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Facebook signs copyright agreement with some French publishers

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Paves the way for signing of individual licences Copyright fees included in preliminary deal – source Publishers not compelled to use Facebook News service PARIS, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) said on Thursday it had signed a preliminary copyright agreement with a French news publishers’ lobby group, paving the......

Facebook could face hefty fine in Russia over banned content, says regulator

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MOSCOW, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Russian authorities on Thursday warned social media giant Facebook (FB.O) it faces a fine of up to 10% of its annual turnover in the country unless it deletes content Moscow deems illegal. Upping the ante in its standoff with U.S. Big Tech, state communications regulator......

CNN denies Australians access to its Facebook pages, cites defamation risk

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SYDNEY, Sept 29 (Reuters) – CNN said it is preventing Australians from accessing its Facebook Inc (FB.O) pages after a court ruled that publishers can be liable for defamation in public comment sections and the social media firm refused to help it disable comments in the country. The move makes......

Facebook invests $50 mln to build the ‘metaverse’ in responsible manner

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A 3D printed Facebook logo is pictured on a keyboard in front of binary code in this illustration taken September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Sept 27 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) will invest $50 million to partner with organizations to responsibly build the so-called metaverse – a digital world where......

Facebook puts Instagram Kids app on hold

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Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Instagram logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Sept 27 (Reuters) – Instagram has hit pause on a new app that it is creating for kids, the Facebook-owned (FB.O) photo-sharing app said on......

Twitter rolls out bitcoin tipping, safety features in product push

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Sept 23 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) will allow people to tip their favorite content creators with bitcoin and will launch a fund to pay some users who host audio chat rooms on its Spaces feature, the company said on Thursday. The San Francisco-based company added it will test new......

U.S. court orders Facebook to release anti-Rohingya content records for genocide case

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Sept 23 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge has ordered Facebook (FB.O) to release records of accounts connected to anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar that the social media giant had shut down, rejecting its argument about protecting privacy as “rich with irony”. The judge in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday criticized Facebook......

Facebook says WSJ allegations are ‘mischaracterizations,’ confer ‘false motives’

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The logo of Facebook is seen in Davos, Switzerland Januar 20, 2020. Picture taken January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Sept 18 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Saturday slammed a Wall Street Journal series of articles about the social media company’s platform as containing “deliberate mischaracterizations” and said the articles......

Exclusive: Facebook targets harmful real networks, using playbook against fakes

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Sept 16 (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) is taking a more aggressive approach to shut down coordinated groups of real-user accounts engaging in certain harmful activities on its platform, using the same strategy its security teams take against campaigns using fake accounts, the company told Reuters. The new approach, reported here......

EXCLUSIVE Snap Inc hires first global head of platform safety

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Snapchat app is seen on a smartphone in this illustration taken, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Sept 15 (Reuters) – Snapchat’s owner has hired a longtime online safety advocate as its first global head of platform safety, Snap Inc told Reuters on Wednesday, as the company continues to ramp......

Brazil Senate leader kills Bolsonaro decree criticized by tech firms

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President of Brazil’s Senate Rodrigo Pacheco listens to Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil September 14, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado BRASILIA, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Brazilian Senate leader Rodrigo Pacheco said on Tuesday he would not consider President Jair Bolsonaro’s decree limiting social......

Twitter launches “safety mode” to block accounts for harmful language

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Twitter launches “safety mode” to block accounts for harmful language Twitter Inc will launch a safety feature that would allow users to temporarily block accounts for seven days for using harmful language or sending uninvited replies, the social media platform said on Wednesday. Source – For more click here To......

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn secure Afghan users’ accounts amid Taliban takeover

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The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Illustration Aug 19 (Reuters) – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn said this week they had moved to secure the accounts of Afghan citizens to protect them against being targeted amid the Taliban’s swift......

FTC says Facebook ‘bought and buried’ rivals in renewed antitrust fight

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The company and law firm names shown above are generated automatically based on the text of the article. We are improving this feature as we continue to test and develop in beta. We welcome feedback, which you can provide using the feedback tab on the right of the page. WASHINGTON,......

Facebook launches VR remote work app, calling it a step to the ‘metaverse’

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Aug 19 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Thursday launched a test of a new virtual-reality remote work app where users of the company’s Oculus Quest 2 headsets can hold meetings as avatar versions of themselves. The beta test of Facebook’s Horizon Workrooms app comes as many companies continue to......

Bolsonaro blocks critics on social media, says rights group

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Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro looks on as he adjusts his protective face mask during a ceremony launching a program to expand access to credit at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado//File Photo BRASILIA, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, is blocking social......

New Cuban decree tightens controls on social media, sparking outrage

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HAVANA, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Cuba introduced tighter controls on the use of social media this week, including a ban on publications that might damage “the country’s prestige,” angering many citizens and international rights activists. Decree 35, published in the official gazette on Tuesday, comes a month after the most......

Taliban’s Afghanistan takeover presents fresh challenge for social media companies

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3D printed Facebook and WhatsApp logos and keyboard buttons are placed on a computer motherboard in this illustration taken January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Aug 16 (Reuters) – The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan poses a new challenge for big U.S. tech companies on handling content created by a group......

Zambia counting votes with internet restrictions still in force

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Polling stations open overnight to clear voters Lungu and Hichilema duel in high stakes election Signs of high turnout, outcome too close to call Zambia is Africa’s second biggest copper producer LUSAKA, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Zambia prepared on Friday to begin announcing results of a tight presidential election between......

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