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Facebook on Thursday warned of a tougher 2021 despite beating analysts’ estimates for quarterly revenue as businesses adjusting to the global coronavirus pandemic continued to rely on the company’s digital advertisements tools. The world’s biggest social media company said in its outlook that it faced “a significant amount of uncertainty,” citing impending privacy changes by Apple
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Iranian hackers suspected of emailing threatening messages to US voters last week and spreading false information about compromised election systems ran a disinformation campaign last year targeting the Middle East, Facebook said on Tuesday. US officials blamed Iran last week for thousands of threatening emails and an online video that purported to show hackers breaking into
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Pakistan’s prime minister has appealed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ban Islamophobic content on the site, warning of an increase in radicalisation amongst Muslims, the government said on Sunday. In a letter, which the Pakistani government posted on Twitter, Imran Khan said that “growing Islamophobia” was encouraging extremism and violence across the world, especially
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Facebook independent Oversight Board, which can overrule company decisions on whether to take down posts and recommend policy changes, started accepting cases for review on Thursday. The board, which the world’s largest social network created in response to criticism of its handling of problematic content, is open for cases both from users who have exhausted the
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OnePlus phones will no longer come with pre-installed Facebook-owned apps and services, as per a report. OnePlus had received criticism when it started pre-installing Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and other Facebook services on its phones a few months ago. A spokesperson for the company confirmed that starting from the recently launched OnePlus 8T, the phones will
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Twitter on Friday confirmed it reversed its decision to block links to a New York Post article about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, despite reaffirming the ban late on Thursday. Republicans who had decried Twitter’s earlier actions posted the story freely on the site. “You can now share the bombshell story Big Tech didn’t
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A US appeals court on Wednesday agreed to fast-track a Justice Department appeal of a ruling blocking the government from banning new TikTok downloads from US app stores. US District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington issued a preliminary injunction on September 27 that barred the US Commerce Department from ordering Apple and Alphabet’s Google app stores
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Triller, a budding competitor to popular short-video app TikTok, is in discussions with blank-check acquisition companies about a merger which would take the US social media company public, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal would come as Triller seeks to capitalise on TikTok’s woes. US President Donald Trump’s administration has ordered TikTok’s
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Facebook on Thursday said it derailed a campaign using fake accounts to praise US President Donald Trump as part of its latest crackdown on orchestrated deception. The social network has banned US marketing firm Rally Forge, which coordinated the “inauthentic behaviour” on behalf of the pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA and Inclusive Conservation Group,
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Twitter is removing tweets hoping for the demise of US President Donald Trump, a move which opened up the social platform to criticism that it should enforce the same policy for everyone. San Francisco-based Twitter drew a line on caustic commentary after Trump’s COVID-19 hospitalisation Friday, telling users that expressing hope for the death of anyone
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WhatsApp is enabling multiple features for Android beta users to tinker with. This includes a useful ‘Always Mute’ feature, a new Storage Usage UI and its tools, and another feature called Media Guidelines. The instant messaging platform has released WhatsApp 2.20.201.10 beta for Android and it also has been discovered that video and voice call
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