Facebook protects elite users from its own rules: Report

Facebook's new programme is reportedly called  "cross-check" or "XCheck" which reports say shields millions of elite users from its rules.

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What is metaverse, the new buzzword in internet technology?

As a vision, metaverse may sound fantastical to many people but Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech titans betting on it as the next great leap in the evolution of the internet

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Facebook unveils its first-generation smart glasses

The glasses, which were created in partnership with Ray-Ban maker EssilorLuxottica, allow wearers to listen to music, take calls or capture photos and short videos and share them across Facebook's…

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Court rules Australian news outlets can be sued for comments on social media posts

Australia's news outlets can be held liable for comments posted by readers on their social media posts, the country’s top court has ruled. The ruling, which can have wide implications, has come in…

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UK: National Crime Agency warns Facebook's encryption can prevent detection of child abuse

The social media giant's end-to-end encryption can hamper access to 'incisive technology' according to NCA's director Rob Jones

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Setback for Bolsonaro after voting change sought by him defeated in Congress

The 34-member committee voted 23 to 11 to shelve the amendment that Bolsonaro had advocated for weeks, claiming the country's electronic voting system is open to fraud

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Pro-fossil fuel Facebook ads: Oil industry spent millions to control the climate change conversation

More recent commercials from the oil industry utilise subtler messaging to hinder action on global warming than blatant denial, such as presenting natural gas as a green fuel source and claiming…

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Facebook sparks fresh controversy by cutting off research on political ads

The NYU project had been at loggerheads for months with Facebook over the program, which used a browser tool to collect data on ads spreading political hoaxes, violence, and COVID-19…

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WhatsApp is doing a Snapchat: Facebook-owned messaging service rolls out option for disappearing photos, videos

Users prefer WhatsApp over Snapchat because it is available on a personal computer, does not have advertisements, can be personalised, and supports more languages

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New York, other states to fight dismissal of antitrust lawsuit against Facebook

In June, a US judge dismissed federal and state antitrust complaints against the social media company that had sought to force it to sell Instagram and WhatsApp

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'Next great leap in evolution of internet': Why is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg betting on metaverse?

Metaverse involves blending the physical world with the digital one and might allow users to see information whizz before their eyes as they walk around a city, from traffic and pollution updates…

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Anti-terror organisation set up by tech firms to compile database of right-wing militias

Until now, the GIFCT was focused on visuals, largely videos and images from terrorism groups on a United Nations list. It had consisted of content from Islamist extremist organisations like…

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What is Facebook's $1 billion gamble to regain lost users?

Facebook is late to the influencer party already joined by YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat that have waged an increasingly fierce battle to attract figures with big followings that can, in turn,…

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This is how social media giants are feeding dangerous content to children

A new report reveals how social media platforms expose children to inappropriate content regarding unrealistic body types, dieting, self-harm and suicide. WION explains how companies deliver…

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Iranian hackers used site to target military personnel in US, UK and Europe, says Facebook

Facebook said the Iraninan hackers used malware to target and infect devices and used "fictitious personas" across multiple social media platforms

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New York, other states to fight dismissal of antitrust lawsuit against Facebook

In June, a US judge dismissed federal and state antitrust complaints against the social media company that had sought to force it to sell Instagram and WhatsApp

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'Next great leap in evolution of internet': Why is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg betting on metaverse?

Metaverse involves blending the physical world with the digital one and might allow users to see information whizz before their eyes as they walk around a city, from traffic and pollution updates…

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Anti-terror organisation set up by tech firms to compile database of right-wing militias

Until now, the GIFCT was focused on visuals, largely videos and images from terrorism groups on a United Nations list. It had consisted of content from Islamist extremist organisations like…

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What is Facebook's $1 billion gamble to regain lost users?

Facebook is late to the influencer party already joined by YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat that have waged an increasingly fierce battle to attract figures with big followings that can, in turn,…

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This is how social media giants are feeding dangerous content to children

A new report reveals how social media platforms expose children to inappropriate content regarding unrealistic body types, dieting, self-harm and suicide. WION explains how companies deliver…

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Iranian hackers used site to target military personnel in US, UK and Europe, says Facebook

Facebook said the Iraninan hackers used malware to target and infect devices and used "fictitious personas" across multiple social media platforms

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Invite-only app Clubhouse launches direct messages feature 'Backchannel'

Clubhouse said that Backchannel has both group chat and an optional second inbox for message requests

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Facebook’s new AR feature for Portal lets users dress up as Harry Potter characters

The AR masks that transform users into a Harry Potter character and match their skin tone via real-time skin sampling before converting it into a seamless integration

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Indian IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw warns Twitter, says 'law of land supreme'

The warning comes amid a tense relationship between Twitter and the government of India over new IT rules that make social media platforms more liable for third-party information; analysts believe…

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Facebook leads surging 'social commerce' market: Survey

The report explores direct sales of products or services across social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, WeChat and others

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'Three real nice guys': Donald Trump to sue Facebook, Google and Twitter CEO

Trump has decided to sue Facebook and Twitter CEOs after the platforms suspended and banned his account following the January 06 riot

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Facebook introduces alerts, support option to combat extremism on its platform

Facebook said the small test, which is only on its main platform, was running in the United States as a pilot for a global approach to prevent radicalisation on the site

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Facebook, Google, TikTok & Twitter vow to stop online gender abuse

According to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit about one-third of the women have faced abuse online

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Australian regulator may authorise media group talks with Google, Facebook

The proposed authorisation, which would expire after 10 years, follows an interim authorisation granted by the ACCC to CPA in April to commence the negotiations

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Social Media Day: History, significance and all you need to know

Social media is a worldwide network that serves as a medium to connect and communicate at not only national but global level too

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Facebook hits $1 trillion value after judge rejects antitrust complaints

The dismissal was the first big blow to state and federal lawsuits against Big Tech firms last year seeking to rein in alleged abuses of their massive market power

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Facebook rejects talks with Australia publisher in test for online law

The knockback could present the first test of a controversial mechanism unique to Australia's effort to claw back advertising dollars from Google and Facebook: if they refuse to negotiate licence…

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'Break them up': US House panel approves five antitrust bills aimed at Big Tech

There has been vociferous opposition to the bills from the US Chamber of Commerce, Amazon, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, and Alphabet Inc's Google

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In focus: Big Tech firms facing antitrust investigations across world

The decisions made by tech giants are largely unaccountable, opaque, and result in sweeping consequences. The dominant platforms effectively serve as private regulators. Here is a look at what…

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Myanmar: Facebook promotes violent content against coup protestors, study reveals

It was also observed that several posts being promoted by Facebook’s suggestion algorithm include content that glorifies the Myanmar military and its violent actions, promotes misinformation and…

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Facebook documents show how toxic Instagram is for teens: Reports

According to one internal Facebook presentation, among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of American users blamed Instagram.

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Facebook protects elite users from its own rules: Report

Facebook's new programme is reportedly called  "cross-check" or "XCheck" which reports say shields millions of elite users from its rules.

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What is metaverse, the new buzzword in internet technology?

As a vision, metaverse may sound fantastical to many people but Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech titans betting on it as the next great leap in the evolution of the internet

Read Article

Facebook unveils its first-generation smart glasses

The glasses, which were created in partnership with Ray-Ban maker EssilorLuxottica, allow wearers to listen to music, take calls or capture photos and short videos and share them across Facebook's…

Read Article

Court rules Australian news outlets can be sued for comments on social media posts

Australia's news outlets can be held liable for comments posted by readers on their social media posts, the country’s top court has ruled. The ruling, which can have wide implications, has come in…

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UK: National Crime Agency warns Facebook's encryption can prevent detection of child abuse

The social media giant's end-to-end encryption can hamper access to 'incisive technology' according to NCA's director Rob Jones

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Facebook's topic suggestion labels Black men's videos as 'primates'

The video was originally posted on Facebook on June 2020. The troublesome thing in this prompt message is that there was no mention of any monkey or chimpanzee in the whole video

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Facebook said to consider forming an election commission

The proposed commission could decide on matters such as the viability of political ads and what to do about election-related misinformation

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Instagram is deleting swipe-up feature, replacing it with addictive stickers

To diversify its features, Instagram started testing these stickers in June for various users

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Facebook’s most viewed article was on COVID vaccine death, says firm amid reports of withholding info

This information was part of Facebook’s first-quarter content transparency report that was released on Saturday—initially believed to be shelved.

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Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn secure Afghan users' accounts amid Taliban takeover

Human rights groups have voiced concerns that the Taliban could use online platforms to track Afghans' digital histories or social connections

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What are social media giants doing to curb Taliban amid Afghanistan crisis?

The Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan poses a new challenge for big US tech companies on handling content created by a group considered to be terrorists by some world governments.

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Twitter announces new feature to allow users flag 'misleading' content

It comes after Twitter announced its 'one-size-fits-all' approach that is facing massive backlash from its users

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Facebook bans Taliban and its supporting content, designates it as a terrorist group

In spite…

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Facebook shuts down Russian network that targeted influencers to peddle anti-vax messages

Influencers who caught onto the sham turned out to be the undoing of a deceitful influence campaign orchestrated by marketing firm Fazze in Russia, according to Facebook

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Apple to check iCloud photo uploads for child abuse images

Detection of child abuse image uploads sufficient to guard against false positives will trigger a human review and report of the user to law enforcement, Apple said

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Setback for Bolsonaro after voting change sought by him defeated in Congress

The 34-member committee voted 23 to 11 to shelve the amendment that Bolsonaro had advocated for weeks, claiming the country's electronic voting system is open to fraud

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Pro-fossil fuel Facebook ads: Oil industry spent millions to control the climate change conversation

More recent commercials from the oil industry utilise subtler messaging to hinder action on global warming than blatant denial, such as presenting natural gas as a green fuel source and claiming…

Read Article

Facebook sparks fresh controversy by cutting off research on political ads

The NYU project had been at loggerheads for months with Facebook over the program, which used a browser tool to collect data on ads spreading political hoaxes, violence, and COVID-19…

Read Article

WhatsApp is doing a Snapchat: Facebook-owned messaging service rolls out option for disappearing photos, videos

Users prefer WhatsApp over Snapchat because it is available on a personal computer, does not have advertisements, can be personalised, and supports more languages

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Facebook's AI reality: Scroll images on a computer screen by just thinking about it

The new technological innovation will allow users to write or scroll through images on a computer screen by just thinking about it.

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From Instagram to Whatsapp: Victims of Facebook's 'buy and bury' strategy

Facebook has been accused of "buy or bury" strategy to snap up rivals and keep smaller competitors at bay. The social media giant's monopoly is known to all.

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How social media companies will handle post-US election scenarios

In the run-up to the US election 2020 in November, social media companies like Facebook Inc and Twitter have announced new rules for various post-election scenarios.

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