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Facebook recommendation software ‘mistakenly’ labels Black men ‘primates’

Facebook has announced that it disabled its topic recommendation feature after it mistook Black men for “primates” in a video on the social network. A Facebook spokesperson called it a “clearly unacceptable error” and said the recommendation software involve was taken offline. “We apologize to anyone who may have seen these offensive recommendations,” Facebook said […]

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Ireland fines Facebook’s messaging service Whatsapp $267 million for breaching EU privacy rules

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission on Thursday fined Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp a record $267 million. The privacy watchdog increased an existing fine for breaking data protection law after European regulators complained it had been too lenient. Ireland is the home of the regional headquarters of major tech players — including Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter. […]

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Ethiopia is developing local rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for better monitoring of its population

Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications security agency said. Ethiopia has been engulfed since last year in an armed conflict pitting the federal government against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls […]

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Facebook to continue ban on Taliban content from its platforms

Facebook would continue to ban Taliban content from its platforms as it considers the group to be a terrorist organisation. The company says it has a dedicated team of Afghan experts to monitor and remove content linked to the group. For years, the Taliban has used social media to spread its messages. Its rapid takeover […]

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2020: TikTok was the world’s most downloaded app in the pandemic year

TikTok was the world’s most downloaded app in 2020 as it took the top spot from Facebook Messenger, according to digital analytics company App Annie. The Chinese video-sharing platform is the only app not owned by Facebook to make the global top five of downloads. In its home country, TikTok’s owner ByteDance also holds the […]

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Zoom to pay $85 million for breaching user privacy by sharing data with Facebook, Google and letting hackers disrupt meetings

Zoom video teleconferencing software has agreed to pay $85 million and bolster its security practices to settle a lawsuit claiming it violated users’ privacy rights by sharing personal data with Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and letting hackers disrupt meetings. In a preliminary settlement, subscribers in the proposed class action would be eligible for 15% refunds on […]

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Google, Apple’s data shadowban to severely impact Facebook’s income

Facebook earned $28 billion in revenue through advertisements for the second quarter of this year and its global ad revenue during the pandemic year totaled to $84.2 billion. This would mean that the social media giant earned at least $32 on an average from every user all over the world in 2020. Facebook witnessed a […]

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Instagram makes new under 16’s accounts private by default

Instagram has made new under-16s’ accounts private by default so only approved followers can see posts and “like” or comment. Tests showed only one in five opted for a public account when the private setting was the default, it said. And existing account holders would be sent a notification “highlighting the benefits” of switching to […]

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‘Covid-19 vaccine misinformation killing people’: US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden has warned that the spread of Covid-19 misinformation on social media is “killing people”. He was responding to a question from a reporter about the alleged role of “platforms like Facebook” in spreading falsehoods about vaccines and the pandemic. The White House has been increasing pressure on social media companies to […]

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‘Victim Of Censorship’: Donald Trump sues Google, Twitter and Facebook

Former US President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against tech giants Google, Twitter and Facebook, claiming to be a victim of censorship. The lawsuit also targets the three companies’ CEOs. Mr Trump was suspended from his social accounts in January earlier this year over public safety concerns in the wake of the Capitol riots, led […]

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Facebook reaches $1 trillion valuation after federal court dismisses anti-trust lawsuits

A federal court in the state of Colombia dismissed two separate anti-trust lawsuits filed against Facebook. Judge James Boasberg ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s anti-trust complaint against the social networking giant was too vague. Another separate anti-competition lawsuit filed by a coalition of states was thrown out because the alleged violations occurred too […]

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Hong Kong police arrest five journalist during raid at pro-democracy Apple Daily

Hong Kong police arrested the editor-in-chief and four other executives of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Thursday, on suspicion of violating the national security law. Apple Daily is owned by media mogul Jimmy Lai, who was also arrested and jailed on a string of charges. The paper is known to be critical of Beijing’s leadership. […]