports fans.

Facebook staff to learn Sinhala insults after Sri Lanka riots

Colombo - Three months after Sri Lanka was rocked by deadly anti-Muslim riots fuelled by online vitriol, Facebook is training its staff to identify inflammatory content in the country's local languages.

Facebook deals with Chinese firm draw ire from US lawmakers

Washington - Facebook drew fresh criticism from US lawmakers following revelations that it allowed Chinese smartphone makers, including one deemed a national security threat, access to user data.

Facebook deals with Chinese firm draw ire from US lawmakers

San Francisco - Facebook drew fresh criticism from US lawmakers following revelations that it allowed Chinese smartphone makers, including one deemed a national security threat, access to user data.

Facebook gave user data to 60 companies including Apple, Amazon

Facebook has had data-sharing agreements with at least 60 device makers, including Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft, many of which still exist.

Facebook's new rules for political ads are causing problems

Facebook's new rules requiring verification for ads regarded as political are causing serious problems for advertisers as their ads are taken down until the accounts are verified as political advertisers a process that takes several days.

Facebook is killing the controversial 'Trending' news section

Facebook has announced plans to discontinue its Trending news module next week. The feature, located at the top-right portion of the News Feed, provided links to news stories that people were sharing and commenting about on Facebook.

Nearly half of U.S. teens are online 'almost constantly'

Any doubts that the future is digital should be dispelled based on a new survey looking at on-line use among U.S. teenagers. Research suggests that the typical teen spends more time on-line than any other activity.

Facebook losing ground to other platforms among teenagers

Facebook, once dominant across all generations, is losing ground to other social media platforms among teenagers. A U.S. based survey shows how the younger generation are turning to alternate channels.

Complaint: Facebook pressured users to agree to privacy policy

A complaint filed by the European Center for Digital Rights, on behalf of an anonymous complainant, against Facebook Ireland Ltd. et al alleges the company used pressure tactics to get people to accept its privacy policy, in violation of the GDPR.

Hillary Clinton said she'd like to run Facebook

Perhaps alluding to Facebook's role in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton told an audience that the company she'd like to run, if she had to pick, would be Facebook and that people need to "get accurate information on which to make decisions."

AFP to launch fact-checking sites in English, Spanish and Portuguese

Paris - Agence France-Presse (AFP) will launch fact-checking sites in English, Spanish and Portuguese with financial support from Facebook, the international news agency announced on Thursday.

Facebook, Twitter tighten rules for political ads

Washington - Twitter on Thursday announced new guidelines to clearly mark political ads on its platform as Facebook said it began implementing a policy requiring labeling and verification of identities of those paying for political messages.

Facebook begins labeling, verification for political ads

Washington - Facebook said Thursday it began implementing a new policy requiring labeling of political ads and verification of identities of those paying for the messages.

Facebook changes two-factor authentication

Facebook has changed how the two-factor authentication process works β€” now users don't need to use their phone numbers and can use an authenticator app instead.

Zuckerberg to face pressure on taxes in meeting with Macron

Paris - Fresh from saying "sorry" to European lawmakers, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds talks with Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday where he will face renewed pressure over his company's tax policies.

'I'm sorry', Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

Apo - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament on Tuesday for the "harm" caused by a huge breach of users' data and by a failure to crack down on fake news.

Facebook's Zuckerberg agrees to live-stream EU parliament hearing

Apo - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to live-stream his meeting with European Parliament members as he answers questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a top official said Monday.

Germany having a tough time enforcing online hate speech law

On January 1 of this year, Germany's new Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG) went into full effect. This act states that any company that fails to remove illegal content within 24 hours faces a fine of up to 50 million Euros.

Op-Ed: Break up the tech giants to protect privacy? Maybe not

Sydney - An NYU professor called Scott Galloway has called for the big tech monsters to be broken up to deal with privacy issues. The problem is that this whole environment is a moving target, and the big companies are targets themselves.

Cambridge Analytica files for voluntary bankruptcy in US: court filing

New York - British political consulting group Cambridge Analytica filed for voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York, court documents showed.

Zuckerberg to answer European MPs' questions behind closed doors

Brussels - Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to answer the questions of European parliamentarians about the impact Facebook has on the privacy of European citizens.

Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia: whistleblower

Washington - Political consulting group Cambridge Analytica used Russian researchers and shared data with companies linked to Russian intelligence, a whistleblower told a congressional hearing on interference in the 2016 US election Wednesday.

Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia: whistleblower

Washington - Political consulting group Cambridge Analytica used Russian researchers and shared data with companies linked to Russian intelligence, a whistleblower told a congressional hearing on interference in the 2016 US election Wednesday.

US Justice Department, FBI probing Cambridge Analytica: report

Washington - The US Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the British marketing analytics firm embroiled in the Facebook data scandal, and have questioned potential witnesses, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Facebook has deleted millions of spam posts and fake accounts

Facebook has thinned out millions of spam posts, and it has removed millions of fake accounts, in an effort to keep its content cleaner, to enforce its community standards.
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