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Facebook’s Zuckerberg apologizes to EU lawmakers over data leak

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg apologized to European Union lawmakers on Tuesday for a massive data leak, in his latest attempt to draw a line under a scandal that has rocked the world’s biggest social media network. Zuckerberg agreed to meet leaders of the European Parliament to answer questions about how political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly got hold of the personal data of 87 million Facebook users, including up to 2.7 million in the EU. In his ...

VIDEO: How Ramadan changes social media habits of users in the Arab region

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Ramadan highlights some of the most habits of residents in the region, including their use of social media platforms. Facebook revealed that the use of social media significantly increases during the month of Ramadan, and especially during Eid. 86% of the approximate 200 million Facebook users use the platform for holiday greetings.

‘I must die:’ Egyptian boy commits suicide after posting warning on Facebook

Monday, 21 May 2018

A 15-year-old Egyptian boy committed suicide few days after he posted a status on Facebook saying he would. “I really must die. I won’t say I want to die but I have to get rid of this nightmare I am in. If I ever commit suicide, don’t say I did so because I am a teenager, and I am reckless. I have actually tolerated pain that no one can bear. Pray for me (if I ever kill myself),” Mohamed Yasser wrote on Friday. Yasser’s friends and followers commented on the post ...

Cambridge Analytica files for voluntary bankruptcy in US

Friday, 18 May 2018

Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the center of this year's Facebook privacy row, filed for voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy in a New York court late on Thursday. Cambridge Analytica LLC listed assets in the range of $100,001 to $500,000 and liabilities in the range of $1 million to $10 million. Cambridge Analytica and its British parent SCL Elections Ltd said earlier this month that they would shut down immediately and begin bankruptcy proceedings after suffering a sharp drop in business.

News agencies hail ‘major step’ by EU to make net giants pay for news

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

News agencies welcomed Monday what they called a “major step” by the EU parliament’s legal committee asking internet giants to pay for press articles.Officials are hammering out an overhaul of EU copyright rules against the backdrop of free online news that has decimated earnings for traditional media companies.“Very profitable companies, like Facebook and Google, offer users qualified news reporting from publishers including news agencies, but they do not offer a fair ...

Catherine Zeta-Jones to star in Facebook comedy ‘Queen America’

Saturday, 5 May 2018

British Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the dark comedy “Queen America,” the first major series produced by Facebook, which is seeking a foothold in the uber-competitive market for original content.The sultry 48-year-old actress, who took home an Oscar in 2003 for “Chicago,” confirmed her jump to the small screen -- fittingly -- in a Facebook post. The news was first reported by Hollywood industry outlet Deadline.“So excited about my next ...

Cambridge Analytica shutting down, says report

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

The Cambridge Analytica consultancy at the center of this year’s Facebook privacy row is closing, the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported the founder of the firm’s UK-based parent as saying. SCL Group founder Nigel Oakes confirmed that both companies were closing, the WSJ said. The newspaper added, citing an unnamed source, that the decision was taken because the companies were losing clients and facing mounting legal fees in the Facebook investigation. The firm did not ...

Zuckerberg says Facebook to add dating service

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that the world’s largest social network will soon include a new dating service.“This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not just hook-ups,” Zuckerberg said as he unveiled the plan in a speech at Facebook’s annual developers conference.

WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe to 16 ahead of data law change

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month.WhatsApp will ask European users to confirm they are at least 16 years old when they are prompted to agree new terms of service and a privacy policy provided by a new WhatsApp Ireland Ltd entity in the next few weeks.It is not clear how or if the age limit will be checked given the limited data requested and ...

Facebook unveils appeal process for when it removes posts

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Facebook said Tuesday it will give users the right to appeal decisions if the social network decides to remove photos, videos or written posts deemed to violate community standards. Plans to roll out an appeals process globally in coming months came as Facebook provided a first-ever look at internal standards used to decide what posts go too far in terms of hateful or threating speech. “This is part of an effort to be more clear about where we draw the line on content,” Facebook ...

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