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Facebook Says COO Sheryl Sandberg Asked for Info on Soros

December 3, 2018

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 Has a ‘Black People Problem’: Ex-Employee Spotlights Race Issues in Public Memo

December 2, 2018

Mark Luckie, a digital strategist and former journalist, says he accepted the job offer from Facebook reluctantly. At first, he didn’t want to move to Silicon Valley from Atlanta, where he had been living, but he said his fiance was able to convince him, telling him that the job presented an opportunity to make a […]

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Facebook Plans to Train 5 Million Indians in Digital Skills by 2021

November 29, 2018

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 million people across 150 cities and 48,000 villages with support from 50 partners, the social networking […]

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Facebook Appeals Its UK Fine in Cambridge Analytica Scandal

November 28, 2018

Facebook has appealed its GBP 500,000 ($644,000) fine for failing to protect the privacy of its users in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, arguing that UK regulators failed to prove that British users were directly affected. Britain’s Information Commissioner Office levelled the fine after concluding Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by giving app developers access to […]

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Facebook’s Outgoing Communications Chief Takes Fall for Hiring PR Firm Definers

November 28, 2018

The outgoing head of Facebook’s communications team on Wednesday took responsibility for the controversial hiring of a conservative consulting firm accused of using “black ops” style techniques, acknowledging critics including investor George Soros were targeted. The announcement by Elliot Schrage, who said in June he was stepping down, came after Facebook’schief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has pledged a […]

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Facebook, Instagram Outage on Tuesday Caused by Server Problem

November 26, 2018

Facebook said Tuesday users had trouble accessing the social network and its other applications such as Instagram for a chunk of the day due to a server software problem. It was the second instance in the past two weeks in which technical issues appeared to affect access to Facebook. “Earlier today, a server configuration caused intermittent problems across […]

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Facebook Patent Shows Software That Can Analyse Who Lives With You

November 26, 2018

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, nature of their relationships or even the devices that […]

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Despite Crackdown, ‘Junk News’ Still Flourishes on Social Media: Researchers

November 6, 2018

Despite an aggressive crackdown by social media firms, so-called “junk news” is spreading at a greater rate than in 2016 on social media ahead of the US midterm elections, according to researchers. Oxford Internet Institute researchers concluded that Facebook and Twitter remain filled with “extremist, sensationalist, conspiratorial, masked commentary,” and other forms of “low-quality” news. In analysing some 2.5 […]

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Facebook Open Sources ‘Horizon’ AI Tools Used to Improve Video, Messenger

November 5, 2018

Facebook will allow anyone to freely download and use the same artificial intelligence tools it used to make key improvements to the social network’s video and notification features as well as its Messenger messaging app. The software, which Facebook calls Horizon, will be available on the code repository GitHub starting Thursday, the company said in a blog post Thursday. GitHub is […]

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Facebook Report Shows Backers of US Political Ads

October 24, 2018

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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