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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.”

Facebook blocks nude painting by acclaimed artist

Charles Blackman's oil work Women Lovers features two nude women resting on a bed beside a cat.

Art broker Mossgreen tried to promote it on Facebook, but the social media network rejected it for "advertising adult products or services".

Mossgreen chief executive Paul Summer said the decision was "ridiculous".

"This is a very beautiful image that is not overtly sexual in any shape or form," he told the BBC.

"It's like going back to the 1950s. It's ridiculous to censor this sort of thing."

Facebook confusion over fake cancer babies U-turns

The social network twice disabled the account following complaints, only to re-enable it hours later.

"These posts are clearly distressing for the families and this content has now been removed," a spokeswoman said.

"We apologise for the delay in taking them down."

The social network acted for a third time after the matter was brought to its attention by the BBC. It has not explained the actions of its complaints team.

One internet expert said the behaviour had been "bonkers" and called into question Facebook's safety procedures.

 

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Facebook investigates fake cancer child post

The message claimed the boy instead had cancer and that the social network would donate money for surgery if users "liked" it or wrote comments.

More than a million people have engaged with the post since it was created at the start of February.

One security expert warned these users might now be targeted by scammers.

Mark Zuckerberg's plan to save the world ... with Facebook

Now he's focusing on how to stop the world from breaking apart.

In a nearly 6,000 word manifesto published Thursday, Zuckerberg writes candidly about how Facebook's mission for "building a global community" is contrary to the current political trend toward nationalism in the U.S. and abroad.

Facebook is playing an increasingly important role in activism

And now researchers have determined just how much of an impact the social network had.

According to a study from researchers at the University of Maryland, almost 70% of people who attended the D.C. march heard about it on Facebook (FBTech30). Meanwhile, 61% from friends and family.