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Facebook employees unhappy Zuckerberg took no action on Trump post

Facebook employees unhappy Zuckerberg took no action on Trump post

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Mark Zuckerberg is facing a backlash from his employees for what they say is a lack of action against inflammatory comments on the social networking website.On Friday, US President Donald Trump posted the same message on Twitter and Mr Zuckerberg's Facebook, saying "when the looting starts, the shooting starts". His posts were in response to protests across America following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Image: Donald Trump's tweet prompted action from Twitter but not Facebook Twitter placed a warning on the tweet saying it had violated the website's rules against glorifying violence but that it was being left up as a public service ...
Zuckerberg: Facebook in ‘arms race’ against electoral interference

Zuckerberg: Facebook in ‘arms race’ against electoral interference

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has told the BBC that preventing electoral interference is an "arms race" against countries such as Russia, Iran and China. He admitted that the firm was "behind" in the 2016 US presidential election. In his first UK broadcast interview in five years, he said that Facebook had been unprepared for state-sponsored interference in 2016.But he added the company was confident it had since learnt its lessons.Facebook was previously embroiled in a political scandal in which tens of millions of its users' data ended up in the hands of political interest groups including Cambridge Analytica.However, he said the social media giant, which also owns Whatsapp and Instagram, was n...
Coronavirus: Far-right spreads Covid-19 ‘infodemic’ on Facebook

Coronavirus: Far-right spreads Covid-19 ‘infodemic’ on Facebook

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Media playback is unsupported on your device "What if [they] are trying to kill off as many people as possible" reads one Facebook post."Eventually, these scum will release something truly nasty to wipe us all out, but first they have to train us to be obedient slaves" reads another.A third: "Coronavirus is the newest Islamist weapon."Many of us by now will have seen something of the "infodemic" the World Health Organization (WHO) warned is swirling across society. Whether popping into your online timeline or maybe forwarded by a relative, it would have been a rumour or revelation so eye-grabbing, so shockingly different from the norm, that they're hard to ignore. Yet while false claims about coronavirus have...
Coronavirus: David Icke kicked off Facebook

Coronavirus: David Icke kicked off Facebook

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Facebook has taken down the official page of conspiracy theorist David Icke for publishing "health misinformation that could cause physical harm".Mr Icke has made several false claims about coronavirus, such as suggesting 5G mobile phone networks are linked to the spread of the virus.In one video, he suggested a Jewish group was behind the virus.Following the ban, his Twitter account posted: "Fascist Facebook deletes David Icke - the elite are TERRIFIED."Facebook said in a statement: "We have removed this Page for repeatedly violating our policies on harmful misinformation''.CampaignOn Friday, campaign group the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) published an open letter calling on tech companies to ban Mr Icke's accounts....
Lots of companies now want your video chats — even Facebook

Lots of companies now want your video chats — even Facebook

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With people’s social lives moved indefinitely online, a bevy of tech companies want to unseat fast-rising Zoom from its perch, given security concerns and other issues with the video-calling serviceBy BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology WriterApril 24, 2020, 10:09 PM5 min read5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleOAKLAND, Calif. -- Amid the coronavirus pandemic, this has become an era of Zoom birthdays, virtual happy hours, FaceTime story times and Google yoga classes. Our friends, coworkers, teachers — and doctors, if we're lucky — now largely exist as faces in rectangles on our phones and computer screens. With people’s social lives moved indefinitely online, a bevy of big and small tech companies want to unseat fast-rising Zoom from its perch atop the heap, given secur