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UK competition watchdog orders Facebook owner to sell gif website Giphy

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Facebook parent company Meta has been ordered by the UK competition watchdog to sell the gif creation website Giphy, the first time the regulator has moved to block a deal struck by one of the Silicon Valley giants. T...

‘I’m happy to lose £10m by quitting Facebook,’ says Lush boss

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Quitting social media is hard to do, even when it doesn’t cost you anything. So when Lush’s chief executive, Mark Constantine, shut its thousands of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok accounts on Friday, the big...

Lush quits Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat over safety concerns

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Lush has announced it is closing its accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok until the social media sites do a better job of protecting users from harmful content. The campaigning beauty retailer said it ...

Facebook tests tool to allow users to manage content they see

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Facebook is testing a feature allowing users to control how much content they view from friends, groups and public figures, amid accusations that the social media platform is not doing enough to curb inflammatory post...

Facebook demands LAPD end social media surveillance and use of fake accounts

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Facebook is demanding that the Los Angeles police department cease all use of “dummy” accounts on its platforms and stop collecting data on users for surveillance. The letter, addressed to the LAPD chief, Michel Moore...

Facebook bans ads targeting race, sexual orientation and religion

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Facebook and Instagram are to stop allowing advertisers to target users based on their history of posting, reading or liking content related to subjects such as sexual orientation, religion and political beliefs. The ...

Facebook removes post by Ethiopian PM for ‘inciting violence’

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Facebook has removed a post by Ethiopia’s prime minister for “inciting and supporting violence” as diplomats stepped up attempts to instigate a ceasefire in the country’s year-long civil war. Abiy Ahmed, the winner of...

Why is Facebook shutting down its facial recognition system and deleting ‘faceprints’?

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Facebook has announced it is deleting about 1bn “faceprints” it used as part of a facial recognition system for photo tagging, citing concerns with the technology. Meta, the company formally known as Facebook, announc...

Facebook to shut facial recognition system and delete 1bn ‘faceprints’

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Facebook will delete the “faceprints” of more than a billion people after announcing that it is shutting down its facial recognition system due to the “many concerns” about using the technology. The social media netwo...

Facebook failing to protect users from Covid misinformation, says monitor

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Misinformation and sceptical views about Covid-19 and vaccines has been allowed to spread on more than a dozen Facebook and Instagram accounts, pages and groups that together have gained 370,000 followers over the pas...

Do the Facebook papers spell doom for Meta – or is it too big to fail?

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It’s been a rocky few weeks for the company formerly known as Facebook. First came the Facebook papers, a series of blockbuster reports in the Wall Street Journal based on a cache of internal documents leaked by Franc...

Zuckerberg’s role in Facebook rebrand may backfire, experts say

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Mark Zuckerberg’s effort to remove “negative associations” between Facebook and its parent company may be undermined by his decision to front the launch of its rebranding as Meta, experts have said. Facebook’s CEO ann...

Facebook trained its AI to block violent live streams after Christchurch attacks

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Facebook trained its artificial intelligence systems to detect and block any future attempt to livestream a shooting spree with “police/military body cams footage,” and other violent material, in the aftermath of the ...

Facebook announces name change to Meta in rebranding effort

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the social media giant will change the name of its holding company to Meta, in a rebrand that comes as the company faces a series of public relations crises. Zuckerberg revealed ...

Facebook tells staff to preserve documents amid heated inquiries

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On Tuesday, Facebook told its employees to preserve internal documents and communications for legal reasons, as governments and regulators have opened inquiries into its operations amid an onslaught of revelations fro...

Jimmy Kimmel on the Facebook papers: ‘Are we surprised by this?’

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Jimmy Kimmel reacted to the release of the so-called Facebook papers on Monday evening – a trove of documents, published by 17 US news organizations, which detail the company’s own knowledge of its threats to democrac...

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