Facing advertisers’ boycott, Facebook to ban more ‘hateful content’ in ads

Facebook said Friday it would ban a "wider category of hateful content" in ads as the embattled social media giant moved to respond to growing protests over its handling of inflammatory posts. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook also would add tags to posts that are "newsworthy" but violate platform rules -- following the lead of Twitter, which … Continue reading Facing advertisers’ boycott, Facebook to ban more ‘hateful content’ in ads

Facebook, Twitter chart divergent paths in face of Trump threats

WASHINGTON, DC (BLOOMBERG) - Twitter and Facebook have both sparked the ire of Donald Trump, but the social networks have taken nearly opposite approaches to politics and the President. While Twitter this week slapped unprecedented fact-checks on presidential tweets, Facebook has adopted a more hands-off strategy, saying it wants to be the online equivalent of the public square, shying … Continue reading Facebook, Twitter chart divergent paths in face of Trump threats

Facebook denies sidelining research on site’s ‘divisiveness’

San Francisco (AFP) Facebook on Wednesday defended itself against a report that it shelved internal research indicating that it was dividing people instead of bringing them together. The social media network's algorithms are aimed at getting users to spend more time on the site. For years Facebook has been accused of stoking hatred online Olivier DOULIERY … Continue reading Facebook denies sidelining research on site’s ‘divisiveness’

Facebook apologises for role in 2018 Sri Lanka unrest

Hong Kong (AFP) Facebook has apologised for its role in the deadly communal unrest that shook Sri Lanka two years ago after an investigation found that hate speech and rumours spread on the platform may have led to violence against Muslims. The riots in early 2018 erupted as anti-Muslim anger was whipped up on social … Continue reading Facebook apologises for role in 2018 Sri Lanka unrest

Facebook to pay US$52 million settlement for trauma to content reviewers

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Facebook has agreed to a US$52 million (S$73.73 million) court settlement to compensate content moderators who suffered mental trauma from the graphic and violent images they were required to review, plaintiff lawyers said Tuesday (May 12). The agreement submitted to a California state court will include payments to more than 10,000 … Continue reading Facebook to pay US$52 million settlement for trauma to content reviewers

Facebook reports spike in takedowns of hate speech, terrorism

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Facebook Inc on Tuesday (May 12) reported a sharp increase in the number of posts it removed for promoting violence and hate speech across its apps, which it attributed to technology improvements for automatically identifying text and images. The world's biggest social media company removed about 4.7 million posts connected to … Continue reading Facebook reports spike in takedowns of hate speech, terrorism

Gay Myanmar man posts Facebook bullying note before taking life

Yangon (AFP) A gay Myanmar man posted a note on Facebook including screenshots of alleged homophobic bullying before taking his life, prompting activists to call Tuesday for more protection for the emerging LGBTQ community. Same-sex relations are still officially illegal under Myanmar's colonial-era laws, but although LGBTQ people enjoy more freedoms in the country than … Continue reading Gay Myanmar man posts Facebook bullying note before taking life

Governments must regulate social networks: Facebook’s Clegg

London (AFP) Governments must regulate social networks and not the companies themselves, Facebook's head of global affairs and a former deputy prime minister of the UK said in an interview Monday. "It's not for private companies, however big or small, to come up with those rules. It is for democratic politicians in the democratic world … Continue reading Governments must regulate social networks: Facebook’s Clegg

With virtual money, Facebook bets on disrupting the world, again

Washington (AFP) Facebook's ambitious plan for a virtual currency has the potential to disrupt the way people store, spend and send money and open up new business opportunities for the world's leading social network. The Libra cryptocurrency unveiled Tuesday by Facebook with two dozen partners aims to bring financial services and online commerce to more … Continue reading With virtual money, Facebook bets on disrupting the world, again

Facebook to launch global ‘Libra’ cryptocurrency

The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its services and boost ads on its platforms. But the effort, which Facebook is launching with partners including PayPal, Uber, Spotify, Visa and Mastercard, could also complicate matters for the beleaguered social … Continue reading Facebook to launch global ‘Libra’ cryptocurrency