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Facebook’s Instagram has more than a billion users

Instagram said Wednesday it now has more than one billion active users, highlighting surging growth at the Facebook-owned social network focused on photo and video sharing. The announcement came at an event hosted by Instagram chief Kevin Systrom announcing a new feature enabling users to share long-form videos up to one hour long. “The way…

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Facebook expands offerings for video creators to cash in on views

Facebook Inc launched a matchmaking system Tuesday to cultivate partnerships between advertisers and video creators as the world’s largest social media company tries to quickly parallel the variety of commercial opportunities offered by its video rival YouTube. Some advertisers have tested the Brand Collabs Manager, which identifies video makers that may be good fits for product…

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Facebook news use declining, WhatsApp growing: study

News consumption is increasingly shifting from social media like Facebook to messaging applications like WhatsApp, according to a study published Thursday which also found high levels of international public concern about fake news online. The Reuters Institute report, which covers 37 countries in five continents, found that the use of social media for news fell…

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Case registered against Gujranwala UC chairperson’s son in Facebook blackmail case

A case has been registered with the Federal Investigation Agency against the son of a local PML-N leader in Gujranwala for blackmailing parents with photographs of their children. A group of people, including Usman Muneer, the son of UC Chairperson Asif Muneer, was found involved in creating fake Facebook accounts to blackmail parents with pictures…

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Facebook used less for news as youngsters turn to WhatsApp: Reuters Institute

The use of social media networks such as Facebook to consume news has started to fall in the United States as many young people turn toward messaging apps such as Facebook-owned WhatsApp to discuss events, the Reuters Institute found. Usage of Facebook, the world’s largest social network, for news is down 9 percentage points from…

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Facebook launches user review, potential bans for advertisers

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would allow users to review businesses that advertise on the social network and possibly ban those that receive the most negative feedback. The move is aimed at cracking down on businesses whose ads mislead users into buying low quality goods or services or firms that fail to deliver products…

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Two ‘Facebook kidnappers’ arrested in Gujranwala

Two men were arrested in Gujranwala for impersonating women on Facebook and using fake profiles to blackmail and later kidnap men. Police said they arrested the kidnappers, identified as Mohsin and Faisal, and safely recovered the victims. A video was also found in which the kidnapped men were being beaten up. The kidnappers used voice…

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Facebook out to lure eSports fans with online portal

Facebook unveiled on Friday a portal devoted to streaming video game play and commentary as it ramped up its challenge to Amazon-owned Twitch and Google’s YouTube for eSports fans. Gaming creator programme lead John Imah and product manager Nick Miller described the new venue online at fb.gg as a “gaming video destination” that Facebook recently…

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Facebook admits privacy settings ‘bug’ affecting 14 million users

Facebook acknowledged Thursday a software glitch that changed the settings of some 14 million users, potentially making some posts public even if they were intended to be private. The news marked the latest in a series of privacy embarrassments for the world’s biggest social network, which has faced a firestorm over the hijacking of personal…

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Facebook confirms data sharing with Chinese companies including Huawei

Facebook Inc said Tuesday it has data sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese companies including Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone maker, which has come under scrutiny from U.S. intelligence agencies on security concerns. The social media company said Huawei (002502.SZ), computer maker Lenovo Group (0992.HK), and smartphone makers OPPO and TCL Corp (000100.SZ)…

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Facebook to swap ‘trending’ topics for breaking news

Facebook on Friday said it is getting rid of a “trending” topics feature as it tests ways for publishers to deliver reliable breaking news. The Trending feature introduced four years ago listed stories buzzing on Facebook at any given time. “We’re exploring new ways to help people stay informed about timely, breaking news that matters…

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‘I’m sorry’, Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament on Tuesday for the “harm” caused by a huge breach of users’ data and by a failure to crack down on fake news. But Zuckerberg’s appearance failed to satisfy MEPs who accused him of dodging questions and criticised a format that gave the parliament’s political leaders…

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Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

Facebook said Monday it has suspended “around 200” apps on its platform as part of an investigation into misuse of private user data. The investigation was launched after revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica hijacked data on some 87 million Facebook users as it worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. “The investigation process is…

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Russian Facebook ‘ads’ show strong effort to divide US society

Thousands of Facebook and Instagram advertisements taken out by a Russian internet group were released Thursday in a database that illustrate how a concerted effort was made to foment anger and split US society around the 2016 election. Democrats of the House Intelligence Community released records of more than 3,000 ads from 2015-2017 that were…

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Facebook comes up with major shuffling in top positions

Facebook confirmed an unprecedented management team shakeup in the aftermath of a major data privacy scandal that has rocked the social network. Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg remained chief of Facebook, with chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg his second-in-command. Chris Cox, a longtime member of Zuckerberg’s inner circle, was put in charge of Facebook’s core application as…

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10 times Ahsan Iqbal spoke of peace on social media

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal is in the hospital after an assassination attempt. According to the FIR, the 21-year-old, who says he is affiliated with Tehreek Labbaik, shot the minister Sunday with the motive to kill him. While Iqbal became a target of hate, the minister has frequently spoken about peace and tolerance: 1. When he condemned the…

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Cambridge Analytica to close after Facebook data scandal

Cambridge Analytica, the British marketing analytics firm, announced Wednesday that it was closing and would file for insolvency in Britain and the United States after failing to recover from the Facebook data scandal. The decision follows weeks of intense pressure on the company, hired by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, after allegations emerged it may have…

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Zuckerberg unveils plans for Facebook dating service

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday the world’s largest social network will soon include a new dating feature — while vowing to make privacy protection its top priority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Zuckerberg unveiled the plans as he addressed Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California — emphasizing that…

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Facebook to allow users to clear browsing history with new feature

Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday the social network is building a new privacy control called “clear history” to allow users to delete browsing history. Zuckerberg, in a post on his Facebook account, said he will discuss the feature at Facebook’s annual F8 conference which begins today. “This feature will…

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Facebook’s rise in profits, users shows resilience after scandals

Facebook Inc shares rose on Wednesday after the social network reported a surprisingly strong 63 percent rise in profit and an increase in users, with no sign that business was hurt by a scandal over the mishandling of personal data. After easily beating Wall Street expectations, shares traded up 7.1 percent after the bell at…

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Privacy fears weigh on Facebook with earnings ahead

Facebook reports quarterly results Wednesday as it grapples with a data privacy scandal that strikes at how the huge social network makes money from what it knows about people, reported AFP. The earnings release comes just two weeks after Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg faced questioning in two congressional panels about revelations that…

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