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 ...

Head of Facebook’s secretive hardware unit to step down

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook Inc’s secretive hardware unit, will step down early next year, she said on Tuesday. “I will be leaving Facebook to focus on building and leading a new endeavor,” Dugan wrote on Facebook. Earlier this year, Facebook provided a peek into the hardware division, called Building 8, revealing it was studying ways for people to communicate by thought and touch. Although any hardware rollouts from the unit are ...

Facebook gets real about broadening virtual reality’s appeal

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to be realizing a sobering reality about virtual reality: His company’s Oculus headsets that send people into artificial worlds are too expensive and confining to appeal to the masses.Zuckerberg on Wednesday revealed how Facebook intends to address that problem, unveiling a stand-alone headset that won’t require plugging in a smartphone or a cord tethering it to a personal computer like the Oculus Rift headset does.“I am more committed than ...

Facebook begins ‘human review’ of potentially sensitive ads

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Facebook says it will begin manually reviewing advertisements that target certain groups and address politics, religion, ethnicity and social issues.The company has informed some advertisers about the new “human review” requirement, warning them that it might cause delays before their ads can appear on the social media platform.Facebook has had to apologize amid recent revelations of rampant abuse of its automated advertising process to broadcast false news or promote divisive and ...

Facebook ‘context’ button is latest effort to fight fake news

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Facebook said on Thursday it was testing a new ‘button’ to allow users to get more context about a news source, in the latest move by the leading social network to curb misinformation.The new feature will allow users to get context on the source of a news article with a single click without leaving Facebook and its news feed.“We are testing a button that people can tap to easily access additional information without needing to go elsewhere,” said a Facebook blog post ...

Top House Intelligence Dem intends to make sample of Russia-bought Facebook ads public

Monday, 2 October 2017

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Monday he intended to make a “representative sampling” of Facebook Inc political ads believed to have been purchased by Russia available to the public later this month and that he hoped to make them all public eventually. Representative Adam Schiff confirmed that his committee, which is investigating Russian interference in last year's presidential election, had received from Facebook more than 3,000 ...

Zuckerberg seeks forgiveness for division caused by his work

Monday, 2 October 2017

Facebook Inc founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asked for forgiveness for ways his work was used to divide people in a Facebook posting marking the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement on Saturday. “For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better,” Zuckerberg said in the post. He did not refer to specific issues in the message, which comes as Facebook and ...

EU pressures internet giants to remove illegal content sooner

Thursday, 28 September 2017

The European Commission on Thursday outlined how firms like Google, Facebook and Twitter should remove illegal content more quickly from the Web, increasing pressure on the companies to do more. The spread of illegal content on the Web, whether because it infringes copyright, involves counterfeit goods or contains threatening material, has sparked a heated debate in Europe between those who want online media firms to do more to tackle it and those who fear it could impinge on free speech. As a ...

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