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Internet giants, once above the fray, on the defensive in Washington

The U.S. Federal Election Commission is considering bringing in Facebook and other tech firms for a public hearing

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Facebook testing WhatsApp shortcut button in its Android app

Notably, the WhatsApp button appears to be similar to the Instagram button that’s already available for users in the Facebook app.

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Delhi HC seeks govt’s stand on plea to stay Facebook, WhatsApp operations

A plea seeking a stay on the operations of social media platforms Facebook and WhatsApp till a decision is taken whether to regulate their call services has prompted the Delhi High Court to seek the government’s response on the issue.

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Facebook turns to offline media in India to combat fake news

Facebook has initiated an offline campaign in India to create awareness on the menace of ‘fake news’ that is rampant on social media these days, offering tips to users on how to spot such stories. The campaign’s ad contained the message: “Together, we can limit the spread of false news”.

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Facebook plans big overhaul of political ads after criticism, investigations

Many Facebook ads are bought through a self-service system that doesn’t require interaction with a salesperson, making it harder to know who’s behind a purchase. Zuckerberg said Facebook can make it much more difficult for bad actors to be effective.

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Facebook Messenger’s ‘M’ now offers ‘Quick Replies’, user suggestions

Facebook has added three new automatic suggestions using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the Messenger app’s virtual assistant ‘M’. ‘M’ will now suggest users several animated GIF options, pegged to common expressions like ‘thank you’, Fortune reported late on Thursday.

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Facebook to add more human review to ad system: COO Sandberg

Sandberg said in a post on her Facebook page the company would have more manual review of the targeting options it gives advertisers, a change that she said would strengthen the system after a report Facebook had allowed advertisers to market to self-described “Jew haters.”

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Facebook may be facing an ‘era of accountability’

The company that nudges its users to reveal intimate details about their lives, it turns out, isn’t comfortable doing the same. That’s true for everything from the secret algorithms that recommend “people you might know” to data on its attempts to clamp down on the spread of false news.

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Facebook removing posts, suspending accounts of Rohingya activists: Report

The Myanmar government does not use the term “Rohingya” and does not recognise the people as an official ethnicity, which means they are denied citizenship and effectively rendered stateless. Both Myanmar and Bangladesh consider the Rohingyas the other country’s citizens.

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Theresa May to urge Facebook, Google to tackle online radicalisation

May will demand tougher action to combat online radicalisation at a showdown to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, The Mirror reported late Sunday.

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Facebook hires AI expert Joelle Pineau, launches lab in Montreal

The lab will be Facebook’s fourth, after sites in Palo Alto, New York, and Paris, and joins similar AI research efforts in the city from Microsoft Corp and Alphabet’s Google. The company will also invest $7 million to support AI research at academic institutions in Montreal.

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Facebook, Google limit robo systems that allowed racist ads

The moves are the latest sign of rising scrutiny of the largest US internet companies and how their software-driven services and ad businesses are influencing society. 

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Facebook ‘snooze’ to temporarily ‘mute’ your friends

Facebook is working on letting users hit the “snooze” button when they need to take a temporary break from posts by friends, pages or groups without unfriending, unfollowing or leaving them.

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Facebook removes advertiser ability to target ‘Jew haters’

The social networking company will remove targeting by self-reported education, field of study, job title and employment fields in user profiles until it can fix the problem in its self-service advertising system.

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Facebook Messenger crosses 1.3 billion monthly active users globally

Facebook Messenger has more than 1.3 billion monthly users, up from 1.2 billion in April. This is the same as Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which has a total of 1.3 billion monthly users on its platform. Facebook, on the other hand, crossed two billion monthly active users in June.