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Facebook Contractors Resume Listening to ‘Hey Portal’

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook “paused human review of audio” around August Company hired contractors to transcribe private voice messages Portal is now reinstating human audio transcriptions Facebook, which last month said it stopped using humans to review and transcribe users’ voice messages, will resume that practice for some audio collected from its Portal video-calling device. Facebook “paused […]

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Facebook Shuts Accounts of Marketing Group in Brazil Election

Facebook said on Monday it had removed 68 pages and 43 accounts associated with a Brazilian marketing group, Raposo Fernandes Associados (RFA), for violating the social media network’s misrepresentation and spam policies. The newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo said the group was the main network of support for far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro on the […]

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Facebook Knew of Inflated Video Ad Metrics for a Year Before Disclosing Them, Lawsuit Alleges

After the Cambridge Analytica fiasco and the recent security breach of millions of accounts’ private data, Facebook is now in the headlines due to litigation from a small group of advertisers alleging that it withheld information regarding a video metric goof-up for a year. According to the plaintiffs, Facebook knew of a mistake in the method in how it […]

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Facebook to Say Who Pays for UK Political Adverts

Facebook said on Tuesday that it would require British political adverts posted on its pages to carry disclaimers and identity flags, in an attempt to crack down on the spread of misinformation. Britain’s parliament has called for tech firms such as Facebook to be made liable for disseminating misleading political information and targeting citizens using data […]

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Facebook Workplace to Get Safety Check Feature Next Year

To help organisations locate their people in a crisis, Facebook is planning to introduce the Safety Check feature in Workplace, the social network’s messaging service for businesses. “With Safety Check, if a crisis arises, organisations can identify who may be affected, send multiple modes of notification, and monitor employee responses. And they can do it fast,” Facebook said […]

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Facebook Expands Fake Election News Fight, but Falsehoods Still Rampant

Another training exercise looked at how the company would handle a burst of pages administered in other countries suddenly promoting material related to the US election. Even as Facebook ran exercises, an article published Wednesday by the Facebook-supported Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council found that of the four most popular articles being shared […]

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Facebook’s New AI Tool Can Identify Offensive Memes

In a bid to curtail offensive memes that promote hate speech, Facebook is building a novel artificial intelligence (AI) system that uses machine learning to identify text in images and videos as well as transcribe it. While tools to transcribe text are nothing new, the company faces different challenges because of the size, sheer volume of photos […]

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Mark Zuckerberg says it will take him another year to ‘fix’ Facebook

He posted on Facebook on Friday that his personal challenge for 2018 has been to fix the most important issues facing Facebook. These include defending it against election interference by nation states, protecting the community from abuse and harm and making sure people control their own information. “The most important effort — rebuilding all of our […]

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Facebook Researcher Tied to Cambridge Analytica Quits

After becoming infamous for helping the controversial British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica harvest tens of millions of Facebook users’ profiles, a psychology researcher with the social networking giant has left the company, the media reported. A Facebook spokesperson declined to explain when or why the researcher, Joseph Chancellor, had left the company, or to detail the […]

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Facebook Accuses BlackBerry of Stealing Voice-Messaging Tech

Facebook is suing BlackBerry for patent infringement, escalating the legal battle between the two companies over protected technology. In a 118-page complaint filed Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, Facebook accused BlackBerry of stealing its voice messaging technology, among other patented processes. Facebook is seeking unspecified damages for infringement of six patents. BlackBerry didn’t immediately respond to messages […]