The European Commission this week called on Facebook, Twitter, and other major tech companies to more aggressively police online hate speech or else face new legislation that would force them to do so. As The Financial Times reports, a study commissioned by Věra Jourová, the EU justice commissioner, found that Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and Microsoft have largely struggled to comply with a voluntary code of conduct on hate speech announced earlier this year.
European governments have pressured tech companies to […]
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has claimed all the world’s diseases can be cured – but it is going to need massive investment.
Last night Zuckerberg took to his social media site to herald the passing of the 21st Century Cures Act through the US House of Representatives.
The new bill, which includes billions of dollars for scientific research and fighting disease, will also speed up the drug approval process and support programs for substance and mental health disorders.
In a post on his […]
The Jesus look-alike who caused a stampede after he was spotted walking barefooted in the downtown Nairobi on Wednesday, has come out to react to a crucifixion threat.
Many might be assuming he is a beggar wandering around the country to seek help, but the Jesus look-alike is actually a traveler, whose name is Daniel Christos from Perth in Australia.
Friday, he took to his Facebook account to share a snapshot, where a Facebook user (Mook Carter III), hilariously said they are […]
The public has been alerted to the existence of fake Facebook accounts in the name of the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.
The accounts are said to be operated by some unscrupulous individuals to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
A statement by the Governor’s spokesman, Dr. Femi Akorede, said Ahmed has only two authorized Facebook accounts, which are https://web.facebook.com/Saimaigida/?fref=ts and https://web.facebook.com/Abdulfatah-Ahmed-121771477889618/?fref=ts.
His Twitter and Instagram accounts are said to be https://twitter.com/AbdulfataAhmed and https://www.instagram.com/alhajiabdulfatahahmed/ respectively.
The statement by Akorede added: “Any other social […]
Facebook has developed technology that could finally make its service palatable to Chinese authorities, who have blocked it since 2009.
The social network giant has quietly built a tool for blocking certain posts from showing up in feeds of users in some regions, according to a report from the New York Times, citing anonymous sources. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly a strong supporter of the tool, which could be used to censor politically sensitive content in China.
Facebook would delegate control over […]
Hillary Clinton was about to be indicted, Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump: the battle over fake news is heating up after a White House campaign in which the misinformation industry may have swung the outcome of the vote.
Last week, Google and Facebook moved to cut off ad revenue to bogus news sites. But media watchers say more is needed to stamp out a powerful phenomenon seen by some people as a threat to democracy itself.
One of those people is President […]
Facebook on Monday became the latest US tech giant to announce new investment in Britain with hundreds of extra jobs but hinted its success depended on skilled migration after Britain leaves the European Union.
The premier social network underlined London’s status as a global technology hub at a British company bosses’ summit where Prime Minister Theresa May sought to allay business concerns about Brexit.
“London is absolutely a global hub for technology,” Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice president for Europe, the Middle East […]
Facebook-owned Instagram ramped up the pressure on Snapchat on Monday, adding ephemeral live video broadcasts and vanishing direct messages.
“Send anything you want, from inside jokes to your worst selfies,” Instagram said in a blog post.
“Unlike other messages in Direct, these photos and videos disappear from your friends’ inboxes after they have seen them.”
The updates appeared aimed at getting people to use Instagram more for casual, quirky moments instead of seeing it as a platform for sharing life highlights or polished […]
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg called on world leaders Saturday to forge a more “connected” world, something he said was under threat after Donald Trump’s US election win and Britain’s “Brexit” vote.
Zuckerberg, whose social network has been criticized by some as helping Trump to victory by giving a platform to fake election news, said the world must fight isolationism — a stance the billionaire president-elect has often been accused of.
Trump and the Brexit camp both appealed to working-class voters who […]
Facebook has stopped collecting WhatsApp user data across Europe, the Financial Times reports, bowing to pressure from privacy watchdogs across the continent.
The shift in policy means that European users of the messaging app will no longer have information — including phone numbers — relayed to Facebook, but the social network says it may only be a temporary suspension while the laws are debated.
“We hope to continue our detailed conversations with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office and other data protection officials,” […]
Facing a growing backlash over the role that fake news and hate speech may have played in the recent U.S. presidential election, three of Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies have announced plans to try to address the problem.
Google and Facebook have said they will update their advertising policies to target misleading ads that direct people to fake news sites. Meanwhile, USA Today reported that Twitter has closed the accounts of several notable alt-right personalities.
The news comes as the nation remains […]