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Facebook testing tools to give users option to customize their news feeds

Facebook is introducing new features to give people more control over what appears in their news feeds. The social network has been under intense scrutiny in recent years for how its algorithms promote content. Now, it says it is testing controls to “adjust people’s ranking preferences” and customise the feed. That includes, for example, increasing […]

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Facebook to limit use of facial recognition software to identify faces in photographs and videos

Facebook has announced it will no longer use facial recognition software to identify faces in photographs and videos. There have been growing concerns about the ethics of facial recognition technology, with questions raised over privacy, racial bias, and accuracy. Regulators had not yet provided a clear set of rules over how it should be used, […]

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Facebook faces tough challenge to pull younger Gen Z users to platform

Facebook was once a hub for young people, but that’s changed in the last decade. Despite the company’s efforts, several studies have shown that younger people aren’t interested in joining the platform. Back in 2012, 94% of teens had a Facebook account, a Pew Research survey of 12- to 17-year-olds found. Almost 10 years later, […]

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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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Facebook plans to hire 10,000 people EU to build ‘Metaverse’

Facebook has planned to hire 10,000 people in the European Union to develop a so-called metaverse.A metaverse is an online world where people can game, work and communicate in a virtual environment, often using VR headsets.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been a leading voice on the concept.The announcement comes as Facebook deals with the fallout […]

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Facebook sites and apps ‘harm children, stokes division and weakens democracy’: Ex-employee

A former Facebook employee told US lawmakers that the company’s sites and apps “harm children, stoke division and weaken democracy”. Frances Haugen, a 37-year-old former product manager turned whistleblower criticised the company at a hearing on Capitol Hill. Facebook has faced growing scrutiny and increasing calls for its regulation. Founder Mark Zuckerberg hit back, saying […]

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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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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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Mark Zuckerberg doges question on the number of people who viewed Covid-19 misinformation on Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dodged a question about COVID-19 misinformation on the platform, as the company faces fury from the Biden administration. Gayle King repeatedly pressed Zuckerberg on how many people had viewed pandemic misinformation on Facebook during an interview aired on CBS. ‘One of the things that the White House has asked for repeatedly […]

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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 […]