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Facebook unveils machine learning translator for 100 languages

Washington - Facebook on Monday unveiled software based on machine learning which the company said was the first to be able to translate from any of 100 languages without relying on English.

Facebook shuts New Zealand party's page ahead of election

Wellington - Facebook shut down the page of conspiracy-embracing political party Advance New Zealand on Thursday just two days out from a general election, accusing it of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

Facebook shuts New Zealand party's page ahead of election

Wellington - Facebook shut down the page of conspiracy-embracing political party Advance New Zealand on Thursday just two days out from a general election, accusing it of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

Facebook to ban Holocaust denial content

New York - Facebook announced Monday that it will ban content that denies or distorts the Holocaust, describing the move as its latest effort to free the platform of hate.

QAnon sows panic with child trafficking misinformation

Paris - A surge in child trafficking misinformation pushed by QAnon conspiracy theorists is stirring public panic, generating violence and interfering with official efforts to protect minors, experts warn.

Facebook letting advertisers sow climate denialism: analysis

Washington - Facebook is allowing climate misinformation ads to proliferate despite claiming it is committed to rooting out the problem, a new report by a think tank said Thursday.

Facebook to pause political ads as US election day ends

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday said it will stop running political or social issue ads after the US polls close on November 3 to reduce chances of confusion or abuse.

Facebook, Instagram ban QAnon conspiracy-linked accounts

San Francisco - Facebook on Tuesday announced a ban on all accounts linked to the QAnon conspiracy group, as the social network tries to clamp down on misinformation ahead of the heated US presidential election.

Author promises 'No Filter' look at the Instagram story

San Francisco - Less than two years after photo-sharing mobile app Instagram launched a decade ago, its founders made the "gut-wrenching" decision to sell it to Facebook in a $1 billion deal.

Thai protesters angered after parliament delays charter reform

Bangkok - Thai lawmakers delayed a decision on constitutional reform Thursday, sparking anger among protesters outside parliament demanding changes to the kingdom's military-scripted charter and reform of the unassailable monarchy.

Protesters rally at Thai parliament as lawmakers debate reform

Bangkok - Thousands of Thais protested outside parliament Thursday as lawmakers debated amendments to the kingdom's military-scripted constitution, a key demand of a burgeoning pro-democracy movement alongside calls to reform the unassailable monarchy.

Philippine military to review troop accounts after Facebook purge

Manila - The Philippine military said Wednesday it will review the social media accounts of service members after Facebook took down a network linked to state security forces it accused of "coordinated inauthentic behavior".

What is the impact of Apple's new ITP policies on journalism? Special

Apple is upsetting the applecart in such a way that journalists and media properties need to pay attention. Content will no longer be discoverable in the same way and that is set to have a big impact.

Facebook failing to stop political manipulation: fired employee

Washington - Facebook has fallen woefully short in stopping political manipulation of the platform by governments around the world, according to a data scientist fired this month by the social network.

Facebook nabs Russia-linked campaign to fuel US chaos

San Francisco - Facebook on Tuesday said that it caught a budding Russia-linked campaign to fuel political chaos in the US, working off a tip from the FBI in its latest take-down of coordinated inauthentic behavior at the leading social network.

Indian govt minister accuses Facebook of bias in deepening row

New Delhi - India's communications minister on Tuesday accused Facebook of bias against right-wing politics, even after fresh reports about claims that a high-ranking staffer at the social media giant supported the country's Hindu-nationalist ruling party.

Facebook removes accounts of 17-year-old arrested over US shootings

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday removed accounts of a teenager accused of a deadly shooting spree during protests in the US city of Kenosha, along with pages of a local militia.

Thailand to push for more restriction of online content: minister

Bangkok - Thailand is pushing for the removal of 1,000 online posts, videos and other content that "breaks the law", a minister said Wednesday, after Facebook vowed legal action over the censorship of a group discussing the monarchy.

Facebook vows legal action over forced removal of Thai group

Bangkok - Facebook said Tuesday it would file a legal challenge against a Thai government order to take down a group where pro-democracy activists held discussions about the monarchy, a taboo subject in the country.

Facebook says it's fielding questions by US regulators

San Francisco - Facebook on Thursday said its executives are fielding questions from the US Federal Trade Commission on an antitrust fact-finding mission.

Facebook boots QAnon groups for ties to violence

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday said it has removed hundreds of groups tied to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory and imposed restrictions on nearly 2,000 more as part of a crackdown on stoking violence.

Facebook in India storm after hate speech claims

New Delhi - Facebook is in the eye of a political storm in India after claims it failed to take action against hate speech posts by a Hindu nationalist lawmaker out of fear for its business interests.

Facebook, Twitter take aim at Trump 'misinformation'

San Francisco - Facebook and Twitter took aim at US President Donald Trump and his campaign Wednesday over a video post in which he contended that children are "almost immune" to the coronavirus, a claim they said amounted to "misinformation.

Facebook removes Trump post over 'false' virus claims

San Francisco - Facebook said Wednesday it had removed a video post by US President Donald Trump in which he contended that children are "almost immune" to the coronavirus, a claim the social network called "harmful COVID misinformation.

Australia unveils law forcing tech giants to pay for news

Sydney - Australia unveiled a draft law Friday to force Google and Facebook to pay news media for their content in a "world-leading" initiative sure to prompt a confrontation with the US digital giants.

Holocaust survivors urge Facebook to remove genocide denial posts

New York - Holocaust survivors launched a campaign Wednesday in which they plan to upload daily videos to Facebook urging CEO Mark Zuckerberg to remove posts from the site that deny the Nazi genocide of Jews.

TikTok faces US national security review

Washington - A US government national security review of the social media app TikTok is nearly complete and will deliver a recommendation to the White House this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday.

Facebook ad boycott organizers say no progress on hate speech

Washington - Organizers of a Facebook ad boycott vowed to press on with their campaign, saying the social network's top executives had failed to offer meaningful action on curbing hateful content.

Facebook to advise use of masks amid latest virus spike

Washington - Facebook said Thursday it would offer reminders to its users to wear protective masks, responding to the latest surge in US coronavirus cases, which has sparked renewed fears of containing the pandemic.

Facebook ramps up efforts to curb 'hateful content' in ads

Washington - Facebook said Friday it would ban a "wider category of hateful content" in ads as the embattled social media giant moved to respond to widening protests over its handling of inflammatory posts.
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