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Facebook Says It ‘Unintentionally Uploaded’ Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Facebook said on Wednesday it may have “unintentionally uploaded” email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016, in what seems to be the latest privacy-related issue faced by the social media company. In March, Facebook had stopped offering email password verification as an option for people who signed up for the first time, the company said. There were cases …

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Facebook Spotted Testing Merging of News Feed With Stories

Facebook is working on to merge the News Feed and Stories features into a single interface, like Snapchat and Instagram, on its platform. The single interface where users can swipe posts instead of vertically scrolling was discovered by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong in the Android version of Facebook. Facebook News Feed and Stories are currently two distinct interfaces for …

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Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram Working Again After Outages on Sunday

Facebook Inc. suffered its third major outage this year, with users across the world unable to access the social network or its suite of services such as Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook and Instagram were inaccessible on Sunday morning for several hours with both sites refusing to refresh, while messages were unable to be sent or received in WhatsApp …

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Facebook Spent $23 Million to Keep Mark Zuckerberg Safe Last Year

Facebook more than doubled the money it spent on Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s security in 2018 to $22.6 million (roughly Rs. 156 crores), a regulatory filing showed on Friday. Zuckerberg has drawn a base salary of $1 (roughly Rs. 69) for the past three years, and his “other” compensation was listed at $22.6 million, most of which was for …

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Facebook, Twitter, Others Remove Over 500 Posts After EC Flags Them

Social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, pulled down a total of 503 posts from their platforms after the Election Commission flagged them for violating the model code of conduct (MCC) during the “silence period”, the 48-hour period before the conclusion of voting. EC Director General Dhirendra Ojha told reporters that of these, a whopping 500 posts were removed by …

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LinkedIn Reactions Go Beyond the Simple ‘Like’, Aping Facebook

LinkedIn’s new reactions are more professional than personal Facebook has allowed users to add reactions beyond the basic ‘like’ for a while now, and even allows reactions in comments. The feature has been popular, since it’s offered users a way to more appropriately react to a particular status or post, rather than simply hitting ‘like’ for everything. Following Facebook’s lead …

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Facebook’s ‘Clear History’ Tool Delayed Yet Again, Company Cites Need to ‘Re-Engineer’ Data Processing

News about the much-anticipated ‘Clear History’ tool feature that Facebook was supposed to roll out in spring this year has been delayed even further. Mark Zuckerberg first announced the feature in May 2018 at Facebook’s annual F8 conference. The new tool was initially set to release last year itself with no concrete details mentioned about a set date. But then …

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Facebook, Google Accused of Anti-Conservative Bias at US Senate Hearing

Republican senators on Wednesday said Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, and Twitter discriminate against conservative viewpoints and suppress free speech, suggesting antitrust action could be a solution. Senator Ted Cruz, who chairs the Senate Judiciary subcommittee, said many Americans believe big tech firms are biased against conservatives and pointed to some anecdotal examples. While no one wants “government speech police,” he said there are …

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Facebook Ordered to Pay EUR 30,000 in France Over ‘Abusive’ Usage Terms

A French court has ordered Facebook to pay EUR 30,000 ($34,000) over “abusive” terms-of-use agreements that people had to accept in order to access their social media accounts, the consumer group which filed the lawsuit said Wednesday. The ruling came as France’s consumer protection agency said it and the European Commission had secured Facebook’s agreement to “significantly modify its terms of …

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Facebook Cracks Down on Groups Spreading Harmful Information

Facebook said Wednesday it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combatting the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site — stepping up the company’s fight against misinformation and hate speech as it faces growing outside pressure. The updates will limit the visibility of links found to be significantly more prominent on Facebook …

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