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Facebook introduces new video service

Facebook introduces new video service

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Social media giant Facebook has made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks. Users will soon see a new Watch tab that will offer a range of shows, some of which have been funded by the social networkWatch will be personalised so that users can discover new shows, based on what their friends are watching. Viewers will also be able to see comments and connect with friends and dedicated groups for shows. "Watching a show doesn't have to be passive," said the company's founder Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post. "It can be a chance to share an experience and bring people together who care about the same things." Video has been available on Facebook for some time, but until now, it has mostly been dominated by amateur clips or short segments from news organis...
Google and Facebook could be fined billions

Google and Facebook could be fined billions

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Google and Facebook could face fines stretching into billions of pounds if they breach users' privacy under a new law.The fines are part of the Data Protection Bill which the Government is introducing to give citizens more control over their data.It will place new requirements on companies about how they are allowed to hold and use data on ordinary citizens.In the case of the most serious breaches of these rules, it allows the data regulator, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), to fine companies £17m or 4% of their global turnover, whichever is higher.The fines for the largest companies which use individuals' data to sell advertisements, such as Google and Facebook, could stretch to billions of pounds.Neil Brown, a solicitor at Decoded Legal, a law firm specialising in digital law
Facebook used in people smuggling networks

Facebook used in people smuggling networks

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People smugglers who offer to illegally transport people into Europe are advertising their services openly on Facebook, researchers have found.Picture and video testimonials from successful migrants are posted on social media as smuggling operations compete to be seen as the safest way to enter Europe.Researchers are using this information to analyse the networks behind people smuggling operations in the Mediterranean.Syrian communities displaced by the civil war are especially close users of Facebook. The country had a functional education system before the war and Syrian migrants have on average a higher level of education and digital literacy.A team led by Paolo Campana, an expert in criminal networks at the University of Cambridge, has pored over a vast range of information to investig...
MP: Fine facebook for prescription drugs sites

MP: Fine facebook for prescription drugs sites

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Facebook should be fined if it doesn't take down illegal and inappropriate material, the chair of a parliamentary committee has told Sky News.Damian Collins MP, chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, said that a Sky News investigation into the illegal sale of prescription drugs on Facebook was "incredibly serious".Mr Collins told Sky News: "There should be an obligation for these companies to act against that sort of content and material."And if they refuse to do that or simply don't have the resources in place to do it - and no one can believe that companies like Facebook can't afford to have the resources in place to combat this material - then I think we should look at the idea of some sort of fines for companies failing to act."The Sky News investigation revealed doz...
Prescription drugs sold illegally on Facebook

Prescription drugs sold illegally on Facebook

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Powerful and addictive prescription drugs are illegally being offered for sale on Facebook, a Sky News investigation has discovered.And the US social media giant has been refusing to remove accounts even when users have reported them.Drugs including Valium, Xanax and Pregabalin, an increasingly popular sedative linked to several deaths in the UK, were on offer. Opioids responsible in the USA for a huge rise in drug abuse over recent years - were also available.The Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told Sky News that the availability of sedatives, tranquilisers and opioids on the platform "completely changes the game".Danny Lee-Frost, head of enforcement at the MHRA, told Sky News: "The sleeping pills and antidepressants are a lot more dangerous."People have commi...