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Facebook and Instagram to allow calls for violence against Putin and Russian invaders

The owner of Facebook and Instagram will allow users in some countries to call for violence against Vladimir Putin and Russian soldiers. Meta says it has temporarily made allowances for some violent speech, like “death to the Russian invaders,” that would usually break its rules. However, it says it won’t permit calls for violence against […]

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Facebook and Instagram could shutdown across Europe over European users’ data on US servers

If Meta is not given the option to transfer, store and process data from its European users on US-based servers, Facebook and Instagram may be shut down across Europe, the social media giants’ owner reportedly warned in its annual report. The key issue for Meta is transatlantic data transfers, regulated via the so-called Privacy Shield […]

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Instagram blocks posts using in memory of victims of Ukrainian airliner shot down by Iran

Instagram blocked posts using a hashtag in memory of the victims of a Ukrainian airliner shot down by Iranian security forces two years ago. Families of the 176 victims found posts with the hashtag #IWillLightACandletoo, as well as its Persian version, were not visible to users. A cybersecurity expert said it appeared that Iran had […]

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Facebook’s owner Meta bans surveillance-for-hire firms for targeting users

Facebook’s parent company Meta says it has banned seven surveillance companies for targeting users on its platforms. A new report by Meta says about 50,000 users will receive warnings about the “malicious activities”. It accused surveillance firms of actions like creating fake accounts, befriending targets and using hacking methods to harvest information. The company accused […]

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Facebook changes corporate name to Meta as part of major rebrand

Facebook has changed its corporate name to Meta as part of a major rebrand. The company said it would better “encompass” what it does, as it broadens its reach beyond social media into areas like virtual reality (VR). The change does not apply to its individual platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, only the parent […]

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Facebook profits rise despite revelations form leaked papers

Facebook posted better than expected third-quarter profits as the company faces bad press over leaked internal documents. The social media giant made $9 billion of profit in the three months to September, up from $7.8 billion last year. However, it was hit by a new privacy update to Apple’s iOS 14 operating system, which made […]

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Vienna museums open OnlyFans account to display ‘explicit’ artworks

The city of Vienna is taking an offbeat approach to the censorship of art and has turned to using the adults-only online platform OnlyFans to put its most “explicit” artworks on full display. The tourism board for the Austrian capital is now presenting art from four of Vienna’s most revered museums on the adults-only platform […]

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Facebook Down: Mark Zuckerberg loses nearly $6 billion due to outage

Facebook’s share price walloped by outage, stripping billions out of company CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal fortune. Business publication Forbes reported that Zuckerberg has lost US$5.9 billion off the back of the global outage of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp. This still leaves Zuckerberg with a cool fortune of around US$117 billion. The company’s share price slipped […]

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Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram suffer six hour global outage over ‘faulty configuration’

Social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram suffered an outage that lasted for at least six hours on Monday, Facebook said. The company says the cause was a faulty configuration change. All three services are owned by Facebook and could not be accessed over the web or on smartphone apps. Downdetector, which tracks outages, said […]

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Gabby Petito: Body of woman matching description of missing influencer found in Wyoming

The body of a woman matching the description of Gabby Petito has been found by search crews at a national park in the US state of Wyoming. “As every parent can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for her family,” FBI agent Charles Jones told the media. “The cause of death has not been […]

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‘Just taking a little break from social media’: Britney Spears deletes Instagram

Britney Spears deleted her Instagram. The move comes just two days after she announced her engagement to her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari. A source shared that the “Overprotected” pop star, 39, is taking some time away from social media “in light of the successful path that she’s been on and continues to be on [following] […]

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UK regulator flags Kim Kardashian’s Instagram for promoting ‘untested cryptocurrency’

Kim Kardashian has been criticised for promoting an untested cryptocurrency on Instagram, by the head of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Charles Randell said Ms Kardashian had “asked her 250 million followers to speculate on crypto tokens” by promoting an advert for Ethereum Max. He called it “a speculative digital token created a month […]