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France to ’embed’ regulators at Facebook in fight against hate speech

PARIS: In the first move of its kind, Facebook will allow a small number of French regulators to “embed” inside the company and examine how the social media giant combats hate speech online, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday. It is the first time the wary tech giant has opened its doors in such a way, following months of criticism over how it decides what is racist, sexist or hate-fuelled and the methods used to remove illicit material shared on its platform. Under the pilot, Macron’s administration will send…

Facebook blocks more accounts potentially linked to foreign entity

Facebook said on Tuesday it blocked more accounts, in addition to the about 115 accounts it blocked over the weekend, in the run up to the US midterm elections that saw democrats capture US House majority. The company said a website claiming to be associated with Russia-based Internet Research agency published a list of Instagram accounts they claimed to have created. “We had already blocked most of these accounts yesterday, and have now blocked the rest,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cyber security policy…

Facebook, Google tools reveal new political ad tactics

OHIO: Public databases that shine a light on online political ads - launched by Facebook and Google before Tuesday’s U.S. elections - offer the public the first broad view of how quickly the companies yank advertisements that break their rules. The databases also provided campaigns unprecedented insight into opponents’ online marketing, enabling them to capitalize on weaknesses, political strategists told Reuters. Facebook Inc and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, introduced the databases this year to give details on some…

Facebook blocked almost 115 accounts on eve of U.S. election

SAN FRANCISCO:  Facebook Inc blocked about 115 user accounts after U.S. authorities tipped it off to suspicious behavior that may be linked to a foreign entity, the company said in a blog post on Monday, hours before U.S. voters head to the polls for U.S. elections. The social network said it needed to do further analysis to decide if the accounts are linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency or another group. The United States has accused the Russian government body of meddling in U.S. politics with social media posts…

Police arrest Faisalabad man over Facebook picture

FAISALABAD: A man was arrested in Faisalabad for uploading a video of him resorting to aerial firing near his residence in the city. The man was identified as Jamal Handal, a resident of Mansoorabad, Faisalabad. He caught police attention after he uploaded videos and pictures of him with weapons on his Facebook account. Since his post went viral on the social media, CPO Faisalabad Ashfaq Khan took notice and issued arrest orders for the man. During the raid at his home, police also recovered a pistol from Handal’s…

Snap expects to lose more users, shares plunge

Snap Inc lost more users than Wall Street expected in the third quarter as it continued to grapple with an unpopular redesign of its Snapchat photo-messaging app and fierce competition from Facebook Inc’s Instagram. Daily active users are expected to fall again next quarter, Snap Chief Financial Officer Tim Stone told analysts on a conference call, which would mark the third sequential quarter of user declines. Snap shares, which have lost more than 52 percent since the beginning of the year, tumbled 10 percent in…

UK watchdog fines Facebook £500,000 over users’ data breach

Britain's Information Commissioner (ICO) has slapped Facebook with a fine of £500,000, the maximum possible, for its behaviour in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The ICO's investigation found that between 2007 to 2014, Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by giving app developers access to their information without informed consent. The fine was the maximum allowed under the law at the time the breach occurred. Had the scandal taken place after new European Union data protection rules went…

Facebook redesigns Messenger app

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday announced an overhaul of its Messenger smartphone app in an effort to simplify the service for its 1.3 billion monthly global users. The social network began rolling out a redesigned version featuring three tabs instead of nine, saying it was "going back to its roots" seven years after the standalone app's launch. "We build one feature after another; they're piling up," Messenger chief Stan Chudnovsky said of the service, which has grown from a simple messaging app to one that lets users…

Facebook closes ‘spam’ pages, accounts helping Brazil presidential candidate

BRASÍLIA: Social media platform Facebook has closed 68 pages and 43 accounts linked to a marketing group believed to be promoting the chances of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Facebook issued a statement saying it had acted against the pages and accounts linked to Raposos Fernandes Associates (RFA) "for violating our misrepresentation and spam policies." "The people behind RFA created Pages using fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same names," and then "used those Pages to post…

Japan asks Facebook to improve data protection

TOKYO: Japan’s government on Monday told United States (US) technology firm Facebook to better protect its users’ personal data following lapses this year affecting tens of millions of people globally. The government asked the world’s largest social media network to fully communicate security issues to users, increase surveillance of providers of applications on its platform, and inform regulators of any change in security measures. The request comes after Facebook this month said attackers stole data from 29 million…