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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Facebook to promote local news in drive for ‘trusted’ content

Facebook says it is changing the way its news delivery service works by focusing on local news sources in its drive for “high quality” content. “Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities,” explained chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on his page on Monday. The update will initially apply to the US before it is rolled out ...

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Rupert Murdoch: Facebook should pay for news

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch said Facebook should pay fees to publishers if it is committed to supporting accurate news. His statement comes as pressure mounts on the social network to quell the spread of misinformation. Facebook last week said it would survey its users and prioritise news sources they deemed “trustworthy”. Mr Murdoch, who controls titles including The Times and ...

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Facebook to use surveys to boost ‘trustworthy’ news

Facebook has announced it will prioritise news sources deemed to be more trustworthy on its News Feed. The firm said the social network community will determine which outlets are reliable via the use of user surveys. Founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said news content will soon make up around 4% of what appeared in people’s News Feeds – down ...

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Mark Zuckerberg loses $3.3bn of personal fortune after Facebook newsfeed change

Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to change the way Facebook operates people’s news feeds has cost him $3.3bn, with his personal net worth dropping by 4.4 per cent, it is believed. After Facebook went public with the news feed change on Thursday, the website’s share value dropped by nearly four per cent before US markets opened on Friday. By close of business on Friday Facebook shares ...

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‘I replied to a Facebook post and was married six days later’

Everyone who uses Facebook will have come across some pretty strange posts in their time. Random friend requests, being added to groups you did not ask to join, and tags that allow “friends” to clog up your timeline with posts or photos you don’t necessarily want. But a Nigerian man took that to a whole new level when he posted ...

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