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Facebook’s oversight board extends Trump’s ban for six months more

A semi-autonomous oversight board for Facebook has upheld a suspension of former US President Donald Trump, but orders a review to be conducted by the social media giant within six months. “The Board has upheld Facebook’s decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump’s access to posting content on his Facebook page and […]

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Facebook’s Board delays Trump’s possible return to Facebook and Instagram

Facebook’s Oversight Board delayed its decision regarding former US President Donald Trump’s possible return to Facebook and Instagram. Mr Trump was banned from Facebook in January after the Capitol Hill riots. The Board said the delay was due to the time it has taken to review over 9,000 public responses to cases. A decision was […]

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Keep kids under 13 off Instagram, children’s rights group urges Mark Zuckerberg

A non profit group on Thursday urged Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to cancel plans to launch a version of the popular photo-sharing app Instagram for children under 13, saying that it would put the preteens at “great risk”. “Instagram, in particular, exploits young people’s fear of missing out and desire for peer approval […]

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Instagram apologies after its algorithm promoted diet content to users, triggering eating disorders

Instagram apologises after a “mistake” with its algorithm promoted diet content to users with eating disorders. The search function in the app automatically recommended terms including “appetite suppressants” and “fasting” to some people. The social media platform said harmful terms have now been removed. “We recently rolled out a new search functionality on Instagram beyond […]

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Facebook Data Breach: How to check if your personal information was breached

Over the weekend, cyber security experts revealed that about half a billion Facebook users’ personal information was breached. The data includes full names, birthdays, phone numbers and their location. Facebook said that massive leak stems from an issue in 2019, which has since been fixed. Still, there’s no clawing back that data. More than 30 […]

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Personal information of over 533 million Facebook users leaked online, available for free

A hacker is offering information on more than 500 million Facebook users for free. The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes […]

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Facebook just banned the ‘voice of Donald Trump’ from its platform

Facebook has removed a video of former US President Donald Trump from the page of his daughter-in-law Lara Trump. The social media giant banned Mr Trump from its platform in January following riots by his supporters on the Capitol building in Washington. Lara Trump, a new Fox News contributor, posted a video of herself interviewing […]

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Nicolás Maduro: Facebook freezes Venezuelan President’s page over Covid-19 claim

Facebook froze Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s page after he claimed without evidence that a herbal remedy could cure Covid-19. He claimed in January that a thyme herb solution could cure the disease. He will be unable to post for 30 days. The company said the leader had repeatedly violated its policies on coronavirus disinformation. Mr […]

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Land grabbers are selling the Amazon rainforest on Facebook marketplace

Land grabbers in the Amazon rainforest are selling illegal plots via ads on Facebook marketplace, and many sellers don’t even own the land titles they’re offering. The plots, some as large as 1,000 football fields combined, are located in protected areas for use by indigenous rainforest communities. An investigation unravels a complex, reckless, behind-the-scenes scam […]

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Facebook, Instagram ban Myanmar’s military from its platforms indefinitely

Facebook banned Myanmar’s military and its affiliates from its platforms. The company said it acted after deciding “the risks of allowing the Myanmar military on Facebook and Instagram are too great”. The military has used Facebook to boost its claim of voter fraud in the 2020 election. More than half of Myanmar’s 54 million people use […]

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Facebook to revoke ban on news pages in Australia

Facebook has decided to revoke its ban and restore news content to its users in Australia. The American tech giant blocked news to Australians on its platform since last Thursday amid a dispute over a proposed law which would force it and Google to pay news publishers for content. Facebook said on Tuesday that it […]

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Facebook to permanently stop recommending political groups to users

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday announced that his company would no longer recommend civic and political groups to users on the platform. The social media company in October 2020 said it temporarily halted recommendations of political groups for users in the United States run-up to the presidential election and on Wednesday, Facebook said it […]