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Denmark to charge 1,000 youths with spreading sex videos via Facebook

Stockholm - More than 1,000 youths in Denmark are to be charged with spreading sex videos of two 15-year-olds through Facebook, Danish police said on Monday, in the nation's largest case of its kind.

Facebook joins Europol talks to fight Islamist propaganda

Den Haag - Facebook took part this week in key talks with European police agencies on how to stop and eliminate violent and terror-related Islamic jihadist posts, in an evolving battle against such propaganda.

Facebook overhauls the News Feed to prioritise real people

Facebook's announced a series of major changes coming to its News Feed that will prioritise posts from your real friends and family. Articles and videos published by Pages will be demoted. Facebook said it wants to improve "personal well-being."

Facebook trials new app section to spotlight local news

Facebook's launched a test of a new app section that showcases news, events and announcements in your local area. The company is using machine learning to promote content from local publishers, helping you find interesting stories relevant to your region.

Facebook partners with SESAC's HFA/Rumblefish to streamline music

Facebook will partner with SESAC's HFA/Rumblefish to streamline music licensing, as well as administration for the independent publishing market.

Facebook to shut down its 'M' digital assistant service

Facebook has announced it's shutting down part of its "M" digital assistant. The AI, accessed through Messenger, offered a "virtual concierge" supported by human operators. The human element of the service is now being closed down after over two years.

Facebook inks deal with Sony to allow users to share music videos

Facebook fans of Sony Music artists have a major reason to be proud! The social media company signed a deal with the Sony music division to let its users share music and music videos by their artists on its network.

Zuckerberg aims to 'fix' Facebook

Each year Mark Zuckerberg sets himself a challenge in relation to his personal or business interests. For 2018 his aim is to 'fix' an number of issues affecting the social media community on Facebook.

Zuckerberg says Facebook is looking into using cryptocurrency

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he will research cryptocurrency in 2018. The goal is part of his yearly personal challenge, which is mainly focused on fixing Facebook's problems.

Op-Ed: Facebook has a tool to dig up what Russian ads you followed

Saint Petersburg - In November, Facebook announced that it would create a tool that would allow users to see if they followed pages or accounts that were linked to Russian-backed groups notably the Internet Research Agency.

Op-Ed: Facebook vs fake news — Why it will work well

San Francisco - Facebook, not too happy about its status as Troll Heaven for fake news, has decided to stop flagging disputed news and start verifying articles with a clear indicator. That’s a lot simpler than trying to chase every fake new event worldwide.

Facebook drops potential fake news warning flag

Despite an earlier commitment, in the post-Trump world, to combat fake news, Facebook has dropped its 'fake news' warning flag. The social media site offers an alternative news 'suggestion' link instead.

France orders WhatsApp to seek permission for data transfer

Paris - France's data protection agency on Monday told messaging app WhatsApp it needs to obtain users' permission to transfer some information to its parent company Facebook and gave it a month to comply.

Facebook cutting down on spam 'engagement bait'

Facebook's announced a set of measures to combat "engagement bait" in its News Feed. The company is targeting spammy posts that ask users to like, comment or share them. The measure targets ads and sponsored posts that try to game Facebook's algorithms.

Facebook accused of inaction over Russian ads in Brexit vote

London - A senior British MP on Wednesday accused Facebook of failing to seriously investigate possible Russian influence in the Brexit vote, after it found just three adverts linked to a known propaganda group.

Facebook publicly released its internal harassment policy

On Friday, Facebook publicly released its internal anti-harassment policy on its website. The post breaks down the tech giant's processes when it comes to investigating harassment claims.

Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook launch new deep learning toolkit

Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook have announced the release of a neural network platform that allows deep learning frameworks to interoperate. It's designed to make machine learning more accessible by letting developers mix and match different models.

Facebook launches new messaging app for kids

Facebook's announced a new version of Messenger aimed specifically at kids. The app comes with a selection of features available in the main Messenger download and gives parents the ability to take control. Contacts can be approved before they're added.

Facebook launches new app to encourage creators to share videos

Facebook's launched a dedicated "Creator" app to encourage video broadcasters to create and share content for its platform. It provides a unified experience to help you manage video campaigns, including analytics tools and basic editing facilities.

Facebook says Messenger isn't ruining face-to-face communications

Facebook's published the results of a study into how people use Messenger. The company claimed use of online messaging apps actually increases the time people spend meeting in the real world. It also revealed 80 percent of adults send a message every day.

Activist can't file class action against Facebook: EU lawyer

Luxembourg - Austrian activist Max Schrems cannot bring a class action against Facebook for privacy breaches, although he is allowed to sue the US social media giant on a personal basis, the adviser to the EU's top court said Tuesday.

Facebook's new program helps you boost your digital skills

Facebook's announced a new community scheme aimed to help small businesses improve their digital skills. The company will provide training and resources so businesses can access modern technologies and keep up with the pace of technological development.

Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker unloads on Mark Zuckerberg

-Facebook's first president, Sean Parker, has been sharply critical of the social network, accusing it of exploiting human "vulnerability." -"God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains," he said.

Facebook urges users to send nude pics to combat revenge porn

Sydney - Facebook is trying to combat "revenge porn" by encouraging users in Australia to submit their nude photos to a pilot project designed to prevent intimate images from being shared without consent.

Moscow says Twitter to store user data in Russia

Moscow - Russia's telecoms watchdog said Wednesday that Twitter had agreed to store the personal data of Russian nationals on servers located in Russia by mid-2018 to avoid the prospect of a ban.

British MPs ask Twitter for details on Russian-linked accounts

London - A House of Commons committee investigating "fake news" and its influence on British politics asked Twitter on Friday for details of Russian-linked accounts, days after making a similar request of Facebook.

Facebook officially launches its 'Order Food' app across U.S.

On Friday, Facebook announced that users can now order food for takeout or delivery using both the Facebook mobile app and website.

Mark Zuckerberg wants 'one billion' people to use virtual reality

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the company wants to get one billion people using virtual reality. Speaking at Facebook's Oculus Connect VR event, Zuckerberg said headsets are "freeing" and let people experience things they'd otherwise miss out on.

Facebook supports full disclosure on Russia-backed ads: Sandberg

Washington - Facebook's number two executive Sheryl Sandberg said Thursday the company supports the decision to release the contents and targets of Russia-backed political ads on the social network in the 2016 election.

Why companies like Facebook and Netflix will rule TV's future

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti has a vision of the future of TV-style shows, and if it’s true, the cable TV industry should be getting nervous.
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