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Facebook faces ‘Oppenheimer moment’ over Trump scandal

Paris: Facebook and psychologists who have worked with it are grappling with their “Oppenheimer moment”, experts say, over revelations that its data may have been used to help elect US President Donald Trump. The scandal over the way Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information to try to manipulate US voters “is the most important moment that…

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As Facebook scandal mushrooms, Zuckerberg vows to ‘step up’

San Francisco: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to “step up” to fix problems at the social media giant, as it fights a snowballing scandal over the hijacking of personal data from millions of its users. “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,”…

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Time to delete Facebook, says WhatsApp co-founder

Washington, United States: As Facebook reels from the scandal over hijacked personal data, a movement to quit the social network has gathered momentum, getting a boost from a high-profile co-founder of the WhatsApp messaging service acquired by the huge social network in 2014. “It is time. #deletefacebook,” Brian Acton said in a tweet, using the hashtag…

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Facebook data helped Trump find his voters?

Washington, United States: It was one of hundreds of cute questionnaires that were shared widely on Facebook and other social media, like “Which Pokemon Are You?” and “What Are Your Most Used Words?” This one, an app called “thisismydigitallife”, was a personality quiz, asking questions about how outgoing a person is, how vengeful one can be,…

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Facebook suspends Trump campaign data firm Cambridge Analytica

 T Washington: Facebook says it has suspended the account of Cambridge Analytica, the data analysis firm hired by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, after reports it harvested the profile information of millions of US voters without their permission. According to the New York Times and Britain’s Observer, the company stole information from 50 million Facebook…

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Facebook defends track record on fighting Myanmar hate speech

Yangon: Facebook said Tuesday it is “seriously” fighting hate speech in Myanmar, following blistering criticism from UN officials who said the platform had morphed into a “beast” that helps spread vitriol against Rohingya Muslims. The social media giant has faced mounting pressure to snuff out inflammatory posts aimed at the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority…

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Facebook, social media blocked amid communal riots

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday blocked access to Facebook and suspended internet services in a troubled central district after police warned that rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim sentiment. The government declared an island-wide state of emergency Tuesday and imposed curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and…

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Sri Lanka blocks social media amid riots

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday blocked access to Facebook and suspended internet services in a troubled central district after police warned that rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim sentiment. The government declared an island-wide state of emergency Tuesday and imposed curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and left…

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BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps

OTTAWA: Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry sued Facebook on Tuesday, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps. BlackBerry is claiming infringement on patents it holds for message encryption and notifications, and is seeking an injunction as well as damages for lost profits, although no figure was given. Facebook and…

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Facebook gun-wielding man joins PPP

Reporter: Ali Hussain Adnan Pasha, who posted a video of himself carrying out aerial firing while threatening a person named Zeeshan on Facebook, has joined the Pakistan People’s Party. In his exclusive interview with Samaa TV, Pasha said that he became its member because he likes it. He also said that he also reconciled with…

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Snapchat challenging Facebook among US youth

Washington: Facebook remains the most popular social network among Americans but faces a growing challenge from Snapchat for young audiences, a survey showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center survey showed Facebook holding the dominant platform with 68 percent of Americans using the world’s biggest social network. While Facebook leads the other social networks in all…

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Facebook says finds no new evidence Russia interfered in Brexit referendum

NEWS DESK: Facebook Inc has told a British parliamentary committee that further investigations have found no new evidence that Russia used social media to interfere in the June 2016 referendum in which Britain voted to leave the European Union, reported Reuters. Facebook UK policy director Simon Milner in a letter on Wednesday told the House…

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Facebook gun-wielding man still at large

KARACHI: Adnan Pasha – the youngster who carried out aerial firing and posted a video of himself challenging police officers – has still not been apprehended by the law enforcement agencies. On the other hand, Karachi Police carried out raids and arrested three people including two of Pasha’s accomplishes. It is pertinent to mention that…

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Sindh home minister accepts challenge of Facebook gun-weilding man

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal Saturday took notice of a Facebook video that shows a young man involved in aerial firing in Karachi, saying the law accepts his challenge. The video has gone viral on social media since Friday night. Boy, Adnan Pasha, is seen brandishing a pistol on an empty road. He…

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Alarming: Online sale of narcotics in Karachi

Youth of Karachi face yet another menace i.e. online sale of narcotics. Some people involved in the racket on social media have been discovered recently. The racket with girls also on board sells illegal drugs including Crystal and Ice in different areas of the city including Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Defence, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Defence and Clifton. Watch more here….

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NY top court says ‘private’ Facebook photos can be disclosed

NEW YORK: New York state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook users may be required to turn over photos and other information that are relevant to litigation, even if they are shielded by “privacy” settings, reported Reuters. By a 7-0 vote, the Court of Appeals reinstated a trial judge’s ruling requiring a Manhattan woman…

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Less-cool Facebook losing youth at fast pace: survey

NEWS DESK: With mom, dad and grandma signing up in increasing numbers, Facebook is losing younger users in the United States at a faster pace than previously estimated, researchers said Monday, reported AFP. A report by eMarketer said Snapchat is drawing youths away from Facebook at a quicker clip than Facebook-owned Instagram. Facebook is still…

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Facebook testing new feature that lets users downvote comments

NEWS DESK: Facebook is testing out a new feature that lets users downvote comments – which could herald one of the biggest overhauls in years to the social network, reported The Independent. In a series of tweets, tech reporter Taylor Lorenz posted pictures of her Facebook feed showing the option to “downvote” comments, alongside the…

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Facebook is violating city campaign finance law: Seattle

SAN FRANCISCO: Seattle’s election authority said on Monday that Facebook Inc is in violation of a city law that requires disclosure of who buys election ads, the first attempt of its kind to regulate U.S. political ads on the internet, reported Reuters. Facebook must disclose details about spending in last year’s Seattle city elections or…

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Facebook forecasts rising ad sales despite dip in usage

LOS ANGELES: Facebook Inc offered reassurances to investors on Wednesday that its digital ad business would remain highly profitable, despite a dip in usage on the social media network and an overhaul of its flagship News Feed. The company said in an earnings report that quarterly revenue jumped 47 percent from a year earlier, and…

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Facebook makes privacy push ahead of strict EU law

BRUSSELS – Facebook said on Monday it was publishing its privacy principles for the first time and rolling out educational videos to help users control who has access to their information, as it prepares for the start of a tough new EU data protection law.  The videos will show users how to manage the data…

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