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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 […]

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Facebook Dating Service Testing Begins, in Colombia

Aiming to take on mobile dating apps such as Tinderand Bumble, social networking giant Facebook on Thursday started testing its new dating product in Colombia. “At first glance, ‘Facebook Dating’ closely resembles its competitor Hinge. Both depart from the swiping model popularised by Tinder in favour of asking users to answer question prompts and start conversations based on something […]

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Facebook and Twitter Must Comply With EU Consumer Rules or Face Sanctions

Facebook and Twitter face sanctions unless they comply with European consumer rules by the end of the year, the EU said as its regulators continue to their crackdown on US social media giants over privacy concerns. Online platforms have come under fire in Europe because of their dominance and anti-competitive business practices, resulting in hefty fines handed down to […]

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Facebook is building a ‘war room’ for the midterm elections

In a bid to protect its millions of users from further instances of foreign interference, Facebook is building a physical “war room” ahead of the upcoming US midterm elections. In an interview with NBC News, Facebook’s head of civic engagement, Samidh Chakrabarti, said the company is “laser focused on getting it right” this time, after more […]

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Good News: How What You Share on Facebook Can Make You Happy

Do people really live the lives they portray on Facebook? The answer is—partially . . .  because most people share selectively.  For example, have you ever posted something on Facebook then checked back later to see how many people “liked” your post? If you have, don´t worry, you are in good company.  For most people, Facebook sharing is not selfish, it […]

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Facebook Suspends Over 400 Apps Over User Data Misuse Concerns

Facebook on Wednesday said it has suspended more than 400 of thousands of applications it has investigated to determine whether people’s personal information was being improperly shared. Applications were suspended “due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with the app may have been used,” vice president […]

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Facebook Users Seeking Cambridge Analytica Information Must Wait, US Judge Says

Facebook users who say their personal data was misused, potentially to distort the last US election, must wait to see if they can wring more information from Cambridge Analytica, the disappearing company that played a key role in the drama. The political consulting firm is winding down in both Britain, its home country, and in a New […]

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Facebook apologises for blocking Prager University’s videos

Facebook has apologised for removing several videos posted to its platform by a US right-wing non-profit group. Prager University had said some of the clips had been falsely accused of containing hate speech. The conservative organisation specialises in publishing short lectures and discussions, but is not an accredited academic body. Facebook said it had made […]

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Facebook Refutes Report Claiming ‘Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Care About Publishers’

Facebook has denied a media report that cited one of its senior executives as saying that Mark Zuckerbergdoesn’t care about publishers. The Australian on Monday reported that in a meeting with Australian media executives, Facebook’s Head of News Partnerships Campbell Brown said: “Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and […]

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Facebook Says It Doesn’t Remove Content ‘Simply for Being False’

Even as the world painfully takes notes of dangers of fake news spread on social media platforms, Facebookhas said that it does not remove content simply for being false. While the social network platform has in place rules against hate speech and takes personal attacks seriously, false content does not face censorship on its platform, Monika […]