Facebook begins fact-checking news in poll-bound Karnataka

Facebook begins fact-checking news in poll-bound Karnataka

NEW DELHI, APRIL 18 (IANS): With Karnataka heading for the polls in May, Facebook has announced a third-party fact-checking programme in the state to fight spread of fake news on its platform. The social media giant on Tuesday announced a partnership with BOOM, an independent digital journalism initiative, for a pilot programme that will be […]

New algorithm may help locate fake Facebook, Twitter accounts

New algorithm may help locate fake Facebook, Twitter accounts

  New York, April 18 (IANS):  Scientists have developed a new generic algorithm based on machine-learning to detect fake accounts on social network platforms including Facebook and Twitter, an advance with considerable potential for applications in the cyber-security arena.   “With recent disturbing news about failures to safeguard user privacy, and targeted use of social […]

Find ‘Settings’ easily with Facebook Bookmarks menu facelift

Find ‘Settings’ easily with Facebook Bookmarks menu facelift

San Francisco, April 15 (IANS) Facebook has refreshed its Bookmarks menu to let users navigate, access and make changes to their privacy settings easily. The updates will be rolled out globally over the next two weeks.   Users can now access various Facebook settings, including Account Settings, Privacy Shortcuts, News Feed Preferences, Activity Log, Payments […]

Facebook CEO says his own data was shared by Cambridge Analytica

Facebook CEO says his own data was shared by Cambridge Analytica

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill in Washington, US on April 11. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, April 11 (Reuters):  Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday told lawmakers that he was among the 87 million or […]

Facebook to reward people reporting data abuse

Facebook to reward people reporting data abuse

San Francisco, April 11 (IANS) Facebook has launched a “Data Abuse Bounty” programme to reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers.   “We committed to launching this programme a few weeks ago as part of our efforts to more quickly uncover potential abuse of people’s information,” Collin Greene, Head of Product […]

Apple co-founder shuts down Facebook account

Apple co-founder shuts down Facebook account

San Francisco, April 10 (IANS) Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is closing his Facebook account as one of the latest tech leaders who started to distance themselves from the world’s largest social media firm following its scandal involving alleged misuse of user data.   Wozniak told the USA Today daily on Monday that he was taken […]

Facebook to make ‘unsend’ feature available to all soon: Report

Facebook to make ‘unsend’ feature available to all soon: Report

San Francisco, April 7 (IANS) Battered by media reports that it “secretly” deleted CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s posts from his recipients’ inboxes, Facebook is now planning to make its “Unsend” feature available to its over two billion users in coming months.   According to a report in technology website Tech Crunch on Saturday, unless the “Unsend” […]

Facebook to make ‘unsend’ feature available to all soon: Report

San Francisco, April 7 (IANS) Battered by media reports that it “secretly” deleted CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s posts from his recipients’ inboxes, Facebook is now planning to make its “Unsend” feature available to its over two billion users in coming months. According to a report in technology website Tech Crunch on Saturday, unless the “Unsend” feature is […]

Facebook scandal ‘hit 87 million users’

Facebook scandal ‘hit 87 million users’

San Francisco, April 5 (IANS) Facebook believes the data of up to 87 million people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica — many more than previously disclosed.   The BBC has been told that about 1.1 million of them are UK-based.   The overall figure had been previously quoted as being 50 […]

Facebook shuts down accounts owned by Russia-based IRA

Facebook shuts down accounts owned by Russia-based IRA

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS): Facebook has removed several accounts owned by Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA), the group accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.   “We removed 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts — as well as 138 Facebook Pages — that were controlled by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA), […]

Exclusive: Facebook CEO stops short of extending European privacy globally

Exclusive: Facebook CEO stops short of extending European privacy globally

Mark Zuckerberg gestures while addressing the audience during a meeting of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) CEO Summit in Lima, Peru, November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo/Files   SAN FRANCISCO, April 4 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday that he agreed “in spirit” with a strict new European Union law on […]