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Facebook takes on YouTube and Netflix with launch of Watch

Facebook takes on YouTube and Netflix with launch of Watch

Technology
Facebook has rolled out its on-demand video service worldwide following a trial run in the US. Facebook Watch is set to challenge YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime by offering a range of shows that viewers can choose from.Facebook has said it expects to spend up to $ 2bn (£1.55bn) to produce content for Facebook Watch.In comparison, Netflix expects to spend $ 8bn (£6.21bn) on producing original content in 2018, while Amazon Prime spent $ 4.5bn (£3.49bn) in 2017. The roll-out of Watch comes as Facebook is developing a talent show feature for its app, which would allow users to pick a pop song and submit a recording for review.Although the company has not commented on whether the services will be integrated, a music competition based on Facebook could be among ...
Facebook gives users trustworthiness score

Facebook gives users trustworthiness score

Technology
Facebook has confirmed that it has started scoring some of its members on a trustworthiness scale.The Washington Post revealed that the social network had developed the system over the past year.The tech firm says it has been developed to help handle reports of false news on its platform, but it has declined to reveal how the score is calculated or the limits of its use.Critics are concerned that users have no apparent way to obtain their rating.The BBC understands that at present only Facebook's misinformation team makes use of the measurement.The tech firm has, however, objected to the tool being described as a reputation rating."The idea that we have a centralised 'reputation' score for people that use Facebook is just plain w...
US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

Technology
Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in an administrative complaint this week that Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act because its targeting systems allow advertisers to exclude certain audiences, such as families with young children or disabled people, from seeing housing ads. "When Facebook uses the vast amount of personal data it collects to help advertisers to discriminate, it's the same as slamming the door in someone's face," HUD Assistant Secretary Anna María Farias said in a statement Friday. Service providers such as Facebook typically aren't liable for the actions of their users. In a separate, civil lawsui...
Facebook finds rogue campaigning ahead of US midterms

Facebook finds rogue campaigning ahead of US midterms

Technology
Facebook has taken down fake accounts after it uncovered "sophisticated" attempts at political influence ahead of the US midterm elections. The social media giant confirmed on its website on Tuesday that it has "removed 32 pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour".Facebook added that those who set up the fake accounts went to "much greater lengths to obscure their true identities than the Russian-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) has in the past".The company has been unable to tie the accounts to Russia, who US officials say used the platform to spread disinformation ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.The tech giant did say "some of the activity is consistent" with that of the Internet Resea...
Facebook bans pages aimed at US election interference

Facebook bans pages aimed at US election interference

World
Facebook says it has removed 32 accounts and pages believed to have been set up to influence the mid-term US elections in November.It said it was in the "very early" stages of the investigation and did not yet know who was behind the pages.It said the creators had gone to greater lengths to hide their identities than a Russia-based campaign to disrupt the 2016 presidential vote.It described attempts to erase election interference as an "arms race."What did Facebook discover?The social network said in a blog that it had identified 17 suspect profiles on Facebook and seven Instagram accounts.It said that there were more than 9,500 Facebook posts created by the accounts and one piece of content on Instagram. ...