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Facebook plans major changes to news feed

Facebook is to change how its news feed works, making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent. Instead, content that sparks conversations among family and friends who use the site will be emphasised, explained chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on his page. Organisations on Facebook may see the popularity of their posts decrease as a result, the firm acknowledged. The changes ...

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Germany starts enforcing hate speech law on social media

Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material. Sites that do not remove “obviously illegal” posts could face fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m). The law gives the networks 24 hours to act after they have been told about law-breaking material. Social networks ...

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Russian propaganda now highlighted on Facebook, Instagram

Last month, Facebook announced that it would create a tool for users to see if they follow pages and accounts that were linked to Russian-backed groups. That tool is now live, and you can see for yourself if any of the pages you liked were created by the Internet Research Agency. You can find the tool in Facebook’s Help Center, and it will show ...

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Facebook’s new tool reveals if you’re being scammed

Facebook wants you to know when someone is trying to steal your data. The social network unveiled on Wednesday a security feature that lets you see a list of recent emails sent by Facebook. Hackers often send emails disguised as messages from companies like Facebook to trick users into giving them login and password information. The tactic, called phishing, is ...

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Facebook: Post more to feel better about yourself

Facebook has defended itself against claims that using the site can damage wellbeing and mental health. In a blogpost, it said while there was evidence it could negatively affect mood, the way it affected people was determined by how they used it. Facebook’s downsides could be combated by making more use of the site and interacting positively, it said. A social ...

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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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