What took YouTube so long to delete Awlaki’s videos?

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

After multiple requests throughout the past few years, YouTube deleted 50,000 videos of extremist Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed in an American air strike in Yemen in 2011. This is a positive step but it raises many important questions that are difficult to ignore or sweep under the rug.The first question is why has it taken so long to prohibit the public circulation of these videos? I think a mix of financial and cultural reasons was behind it. The owners of these social media websites, like ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

Amazon, Facebook seeking to help expand Saudi tech sector

Monday, 20 November 2017

Saudi Arabia’s top official for communications and information technology has said that the Kingdom has received requests from international companies to enter the Saudi market, including Amazon and Facebook, as well as other international companies that are interested to work in the cloud computing.Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ruwais stressed that the ministry does not want to add new mobile operators in the market for the time being, referring to the current operators are sufficient, according to ...

Facebook politics and genocide

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Whether we like it or not, Facebook has become one of the world’s foremost communication medium. It connects over 2 billion people across the world, more than any other service, it disseminates more news than any other social media platform, whether factually accurate or not, and it supports more political and social organisation than any other internet tool. And to hear Mark Zuckerberg talk about it, you’d think Facebook were not too thrilled about it all. Sure, raking in billions ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Facebook and rest of social media forced to mend ways

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A view worth considering: Representatives of three major corporations swearing in before then US congressional committee and surrendering to the state that made it clear to them that “Our interests are far more important than your gains”. The information technology trilogy: Facebook, Twitter, and Google were feeding information to over two billion people in the world and flaunted the fact that they broke down walls, bypassed censorship, and spread facts. They are now admitting that ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Facebook: 126 million Americans may have seen Russia-linked political posts

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Facebook Inc said on Monday that Russia-based operatives published about 80,000 posts on the social network over a two year period in an effort to sway US politics, and that about 126 million Americans may have seen the posts during that time. Facebook gave the details about the reach of Russian posts in written testimony the company provided to US lawmakers which was seen by Reuters. Executives from Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google are scheduled to ...

WEF report: Tech firms must do more on extremism

Monday, 30 October 2017

US tech firms such as Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc should be more aggressive in tackling extremism and political misinformation if they want to avoid government action, a report from the World Economic Forum said on Monday. The study from the Swiss nonprofit organization adds to a chorus of calls for Silicon Valley to stem the spread of violent material from ISIS militants and the use of their services by alleged Russian propagandists. Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc’s Google will go ...

Facebook dealt setback by EU court adviser in privacy dispute

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Facebook was dealt a setback on Tuesday when an adviser to the top European Union court said any data protection authority in the bloc had the power to take action against it for breaching privacy laws. Facebook has its European headquarters in Ireland and has argued that only the Irish data protection authority has the power to police it for its processing of Europeans’ data. Nonetheless other European privacy regulators, including the French, Belgian and German authorities, ...

Facebook tests splitting its News Feed into two

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Facebook Inc said on Monday it was testing the idea of dividing its News Feed in two, separating commercial posts from personal news in a move that could lead some businesses to increase advertising. The Facebook News Feed, the centerpiece of the world’s largest social network service, is a streaming series of posts such as photos from friends, updates from family members, advertisements and material from celebrities or other pages that a user has liked. The test, ...

Facebook knocks down Thai PM’s claim of Zuckerberg meeting

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Facebook says its top executives aren’t coming to Thailand, two days after the country’s military ruler announced CEO Mark Zuckerberg would meet him this month. Facebook said in a one-sentence statement Thursday “There are no plans currently for any of our senior leaders to visit Thailand.” Thailand and the social media giant have had a strained relationship this year. Facebook has irked the Thai government by being a platform for critics of the country’s monarchy. ...

Intel working with Facebook on artificial intelligence chips

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Intel chief Brian Krzanich said Tuesday his company is working on a super-fast chip designed specifically for artificial intelligence. The chipmaking giant is partnering with Facebook and other internet titans investing heavily in artificial intelligence to create the first in what will be a family of “Nervana Neural Network Processors” tailored to the needs of the emerging technology, Krzanich said during an on-stage interview at the WSJD Live conference. “I think we are just ...

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