Friday, 7 May 2021

Tag Archives: Facebook

Facebook confronts human rights dilemma on political speech

REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud NEW YORK – Facebook Inc oversight board’s extension of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s banishment from the social network failed to settle how it will balance political leaders’ freedom of speech and its responsibility to make sure hateful rhetoric does not incite violence. The 20-person board, which includes ...

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Facebook sets reopening for Silicon Valley campuses

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook said its Silicon Valley offices will begin reopening to workers in May after a yearlong pandemic shutdown, but without perks such as free food and commuter shuttles. The Menlo Park headquarters and other locations in the region will start with 10 percent of “maximum seated capacity,” ...

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WhatsApp to offer in-app purchases, cloud services

LONDON: Facebook Inc said its WhatsApp messaging app would start to offer in-app purchases and hosting services, as it moves to boost revenue from the app while knitting together e-commerce infrastructure across the company. The world’s biggest social media company has been trying to boost sales from higher-growth units such ...

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Facebook lets friends watch shows together while apart

LONDON: Coronavirus lockdowns have led to a sharp increase in virtual watch parties as a way to get together with friends, and Facebook is getting in on the action. The world’s largest social network launched Watch Together, a free feature it is rolling out globally on its Messenger communication platform. ...

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Hateful content: UK Labour party boycotts Facebook ad

LONDON: Britain’s main opposition Labour party said Sunday it has joined a Facebook advertising boycott over allegations that the social network has failed to sufficiently curb hateful content. Hundreds of advertisers including big-name consumer brands have suspended advertising with the social media giant as part of the #StopHateForProfit” campaign. “All ...

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Johnson urges people to return to work if they can

LONDON: Boris Johnson has urged people to go back to work if they can, contradicting his government’s advice that they should work from home if possible. Answering pre-selected questions from the public on Facebook, the British prime minister said he wanted people to feel more confident about going back to offices, restaurants ...

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Facebook takes down accounts tied to Roger Stone

OAKLAND: Facebook said it has removed dozens of accounts linked to the hate group Proud Boys, to President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone and to employees of Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, among others. A network tied to both Stone and the Proud Boys had fake accounts post about local ...

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Facebook, WhatsApp say suspending user information request from Hong Kong

HONG KONG: Facebook and its messaging service WhatsApp said they are suspending requests from the Hong Kong government and law enforcement authorities for information on users. The pause will take place “pending further assessment” of a new national security law imposed on Hong Kong by China, and would include “formal ...

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Facebook to buy 10% stake in telco India for $5.7b

BENGALURU: Facebook will buy a 10% stake in the digital business of India’s Reliance Industries for $5.7 billion, as the social media firm looks to leverage its highly popular WhatsApp chat service to offer digital payment services. The deal will help the Indian conglomerate cut debt that has piled up ...

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Instagram restricts offensive captions to curb hate speech, abusive conduct

LONDON: Facebook-owned Instagram, after giving its users power to restrict bullies on its platform, has now announced to extend its anti-bullying tool to hurtful captions on photos and videos. Instagram is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect bullying and other types of harmful content in comments, photos and videos, and ...

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