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#VOA. | Facebook Fails to Catch East Africa Extremist Content

nairobi, kenya – A new study has found that Facebook has failed to catch Islamic State group and al-Shabab extremist content in posts aimed at East Africa as the region remains under threat from violent attacks and Kenya prepares to vote in a closely contested national election. An Associated Press …

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#VOA. | Meta Returns with Africa Day Campaign

Cape Town, South Africa — Meta, the company that owns Facebook, is hosting its second annual Africa Day campaign to promote Africans who are making a global impact. The content producer for the film project, South African filmmaker Tarryn Crossman, said Meta identified eight innovators, creators and businesspeople on the …

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#VOA. | Facebook, Instagram to Reveal More on How Ads Target Users

washington — Facebook parent Meta said it will start publicly providing more details about how advertisers target people with political ads just months ahead of the U.S. midterm elections. The announcement follows years of criticism that the social media platforms withhold too much information about how campaigns, special interest groups …

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#VOA. | Facebook Owner to Help Train Australian Politicians, Influencers in Run-up to Election

sydney — Facebook owner Meta Platforms FB.O will help train Australian political candidates on aspects of cyber security and coach influencers to stop the spread of misinformation in a bid to boost the integrity of an upcoming election, it said on Tuesday. Australia has not yet set a date for …

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#VOA. | Facebook Eases Rules, Allows Violent Speech Against ‘Russian Invaders’

WASHINGTON — Facebook said Thursday that because of the invasion of Ukraine, it has temporarily eased its rules regarding violent speech. Moscow’s internationally condemned invasion of its neighbor has provoked unprecedented sanctions from Western governments and businesses, but also a surge of online anger. “As a result of the Russian …

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#VOA. | Facebook Plans to Remove Thousands of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Options

Facebook Inc. said on Tuesday it plans to remove detailed ad-targeting options that refer to “sensitive” topics, such as ads based on interactions with content around race, health, religious practices, political beliefs or sexual orientation. The company, which recently changed its name to Meta and which makes the vast majority …

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#VOA. | What Are the Facebook Papers?

Social media behemoth Facebook is facing public and regulatory scrutiny after the disclosure of thousands of pages of internal documents by a whistleblower who used to work for the company. What are the Facebook papers? After compiling the documents while working as a Facebook product manager, Frances Haugen distributed them …

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#VOA. | Facebook Shuts Down Facial Recognition Technology

Facebook says it is shutting down its facial recognition system. Citing “growing societal concerns” about the technology that can automatically identify people in photos and videos, the company says it will continue to work on the technology to try to address issues. “Regulators are still in the process of providing …

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#VOA. | Facebook to Rename Itself ‘Meta’

Facebook announced Thursday it was changing its name to Meta, rechristening itself as a digitally innovative company moving beyond 2D screens even as insider revelations paint the tech giant as apathetic toward hate speech, misinformation and mental health. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during Thursday’s livestreamed augmented reality …

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#VOA. | Facebook Kept Oversight Board in Dark about Special Treatment of VIP Accounts

Facebook’s quasi-independent oversight board criticized the company Thursday, saying many high-profile accounts such as celebrities and politicians are not held to the same standards as other accounts. In a blog post, the board said, “Facebook has not been fully forthcoming with the Board on its ‘Cross-Check’ system, which the company …

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#VOA. | Facebook to Pay Up to $14 Million Over Discrimination Against US Workers

Facebook must pay a $4.75 million fine and up to $9.5 million in back pay to eligible victims who say the company discriminated against U.S. workers in favor of foreign ones, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. The discrimination took place from at least January 1, 2018, until at least September …

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#VOA. | Facebook Plans to Hire 10,000 in EU to Build ‘Metaverse’

Facebook says it plans to hire 10,000 workers in the European Union over the next five years to work on a new computing platform. The company said in a blog post Sunday that those high-skilled workers will help build “the metaverse,” a futuristic notion for connecting people online that encompasses …

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#VOA. | Facebook-backed Group Launches Misinformation Adjudication Panel in Australia

SYDNEY — A tech body backed by the Australian units of Facebook, Google and Twitter said on Monday it has set up an industry panel to adjudicate complaints over misinformation, a day after the government threatened tougher laws over false and defamatory online posts. Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week …

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#VOA. | Facebook Messenger, Instagram Service Disrupted for Second Time in a Week

Facebook confirmed on Friday that some users were having trouble accessing its apps and services, days after the social media giant suffered a six-hour outage triggered by an error during routine maintenance on its network of data centers. Some users were unable to load their Instagram feeds, while others were …

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#VOA. | Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Back Online

Facebook is back online after an outage Monday left millions of people around the world unable to use it, along with its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms. Facebook users said Monday evening that they could regain access to the site, about six hours after it went down. The company later confirmed …

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