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Facebook back up after massive global outage

Facebook back up after massive global outage

Technology
Facebook services have completely returned after a massive global outage left certain users unable to access Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for almost 24 hours.Users across the world including the US, Japan, New Zealand and parts of Europe were affected by the outage and faced difficulties accessing the social network giant and its apps WhatsApp and Instagram for several hours. "Anddddd... we're back," Instagram tweeted on Friday morning with a GIF of Oprah Winfrey screaming in delight.In a statement to Sky News on Thursday evening,a Facebook spokesperson said: "Yesterday, we made a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues."As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services. We have resolved the issues, and our systems have been recover...
Facebook cracks down on anti-vaxxing

Facebook cracks down on anti-vaxxing

Health
March 7 (UPI) -- After receiving criticism for not combating the spread of health misinformation on its platform, Facebook on Thursday released a statement on how it will crack down on the problem. The social media giant said it will lower the ranking of so-called anti-vaxxing groups and pages, which pass around misinformation on their feeds and searches about vaccinations. Facebook says it will no longer include them in recommendations or text predictions when users type in the Facebook search bar. "We also believe in providing people with additional context so they can decide whether to read, share, or engage in conversations about information they see on Facebook," Monika Bickert, vice president of Global Policy Management at Facebook, said in a news release. Facebook said it plans to...
Facebook finds UK-based 'fake news' network

Facebook finds UK-based 'fake news' network

Technology
Facebook has removed more than 130 accounts, pages and groups it says were part of a UK-based misinformation network.The company said it was the first time it had taken down a UK-based group targeting messages at British citizens.The same group set up pages posing both as far-right outlets and anti-fascist activists.Facebook said it had shared its discovery with law enforcement and the government.The group was able to gain followers by setting up innocent-looking pages and groups. It later renamed them, and started posting politically-motivated content.MP Damian Collins, who chairs a committee investigating fake news, said it was the "tip of the iceberg". Skip Twitter post by @DamianCollins When Face...
Zuckerberg: Facebook to shift towards encrypted messaging

Zuckerberg: Facebook to shift towards encrypted messaging

Technology
Facebook's chief has promised to transform privacy on the social networking platform, with new encryption that even the site's bosses cannot penetrate.The move comes after criticism of Facebook's problems with privacy controls and data sharing. In a blog post, Mark Zuckerberg wrote: "As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today's open platforms."Privacy gives people the freedom to be themselves and connect more naturally, which is why we build social networks." Image: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has been under pressure over Facebook's privacy His multi-year plan would see Facebook's messaging services covered with encryption so stro...
Zuckerberg outlines plan for 'privacy-focused' Facebook

Zuckerberg outlines plan for 'privacy-focused' Facebook

Business
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said he believes secure, private messaging services will become more popular than open platforms.In a blog, Mr Zuckerberg outlined his vision to transform Facebook into a "privacy-focused platform."Facebook owns Messenger and Whatsapp, but message encryption limits its ability make money through targeted adverts.The social media giant has come under fire for a series of privacy scandals."Facebook and Instagram have helped people connect with friends, communities, and interests in the digital equivalent of a town square," said the billionaire founder. "But people increasingly also want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room." Facebook revamps its privacy controls WhatsAp...