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A Revenge-Seeking Woman Went Viral By Telling Men She Gave Them HIV

“I always get the last laugh,” Lasiter said on the self-filmed video, highlighting her vengeance.   Brandi Yakeima Lasiter wanted to punish the men of Americus, Georgia, who had allegedly wronged her. She set her plan into motion last week on a Facebook Live feed, claiming to be HIV-positive and broadcasting she had intentionally infected […]

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400 Million Facebook Users’ Phone Numbers Exposed In Privacy Lapse: Report

Facebook confirmed parts of the report but downplayed the extent of the exposure.   Washington: Phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were listed online in the latest privacy lapse for the social media giant, US media reported Wednesday. An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases — including […]

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Facebook Says Not Moderating Content Based on ‘Inaccurate’ Information

Facebook has dismissed media reports claiming that thousands of its content moderators rely on inaccurate and disorganised information to determine what content to allow or remove from its platform. Reacting to a report in The New York Times that accused Facebook of being “ad hoc”, “disorganised”, “secretive”, and doing things “on the cheap”, the social media network on Saturday […]

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Facebook, Google, Twitter Lawsuits Over San Bernardino Shooting Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits seeking to hold Facebook, Google and Twitter liable to victims of the December 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California for letting Islamic State flourish on their social media platforms. In a decision late Monday, US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco said the attack, which killed 14 people […]

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Facebook Says COO Sheryl Sandberg Asked for Info on Soros

Facebook on Thursday said that chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg asked staff to look into whether billionaire critic George Soros had a financial interest in tarnishing the social network. The company was responding to a New York Times report citing sources that maintained the second most powerful executive at Facebook was directly involved in the social network’s tactical response […]

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Facebook Blasted by Singapore Lawmaker Over Refusal to Take Down ‘False’ Post

A Singapore lawmaker hit out at Facebook on Tuesday, saying it had reneged on a promise to help rein in fake news and calling for tougher regulations, which the social media firm has cautioned against. The criticism follows Facebook’s refusal this month of a government request to remove an online article about the city-state’s banks and Malaysia’s […]

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Facebook Report Shows Backers of US Political Ads

Facebook on Tuesday released the first of what it promised will be routine reports showing who is behind US political ads seen at the social network or its Instagram service. An Ad Archive Report launched online provided information including numbers of ads and how much money was spent. It featured tools for searching the archive for specific advertisers, […]

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Facebook Now Says Data Obtained Through Portal Can Be Used to Serve You Ads

Facebook has been in the news for privacy-related issues for a while now, and it’s in that backdrop that Facebook last week launched its video-chat device named Portal. The social networking giant unequivocally mentioned that it “doesn’t listen to, view, or keep the contents” of video calls made through the device that is designed to compete against the likes […]

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Facebook Buys TV Rights for Copa Libertadores Soccer

Facebook bought the television rights for the 2019-2022 Copa Libertadores on Friday, adding South America’s premier club competition to a growing list of football tournaments in their broadcast portfolio. The social media network bought exclusive rights to transmit Thursday night games in South America’s equivalent of the UEFA Champions League, as well as shared rights to […]

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Facebook Blocked Many Gay-Themed Ads as Part of Its New Advertising Policy, Angering LGBT Groups

The advertisements all seemed innocuous at a glance. A ribald sendup of fairy tales hosted by a comedian in Los Angeles. A social group in Spanish for Latino men sponsored by a community centre in Las Vegas. And a list of senior-friendly housing options distributed by a nonprofit in Texas. But they were all blocked […]