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New kids messenger app unveiled by Facebook

New kids messenger app unveiled by Facebook

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Facebook has launched a new version of its Messenger app for kids, giving parents complete control over what their children see. Messenger Kids is being trialled in the US as a standalone app that does not require a main Facebook profile - allowing children under the age of 13 to use it.The app is controlled through a parent's Facebook account, from which contacts can be added and approved.Facebook says the app has been designed to enable children to "safely" video chat and message friends and family.It added that during 18 months of development it consulted with 1,200 parents, as well as online security and child development specialists.:: Facebook's new London office brings 800 jobsImage:The app is currently only available in the US on Apple's iOS operating system"Parents are increasingl...
Facebook creates 800 jobs as it opens new London office

Facebook creates 800 jobs as it opens new London office

Business
Facebook is opening a new London office that will allow it to create 800 new UK jobs in 2018.By the end of next year about 2,300 people will work for the social media company in the UK.The office will be Facebook's biggest engineering hub outside the US, and opens during its tenth year in the UK.Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's Europe, Middle East and Asia vice-president, said the company was "more committed than ever to the UK".She said Britain's "entrepreneurial ecosystem and engineering excellence" made it an ideal location for technology firms.The seven-floor building at Rathbone Place, near Oxford Circus in central London, was designed by Frank Gehry, the architect best known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.It will accommodate engineers and developers as well as marketing and sales t...
Facebook 'remembers' nude images to combat revenge porn

Facebook 'remembers' nude images to combat revenge porn

Technology
Facebook is testing a system that allows users to message themselves their nude photos in an effort to combat so-called revenge porn.It will store a "fingerprint" of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by disgruntled ex-lovers.The trial is in Australia, where studies suggest one in five women aged 18-45 may have had image-based abuse.But one expert says there will still be problems outside Facebook and related sites such as WhatsApp and Instagram.Facebook said it looked forward "to getting feedback and learning" from the trial.Revenge porn is a growing issue in Australia, according to e-safety commissioner Julie Inman Grant, who is working with Facebook on the trial."We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any...
How Google, Facebook and other tech giants are fighting ISIS online

How Google, Facebook and other tech giants are fighting ISIS online

Technology
Over the past year, the tech giants have come under fire for not doing enough to fight ISIS's digital army on their own turf. Now Google, Jigsaw and Facebook are experimenting with new ways to use algorithms and the latest open source technology to try to pull potential ISIS recruits back from the edge before it’s too late. An initiative called the redirect method, which launched six months ago in the United States, uses Google’s not-so-secret weapon: Algorithms that target ads designed specifically for you. “The Redirect Method, put simply, is a way of using advertising to counter and prevent extremism and terrorism,” said Ross Frenett, a director at Moonshot CVE, the company working with Google on the project. “So someone types in 'I want to join jihad into Google...' we’ve placed an
Facebook ad revenue tops $10bn

Facebook ad revenue tops $10bn

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Facebook profits soared in the third quarter as it brought in more than $ 10bn from advertising.The firm said profits were $ 4.7bn (£3.5bn) in the three months to the end of September, up 80% year-on-year. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told investors the firm's investments in security would "impact" profitability.US lawmakers are examining the possible use of the platform for Russian propaganda activities during the 2016 US presidential election."We're serious about preventing abuse on our platforms," Mr Zuckerberg said. "Protecting our community is more important than maximising our profits."Facebook has faced two days of questioning in Washington, with politicians asking for increased disclosure around political ads, and asking how the firm polices false content.The firm said it was f