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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Facebook publishes fake news ads in UK papers

Facebook publishes fake news ads in UK papers

Facebook has broadened its campaign to raise awareness about fake news, by publishing adverts in the UK press. The ads, in papers including The Times, The Guardian and Daily Telegraph, carry a list of 10 things to look out for when deciding if a story is genuine. They include checking the article date and website address, as well as making sure it isn’t intended as satire. Facebook is under fresh political pressure to tackle fake…

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Facebook nears two billion monthly users

Facebook nears two billion monthly users

Facebook’s profits have jumped in the first three months of the year, as the social network closes in on two billion users, according to its latest results. The number of people using Facebook each month increased to 1.94 billion, of which nearly 1.3 billion use it daily, the company said. The US tech giant reported profits of just over $ 3bn (£2.4bn) in the first quarter, a 76% rise year-on-year. However, it warned that growth…

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Facebook hires 3,000 to review content

Facebook hires 3,000 to review content

Facebook is hiring 3,000 people for its “community operations team”, to help stop hate speech, child abuse and self-harm being broadcast on the website. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said it had been “heartbreaking” to see people “hurting themselves and others” in videos streamed live on Facebook. He added he would make reporting problematic videos easier. The move follows cases of murder and suicide being broadcast live on the social network. In April, a man was…

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Google and Facebook duped in huge 'scam'

Google and Facebook duped in huge 'scam'

Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $ 100m (£77m) scam. In March, it was reported that a Lithuanian man had been charged over an email phishing attack against “two US-based internet companies” who were not named at the time. They had allegedly been tricked into wiring more than $ 100m to the alleged scammer’s bank accounts. On 27 April, Fortune reported that the two victims were Facebook and Google….

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