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17-Dec-2018 Tel Aviv

Facebook blocked Netanyahu's son for anti-Muslim posts

Facebook temporarily banned Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for posting anti-Muslim posts, the media reported on Monday.According to a report in The Times of Israel, Yair's Facebook account was blocked for 24 hours on Sunday...

07-Dec-2018 New Delhi

Facebook tightens political ads in India ahead of 2019 polls

Facing intense scrutiny over the misuse of its platform globally during elections, Facebook has announced fresh steps to increase ad transparency and defend against foreign interference ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in India.Now anyone who wants to run...

05-Dec-2018 San Francisco

Facebook temporarily removes post on 'black people problem'

Facebook reportedly pulled down a post by a former employee who accused the social media giant of having "a black people problem", the media reported.According to a report in CNET on Tuesday, the post by Mark Luckie, former strategic partner manager for global...

27-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook working on fix for bug showing old messages

With several users complaining about old messages resurfacing on their Facebook Messenger, the social networking giant said it was aware of the issue and was working on a fix, The Verge reported.The issue of old Messenger threads resurfacing automatically,...

24-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Facebook plans to train 5 mn Indians in digital skills by 2021

To help small businesses in India reach the global economy, Facebook is planning to train five million people with digital skills in three years, a top company executive said here on Saturday.With ten ongoing programmes, Facebook has already trained one...

21-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to now track your time spent on its platform

Just days after photo-messaging app Instagram rolled out the feature to track users' time spent on the app, Facebook has now released "Your Time on Facebook" tool that counts how many minutes people spend on the app.The feature is designed to help users manage...

21-Nov-2018 San Francisco

I have no plan to step down : Mark Zuckerberg

Despite mounting pressure from investors to step down as Facebook chairman as the social media firm faces intense scrutiny on data scandals, Mark Zuckerberg has said he has no plans to retire.In an interview with CNN late on Tuesday, he said this was not the...

20-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook Messenger crashes globally

Several users in the US and Europe on Tuesday reported that Facebook Messenger was not working for them.According to DownDetector.com, a portal that tracks when outages happen in the digital world, thousands of Messenger users were unable to receive messages,...

18-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook seeks to patent software to analyse who lives with you

Despite facing flak for leakage of personal data of millions of its users in recent times, Facebook is seeking to patent a software that could help it build profile of an user's household - the number of people in the household, the interests that they share,...

17-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook testing feature to let you co-watch videos with friends

Facebook is testing a feature called "Watch Videos Together" on Messenger that would enable simultaneous co-viewing of videos over a group chat on different devices.A Facebook spokesperson said this is an "internal test", TechCrunch reported on Friday. The code...

16-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Steep rise in government data requests from India : Facebook report

Facebook has recorded 16,580 data requests from the Indian government in the first six months of 2018 -- a steep rise compared to a total of 22,024 requests in the full year of 2017 and 13,613 in 2016.In the January-June 2018 period, Facebook provided some data...

15-Nov-2018 San Francisco

We disagree with Apple but Android use purely on merit : Facebook

Dismissing a media report that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered his management team to use only Android phones after his tiff with Apple CEO Tim Cook, the social media network on Thursday said the decision to use Android is because it is the most popular operating...

14-Nov-2018 Mumbai

Priyanka Chopra joins hands with Facebook

Actress Priyanka Chopra has partnered with Facebook India for a live event called #SocialForGood to spread awareness on issues like mental health, cyber bullying and women entrepreneurship.#SocialForGood will be a four hour long live event, which will take place...

14-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook blocks more accounts for malicious activities

The Facebook crackdown on accounts engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" on its platform and on Instagram continues."Combined with our takedown last Monday, we have removed 36 Facebook accounts, six Pages and 99 Instagram accounts for coordinated...

13-Nov-2018 Paris

Facebook agrees to work with French regulators on hate speech

In a first, Facebook has agreed to allow French regulators to monitor what steps the social networking giant is taking to combat hate speech, the media reported.Addressing the Internet Governance Forum held in Paris on Monday, French President Emmanuel...

10-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to make arbitration for harassment claims optional

Following Google's footsteps, Facebook is also planning to do away with its policy of requiring employees to settle sexual harassment claims made against colleagues in private arbitration alone, The Wall Street Journal reported.Facebook announced the new policy...

10-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook quietly rolls out short-format video app 'Lasso'

Facebook has launched a video app "Lasso" that enables users to make and share short-format videos with filters and special effects."Lasso, FB's new short form video app is now available in the US!" Facebook Product Manager Andy Huang said in a tweet on Friday.Equipped...

09-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Removed 14 mn terror-related content so far: Facebook

Facebook has removed more than 14 million "pieces of terrorist content" on its platform till September this year that was related to the Islamic State (IS), Al Qaeda and their affiliates.In the second quarter (April-June) 2018, Facebook took action on 9.4 million...

08-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook Messenger planning 'delete' feature for sent messages

Facebook is planning to roll out a new update to Messenger that will allow users to delete sent messages from chat threads within 10 minutes of sending.A Twitter user spotted the feature listed as "coming soon" in the release notes for version 191.0 of Messenger's...

06-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook promises more action to curb hate speech in Myanmar

Coming under fire for not doing enough to stop the misuse of its platform for spreading hate in Myanmar, Facebook has promised to invest more in people, technology and partnerships to make the social network a safer place for people to express themselves.Facebook...

06-Nov-2018 Washington

Facebook blocks more accounts 'meddling' in US mid-terms

Facebook has blocked 30 accounts on its platform and 85 accounts on Instagram that may be engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" from foreign entities into the US mid-term elections.According to the social networking giant, US law enforcement contacted...

04-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook apologises for 'White supremacy' ad

Social networking giant Facebook has apologised after letting an ad campaign target its users interested in "White genocide conspiracy theory".News site The Intercept had no trouble in launching the campaign just a few days after conspiracy theory about external...

29-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Facebook launches Digital Literacy Library in 6 Indian languages

In a bid to train 3 lakh Indians in digital safety, Facebook on Monday announced the launch of the Digital Literacy Library -- a collection of lessons in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.The announcement was made at Facebook's South...

24-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook introduces simplified version of Messenger

In a move to declutter Messenger, Facebook has started rolling out a new version of the text and video chat app -- Messenger 4 that brings down the number of tabs from nine to three."Messenger 4 will gradually roll out globally over the coming weeks," Stan...

16-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook expands policies on voter suppression

With the US mid-term elections looming, Facebook has announced to expand its policies against voter suppression -- action that is designed to deter or prevent people from voting.The social media platform has banned "misrepresentations about how to vote, such...

12-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to allow up to 250 people on group chat

Social networking giant Facebook is rolling out the ability for members of Facebook Groups to launch group chats that, up to 250 members could join, the media reported."Facebook Groups" gives the 1.4 billion active users of the app a platform to collectively...

11-Oct-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to bring Safety Check to 'Workplace' early next year

To help organisations locate their people in a crisis, Facebook is planning to introduce the Safety Check feature in "Workplace", the social network's messaging service for businesses."With Safety Check, if a crisis arises, organisations can identify who...

06-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Facebook establishing task force for 2019 India elections

Facing the uphill task of tackling election-related interference on its platform as India gets ready for polls next year, Facebook on Saturday said it is establishing a task force comprising "hundreds of people" in the country to prevent bad actors from abusing...

29-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Facebook's answer to YouTube now rolling out globally

Social networking giant Facebook on Wednesday announced "Facebook Watch", its video-on-demand service, often touted as video-sharing giant YouTube's rival, is rolling out globally for people to discover interesting videos and interact with friends and creators.Launched...

25-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Facebook fixes bug that marked some posts as spam

A day after some users complained about their Facebook posts being marked as spam, Facebook on Saturday said it has fixed the bug that caused the problem."We have fixed a bug that caused some posts to be incorrectly marked as spam. We've restored the posts...

20-Aug-2018 New Delhi

Facebook donates Rs 1.75 crore for Kerala flood victims

Social networking giant Facebook is donating $250,000 (nearly Rs 1.75 crore) for relief work in Kerala, which has been battered by torrential rains, floods and landslides, leaving over 300 dead amid massive destruction, the company said on Monday.Facebook will...

06-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Facebook removes US conspiracy theorist's pages for hate speech

"Earlier today, we removed four Pages belonging to Alex Jones for repeatedly posting content over the past several days that breaks those Community Standards," Facebook said on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.The world's largest social media company said...

01-Aug-2018 Los Angeles

Facebook eliminates 32 accounts accused of election interference

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it eliminated 32 accounts for what the company described as "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" ahead of the mid-term US congressional elections in November."This kind of behaviour is not allowed on Facebook because we don't...

17-Jun-2018 San Francisco

'Satire' often being used as cover for fake news : Facebook

While admitting limitations of fact-checkers in fighting fake news, Facebook has said the problem is often compounded by some publishers who spread false news on the social media platform in the garb of being satirical."Sometimes people try to call their sites...

11-Apr-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to reward people reporting data abuse

Facebook has launched a "Data Abuse Bounty" programme to reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers."We committed to launching this programme a few weeks ago as part of our efforts to more quickly uncover potential abuse of people's information,"...

11-Apr-2018 Washington

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress over data scandal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday testified before the Congress and during his five-hour testimony, the lawmakers asked him tough questions on fake news, Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election and censorship of conservative media.During...

03-Apr-2018 New Delhi

Now send 360-degree photos, HD videos on Facebook Messenger

Giving its Messenger a more visual appeal, Facebook on Tuesday said that users can now send 360 degree photos and HD videos from within the platform.The 360 degree photos in Messenger are available globally on both iOS and Android platforms.HD quality videos...

26-Mar-2018 San Francisco

We don't save Android users' data without permission : Facebook

Facebook has said that it does not save call and text data of Android users without their permission, adding the practice is "widely used" with users having an option to opt-out from it.Facebook was replying to several media reports which claimed that the social...

21-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Zuckerberg admits mistake over Facebook data breach

As Facebook got mired into its biggest-ever controversy, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday admitted that the social media giant "made mistakes" over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a "breach of trust" had occurred between it and its users."I want...

21-Mar-2018 New Delhi

Committed to protect user data, says Facebook

Facebook on Wednesday said it would engage with the Indian government after IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad threatened to summon its CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the alleged harvesting and use of personal data from the social media giant to influence...

18-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Data breach claims false : Facebook

After suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), along with its political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, for violating its policies and commitments, Facebook has denied any data breach as claimed by some media reports."The claim that...

06-Mar-2018 London

Facebook asks if men could request sexual photos from minors

Facebook has admitted that a survey asking users whether it should allow an adult man to ask a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures was a "mistake".The social network ran a survey for some users on Sunday asking how they thought the company should handle grooming...

03-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Facebook testing 'Voice Clips' status updates for Indian users

Facebook is testing a new feature called "Add Voice Clip" that appears in its status update composer menu that allows users to record a short audio snippet to use as a status update.The new feature was first spotted by an Indian user and the social media giant...

02-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Facebook ends alternative News Feed experiment

Facebook has ended its month-long experiment with the alternative News Feed feature, Explore, that was started in October 2017 in six countries.We constantly try out new features, design changes and ranking updates to understand how we can make Facebook better...

28-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Facebook unveils local news accelerator for publishers

To help "metro newspapers" take their digital subscription business to a new level, Facebook has launched a local news accelerator for news publishers.The $3 million, three-month pilot programme titled "Journalism Project: Local News Subscriptions Accelerator"...

16-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Facebook opens its Community Help to organisations, businesses

Facebook has started opening up its Community Help feature -- part of the Safety Check system -- to businesses and other organisations so that that they can provide critical information and services for people to get the help they need in a crisis.The Community...

14-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Not our job to recruit journalists for content : Facebook

In a clear message to news publishers, a top Facebook executive has emphasised that it is not their job to recruit people from media organisations for the content on the social media platform.At the "Code Media 2018" conference in California organised by...

09-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Facebook starts testing downvote button

Facebook is testing a feature that lets users register a negative reaction to comments on the social network platform but it is not the "dislike" button users have long desired.Clicking the downvote button hides the comment for the user who taps it, then asks...

06-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Facebook searching for 'extra-terrestrial product manager'

Facebook is looking to hire an "extra-terrestrial product manager" in Southern California to lead its plans to beam Internet from the sky in future, a media report said.According to a job posting, the company is looking for a veteran engineer with experience...

05-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Tech platforms hijacking minds: Early Facebook, Google employees

In their race to monetise our attention, technology platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google are hijacking our minds and society, says a group of technologists who were early employees at some of these companies.The cohort is creating a union...

03-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Let users fix fake news : Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shown confidence in users' ability to choose what is right and wants them to dictate the veracity of news by ranking the content on the platform.During a conference call with analysts, he said he does not want Facebook to edit...

31-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Facebook bans cryptocurrency ads on its platforms

Facebook has banned ads that promote initial coin offerings (ICOs), cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and binary options trading from its platforms, including Instagram, Audience Network and Messenger.The new policy prohibits ads that promote financial products and...

30-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Indian-origin Google AR executive joins Facebook

Nikhil Chandhok, Indian-origin Director of Product for Augmented Reality (AR) at Google, is joining Facebook to lead product management of its camera team working on AR.In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Chandhok said he is looking forward to build upon a platform...

29-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Facebook AI team teaching chatbots how to talk like humans

Facebook Artificial Intelligence Researchers (FAIR) have tested a new approach that teaches bots how to chit-chat like humans.The team used a special 164,000-utterance data set titled "Persona-Chat" to teach its AI to look for patterns."Persona-Chat" consists...

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