7-nation panel to grill Facebook over data scandals

San Francisco, November 24 (IANS): After attending grilling sessions this year with lawmakers over data breaches and failure to tackle political interference, Facebook is again set to face an international committee consisting 22 members from seven countries.   Richard Allan, Vice President of Policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), will face in […]

Facebook establishing task force for 2019 India elections

Facebook establishing task force for 2019 India elections

New Delhi, October 6 (IANS): Facing the uphill task of tackling election-related interference on its platform as India gets ready for polls next year, Facebook on Saturday said it is establishing a task force comprising “hundreds of people” in the country to prevent bad actors from abusing its platform. “With the 2019 elections coming, we are […]

Facebook begins testing its dating project internally

Facebook begins testing its dating project internally

San Francisco, Aug 4 (IANS) In a bid to take on mobile dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, Facebook has begun testing its dating project internally with employees. According to a report in The Verge on Friday, an independent app researcher Jane Manchun Wong found evidence of the dating feature testing and posted it on Twitter. […]

Facebook wants to launch own Internet satellite in 2019: Report

San Francisco, July 21 (IANS): As part of its plan to connect billions of people who are still offline, Facebook is working on launching Athena, its own Internet satellite, early in 2019, the WIRED reported.   According to an application Facebook appears to have filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the name […]

Facebook faces $660,000 fine in UK for data leak

Facebook faces $660,000 fine in UK for data leak

London, July 11 (IANS): UK’s data protection watchdog plans to slap a fine of 500,000 pounds ($662,501) on Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal. This is the highest permitted fine under Britain’s data protection law. In its investigation, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found that Facebook broke British law by failing to safeguard […]

Bug unblocked people from 800,000 users’ list: Facebook

Bug unblocked people from 800,000 users’ list: Facebook

San Francisco, July 3 (IANS): In yet another privacy goof-up, Facebook has admitted that over 800,000 users were affected by a bug on its platform and Messenger that unblocked some people these users had blocked.   The bug was active between May 29 and June 5 — and while someone who was unblocked could not […]

Facebook shuts down three of its apps

Facebook shuts down three of its apps

San Francisco, July 3 (IANS): Facebook has announced it is shutting down its fitness app “Moves”, Android app “Hello” and anonymous social media app “tbh”. Facebook is deprecating these apps due to low usage, the company wrote in a blog post late on Monday.   Launched in 2014, the fitness app “Moves” was curated to […]

‘Your Time On Facebook’ may soon be monitored

San Francisco, June 23 (IANS) Facebook has reportedly introduced a new feature, tentatively titled “Your Time On Facebook”, that would provide information about how much time users spent on the platform each day in a week, along with the average time spent on the site per day.   The new feature would offer users the option […]

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