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16-Jun-2019 Menlo Park (California)

Towards a happier, less nastier Facebook

Passive use, loneliness and the agony of social comparisons are some of the "ills" being battled on social media and Facebook's answer to these are: easier ways to comment  back, a dating feature and a time tracker to check overuse.During the International...

15-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Facebook to rank comments to make conversations meaningful

In a move to make conversations on public posts more meaningful, Facebook has rolled out an update where it will rank comments to promote those that are most relevant to users.Facebook will now start showing comments on public posts more prominently when...

13-Jun-2019 Menlo Park (California)

Facebook COO Sandberg promises to weed out bad content

Grappling with the best and the worst of humanity, a quarterly transparency report from next year and content regulations are some of the steps listed by Facebook's Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg to deal with major content concerns and privacy issues.Committed...

07-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Facebook to re-think on policies around artistic nudity

Facebook has agreed to re-think its stance of artistic nudity after an outcry of people protesting naked in front of the social networking giant's New York headquarters against the company's policies against the same.Facebook has confirmed that it would meet...

18-May-2019 San Francisco

No benefit in breaking up Facebook: Sheryl Sandberg

As the chorus grows to break up Facebook, the social networking platform's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has said that it won't serve any purpose."You could break us up, you could break other tech companies up, but you actually don't address the...

28-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Poor ecosystem holding back Indian entrepreneurs: Facebook

Four out of every five women from metros as well as smaller towns in India are eager to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs, but lack of networks and accessible technological infrastructure are holding them back in their tracks, a top Facebook...

27-Apr-2019 New Delhi

India's data storing call comes with risk : Mark Zuckerberg

India's data localisation demands are understandable but allowing it for one nation can trigger a demand from countries which are much more authoritarian and can misuse the citizens' data, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said.In a conversation with historian...

23-Apr-2019 San Francisco

Facebook announces 1st browser API for Chrome

Social networking giant Facebook has announced its first major API contribution to Googles Chrome browser that is focused on making user experience smoother and faster shortening the time between a click or keystroke and the browser reacting to that.In computer...

07-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Facebook does physical verification of an Indian user for a post

Facebook, already facing the election heat in India, is busy doing something never heard of: Sending its representatives to users' home to verify if the post with political content was actually written by them.IANS has contacted one such Facebook user in New Delhi...

06-Apr-2019 San Francisco

Google, Facebook, Twitter to testify on 'censorship'

Tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter are slated to send their company representatives to testify at a Senate hearing next week about the alleged "censorship" of conservative voices.The Senate subcommittee is chaired by technology critic and Republican...

04-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Renamed fake accounts spreading political bias on Facebook

Barely a week away from when the world's largest democracy goes to the polls, the fake news factories on Facebook and its owned WhatsApp have become active like never before as the social media giant scrambles for solutions which are few and far between.The...

03-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Did Facebook downplay BJP-linked fake accounts?

Facebook, which has created a mini storm in Indian politics by revealing it removed fake Pages, Groups and accounts linked to the Congress, surreptitiously skipped mentioning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Downplaying the BJP bit is clear when you deeply scan...

01-Apr-2019 New Delhi

FB dumps Pakistan military-backed fake accounts

Facebook on Monday said it removed 103 Pages, Groups and accounts on both its platform and Instagram for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour against India as part of a military-backed network that originated in Pakistan.The individuals used fake accounts...

27-Mar-2019 San Francisco

Facebook shuts down thousands of fake Pages, accounts

Facebook has removed 2,632 Pages, Groups and accounts that were engaged in coordinated inauthentic behaviour from Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo on its platform, as well as on Instagram.The social media platform said it did not find any links between these...

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...

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