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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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Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine: Russia limits access to Facebook over platform’s stance on Moscow’s news outlets

Russia has limited access to Facebook over the platform’s stance on the accounts of several Moscow-backed news outlets amid the invasion of Ukraine. Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor accused the network of “censorship” and violating “the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens”. Facebook said it had refused to stop fact-checking and labelling content from state-owned news […]

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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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Australian billionaire launches criminal case against Facebook for failing to prevent scam ads

An Australian billionaire has launched a criminal case against Facebook, alleging the company failed to prevent scam ads that used his image. Andrew Forrest argues Facebook breached Australian anti-money laundering laws over the spread of cryptocurrency cons. He said it was the first time Facebook was facing a criminal case globally. Facebook’s owner, Meta, did […]

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Facebook: Social media giant sees daily active users fall for first time in 18-year history

Social media giant Facebook has seen its daily active users (DAUs) drop for the first time in its 18-year history. Facebook’s parent company Meta Networks says DAUs fell to 1.929 billion in the three months to the end of December, compared to 1.930 billion in the previous quarter. The firm also warned of slowing revenue […]

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Facebook faces $3.2 billion suit in UK for abusing market dominance

Facebook’s owner Meta Platforms faces a $3.2 billion class action in Britain over allegations it abused its market dominance by exploiting the personal data of 44 million users. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, a senior adviser to Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) watchdog and a competition law academic, said she was bringing the case on behalf of […]

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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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Australia orders parliamentary inquiry into the behaviour of BIG technology companies

Australia will conduct a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry into the behaviour of the world’s largest technology companies and the need for new legislation, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. Australia has led global efforts to rein in the powers of the likes of Alphabet and Facebook, installing legislation that has been heralded as a model […]

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United Kingdom’s antitrust watchdog directs Facebook to sell-off Giphy

The United Kingdom’s antitrust watchdog has blocked Facebook’s acquisition of Giphy and ordered the social network to sell off the GIF-sharing platform. The Competition and Markets Authority said Tuesday that the deal would let Facebook, which has been renamed Meta, “increase its already significant market power” by denying or limiting other platforms’ access to Giphy […]

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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 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 […]