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Closure of Palestinian pages sparks Facebook censorship fears

Ramallah - Facebook apologised Monday after temporarily disabling accounts linked to two Palestinian news sites critical of Israel, a move that drew concern over potential online censorship.

Facebook using Messenger AI to prompt you to pay friends back

Facebook has revealed it is testing a new Messenger feature that will allow the app to remind you to pay friends back. Facebook Messenger can already be used to send payments. It can now detect when you've loaned money from friends to make you repay.

Op-Ed: Viral photo needs to be seen — Heroin crisis in U.S. is serious

After an Ohio police department posted a picture on their Facebook page of two people passed out in a car, apparently having overdosed on heroin, while a four-year-old boy sits in the back seat, many people were angry at the police. They missed the point.

Austrian teen sues parents for posting her baby pics on Facebook

An 18-year-old woman launched a lawsuit against her parents alleging they posted embarrassing baby pictures of her on Facebook and refused to remove them despite her repeated requests.

Facebook Live is coming to the desktop

Facebook has confirmed it is beginning the roll-out of its personal livestreaming service, Facebook Live, on desktop-based devices. A small number of users now have access to the feature. It allows you to broadcast videos using your PC's webcam.

Social media giants FB, Twitter join coalition against fake news

Facebook and Twitter are joining news organizations and technology groups in an alliance that aims to filter out fake news and improve the quality of information on social networks.

Teenager sues Facebook over naked photograph

Belfast - A teenage girl is to sue Facebook over a naked photograph of her was repeatedly published on the social media site's pages.

Facebook restores Norwegian PM's 'napalm girl' protest post

Oslo - Facebook had restored by Saturday a post by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg which it had taken down over an iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl escaping a napalm bombing.

Facebook backs off censoring 'napalm girl' photo

San Francisco - Facebook backtracked Friday on a decision to censor an iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl escaping a napalm bombing, after its block on the historic image sparked outrage.

Facebook accused of censoring iconic Vietnam War photo

Oslo - Facebook was confronted Friday with fierce indignation in Norway as the nation's top newspaper, the prime minister and users voiced outrage over the network's decision to censor a historic Vietnam War photo.

Facebook co-founder gives $20mn to Clinton, Democrats

Washington - Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz is committing $20 million to help Hillary Clinton and her Democratic Party in the upcoming US election.

Facebook 'like' Star Trek's 50th anniversary with special buttons

This week marks the 50 years since the Star Trek franchise started. Joining in the celebratory events is Facebook, who will be hosting some special 'like' buttons.

Spacecom demands $50 million, free flight from SpaceX

Space Communication Ltd is reportedly seeking compensation from SpaceX over last week’s explosion that destroyed the Israeli company’s communications satellite.

Florida man charged after online threats made to LGBT community

Orlando - A 50-year-old man is in custody after it was alleged he made threats on Facebook to kill gays and lesbians in Wilton Manors, Florida. The post mentioned the Pulse nightclub in Orlando where 49 people were killed and 53 others injured on June 12.

Man uses his wanted photo as Facebook profile picture

Stuart - Most people don't use their wanted poster photo as their profile picture on social media. However, one guy in Florida liked his so much that he used it as his Facebook profile picture.

Facebook refuses to wear the label of 'media company'

Facebook is a social network. Facebook is a conglomerate (it owns Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus VR). Facebook is a hardware company. Facebook is a software company.

Belgians are looking for books instead of Pokémon monsters

A Belgian educator has created an online game that encourages people to look for real books instead of Pokémon characters. And the game is catching on.

Facebook makes trending news feature more automated

San Francisco - Facebook said it is further automating its "trending" stories feature, a move that will scale back human input to prevent personal bias from influencing which stories get highlighted.

WhatsApp breaks its promise, starts sharing data with Facebook

WhatsApp is facing a huge backlash after breaking a promise it made two years ago. When it was bought by Facebook, it pledged not to share user data with its new parent. Now, it's reversed that policy and will soon share data to power ads.

Instagram 19th service to pass one billion Android app installs

This week Instagram became the fourth online service app owned by Facebook to pass the one billion mark in Android app installs. Relatively speaking, it did not take Instagram all that long to get their, either.

Facebook aims for video-loving teenagers with new app

San Francisco - Facebook took direct aim at video-loving adolescents, and Snapchat, with the release of a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates.

Advertising bots can now talk to you on Facebook Messenger

Facebook has updated its chatbot policies to allow AI-controlled ad bots onto Facebook Messenger. Messenger bots are now allowed to canvas products to you, send you promotions and engage in subscription-based conversations in a rethinking of the rules.

Facebook to make your News Feed more interesting and informative

Facebook has announced it is tweaking its News Feed to show you more "personally informative" stories. The company is aiming to make the News Feed more interesting for each user, increasing engagement by only showing content relevant to each individual.

Google and Facebook put their fierce rivalry aside to save money

Back in March, Google finally joined up with the Open Compute Project — the Facebook-led effort to build better computer hardware that's shaking up a $140 million industry.

Facebook to banish clickbait and spam from your News Feed

Facebook has announced it is updating its News Feed to hide more clickbait stories with deliberately misleading headlines. It said it realises the benefits of authentic communication and is making the change based on extensive user feedback.

Hulk Hogan verdict forces Gawker founder Denton into bankruptcy

New York - Gawker founder Nick Denton declared bankruptcy on Monday after a federal judge allowed collection efforts to begin on $140 million in damages the news website was found liable for in a lawsuit filed by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Facebook to challenge US bill for back taxes

Washington - The US government is expected to hit Facebook with a bill for between $3 billion and $5 billion in back taxes, the social network has disclosed.

Brazil fines Facebook $11.6 mn over WhatsApp standoff

Rio De Janeiro - A judge in Brazil slapped an $11.6 million fine on the local Facebook branch over the company's refusal to surrender data from its WhatsApp messenger program to a police investigation.

Facebook Internet drone Aquila completes first test flight

Facebook’s goal to deliver Internet service to far-flung places took another step closer to reality following the successful test flight of its solar-powered Aquila drone.

San Francisco prepares for Pokemon Go invasion

San Francisco - Even San Francisco, the home of the hippie movement in the 1960s and a long list of oddities after that, has never seen anything like this.
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