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Zuckerberg meets Trump, senators; nixes breaking up Facebook

Washington - Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg met Thursday with US President Donald Trump and members of Congress on a political reconnaissance mission to Washington, where he rejected calls to break up the world's biggest social network.

Facebook plays to social ties with Portal smart-screen

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday unveiled second-generation Portal smart screens, touting them as a way to stay connected to loved ones at the leading social network.

Facebook taps London police to track terror livestreams

San Francisco - Facebook on Tuesday teamed up with the London police as part of a ramped-up effort to thwart live-streams of terror attacks such as the New Zealand mosque massacre.

Zuckerberg: new Facebook panel can overrule him

San Francisco - Facebook said Tuesday it has finalized its charter for its "independent oversight board," giving the panel the authority to overrule chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on questions of appropriate content.

Facebook to stop news headline changes from advertisers

San Francisco - Facebook said Monday it is working to stop advertisers from changing headlines in links to news stories after concerns raised by a British political party's altering of one such link.

Q&A: How did Facebook come to expose users' data online? Special

Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts were found online. This represents the latest in a string of security and privacy incidents involving Facebook, according to Jonathan Bensen, CISO at Balbix.

Facebook users' phone numbers exposed online Special

Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts were found online. The passwordless server contained over 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies. Jonathan Bensen, CISO at Balbix looks at the implications.

400 mn Facebook users' phone numbers exposed in privacy lapse: reports

Washington - Phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were listed online in the latest privacy lapse for the social media giant, US media reported Wednesday.

Tech firms, US officials talk election protection at Facebook

San Francisco - Facebook said technology firms and US officials met at its Silicon Valley headquarters on Wednesday to collaborate on protecting next year's presidential election from cyber threats.

Facebook's clear history setting doesn't actually clear anything

For those keen to maintain their privacy Facebook's planned roll-out of its new 'clear history' function sounds good. The issue is that the cleared data doesn't really go anywhere, you just won't be able to see it.

Op-Ed: Taxes, giant multinationals, and problems which can be fixed

Sydney - Governments are revenue junkies. The way they use revenue is often absurd, but how they collect it, or don’t collect it, is a huge problem. Major companies like Amazon, Google, etc. have a workaround for taxes which is creating big tax problems.

Facebook opens cafés to encourage privacy checks with your coffee

London - Facebook has announced the opening of five Privacy Cafes, which have been established to help users navigate privacy settings while enjoying a free drink. Facebook is attempting to show it cares about protecting user data, but not all are convinced.

New tool exploits WhatsApp and 'puts words in your mouth'

A new piece of software latches onto a flaw with Facebook's WhatsApp and enables an exploiter to alter text and make out that someone has written something which they have not. This flaw presents a cybersecurity weakness.

Australian watchdog calls for controls on Facebook, Google

Sydney - Australia's competition watchdog on Friday recommended tighter controls on the use of personal data and measures to ease Facebook and Google's dominance of online advertising among a slew of measures to better police the internet giants.

Bombshell antitrust investigation to focus on core of Facebook

Facebook announced Wednesday that it's the subject of a Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigation. An anonymous source told Bloomberg the probe will center on Facebook's core business — social media.

US slaps $5 bn fine on Facebook, tightens privacy oversight

Washington - US regulators on Wednesday slapped Facebook with a record $5 billion fine for data protection violations in a wide-ranging settlement that calls for revamping privacy controls and oversight at the social network.

US slaps $5 bn fine, curbs on Facebook in privacy probe

Washington - US regulators on Wednesday slapped a record $5 billion fine on Facebook for privacy violations in a settlement requiring the world's biggest social network to "submit to new restrictions and a modified corporate structure.

Facebook's Libra money a threat and far from ready: G7

Vineuil-saint-firmin - A threat to the international financial system. Not ready to be implemented. A potentially shadowy mechanism that could be exploited by criminals.

Instagram hides 'likes' from more users

Sydney - Instagram started hiding "likes" on its platform in Australia, Brazil and several other major markets Thursday, saying it wanted to ease pressure on users, following criticism about its impacts on mental health.

Facebook needs 'very high standard' for Libra coin: US Treasury

Washington - Facebook must meet "a very high standard" before it moves ahead with its planned digital currency Libra, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday.

Facebook launches new team to build apps, expects 'many failures'

Facebook has created a new internal group, called NPE Team, designed to launch new consumer-facing apps. It comes as Facebook tries to diversify its products and reduce its reliance on its scandal-ridden core Facebook app.

Steve Wozniak: 'Figure out a way to get off Facebook'

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak advised that most people "find a way to get off Facebook" when speaking with TMZ. He said he quit the site last year.

Q&A: Facebook app to pull user data for market research Special

Facebook has a new Android app called ‘Study by Facebook’ that will compensate users for letting the company see which apps/devices they use. Is this a good idea and should consumers be wary with their data privacy?

Trump Facebook ads used models and Japanese scenes to depict U.S.

Both the Donald Trump re-election campaign and Facebook have come under fire over a series of ads which suggest they show Trump supporters in the U.S., but are in fact something else entirely.

Facebook requested to put cryptocurrency Libra on hold

Facebook has been requested by members of the U.S. House of Representatives to put the brakes on its cryptocurrency project Libra. This is due to concerns about the impact upon the global financial system.

Facebook to help France fight hateful content: govt aide

Paris - Facebook will share with French judicial officials the IP addresses of users who post hateful content, an aide to digital affairs minister Cedric O said Tuesday.

Is it time to start regulating the technology giants?

Given the various data privacy issues and other matters like tipping the balance during elections, the big technology companies are increasingly coming under the spotlight. Is it now time for regulation?

Governments must regulate social networks: Facebook's Clegg

London - Governments, not companies, must regulate social networks, Facebook's head of global affairs and former UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, said Monday."It's not for private companies, however big or small, to come up with those rules.

Q&A: Privacy insight on Facebook’s Libra Special

Facebook is creating a new open-source digital currency called Libra. Through the new coin, Facebook could quickly establish a dominant position in global finance. This raises serious questions of data privacy for prospective users.

Europe wary as Facebook takes up cryptocurrency challenge

Paris - European financial leaders on Tuesday vowed vigilance after Facebook announced it was diving into the cryptocurrency market, as analysts warned the social media giant could face major regulatory questions.
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