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EU threatens tougher rules on hate speech after Facebook meeting

Apo - A top EU official for digital policy warned Monday that big tech companies could face tougher rules and penalties in Europe if they failed to adequately curb hate speech and disinformation.

Facebook purges more accounts linked to Russia in new crackdown

Washington - Facebook said Wednesday it purged dozens of accounts linked to Russian military intelligence in the latest effort to root out manipulation and disinformation of the huge social network.

Op-Ed: Everyone vs Twitch — How the big players are evolving esports

Sydney - The days of gaming being “weird” have long been overtaken by pro gaming and big prizes. Twitch is the one to beat, and everyone, including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, is getting involved.

Viral video reunites Bangladeshi with family after 48 years

Dhaka - An ailing Bangladeshi who went missing almost half a century ago has been reunited with his family after a video appeal on Facebook seeking help for his treatment went viral.

Pakistan says Facebook to help in fight against polio

Islamabad - Pakistan says Facebook will help the country in its fight against polio after authorities blamed anti-vaccine content posted last year on the social network site for a leap in the number of cases.

Facebook bans deepfake videos ahead of the U.S. elections Special

In response to Facebook’s new deepfake ban (joining joining nudity, hate speech, and graphic violence on the banned list), security expert Robert Prigge, CEO of Jumio explains to Digital Journal why the need to regulate is important.

Facebook bans deepfake videos but says parody clips still OK

Washington - Facebook will ban deepfake videos ahead of the US elections but the new policy will still allow heavily edited clips so long as they are parody or satire, the social media giant said Tuesday.

Swiss minister says Facebook's Libra has 'failed' in current form

San Francisco - The Swiss president and finance minister has delivered the latest blow to Facebook's planned Libra cryptocurrency, saying it has "failed in its current form," Swiss network SRF reported Friday.

267 million social media records exposed online Special

In response to the 267 million Facebook user IDs, phone numbers, and names was left exposed on the web, Digital Journal caught up with Anurag Kahol, of Bitglass for analysis.

Facebook says investigating data exposure of 267 million users

San Francisco - Facebook on Thursday said it is investigating a report that a database containing names and phone numbers of more than 267 million users was exposed online.

New York City's tech talent lures Amazon to open office by 2021

Amazon is coming to New York City after all. The tech giant has signed a lease for a new office space in Manhattan that will house more than 1,500 employees, less than a year after pulling out of a deal for a larger headquarters in the borough of Queens.

EU to check how Facebook, Google use data: spokeswoman

Apo - The European Commission said Monday it had begun a "preliminary investigation" into how Facebook and Google collect personal data and what they do with it.

Facebook corrects post under Singapore disinformation law

Fpo - Facebook published a correction on a user's post Saturday following a demand from Singapore, the first time a tech giant has complied with the city-state's law against misinformation.

Vietnam jails music teacher for 'undermining' state

Hanoi - Vietnam sentenced a music teacher to 11 years in prison on Friday for Facebook posts that allegedly undermined the one-party state, which has been accused of tightening the noose on online dissent.

Facebook nixes billions of fake accounts

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday said it has taken down some 5.4 billion fake accounts this year in a sign of the persistent battle on social media against manipulation and misinformation.

Facebook nixes billions of fake accounts

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday said it has nixed 5.4 billion fake accounts already this year, in a sign of a persistent battle on social media against manipulation and disinformation.

Facebook steps up monitoring for Taiwan elections

Taipei - Facebook vowed Tuesday to step up monitoring for any attempt to use its platform to meddle in Taiwan's elections as the island's authorities say they face growing interference from China.

New Facebook logo arrives as its 'family' grows

San Francisco - Facebook on Monday unveiled a new logo to represent the Silicon Valley company, distinct from its core social network.

Lawsuit accuses Facebook ad targeting of abetting bias

San Francisco - A lawsuit filed on Thursday accuses Facebook of letting ad targeting tools be used to exclude women and older people from offers regarding loans, investments and other financial services.

Facebook shares up, but will privacy regulation start to impact? Special

Facebook's stock rose in after-hours trading after the company posted third-quarter earnings that exceeded analysts expectations - at least for now. But what does the future hold for the company and where might the main risks come from?

Africa targeted by Russian-led disinformation campaign: Facebook

Washington - Facebook said Wednesday it had taken down accounts linked to a Russian ally of President Vladimir Putin seeking to spread disinformation on the social network in eight African countries.

Facebook's Zuckerberg open to scaling back Libra plan

Washington - Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg opened the door Wednesday to scaling back plans for the company's digital coin Libra if it cannot win approval as a new currency for global exchanges.

Q&A: Why no one wants to play with Facebook’s Libra Special

It’s becoming clear that Facebook’s Libra has gone from being the cool kid on the playground to the one everyone tries to avoid - Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, eBay, Booking Holdings among others have abandoned their original deal with Libra.

Zuckerberg calls Libra coin a key for American leadership

Washington - Facebook's proposed digital coin Libra would "extend America's financial leadership" while helping cash-strapped people around the world, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in remarks prepared for delivery to lawmakers released Tuesday.

Libra coin key for 'America's financial leadership': Zuckerberg

Washington - Facebook's proposed digital coin Libra would "extend America's financial leadership" in the world, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in remarks for delivery to lawmakers released Tuesday.

Facebook steps up security amid fresh signs of Russia meddling

San Francisco - Facebook said Monday it was tightening its security for the 2020 US elections, amid signs of fresh activity from Russia attacking Democratic presidential candidates, including Joe Biden.

Facebook's Marcus says Libra won't be controlled by a single company

Washington - Facebook executive David Marcus on Sunday tried to calm the fears of officials threatening to block its proposed digital currency, saying Libra won't be controlled by a single company.

Angry emojis flood Hong Kong leader's Facebook Live chat

Fpo - Hong Kong's embattled leader took to Facebook Live late Thursday in a bid to reach out to citizens after months of political unrest -- and the emoji count was far from kind.

Group behind Facebook's Libra coin announces 21 founding members

Geneva - The Libra Association, created by Facebook to launch its new cryptocurrency, has announced its 21 founding members after defections by previous supporters including Visa and Mastercard.

More companies back away from Facebook's Libra coin

San Francisco - Facebook's digital currency alliance lost more companies on Friday amid heavy criticism from regulators around the world on the planned Libra global cryptocurrency.
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