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Facebook dating service rolling out in Colombia

Facebook said Friday a dating service it teased early this year is being rolled out in Colombia. The social media giant chose the Latin American country as its test lab because Colombians are particularly avid fans of using social networks and websites to find partners. The new feature, rolled out in Colombia this week, allows users to create a separate "dating" profile not visible to their network of friends, with potential matches recommended based on preferences and common interests. The service is programmed not…

Facebook agrees to live-stream EU parliament hearing

CALIFORNIA: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to live-stream his meeting with European Parliament members as he answers questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a top official said Monday. The meeting on Tuesday with the parliament's most senior members was initially set to be held behind closed doors. But influential MEPs had pushed for a public hearing following the worst crisis in Facebook's history. "I have personally discussed with Facebook CEO Mr Zuckerberg the possibilty of…

Zuckerberg under pressure to face EU lawmakers over data scandal

STRASBOURG: Facebook Inc’s Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg came under pressure from EU lawmakers on Wednesday to come to Europe and shed light on the data breach involving Cambridge Analytica that affected nearly three million Europeans. The world’s largest social network is under fire worldwide after information about nearly 87 million users wrongly ended up in the hands of the British political consultancy, a firm hired by Donald Trump for his 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign. European Parliament President…

Facebook CEO’s compensation jumps to $8.9 million as security costs soar

CALIFORNIA: Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s compensation rose 53.5 percent to $8.9 million in 2017, a regulatory filing showed on Friday, largely due to higher costs related to the 33-year old billionaire’s personal security. About 83 percent of the compensation represented security-related expenses, while most of the rest were tied to Zuckerberg’s personal usage of private aircraft. Zuckerberg spent much of last year traveling after he pledged to visit all the U.S. states that he had not previously been…

Zuckerberg gets richer after his testimony to Congress in data scandal

WASHINGTON: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, after facing 10 hours of hard-hitting questions from the Congress, has finally made a comeback. The tech company's market value is raised by 5% after facing a drop in the market value of $80 billion. Mark Zuckerberg was in the line of fire for over two days from nearly 100 senators and emerged unscathed as he gave a commendable performance, clearly well coached, helped him outperform expectations which were admittedly low. Facebook’s share price rose by more than 5% on the…

Data scandal: Zuckerberg not keen to reveal his personal info

WASHINGTON: Of the hundreds of questions thrown at Mark Zuckerberg by US lawmakers Tuesday, none appeared to flummox the Facebook founder more than Senator Dick Durbin's pointed query about where he slept the previous evening. "Would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?" Durbin asked during an intense and closely-watched hearing about online digital privacy, and Facebook's role in what happens to personal information once users join the platform. Zuckerberg paused for a…

‘I’m sorry’ for data abuses’

Facebook chairman Mark Zuckerberg offered apologies to US lawmakers Tuesday as he made a long-awaited appearance in a congressional hearing on the hijacking of personal data on millions of users. Reading from his written testimony, Zuckerberg repeated a statement he had previously made, saying the misuse of data "was my mistake, and I'm sorry." "It will take some time to work through all of the changes we need to make, but I'm committed to getting it right," Zuckerberg told a Senate hearing. Zuckerberg was…

Here is what social media platforms and search engines know about you

The Facebook scandal involving the harvesting of data from tens of millions of users has raised a lot of questions about social media and search engines. As Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the US Congress this week on protecting user data, here is a primer on what they know about you: Social media Facebook, which has more than two billion users, has access to everything you do on the site: the photos and videos you post, your comments, your 'likes,' anything you share or consult, the…

‘Pakistan’s upcoming elections a major focus for Facebook’

LOS ANGELES: Following data breach scandal involving Russia's influence in the US elections, Facebook has now deployed technology tools like artificial intelligence and thousands of people to work on security as the company's "major focus" this year is to protect the integrity of upcoming elections in Pakistan and a few other countries. According to Zuckerberg, the year 2018 is a big year for elections and Facebook is enhancing its security features to prevent the spreading of misleading information. "In the US…