Facebook introduces new video service

Facebook introduces new video service

Social media giant Facebook has made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks. Users will soon see a new Watch tab that will offer a range of shows, some of which have been funded by the social network Watch will be personalised so that users can discover new shows, based on what their friends are watching. Viewers will also be able to see comments and connect with friends and dedicated…

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Sinead O'Connor says she's 'suicidal' in Facebook video

Sinead O'Connor says she's 'suicidal' in Facebook video

Sinead O’Connor has said she feels “suicidal” in a video uploaded to her Facebook account. The singer is seen crying in the 12-minute video, which she said she was uploading in an effort to help people understand mental illness. “I am now living in a motel in New Jersey. I’m all by myself,” she said. “Mental illness, it’s like drugs, it doesn’t [care] who you are, and equally what’s worse, the stigma doesn’t care who…

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Facebook calls for a more people-centric security industry

Facebook calls for a more people-centric security industry

The security industry needs to worry less about technology and more about people, said Facebook’s security boss. Alex Stamos scolded the security industry in the opening keynote of the 2017 Black Hat conference. He said there was too much focus on technically complex “stunt” hacks and not enough on finding ways to help the mass of people stay safe. The problem would only worsen if the industry did not become more diverse and exhibit more…

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Facebook drone in successful test flight

Facebook drone in successful test flight

Facebook has completed a second test of a solar-powered drone designed to bring internet access to remote parts of the world. The drone – dubbed Aquila – flew for one hour and 46 minutes in Arizona. On Aquila’s maiden voyage last summer, the autopilot system was confused by heavy wind and crash-landed. This time, the drone flew at an altitude of 3,000ft, a long way from Facebook’s intended 60,000ft goal. The social network has ambitious…

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Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech. It comes a week after the social network announced steps of its own to remove terrorist-related content from its site. The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative’s initial partners include Imams Online and the Jo Cox Foundation. Facebook has faced criticism for being slow to react to terrorist propaganda on its platforms. “The recent terror attacks in London…

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Facebook reveals measures to remove terrorist content

Facebook reveals measures to remove terrorist content

Facebook has announced details of steps it is taking to remove terrorist-related content. The move comes after growing pressure from governments for technology companies to do more to take down material such as terrorist propaganda. In a series of blog posts by senior figures and an interview with the BBC, Facebook says it wants to be more open about the work it is doing. The company told the BBC it was using artificial intelligence to…

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Leaks 'expose peculiar Facebook moderation policy'

Leaks 'expose peculiar Facebook moderation policy'

How Facebook censors what its users see has been revealed by internal documents, the Guardian newspaper says. It said the manuals revealed the criteria used to judge if posts were too violent, sexual, racist, hateful or supported terrorism. The Guardian said Facebook’s moderators were “overwhelmed” and had only seconds to decide if posts should stay. The leak comes soon after British MPs said social media giants were “failing” to tackle toxic content. Careful policing The…

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Facebook prunes 'shocking' news feed posts

Facebook prunes 'shocking' news feed posts

Websites that harbour “disruptive, shocking or malicious” adverts will appear less frequently on user’s news feeds, Facebook has said. The social network is tweaking the algorithm that picks posts for feeds to do a better job of spotting “low quality” web pages. Instead, the algorithm will seek out more informative posts. It said the change was part of broader work it was doing to make Facebook less profitable for spammers. Building trust The change was…

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