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Facebook told to stop tracking in Belgium

Facebook told to stop tracking in Belgium

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Facebook has been ordered to stop tracking people without consent, by a court in Belgium.The company has been told to delete all the data it had gathered on people who did not use Facebook. The court ruled the data was gathered illegally.Belgium's privacy watchdog said the website had broken privacy laws by placing tracking code - known as cookies - on third-party websites. Facebook said it would appeal against the ruling.The social network faces fines of 250,000 euros (£221,000, $ 311,000) a day if it does not comply.The court said Facebook must "stop following and recording internet use by people surfing in Belgium, until it complies with Belgian privacy laws"."Facebook must also destroy all personal data obtained illegally."The ruling is the latest in a long-running dispute between the
Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

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Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family. It displays no ads and lets parents approve who their children message. But critics say it serves to lure kids into harmful social media use and to hook young people on Facebook as it tries to compete with Snapchat or its own Instagram app. They say kids shouldn't be on such apps at all — although they often are. "It is disturbing that Facebook, in the face of widespread concern, is aggressively marketing Messenger Kids to even more children," the Campaign For a Commercial-Free Childhood said in a statement t
Facebook 'no place' for young children

Facebook 'no place' for young children

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More than 100 child health experts are urging Facebook to withdraw an app aimed at under-13s.In an open letter to Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, they call Messenger Kids an "irresponsible" attempt to encourage young children to use Facebook.Young children are not ready to have social media accounts, they say.Facebook says the app was designed with online safety experts in response to parental calls for more control over how their children used social media.It is a simplified, locked-down version of Facebook's Messenger app, requiring parental approval before use, and data generated from it is not used for advertising.The open letter says: "Messenger Kids will likely be the first social media platform widely used by elementary school children [four- to -11-year-olds]. "But a growing body of...
Facebook to promote local news in drive for 'trusted' content

Facebook to promote local news in drive for 'trusted' content

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Facebook says it is changing the way its news delivery service works by focusing on local news sources in its drive for "high quality" content."Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities," explained chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on his page on Monday.The update will initially apply to the US before it is rolled out more widely.It comes after Facebook announced that it was making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent."Starting today, we're going to show more stories from news sources in your local town or city," Mr Zuckerberg said in his post. "If you follow a local publisher or if someone shares a local story, it may show up higher in News Feed," he added. Mr Zuckerberg said that Facebook users who are made aware of what is happening in thei...