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Fake U.S. news sites traced to teens in Macedonian city

Veles - According to a report by the BBC, many of the fake news sites that appeared during the 2016 American presidential election campaign originated in a small city in Macedonia. The sites were created and run by teenagers.

Facebook brings games to Messenger

Facebook has announced you can now play games from within Messenger. The app includes a selection of social "instant games" that will augment conversations with fun and competition. Games can be played with friends you're already connected to.

One screenshot shows the severity of 'fake news' on Facebook

On Tuesday, Twitter cofounder Ev Williams neatly pointed out how big Facebook's fake-news problem is with one screenshot.

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China: report

San Francisco - Facebook has built a tool for geographically censoring posts at the leading social network as it seeks a path back into China, The New York Times reports.

Op-Ed: Facebook working with Israel to censor posts inciting violence

Facebook has often been in hot water for allowing certain posts and disallowing others. In a number of countries Facebook is banned entirely.

Fake US election news outshone real on Facebook

San Francisco - Fake election news got more attention than did real stories on Facebook during the final months of the US presidential campaign, according to an analysis by BuzzFeed News.

WhatsApp suspends giving Facebook European user data

San Francisco - WhatsApp has temporarily suspended giving parent company Facebook information about users in Europe for ad targeting, responding to concerns there over privacy, a source close to the matter said.

Facebook was reportedly scared of suppressing right-wing sites

Facebook has repeatedly insisted that the fake news stories which spread across its social network during the presidential election did not impact the results.

Facebook bug briefly 'killed' users including Mark Zuckerberg

A Facebook glitch last week led to many users being "killed" by the social network while they were still alive. The company described the mistake as a "terrible error." Memorial messages were displayed on profiles including that of CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg among Facebook users mistakenly declared 'dead'

San Francisco - Facebook accidentally declared its founder Mark Zuckerberg and many other users dead on Friday, acknowledging after fixing the problem that it had committed a "terrible error.

Zuckerberg sure fake news on Facebook didn't sway election

San Francisco - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg rejected the idea that bogus stories shared at the social network paved a path of victory for President-elect Donald Trump.

Facebook's latest AI can 'reason' and process video in real time

Facebook has detailed how it's using and developing artificial intelligence. It now supports three different platforms that can be used by engineers to create new apps and Facebook features, including a real time video filtering service for smartphones.

German prosecutors probe Facebook hate incitement claim

Berlin - German prosecutors said Monday they have launched a probe after receiving a complaint alleging that top Facebook bosses including founder Mark Zuckerberg are condoning hate speech, as pressure grows on the social network to clamp down on racist content...

Strong mobile ads lift Facebook’s third quarter revenue to $7B

Facebook is showing no signs of slowing down, displaying another solid profit performance, according to its third quarter earnings report.

Facebook bans car insurer from using data to calculate premiums

Facebook has blocked a U.K. car insurer's plans to use data from profiles on the social network to calculate premiums. The company pulled the app, created by insurer Admiral, with just hours before it was set to launch in a highly public campaign.

Facebook apologises for removing cancer video

Stockholm - Facebook has apologised for taking down a breast cancer awareness video because the images were flagged as offensive, saying the move was "an error".

Outcry as Facebook removes Swedish breast cancer video

Stockholm - Facebook has removed a video on breast cancer awareness posted in Sweden because it deemed the images "offensive", the Swedish Cancer Society said Thursday.

Facebook Messenger wants to help you find something to talk about

Facebook is preparing a new Messenger feature that will let the app suggest conversation topics to you. Messenger will guide you towards interesting discussions with your friends, keeping you engaged on the platform for longer and increasing app usage.

RCMP uses social media in unusual way to solve 30-year-old murder

Thompson - Yesterday, on the 30th anniversary of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Kerrie Ann Brown, the Manitoba RCMP devoted their social media accounts in an attempt to find the teen's killer. Many of the post were done in Kellie's voice.

Google, FB team up to build undersea cable from U.S. to Asia

Facebook and Google have teamed up to take part in the construction of a high-capacity internet cable connecting North America and Asia.

U.S. voter registration surged after Facebook posted reminders

For four days, Facebook put reminders to register to vote on the top of the News Feeds of American adults. The increase in voter registration during that time was dramatic.

Since firing human editors, Facebook keeps posting fake news

Facebook continues to be the largest media outlet in the world. Yes, Facebook is a massive social network. It's a place to post baby photos and rage about the US election, all at once. It's also the number one place where humans get news online in 2016.

Facebook plans to test low-flying drones above its headquarters

The skies above Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters may soon be buzzing with the sound of quadcopter drones. Recently filed documents with the FCC show that Facebook has requested the right to operate an experimental radio in the 2.4 GHz band.

Facebook has a new plan to conquer offices: Workplace by Facebook

Facebook has been attempting to get businesses to use various forms of its service to improve their productivity for several years. This week, it announced Workplace by Facebook, a new effort which it hopes will finally convince companies to use Facebook.

Facebook's Oculus unveils way to make virtual reality affordable

Facebook's Oculus has announced it has found a way to make VR more accessible by using software tweaks to reduce the minimum system requirements of VR headsets. A high-performance PC is currently required, preventing people from adopting VR.

Facebook Marketplace is a safer alternative to Craigslist

Facebook has announced a new feature to rival peer-to-peer shopping sites like Craigslist. The social network's Marketplace will launch today in select regions, letting you browse things for sale nearby and arrange to haggle prices or complete a sale.

Facebook unveils 'Messenger Lite' as alternative to bloated app

Facebook's rapid expansion of its standalone Messenger app with new features and capabilities has threatened to leave some users behind. Today, the company addressed the app's bloated state with the launch of Messenger Lite, a scaled-down alternative.

Closure of Palestinian pages sparks Facebook censorship fears

Ramallah - Facebook apologised Monday after temporarily disabling accounts linked to two Palestinian news sites critical of Israel, a move that drew concern over potential online censorship.

Facebook using Messenger AI to prompt you to pay friends back

Facebook has revealed it is testing a new Messenger feature that will allow the app to remind you to pay friends back. Facebook Messenger can already be used to send payments. It can now detect when you've loaned money from friends to make you repay.

Op-Ed: Viral photo needs to be seen — Heroin crisis in U.S. is serious

After an Ohio police department posted a picture on their Facebook page of two people passed out in a car, apparently having overdosed on heroin, while a four-year-old boy sits in the back seat, many people were angry at the police. They missed the point.
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