Facebook

Facebook launches personal fundraising tool

Facebook (FB, Tech30) announced Thursday it will expand its charitable giving tools to include personal fundraisers. The campaigns will allow people 18 and older to raise money for themselves, a friend -- or someone or something not on Facebook, like a pet.

Facebook launches dislike button in Messenger

He justified his decision of not including a dislike button by saying that it can fuel hatred on social media. But, it looks like the Facebook users are going to get the much-awaited dislike button. Well, sort of.

Instead of rolling out the feature for posts in your News Feed, the company is teasing the feature in Facebook Messenger, as reported by TechCrunch.

New Facebook tool tags fake news

Facebook has now started testing a fake news killer tool that they announced earlier in December, the Guardian reports. The tool shows a warning message when a user tries to share a spurious link.

A glimpse of Facebook’s fact-checking tool shows a Newport Buzz story “The Irish Slave Trade – The Slaves That Time Forgot” marked as ‘disputed by Snopes.com and Associated Press’. It alerts the user about the authenticity of the news content.

Pakistan asks Facebook to help fight blasphemy

Facebook has agreed to send a team to Pakistan to address reservations about content on the social media site, according to the interior ministry.

Blasphemy is a highly sensitive and incendiary issue in Pakistan.

Critics say blasphemy laws, which allow the death penalty in some cases, are often misused to oppress minorities.

Earlier this week Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif voiced his support for a wide-ranging crackdown on blasphemous content on social media.

Facebook updates policies to prohibit surveillance

An update to its policies on both Facebook and Instagram prohibits developers from using "data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance."

Why Facebook tracks internet outages around the world

It is possible, however, for people, companies and governments to turn off certain parts of the internet. There are countrywide blocks in places like Egypt and Gabon during political unrest, and temporary outages in India when the government turns off the internet while students take exams.

Facebook (FBTech30) tracks these kinds of outages. Both internal monitoring and people on the ground contribute to this effort.

Facebook 'failed to remove sexualised images of children'

The chairman of the Commons media committee, Damian Collins, said he had "grave doubts" about the effectiveness of its content moderation systems.

Mr Collins' comments come after the BBC reported dozens of photos to Facebook, but more than 80% were not removed.

They included images from groups where users were discussing swapping what appeared to be child abuse material.

When provided with examples of the images, Facebook reported the BBC journalists involved to the police and cancelled plans for an interview.

Facebook is testing a dislike button — here’s everything you need to know

He justified his decision of not including a dislike button by saying that it can fuel hatred on social media. But, it looks like the Facebook users are going to get the much-awaited dislike button. Well, sort of.

Instead of rolling out the feature for posts in your News Feed, the company is teasing the feature in Facebook Messenger, as reported by TechCrunch.

Facebook wants to get smarter about suicide prevention

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds -- and Facebook wants to leverage artificial intelligence to help with prevention.

The company announced Wednesday it is testing the ability for AI to identify potential "suicide or self injury" posts based on pattern recognition from posts that have been previously flagged on the site in the past. Its community operations team will then review the posts to decide if Facebook should surface crisis resources to the user.

Facebook to be a campaign tool for election

Director of the PNG National Research Institute (NRI), Dr. Charles Yala said technology, especially social media will play a far more important role in the elections, unseen before. 

“In the past bulk of the policy issue and the information used to be Port Moresby centred, the rest of PNG did not have access to this information or if they had, it was pretty much delayed,” Dr Yala said.  

“But with social media and mobile phone, the information is getting out there, whether it’s right information or wrong information, it is out there.”