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Facebook flags users who try to 'game' fact-checking effort

Facebook flags users who try to 'game' fact-checking effort

Facebook acknowledged Tuesday it has developed tools to identify users "indiscriminately" flagging fake news as it refines its effort to combat misinformation. But the leading social network disputed as "just plain wrong" a Washington Post report that it has developed an overall...

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Facebook asks big banks to share customer details

Facebook asks big banks to share customer details

Facebook has asked major U.S. banks to share customer data to allow it to develop new services on the social network's Messenger texting platform, a banking source told AFP on Monday. Facebook had discussions with Chase, JPMorgan, Citibank and Wells Fargo several months ago, said the...

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UK committee issues scathing report on Facebook

UK committee issues scathing report on Facebook

A British parliamentary committee says the government should increase oversight of social media like Facebook and election campaigns to protect democracy in the digital age. The recommendation will be made Sunday in a scathing report on fake news, data misuse and interference by Russia....

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UK investigators probe Russian access to Facebook data

UK investigators probe Russian access to Facebook data

British authorities looking into inappropriate use of data gathered by political consultant Cambridge Analytica from millions of Facebook users say some of the systems that accessed the material appear to be in Russia or a group of former Soviet states. The Information Commissioner's...

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EU expected to fine Google $5 bln over Android: Bloomberg

EU expected to fine Google $5 bln over Android: Bloomberg

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is expected to be fined a record 4.3 billion euros ($5.00 billion) by the European Union over its Android system, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai had a call with EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager late...

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Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet to testify at U.S. House hearing

Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet to testify at U.S. House hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday to take testimony from Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s YouTube unit and Twitter Inc on whether social media companies are filtering content for political reasons, the committee chairman said....

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Trump reportedly wants to withdraw US from WTO

Trump reportedly wants to withdraw US from WTO

President Donald Trump wants to withdraw the U.S. from the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to a report on Friday, which could push the country further into isolationism and greatly hurt global trade. "He’s [threatened to withdraw] 100 times. It would totally [screw] us as a...

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Facebook expands offerings for video creators to cash in on views

Facebook expands offerings for video creators to cash in on views

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) launched a matchmaking system Tuesday to cultivate partnerships between advertisers and video creators as the world’s largest social media company tries to quickly parallel the variety of commercial opportunities offered by its video rival...

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Russia to carry out checks on Facebook, Whatsapp: TASS

Russia to carry out checks on Facebook, Whatsapp: TASS

Russian state telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor will check by December whether Facebook and possibly Whatsapp are complying with Russian laws, TASS news agency reported on Thursday, citing the head of the watchdog. Russia has said it would block access to Facebook unless the...

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EU parliament to broadcast Zuckerberg hearing

EU parliament to broadcast Zuckerberg hearing

 A European Parliament meeting on Tuesday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be broadcast live, parliamentary officials and the company said on Monday after controversy over plans for a closed-door hearing. Parliament President Antonio Tajani, who was criticized by legislators...

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Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse investigation

Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse investigation

Facebook Inc. has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The apps were suspended pending a thorough investigation into...

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Google to showcase AI advances at its big conference

Google to showcase AI advances at its big conference

Google is likely to again put artificial intelligence in the spotlight at its annual developer’s conference Thursday. The company's digital concierge, known only as the Google Assistant, could gain new abilities to handle tasks such as making restaurant reservations without human...

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Iran government 'does not approve' Telegram blockage

Iran government 'does not approve' Telegram blockage

The Iranian government "does not approve" of the judiciary's recent blockage of the Telegram messaging app, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday. "The recent blocking and filtering of Telegram was not implemented by the government and the government does not approve of it," read a...

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Twitter is advising all users to change their passwords

Twitter is advising all users to change their passwords

(AP)-  The company said Thursday that it recently discovered a bug that stored passwords in an internal log in an unprotected form. Twitter says there’s no indication that there was a breach or that any of the passwords were misused. But as a precaution, Twitter recommends users...

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Iran orders internet providers to block Telegram

Iran orders internet providers to block Telegram

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have ordered internet service providers to block access to Telegram, a popular messaging app used by an estimated 40 million Iranians, state TV reported Monday. It said the Tehran prosecutor ordered that both mobile and desktop versions be blocked in...

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Iran orders providers to stop hosting Telegram App

Iran orders providers to stop hosting Telegram App

Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency is reporting that authorities have ordered network providers to stop hosting the popular social-messaging app Telegram. The report Thursday comes after a top Iranian lawmaker said last month the government would block Telegram for reasons of...

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Google overhauls Gmail to lure businesses away from Microsoft

Google overhauls Gmail to lure businesses away from Microsoft

Alphabet Inc.’s Google unveiled on Wednesday its first Gmail redesign since 2013, capping what the company says was an expensive overhaul two years in the making to adopt security and offline functionality and better resemble Microsoft Outlook. It is Google's most extensive update to...

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WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe to 16 ahead of data law change

WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe to 16 ahead of data law change

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month. WhatsApp will ask European users to confirm they are at least 16 years old when they are prompted...

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