After Analytica scandal, can Zuckerberg media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?

Thursday, 22 March 2018

In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.But it’s far from clear whether he’s won over US and European authorities, much less the broader public whose status updates provide Facebook with an endless stream of data it uses to sell targeted ads.On Wednesday, the generally reclusive Zuckerberg sat ...

Co-founder of WhatsApp joins ‘delete Facebook’ campaign

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The co-founder of WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook four years ago for $19 billion, has joined the movement to delete Facebook.Brian Acton tweeted: “It’s time. #deletefacebook.”This hashtag has been trending since reports surfaced in recent days regarding the improper use of personal information on Facebook by Cambridge Analytica, a political research firm used by the Trump campaign before the election.After remaining silent for a while, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ...

Facebook’s Zuckerberg apologizes for ‘breach of trust’, outlines fixes

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Breaking more than four days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a data-mining firm. Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that Facebook has a “responsibility” to protect its users’ data and if it fails, “we don’t deserve to serve you.” Zuckerberg and Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, have been quiet since news broke Friday that Cambridge Analytica ...

Egypt might have its own Facebook very soon

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Egypt has a very high number of users on Facebook that’s estimated at 33 million accounts. It’s a high number particularly when compared with the number of users in other countries in the Middle East. Egyptian Telecommunications Minister Yasser ElKady said “Egypt will have its own Facebook very soon.” The minister’s statement was made during a workshop organized by the Justice Ministry to announce that they finished preparing a cybercrime bill. The bill was ...

New German minister to challenge Google and Facebook's presentation of news

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Germany's incoming minister with responsibility for digital policy says she will push social media giants to make users' information feeds more diverse and timely to avoid creating "echo chambers" for the like-minded. Companies such as Facebook have come under pressure from regulators around the world as evidence has emerged of how the recirculation of a particular selection of news and views on their platforms can narrow perceptions of the world and voter behavior. The minister, ...

Snapchat challenging Facebook among US youth: survey

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Facebook remains the most popular social network among Americans but faces a growing challenge from Snapchat for young audiences, a survey showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center survey showed Facebook holding the dominant platform with 68 percent of Americans using the world’s biggest social network. While Facebook leads the other social networks in all age groups, the gap has narrowed in the key 18-24 segment, where 78 percent use Snapchat compared with 80 percent for Facebook, Pew ...

In Japan, Twitter sees a surge of users and revenue

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Riding a wave of new users, improved advertising options and an embrace of video content by users and advertisers alike, Twitter Inc's revenue has leaped in Japan, helping lead the company to its first quarterly profit. Earlier this month Twitter reported that sales in Japan jumped 34 percent in the last three months of 2017, compared with a year earlier, to $106 million. In Japan, Twitter's success in converting users into revenue - a problem that has vexed the social network since its ...

Facebook launches effort to help boost newspaper subscriptions

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Facebook on Tuesday announced a $3 million pilot project aimed at helping US newspapers boost paid digital subscriptions. The move was the latest by the huge social network to respond to concerns that it and other online platforms have hurt news organizations by dominating internet advertising. The “local news subscriptions accelerator,” part of the Facebook Journalism Project, will work with a small group of metro news organizations “to unlock strategies that help publishers ...

An Egyptian man’s ‘tabla’ remix of Camila Cabillo’s hit song goes viral

Thursday, 22 February 2018

In true Egyptian fashion, an Egyptian man remixed Camila Cabello’s famous song ‘Havana’ using an Egyptian drum, known as the tabla. The video went viral reaching almost 900,000 views on Facebook. In a radio interview, Shady el-Agar said that his passion for drumming began at a young age where he used to flip over water containers to drum on them. El-Agar works in business and studied politics and economics at the American University in Cairo, but he also joined ...

How a Yemeni man’s love for science got him 16 million followers on Facebook

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Hashem al-Ghaili, a Yemeni man based in Berlin, had a mission when he started his science page on Facebook in 2009: to make science accessible to everyone regardless of their age or background. Al-Ghaili told BBC that his father wanted him to be a farmer when he grew up, but he always had a passion for science, which started when he was young and began to read children’s science magazines. A molecular biologist by trade, al-Ghaili expanded his skills to include video production and began ...

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