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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.

Facebook's new info button lets you check a page's reputation

Facebook has started a trial of a new button meant to help combat fake news. The small "more info" link lets you view information about a story's publisher, giving you context on the articles they post. The details are sourced from external sites.

WH lawyers demand Facebook info linked to anti-Trump protests

Washington - A civil rights group on Thursday launched a bid to prevent White House lawyers from obtaining private data of possibly thousands of Facebook users via search warrants linked to anti-Trump protests.

EU commissioner drops Facebook as 'highway of hatred'

Brussels - An EU commissioner admitted Thursday to cancelling her account on Facebook because it was a "highway for hatred", as the bloc warned US internet giants to tackle online abuse or risk regulation.

Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook barb

San Francisco - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg fired back at US President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he accused the leading social network of being "always anti-Trump.

Obama personally warned Zuckberberg over fake news: report

Washington - Former US President Barack Obama personally urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to counter the rise of fake news on the social network during a meeting held shortly after last year's election, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

Kremlin says not involved in Russia-linked Facebook ads

Moscow - The Kremlin on Friday distanced itself from the controversy over Russia-linked Facebook ads which may have influenced last year's US election, saying Moscow had nothing to do with them.

Facebook opens AI research lab in Montreal

Montr - Facebook has announced it's expanding its artificial intelligence research group with a new lab in Montreal. The location currently employs 10 researchers but the company aims to triple the number of positions in the next few months.

Instagram Stories becomes Facebook's next step in ads

Facebook has detailed changes coming to Instagram ads that will make it easier for businesses to share content in Stories. The company is looking to monetise Stories to help advertisers reach new people. It's also rolling out more options to users.

Facebook testing video preloads over Wi-Fi connections

Facebook's testing a feature that'll make it easier to watch videos while you're away from home. The experimental addition allows videos to preload while you're connected to Wi-Fi. Next time you open the News Feed, the videos will be ready to play.

Facebook fined 1.2 mln euros by Spanish data watchdog

Madrid - Spain's data protection watchdog said Monday it has slapped Facebook with a fine of 1.2 million euros ($1.44 million) for failing to prevent its users' data being accessed by advertisers.

Facebook staffs up in China despite being blocked

Facebook has hired a Chinese government-relations point man and is seeking other staff in signs that it harbours ambitions for a China presence despite its main social media platform being blocked.

Facebook reveals suspected $100k Russian misinformation campaign

Facebook says it has found evidence that Russian-funded groups spent over $100,000 on ads over the past two years. The ads posted views on controversial issues, such as immigration and equality. The activity continued into the 2016 presidential campaign.

Facebook to monetize WhatsApp by charging businesses

Facebook is planning to start monetising WhatsApp, the messaging app used by over one billion people every day. The company intends to expand its service to include communication with businesses, echoing Facebook's own Messenger product.

Facebook expands 'On This Day' to let you revisit more memories

Facebook has announced it's expanding its "On This Day" feature to include more notable memories. The company will show you highlights from your past popular posts, friendship milestones and seasonal events. Everything will be private until you share it.
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