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EU leaders push privacy protection amid Facebook row

Apo - EU leaders on Thursday pressed tech giants to fully protect Europeans' personal data after the scandal over information harvested from Facebook that some in Brussels warn also threatens democracy.

Israel opens probe into Facebook after data scandal

Jerusalem - Israeli authorities said Thursday they had launched an investigation into Facebook's activities following a scandal over the hijacking of personal data from millions of the social network's users.

Mozilla withdraws its ads from Facebook because of data scandal

Mozilla has announced it is suspending its Facebook ads in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The company has also launched a petition that calls on Facebook to implement stricter default privacy settings to help users stay secure.

EU: new rules will make data breaches 'very expensive' for firms

Washington - EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova warned Wednesday that data protection scandals such as that currently engulfing Facebook would become "very expensive" for companies from May under new EU regulations.

Zuckerberg: Facebook must 'step up' after data scandal

San Francisco - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence Wednesday on the data scandal rocking the social media giant, apologizing for a "major breach of trust" with its two billion users and vowing to not repeat the mistake.

Zuckerberg apology fails to quiet Facebook storm

San Francisco - A public apology by Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg failed Thursday to quell outrage over the hijacking of personal data from millions of people, as critics demanded the social media giant go much further to protect privacy.

App developer says he is scapegoat in Facebook data row

London - The academic behind the app which harvested data from 50 million Facebook users said Wednesday he was being used as a scapegoat in the row over online privacy.

Psychometrics: How Facebook data helped Trump find his voters

Washington - It was one of hundreds of cute questionnaires that were shared widely on Facebook and other social media, like "Which Pokemon Are You?" and "What Are Your Most Used Words?

Data firm suspends CEO over Facebook scandal

London - Facebook expressed outrage Tuesday over the misuse of its data as Cambridge Analytica, the British firm at the centre of a major scandal rocking the social media giant, suspended its chief executive.

Data scandal threatens Zuckerberg vision for Facebook

Washington - First it was "move fast and break things." Then it was "connecting the world" and "building a global community.

Facebook adds new features to help creators grow businesses

Facebook has announced a set of new tools aimed at content creators. The company is trying to present its platform as a alternative to services such as YouTube, aiming to make Facebook a place to "build a business." The features include a Patreon clone.

EU Parliament invites Facebook boss to speak on data breach

Apo - The European Parliament on Tuesday invited Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to speak following revelations that a firm working for Donald Trump's US presidential campaign harvested data on 50 million users.

Games livestreaming to take place via Facebook

Fans of online games are in for a real treat, especially those that are Facebook users. Games livestreaming will soon be streaming directly to Facebook via its live platform. It will also reward players for watching.

US State Dept has deal with under-fire UK data-miner

Washington - The US State Department has a $500,000 contract with the British analysis firm facing allegations it misused Facebook user data and offered to dig dirt on its international clients' election opponents.

Facebook security chief changes role to focus on election fraud

San Francisco - Facebook's chief of security said late Monday his role has shifted to focusing on emerging risks and election security at the global social network, which is under fire for letting its platform be used to spread bogus news and manipulate voters.

Facebook launches audit of data leaked to Trump consultant

San Francisco - Facebook announced Monday it has hired a digital forensics firm to investigate the handling of data on millions of Americans leaked to a consulting firm working on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Facebook rocked by data breach scandal as investigations loom

Washington - Facebook shares plunged Monday as the social media giant was pounded by criticism at home and abroad over revelations that a firm working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign harvested and misused data on 50 million members.

Facebook suspends Trump linked data firm

Cambridge - Facebook has taken the unusual step to suspend the data analytics firm associated with Donald Trump's presidential election campaign. The social media giant has blocked Cambridge Analytica and associated companies.

Facebook scores music licensing deals with all three major labels

Facebook users have a major reason to celebrate. The social network has inked music licensing deals with the three biggest record labels.

Facebook adds video calls to Messenger Lite

Facebook's slimmed-down Messenger Lite app is now a little less lite. The company has brought video calling to the app, enabling people with older devices or slow connections to use the feature. Facebook said video chats are "essential" to communication.

Facebook axes unpopular 'Explore' experiment

Facebook has announced it will withdraw a trial News Feed feature called Explore. The company has been experimenting with Explore to discover whether people want Facebook to separate posts from Pages and individuals. The results weren't encouraging.

Facebook launches job board to make it easier to find work

Facebook's announced the global expansion of its job postings feature, designed to help local businesses and job-seekers connect with each other. The company said it has found one in four people already search for new job postings using its platform.

Facebook launches new Messenger business chat tools

Facebook has updated Messenger with a set of new features that provide more options to businesses. The company's promising deeper and more meaningful engagements between businesses and customers, positioning Messenger as a customer support chat service.

German prosecutors drop case against Facebook

Berlin - German prosecutors said Monday they were dropping a probe into whether Facebook bosses including Mark Zuckerberg were condoning hate speech online.

Belgian court orders Facebook to stop tracking web users

Brussels - A Belgian court on Friday ordered Facebook to stop tracking internet users in Belgium who have no accounts with the social network, or face fines of 250,000 euros a day.

Facebook's Onavo VPN service branded 'spyware' for tracking users

Facebook has updated its iOS app to include links to Onavo, a VPN service the company bought in 2013. The VPN has been branded "spyware" because it sends usage information back to Facebook. The company claims it offers "protection" while browsing online.

German court finds Facebook oversharing user data

Frankfurt Am Main - A German court has found Facebook is breaching data protection rules with privacy settings that over-share by default and by requiring users to give real names, a consumer rights organisation said Monday.

Op-Ed: Canada's PM Trudeau demands Facebook address 'fake news' problem

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned social networking behemoth Facebook the that it must address its "fake news" problem or it would face stronger regulation by the Canadian government.

Virginia aquarium captures video of octopus being born

Virginia Beach - A remarkable video showing the birth of a Caribbean reef octopus at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has been viewed more than 1 million times on social media.

Op-Ed: Facebook seeks to gather more data about its users

Facebook has patented an algorithm which, according to the filing, seeks to collect data about its users in terms of their apparent socioeconomic 'class'.
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