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  1. Jamie McKane

    Facebook gets government help to fight fake news

    Facebook gets government help to fight fake news Facebook Inc. had one major victory in the midterm elections: securing help from the government to keep foreign influence campaigns at bay. As recently as September, the cooperation seemed difficult to achieve. [Bloomberg]
  2. Jamie McKane

    Facebook cracks down on terrorist posts

    Facebook cracks down on terrorist posts Facebook Inc. said it has removed 3 million posts related to terrorism in the third quarter, down from 9.4 million pieces in the second quarter, much of which was identified by specialized machine-learning tools that spot the content quicker than before...
  3. Jamie McKane

    Facebook Portal smart speakers now on sale from $199

    Facebook Portal smart speakers now on sale from $199 Facebook's Portal smart speakers are now available for purchase, one month after their initial announcement. Amazon's Alexa digital assistant is built in to both the Portal and Portal+ devices, which feature large displays and cameras to...
  4. Jamie McKane

    Facebook Messenger will let iPhone users unsend messages

    Facebook Messenger will let iPhone users unsend messages Facebook Messenger for iOS states that the ability to "unsend" messages will be coming soon the application. The patch notes for version 191.0 of the messaging app say that users will soon be able to remove a message from a chat thread...
  5. Jamie McKane

    Facebook bets big on video and Instagram

    Facebook bets big on video and Instagram Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is betting the company’s future on video and disappearing posts called "stories," not the company’s famous news feed. Investors are buying into the vision for now. The newer products may make less...
  6. Jamie McKane

    Facebook bans misinformation about voting in the US

    Facebook bans misinformation about voting in the US Facebook Inc., the world’s largest social network, said it’s banning misinformation on its platform about how people can vote or whether their vote will count, broadening its policies to prevent voter suppression ahead of the U.S. midterm...
  7. Jamie McKane

    Facebook testing unsend feature for Messenger

    Facebook testing unsend feature for Messenger Facebook is testing a new feature for its Messenger app which will allow users to unsend messages, TechCrunch reports. The unsend option will allow Messenger users to delete sent messages from their own inbox as well as their recipient's inbox.
  8. Jamie McKane

    Hackers accessed intimate information of 14 million Facebook users

    Hackers accessed intimate information of 14 million Facebook users Facebook Inc.’s major hack, announced two weeks ago, affected 30 million people, not 50 million as originally feared. But for about half of those whose accounts were broken into — about 14 million people — the hackers accessed...
  9. Jamie McKane

    Facebook removes hundreds of US pages and accounts for spreading fake news

    Facebook removes hundreds of US pages and accounts for spreading fake news Facebook Inc. said it removed 559 pages and 251 accounts that were coordinating the spread of misinformation and spam in the U.S. -- and most originated from within the country. The social network, which has been under...
  10. Jamie McKane

    Facebook unveils new Portal smart speakers

    Facebook unveils new Portal smart speakers Facebook has revealed its new Portal and Portal+ smart speakers, with Alexa built-in. Both speakers feature large displays and cameras to facilitate video calling and other communication functionality.
  11. Jamie McKane

    No evidence Facebook hack compromised connected apps

    No evidence Facebook hack compromised connected apps There is no evidence that attackers who potentially compromised 90 million Facebook accounts accessed any apps using Facebook Login, the company said in a statement. This follows a notice from Facebook last week which said that its...
  12. Jamie McKane

    Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon oppose Australian decryption law

    Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon oppose Australian decryption law Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook have said they will object to a proposed law in Australia that compels them to provide access to private encrypted data when served with a warrant, Reuters reported. Under the proposed...
  13. Jamie McKane

    Woman sues Facebook for enabling her sex trafficking

    Woman sues Facebook for enabling her sex trafficking A US woman has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, stating that she sex trafficked when she was 15 after pimp posed as a friend of friend on Facebook, reported Reuters. The woman said she was friended by her attacker in 2012, and that he...
  14. Jamie McKane

    Facebook to let users block offensive words

    Facebook to let users block offensive words Facebook Inc. will start letting users block certain offensive or unwanted comments from their posts by selecting keywords they don’t want to see. The new tool is one of Facebook’s efforts to improve people’s experience on the site. [Bloomberg]
  15. Jamie McKane

    Facebook hit by massive hack - 50 million users affected

    Facebook hit by massive hack - 50 million users affected Facebook has published a security update detailing how its systems have been compromised. Its engineering team discovered a security breach on Thursday which affects "almost 50 million accounts".
  16. Jamie McKane

    Google, Facebook, and Twitter commit to fighting fake news in Europe

    Google, Facebook, and Twitter commit to fighting fake news in Europe Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and other tech and advertising companies have committed to implementing new measures and investing in new technologies to fight the spread of hoax news online in Europe...
  17. Jamie McKane

    Facebook's push for more adverts has slowed user growth

    Facebook's push for more adverts has slowed user growth Mark Zuckerberg is starting to suck Facebook Inc.’s eponymous product dry as far as rapid growth is concerned. Next target: Instagram. That might explain the departure of Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Six years...
  18. Jamie McKane

    Do you check Facebook every day?

    Do you log on to Facebook every day?
  19. Jamie McKane

    Facebook and Twitter under pressure from US to make rules clearer

    Facebook and Twitter under pressure from US to make rules clearer The more U.S. lawmakers learn about how Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. work, the more they want to know. In the latest congressional hearings on misinformation and election interference, which featured first-time appearances by...
  20. Jamie McKane

    Facebook accuses BlackBerry of stealing voice messaging technology

    Facebook accuses BlackBerry of stealing voice messaging technology Facebook Inc. is suing BlackBerry Ltd. for patent infringement, escalating the legal battle between the two companies over protected technology. In a 118-page complaint filed filed Tuesday in San Francisco federal court...
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