Tag Archives: Facebook

Facebook bans Britain First pages

Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders. The social media company said the group had repeatedly violated its community standards. Earlier this month, Britain First’s leader and deputy leader, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment. More than two million people had liked the group’s ...

Read More »

Facebook has turned into a beast in Myanmar – UN


UN investigators have accused Facebook of playing a “determining role” in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. One of the team probing possible acts of genocide said Facebook had “turned into a beast.” About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar’s military launched an operation in August against “insurgents” in Rakhine state. Facebook has said there is ...

Read More »

Oculus VR headsets knocked out by admin error

Owners of Oculus Rift headsets could not use their devices for almost a day due to an administrative oversight. Oculus failed to renew a security certificate for some software, meaning headsets would not run key code. Security certificates are often used to authenticate software, and many computers refuse to run code lacking valid credentials. Oculus issued a software update early ...

Read More »

Child abuse poll a ‘mistake’ – Facebook

In what has become a seemingly regular occurrence, Facebook is being asked: how on Earth did this happen? On Sunday, Facebook asked an unspecified number of users their thoughts on how child abuse images should be handled on the network. It gave a scenario in which an “adult man” asks a 14-year-old girl for “sexual images”, and then a list ...

Read More »

Facebook news feed changes ‘decimated’ publisher

Lifestyle site Little Things says it has had to close after changes to Facebook’s news feed algorithms “decimated” its business. The closure of the female-focused publishing business will result in the loss of 100 jobs. The company focused on a mix of “feel-good news” and videos. Since launching in 2014, it attracted 12 million followers on Facebook. But the company ...

Read More »

Facebook Messenger used to fight extremism

Facebook Messenger has been used to try to deradicalise extremists in a pilot project funded entirely by the company. People posting extreme far-right and Islamist content in the UK were identified and contacted in an attempt to challenge their views. Of the 569 people contacted, 76 had a conversation of five or more messages and eight showed signs it had ...

Read More »

Facebook drops shooting game demo at conservative event

Bullet Train

Facebook has said it regrets promoting a virtual reality shooting game on its stand at a US conservatives’ event. The game allows the player to shoot imaginary weapons against enemies in a public train station. Facebook said it removed the display at the Conservative Political Action Conference “out of respect” for victims of a recent school shooting in Florida. “We ...

Read More »

Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyers

Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising on its site, a senior company executive said on Saturday. The postcard verification is Facebook’s latest effort to respond to criticism from lawmakers, security experts and election integrity watchdog groups that it ...

Read More »

UK unveils extremism blocking tool

The UK government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed. Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC she would not rule out forcing technology companies to use it by law. Ms Rudd is visiting the US to meet tech companies to discuss the idea, as well as other efforts to ...

Read More »

Is social media causing childhood depression?

Rangan Chatterjee is a GP and says he has seen plenty of evidence of the link between mental ill-health in youngsters and their use of social media. One 16 year-old boy was referred to him after he self-harmed and ended up in A&E. “The first thought was to put him on anti-depressants but I chatted to him and it sounded ...

Read More »