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Israeli police arrest man for writing ‘good morning’ on Facebook

An Israeli security man inspects the scene where Israeli police said an Israeli soldier was wounded in a Palestinian car ramming attack at the Hawara checkpoint near Nablus

A man in the West Bank was arrested by Israeli police after he wrote “good morning” in Arabic on Facebook and then software mistranslated his words as “attack them”. Palestinian builder Halawim Halawi had posted the words with a photo of himself in the Israeli settlement of Beitar Ilit where he works. Facebook’s automatic translation software interpreted the post to ...

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Be wary of fake recruitment adverts – Police


The Ghana Police Service has cautioned the public to be wary of fake advertisements about an ongoing recruitment exercise. It said it has noted with concern the malicious post which has been making rounds on some social media platforms including Facebook. A statement from the police service copied to on Thursday, said the police has not commenced recruitment for this ...

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Facebook buys weeks-old app for teens to be nice to each other


An app that encourages teens to be nice to each other has been acquired by Facebook for an undisclosed fee. The app – called tbh, meaning “to be honest” – is just nine weeks old, but had already been downloaded 5 million times. The app’s creators said it will remain a standalone program but will now have more resources thanks ...

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Facebook ‘fully committed’ to sharing Russian ad data


Facebook is “fully committed” to providing detailed information about ads bought in Russia during the US election, says Sheryl Sandberg. The ads, pages they linked to and who they were targeted at have been given to investigators, said Ms Sandberg. The ads and the fake accounts used to get them on Facebook had been found and removed, she said. However, ...

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We want a billion people in VR – Facebook


In its continued effort to take virtual reality mainstream, Facebook has announced Oculus Go – a standalone headset that will be released in 2018. Mark Zuckerberg said the device, priced at $199, would be the “most accessible VR experience ever”. Sales of the company’s VR hardware have been slow since launching the first Oculus Rift headset in March 2016. “If ...

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Tech giants sorry for false news about Las Vegas gunman


Google and Facebook have apologised after their algorithms led to the promotion of inaccurate information about the Las Vegas shooting. Posts from a 4chan messaging board that falsely identified the gunman as an individual who was not involved were circulated online. Google says the posts only appeared in its Top Stories section if users searched for the erroneous name. Facebook said it ...

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Mark Zuckerberg rejects Trump bias claims


Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed comments made by Donald Trump that the site has always been against him. The US president accused the social network of “collusion” on Twitter, branding it “anti-Trump”. He made the same claim against the New York Times and the Washington Post. Facebook will shortly hand over 3,000 political adverts to congressional investigators probing alleged Russian ...

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Microsoft, Facebook fear up for new battle on undocumented immigrants kids


Technology companies’ vociferous support for the children of undocumented immigrants could set the industry up for its biggest showdown yet with President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress. Executives from Microsoft Corp., Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc. were among the strongest in condemning Trump’s decision on Tuesday to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Known as DACA, it ...

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Facebook uncovers Russia-funded misinformation campaign


Facebook says it has discovered a Russian-funded campaign to promote divisive social and political messages on its network. The company said $100,000 (£77,000) was spent on about 3,000 ads over a two-year period, ending in May 2017. The ads did not back any political figures specifically, but instead posted on topics including immigration, race and equal rights. Facebook said it ...

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Facebook blackmailer jailed for rapes


A paedophile has been jailed for 16 years after admitting rape, despite being thousands of miles away when the offences happened. Paul Leighton, 32, from Seaham, County Durham, created up to 40 fake Facebook profiles to befriend teenagers in the UK, Canada, the US and Australia. He tricked them into sending him naked selfies, then blackmailed them into abusing young ...

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