Facebook says software better tackling ISIS propaganda

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Facebook on Monday said new detection tools wielded by its counterterrorism team are quickly detecting and removing extremist propaganda for the ISIS and al-Qaeda.The leading social network “took action” on 1.9 million pieces of ISIS or al-Qaeda-linked content in the first three months of this year -- nearly double the amount from the previous quarter, according to vice president of global policy management Monika Bickert and global head of counterterrorism policy Brian ...

Facebook says it is taking down more material about ISIS, al-Qaeda

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Facebook said on Monday that it removed or put a warning label on 1.9 million pieces of extremist content related to ISIS or al-Qaeda in the first three months of the year, or about double the amount from the previous quarter. Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, also published its internal definition of “terrorism” for the first time, as part of an effort to be more open about internal company operations. The European Union has been putting pressure on Facebook ...

Facebook rolling out privacy choices under EU rules

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Facebook announced Wednesday it would begin rolling out changes to how it handles private data this week to comply with forthcoming EU rules, with European residents seeing the measures first. The social network, which has been rocked by disclosures about the hijacking of personal data on tens of millions of its users, said it will start implementing “new privacy experiences” to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which become effective May 25. &ldquo ...

Will Facebook now face class action over facial recognition?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A US federal judge ruled on Monday that Facebook Inc. must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission.The ruling adds to the privacy woes that have been mounting against Facebook for weeks, since it was disclosed that the personal information of millions of users was harvested by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.US District Judge James Donato ruled in San Francisco federal court that a ...

Zuckerberg congressional hearing: Much more than a trial for Facebook

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The congressional hearing, or rather investigation, of Mark Zuckerberg, the symbol of the global Facebook company which is the most famous social network in the world, is in fact the first revealing session for this whole idea of social media. The young billionaire is an American, and his massive company Facebook is also American. So is Twitter, Google and the rest of the leading platforms of this new world that controls people’s sentiments, circumstances and passions. Dubious ...

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WATCH: Learning computer programming, with no teachers and no tuition

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Aspiring software engineers Kevin Yook and Becky Chen are hunched over a computer screen, fervently discussing lines of code indecipherable to the average person. The pair of twenty-somethings are students at the Holberton School in San Francisco, founded two years ago by French software engineers and poised to graduate its first class. The goal: to level the playing field when it comes to access to the high-paying computer engineering jobs in Silicon Valley's tech industry. The method: ...

Can Facebook reunite Norway beautician with her mother in India?

Thursday, 12 April 2018

A woman in Norway has harnessed the power of social media to track down her mother in India. Pinky was born in the Indian city of Calcutta in 1978 and adopted by a Norwegian couple who rechristened her Marie Kristiansen Eftestad and brought her up with great love and affection in the land of the midnight sun. Forty years later, Marie – a professional beautician living in Sogne in Vest-Agder county – is leaving no stone unturned to somehow find the woman who gave birth to her. She ...

Myanmar activists welcome Zuckerberg target to block hate speech on Facebook

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Myanmar civil society groups welcomed a commitment by Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to tackle hate speech within 24 hours as the social media giant fights messages inciting violence, but urged it to deploy more resources in the country. Zuckerberg said on Tuesday his company would step up efforts to block hate messages in Myanmar as he faced questioning by the US Congress about electoral interference and hate speech on the platform. Facebook has been accused by human rights advocates ...

How non-Facebook users are still subject to its ‘globe-spanning surveillance’

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Mark Zuckerberg faced two days of grilling before House and Senate committees Tuesday and Wednesday to address Facebook's privacy issues and the need for more regulation for the social media site. Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, many have criticized the CEO for ‘spying’ on people, as one congresswoman put it, and non-consensually using their information for the benefit of the growth of the company. Bu what struck many during the 10-hour hearing that happened over two days, ...

CEO Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook's privacy failures

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company's history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the US election. During some five hours of Senate questioning Tuesday, Zuckerberg apologized several times for Facebook failures, disclosed that his company was "working with" special counsel Robert Mueller in the ...

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