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You should be familiar with those algorithmically-produced videos of “year in review” Facebook usually generate if you are still using the social media platform. Another form of it could be celebrating years of friendship with someone or birthdays and the videos often set slideshows of your posts with cheerful music. Facebook is reportedly using them to promote contents for extremist organizations along with creating a business page for Al-Qaeda, the National Whistleblower Center Researchers found. According to The Associated Press...
A Belgian security researcher has found a bizarre Facebook glitch that lets you search for photos of your female friends, but refuses to do the same for your male friends, reports The Next Web. When you type “photos of my female friends” into the search bar, Facebook will produce a random selection of photos of your female friends. Switch to “photos of my male friends” and the social network returns with a selection of random pictures from across the platform. Facebook will also kindly ask if you meant to type “female,” assuming you ...
There have been lots of back-to-back privacy scandals on Facebook for the past years, including a spread of negative news that won’t stop. However, the company’s earnings sheet tells a different story. Facebook’s fourth-quarter earnings report indicates that the social media giant did a double. It exceeded revenue expectations and as well had massive growth in users. As of December 2018, Facebook daily active user base was over 1.52 billion, according to the report. This is about 9 percent increase year over year. Facebook also recor...
The British privacy watchdog has on Thursday fined Facebook its maximum financial punishment for the company’s failure to protect the private information of its users in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook received a fine of £500,000 (about $645,000) – the highest punishment the British watchdog can dish out for data breaches, through its Ireland Office from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The fine would have been “significantly higher” under the EU General Data Protection Regulations, which took effect in M...
As Facebook faces more scrutiny over serial scandals triggered by privacy violations, election meddling, and fake news, the social media giant has hired former UK deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to head its global affairs and communications, reports Reuters. With the appointment, Clegg, who was deputy to David Cameron for five years (2010 to 2015) and a former leader of Liberal Democrats Britain, will become the first senior European politician to have a leadership role in Silicon Valley. The hiring process was closely supervis...
Most of us were skeptical to accept that Facebook could come up with a device that would let users hear “through their skin” when Regina Dugan, the former head of Facebook's 'Building 8’, announced the secretive lab’s intention to build such device last year. It’s a “science-fiction” hundreds of journalists said. Well, there’s at least one prototype of it now being tested. We can give doubts a break. A team of Facebook’s Secretive Lab researchers fully described the prototype using photographs in a study published in a peer-reviewed ...
Facebook is reportedly planning to score the ‘trustworthiness’ of its users individually, in an effort to effectively manage content flagging abuse embarked by many on contents they disagree with. The initiative could be ironic. Most Americans believe that Facebook cannot be trusted at various levels: protecting users’ private data and the information it promotes on news feed, according to surveys. The Facebook trustworthiness scores will be scaled from zero to one (0 – 1), reports Yahoo, and used to differentiate users that provide ...
The Facebook Inc. (FB) executives on Wednesday saw investors’ inevitable reactions on 2018 Q2 earnings. The social media giant earned $13.2 billion revenue during the quarter ended on June 30, 2018, compared to $9.32 billion generated in the same duration last year. Highlighting the gravity of the situation, the growth of Facebook decelerated 7 percent in Q2 with $370 million total revenue when evaluated against $536 million revenue earned for the Q1 this year. David Wehner, Chief Finance Officer of Facebook had earlier warned share...
Facebook Inc. has set up a subsidiary in Hangzhou, located in China, a nation where the social media giant’s site remains blocked for ten years. As per a filing seen on China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System by Reuters, the Facebook Chinese subsidiary was approved recently on July 18. “We are interested in setting up an ‘innovation hub’ in Zhejiang to support Chinese developers, innovators and start-ups,” commented Debbie Frost, a Facebook spokesperson, pointing towards the Chinese province where Hangzhou is ...
Facebook Inc. enters the club of tech companies developing their own artificial intelligence (AI) chip. The social network giant hired Shahriar Rabii as its Vice President and Head of Silicon this month, reports Bloomberg. He will probably report to Andrew Bosworth, the company’s Head of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Facebook now follows the footprint of the Silicon Valley suite building own chips. The tech cluster comprises of iPhone maker Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, pioneer of Prime culture, Amazon.com Inc. and Chi...