Facebook had tool to weed out fake news: report

Nov 15, 2016

Facebook had tool to weed out fake news: report

Facebook had a tool to weed out fake news circulating on the social network this year but declined to deploy it for fear of offending conservatives, a report said Monday. The report by the online news site Gizmodo comes with Facebook under fire for ...

Over 70 rights groups want Facebook to explain content-removal policy

Nov 1, 2016

Over 70 rights groups want Facebook to explain content-removal policy

More than 70 rights groups asked Facebook on Monday to clarify its policies for removing content, especially at the behest of governments, alleging the company has repeatedly censored postings that document human rights violations. In a letter sent to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, ...

Oct 12, 2016

U.S. police used Facebook, Twitter data to track protesters: ACLU

U.S. police departments used location data and other user information from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to track protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday. Facebook, which also owns Instagram, and Twitter shut off ...

Trump's debate sniffs take off on social media

Sep 27, 2016

Trump's debate sniffs take off on social media

Republican White House candidate Donald Trump stole the social media spotlight during Monday night’s U.S. presidential debate on at least one count — what Twitter users branded his #Trumpsniffle. The wealthy businessman sniffed repeatedly as he faced off against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in ...

Aug 12, 2016

Ad blockers outflank Facebook

Ad blockers on Thursday said they foiled a move by Facebook to sidestep software used to stop marketing messages at social network pages visited on desktop computers. Adblock Plus announced that it is updating its free software with a new filter that will thwart ...

Pakistani Facebook star killed by brother in honor killing

Jul 16, 2016

Pakistani Facebook star killed by brother in honor killing

A Pakistani social media celebrity whose selfies polarized the deeply conservative Muslim country has been murdered by her brother in a suspected honor killing, officials said Saturday, prompting shock and revulsion. Qandeel Baloch, praised by many of the country’s youth for her willingness to ...