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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

Business
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
Israel Facebook: Mistranslated post creates security alert

Israel Facebook: Mistranslated post creates security alert

Technology
Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man last week after a Facebook post he made saying "good morning" in Arabic was mistranslated to read "attack them" in Hebrew, local media have reported. Police confirmed that the construction worker was briefly held under suspicion of incitement but was released as soon as the mistake was realised. The post showed a photo of the worker next to a bulldozer in the West Bank. Such vehicles have been used to attack Israelis in the past.There is only one difference in lettering between the colloquial Arabic phrase for "good morning to you all" and "hurt them", pointed out The Times of Israel. No Arabic-speaking officer was consulted before the arrest was carried out, say reports, with officers wholly dependent on Facebook's automatic translation.The post i...