Facebook to let users rank ‘trust’ in news sources

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network. The change to the Facebook news feed comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that it has failed -- along with Google and Twitter -- to prevent the spread of bogus news, most strikingly ahead of the 2016 US election. In a Facebook post, co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the network would ...

Facebook selfie nails murder probe of 21-year-old in Canada

Thursday, 18 January 2018

In March 2015, Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty to killing her best friend Brittney Gargol, 18, who was found in Saskatoon, Canada with Antoine’s belt near her body. The best friend was sentenced seven years for murder. It has now emerged that a Facebook selfie post showing both girls indicated the belt found near Gargol’s body and that was what made Antoine a suspect as she was wearing the exact same belt. That post was on Facebook only a few hours before Gargol’s ...

Facebook joins Europol talks to fight ‘Islamist’ propaganda

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Facebook took part this week in key talks with European police agencies on how to stop and eliminate violent and terror-related “Islamic jihadist” posts, in an evolving battle against such propaganda.Representatives from the giant social network travelled to The Hague for Thursday’s unprecedented talks at Europol’s headquarters in the city, officials said Friday.They were also joined by Instagram officials and police from Britain, France and Belgium, aiming “to ...

Facebook shares slip after News Feed overhaul

Friday, 12 January 2018

Shares of Facebook Inc fell 4 percent on Friday after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced changes to the platform’s centrepiece News Feed that he said would hit user engagement in the near term. Zuckerberg said on Thursday the company would change the filter for the News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share, while reducing the amount of non-advertising content from publishers and brands. If the premarket declines in shares hold, Facebook stands ...

Facebook to emphasize friends, not news, in series of changes

Friday, 12 January 2018

Facebook Inc on Thursday began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centerpiece News Feed, the start of what Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world’s largest social network. Zuckerberg, in a sweeping post on Facebook, said the company would change the filter for the News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share, while reducing the amount of non-advertising content from publishers and brands. Facebook, which owns ...

WATCH: Baby indulgently eating large amounts of food goes viral

Sunday, 24 December 2017

A video of an Asian baby girl going on an adorable eating spree went viral on Facebook. Several videos were edited together showing the baby girl indulgently eating numerous dishes of all kinds of food, and getting upset when the plates of food were finished. Social media users had differing opinions on the video, while some commended her large appetite, others said that it was dangerous for her to be eating that much. The video has over 500,000 million views so far.

Saudi-born Palestinian starts initiative to thank kingdom

Monday, 18 December 2017

Foremost of all political challenges facing the region is the Palestinian conflict and efforts by countries of the region to defend the Palestinian rights. The Kingdom has been on top of the list of countries that firmly stood by the Palestinians at all times and all levels, whether political, economical or humanitarian. Jawhara al-Shawish, a Palestinian woman born and brought up in the Kingdom, has launched an initiative called “Appreciate the Kingdom” to express the Palestinian ...

Facebook, a moment of regret!

Friday, 15 December 2017

There’s nothing new about this. Most of the time, interaction via the internet is usually the window from which extremism find its way into a murderer’s mind. New York terror suspect Akayed Ullah is a Bangladeshi man who immigrated to the US in 2011 via a family reunification application to join his American uncle. Ullah said he began the process of self-radicalization in 2014 when he began to watch ISIS material on the internet, including videos which called on supporters to carry ...

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How social media turned ‘lowly’ maid into a star in India

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A domestic help who took to Facebook to expose sadistic employers and shine a torch on her miserable existence, has become a media darling in Kolkata – capital of India’s West Bengal state and the country’s cultural hub where intellectuals love to lionize the underdog. The more Alpana Mondal writes, the more she is written about!Thanks to relentless coverage, the 29-year-old is a minor celebrity today exactly a year after she began chronicling her life experience on social ...

Will the Snapchat redesign guard against fake news?

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Snapchat on Wednesday unveiled a redesign intended to rev up use of the image-sharing smartphone application by focusing on personal interests instead of what friends post. Parent company Snap has promised the redesign in a bid to make Snapchat more user-friendly in the face of competition from rival messaging apps, especially those fielded by leading social networking Facebook. Snap changes included separate streams for posts or messages from close friends versus digital content from publishers ...

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