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Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

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UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and counterparts in the US and Australia have sent an open letter to Facebook calling on it to rethink its plans to encrypt all messages on its platforms.The policy threatens "lives and the safety of our children", they said.They said it could hamper international efforts to grant law enforcers faster access to private messages on social media, as agreed between the UK and US.Facebook said "people have the right to have a private conversation online."The head of Facebook-owned WhatsApp Will Cathcart had previously posted on Hacker News: "End-to-end encryption protects that right for over a billion people every day."Facebook said it is "consulting closely with child safety experts, governments and tec...
Facebook to launch ‘supreme court’ to judge controversial content

Facebook to launch ‘supreme court’ to judge controversial content

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By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent Facebook has revealed the rules that will govern its "supreme court" - a new 40-person independent board that will make the final decision on controversial questions about the social network's content.Users unhappy with the way their content has been treated on the platform will be able to take their case to the board after they have "exhausted" Facebook's internal appeals process. It is not clear when the oversight board will start work. Once it has, Facebook said it would implement its decision promptly, unless doing so could violate the law. Image: Mark Zuckerberg says the board will be completely independent - even of him It a...
Facebook removes altered Conservative advertisement

Facebook removes altered Conservative advertisement

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Facebook has removed a Conservative Party advert which misrepresented a BBC News story.The ad carried a BBC logo and headline saying "£14 billion pound cash boost for schools" - despite the story it linked to putting the figure at £7.1bn.The social media giant say the Tories had "misused" its advertising platform and it was working to stop headlines being changed in this way. The party has said it is reviewing the way its Facebook adverts are produced.The advert started running on 2 September following a government announcement on new funding for primary and secondary schools in England. Who will regulate digital political ads? Tory Facebook advert altered BBC headline Clicking on the ad took readers to a story on the BBC News website by Sean Coughlan, w
Facebook Dating launches in US – will privacy concerns put users off?

Facebook Dating launches in US – will privacy concerns put users off?

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Facebook is trying to play cupid as it launches its dating feature for the first time in the US.It is already available in 19 other countries including Canada and Brazil, and is coming to Europe early next year. But with the privacy issues the world's biggest social network has suffered in recent years, will people trust it when it comes to their love life - and how does the app work?Those who use Facebook Dating will have to be over 18 and will have a profile separate from their main one. Image: The app allows people to send a "like" and a corresponding message to any profile they encounter on the service The service, which is free, will suggest possible romantic partners based on their preferences, interests and Facebook activity. ...