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Facebook hits back at former exec’s claim

Facebook has responded to a former executive who said the social network, and other services like it, was “ripping society apart”. Chamath Palihapitiya made the comments last month but were circulated widely online on Monday. Facebook took the unusual step of issuing a statement to defend itself. A spokesperson said Mr Palihapitiya had not worked at Facebook for more than six years. ...

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Facebook: Now for young children too

How young is too young to be on social media? Strictly speaking, only those aged 13 and over are allowed to use Facebook. But the prevention methods are trivial, meaning more than 20 million under-13-year-olds are thought to be using the network. So on Monday, Facebook launched its first app tailored for young users. It’s a ringfenced network that needs parental ...

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Facebook and Google targeted in Australian media probe

Australia’s competition regulator has begun an inquiry into whether the influence of Facebook and Google has harmed the media sector. It will investigate whether the disruption of the news media by the US tech giants has been detrimental to consumers and publishers. The government ordered the inquiry as part of wider media reforms. Traditional media companies have been squeezed by ...

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Materialistic people have more Facebook friends – Research

Social media is a great way to express your personality, but your friends list could be revealing more than you think—and more than you want. Researchers from the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany recruited a total of 531 Facebook users (mostly college students) to take an online survey. The volunteers answered questions revealing how they used Facebook, such as how often ...

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Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

Facebook Inc will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the U.S. to detect users with suicidal intent, the world’s largest social media network said on Monday. Facebook began testing the software in the United States in March, when the company started scanning the text of Facebook posts and comments for phrases that could be ...

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10 things you didn’t know you could do with Facebook Messenger

1.3 billion people use Facebook Messenger each month. But are they really making the most of it? Since Messenger became an app of its own, Facebook has been quietly adding functionality to make it stand out. The app has a ton of neat hidden features, from GIFs to addicting games and ever-innovative ways to write and present text. 1. Use Messenger ...

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Facebook to expose Russian fake news pages

Facebook plans to let people see if they had “liked” pages created by “foreign actors” to spread propaganda during the US presidential election. The social network has previously said as many as 126 million Americans may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based agents over the past two years. It is building a tool to let people see whether they had ...

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Facebook, Google, using my inventions – Ghana’s Dr. Thomas Mensah

Ghanaian chemical engineer and innovator, Dr. Thomas Mensah, has said his innovations are being used by technology giants including Facebook, Google, Paypal among others. Dr. Mensah, while working for American company, Corning Glass Works, was able to help improve and commercialize a fiber optic technology the company had been working on for 15 years without success. Prior to the invention, ...

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Facebook founding president sounds alarm

A view on social media shared not by some uninformed luddite, but by one of the people responsible for building Facebook into the social media titan it is today. Sean Parker, Facebook’s founding president, unloaded his worries and criticisms of the network, saying he had no idea what he was doing at the time of its creation. Speaking on stage ...

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Twitter to expand 280-character tweets

Twitter plans to increase the number of characters in tweets from 140 to 280 for the majority of users. The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can convey more information in a single character. The move follows a trial among a small group of users which started in September in response to ...

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