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Facebook and Twitter block ‘Chinese campaign’ on Hong Kong protests

Facebook and Twitter block ‘Chinese campaign’ on Hong Kong protests

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Facebook and Twitter are cracking down on what they say is a China-backed disinformation campaign to "undermine" ongoing protests in Hong Kong.Huge demonstrations have been staged in the former British territory in recent months over proposed legislation that would allow authorities to detain and extradite people wanted in countries Hong Kong did not already have agreement with, including mainland China. Although the controversial bill has since been suspended, a refusal to completely withdraw it has seen the protests continue and escalate - with organisers estimating that at least 1.7 million took part in a rally on Sunday. ...
Facebook workers listened to Messenger conversations

Facebook workers listened to Messenger conversations

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Hundreds of workers were paid to transcribe voice recordings of Facebook users, it has emerged.Facebook is the latest company to confirm it has used third-party workers to do such work, following Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.The practice had been halted "more than a week ago", Facebook said.Workers were given audio of people's conversations but were not told how it was obtained, according to Bloomberg, which was first to report the news.Facebook said the recordings were being transcribed manually so that artificial intelligence systems used to automatically transcribe conversations could be improved.It added this had been done only when users had opted in to transcription services and given permission for microphone access...
Facebook confirms ‘news tab’ being launched in US

Facebook confirms ‘news tab’ being launched in US

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By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter Facebook has confirmed it will be launching a "news tab" in the US following reports it has begun to contact media companies to license their stories, but the company remains a competitor to most of them.The confirmation follows a report in The Wall Street Journal that Facebook was offering news executives up to $ 3m (£2.48m) a year to license their publications' headlines and previews of their articles in a new tab for its users. Such licenses stand in stark contrast to the headlines and article previews visible on Google Search's news tab, which has been criticised for replicating news publications work without repaying them - to the point of being banned in Spain. Image:
Facebook urged to shut groups seeking fake Amazon reviews

Facebook urged to shut groups seeking fake Amazon reviews

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Facebook is failing to shut down groups on its site where fake Amazon reviews are sold, consumer group Which? claims. Facebook was urged in June by the Competition and Markets Authority to probe the sale of fake reviews via these groups. Which? claimed to have uncovered several active groups that recruited people to write fake testimonies.Facebook said it had removed almost all the groups reported to it and was still investigating the issue.Group actionFor its investigation, Which? said it joined 10 separate Facebook groups looking for recruits. In a 30-day period, it said, recruiters added more than 55,000 posts to the groups that offered free products to people who wrote highly-rated reviews on Amazon."It is deeply concerning t...
MPs write to Facebook over contradictory evidence

MPs write to Facebook over contradictory evidence

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By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter MPs have written to Facebook after a legal filing by the US government suggested the company may have misled parliament about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.The letter, which is addressed to former British deputy prime minister and current head of global affairs at Facebook, Sir Nick Clegg, raises several concerns about Facebook's evidence to parliament. Two weeks after the US Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook $ 5bn (£4bn) over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, another American regulator filed an additional complaint against the company. Image: Sir Nick Clegg joined Facebook in 2018 The complaint from the Securities and Exchange Commission accused F