Facebook finds divisive US ads may be Russia-based

It covered the two years to May, encompassing the months leading up to the US presidential election. Facebook said it found no link to any presidential campaign.

The social media company said many of the ads promoted "inauthentic" accounts and pages and it had now suspended 470 such accounts.

The ads spread polarising views on topics including immigration, race and gay rights, instead of backing a particular political candidate, it said.

Facebook finds way into China

It's dubbed the Colorful Balloons app, and, according to the Chinese app store's description, it works similarly to Facebook's (FB, Tech30) Moments app.

"Colorful Balloons can group users' phone pictures and videos based on time, locations and characters. It can help you create albums and share them with friends and family," the description reads.

The story was first reported by The New York Times and person familiar with the matter confirmed to CNNMoney that it is a Facebook app. But the Facebook name is nowhere to be seen.

Facebook refuses Pakistan's ID demands

Officials had requested the feature to tackle fake accounts, which they say had been used to spread hate material.

They noted WhatsApp - which is owned by Facebook - already had the requirement.

The social network met with the local authorities last week - a month after a man was sentenced to death in Pakistan for allegedly posting blasphemous material on Facebook.

Facebook users are being tricked into a sharing a hoax message

The well-meaning message warns friends and family that Jayden K Smith is a hacker who will gain access to your account if you accept their invitation.

It says Smith is a hacker who 'has the system connected to your Facebook account'.

Although some users of the site do add strangers for nefarious purposes, in this particular case the chain message is a prank.

The messages have gone viral in recent days with a number of named individuals, including Jayden K Smith, blamed for the hack attacks.

Facebook shuts down 'legal pot shops'

It highlights the problems faced by social networks trying to set boundaries for what users can post.

The National Cannabis Industry Association said it was seeking "clearer guidelines" from Facebook.

Affected businesses should appeal to have their accounts restored, the NCIA told the Associated Press news agency.

The problem had affected all of the nine US states that had legalised recreational and medical cannabis, deputy director Taylor West added.

Court issues orders against Blogger

The Waigani National Court this afternoon granted the orders sought to Commissioner Gamato after his lawyer moved an application before Justice Collin Makail.

The urgent application was moved without Namarong in court because they could not locate him to serve the documents. The application was heard ex-parte.

This case arises from alleged defamatory remarks the blogger made on social media, associating Commissioner Gamato to a fruit.

Justice Makail granted the application, allowing for the serve of the orders to be published in both daily newspapers.

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How SpyDealer Malware hacks your Facebook, WhatsApp, Web Browser, and other Android apps

Now, the security researchers at Palo Alto Network have identified a malware that has the power to hack 40 or more social media accounts.

Before going ahead and tell you the details of the malware, let me inform you that this malware, called SpyDealer, affects only the Android versions between 4.4 KitKat and 2.2 Froyo. These users account for about 25% of the total Android users, i.e., 500 million.


What does SpyDealer malware do?

Why Facebook's mission changed

And, of course, transforming media and politics by presenting news and opinion -- true and fake -- to billions of people around the world.

Now the Facebook CEO is acknowledging that connecting people online isn't enough.

Smith refutes 'good bye' Facebook post

A post that read, "Goood Bye CAVS!!," was posted to the Facebook account of the Cavs guard, but it was quickly deleted.

Smith then tweeted out a few minutes later that he had been hacked and that he is not leaving Cleveland.

Idk what's going on with social media but this is crazy. I'm not leaving the #Cavs

— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) June 21, 2017