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Tag Archives: Facebook

Facebook acquires anonymous teenage polling app ‘tbh’

  San Francisco: Facebook has acquired ‘tbh’, an anonymous polling app for teenagers which has over 5 million downloads and 2.5 million daily active users in the US. The app lets teenagers anonymously answer kind-hearted, multiple-choice questions about friends, who then receive the poll results as compliments, TechCrunch reported on Tuesday. “When we set out to…

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Facebook doesn’t hire journalists: Sheryl Sandberg

  San Francisco: As people debate Facebook’s role in influencing people during the US presidential elections by Russian ads and fake news on the platform, the company’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has stressed that the social media giant is not a media organisation, and therefore does not hire journalists. Sandberg said that Facebook is run by technical…

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US Congress to make Russian ads on Facebook public

  San Francisco: The US House Intelligence Committee leaders have announced to make some of the 3,000 Russian ads public that appeared on Facebook during the 2016 US presidential election. The decision was taken after US Congress leaders met Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg late on Wednesday, Politico reported. “The decision to release the ads…

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Facebook’s new button to aid users identify fake news

  San Francisco: In a move to help identify stories to read, share and trust on their News Feed, Facebook is testing a button that users can tap to access additional information about where the stories came from. The additional information about a news article will be pulled from across Facebook and other sources to identify…

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10 million people in US saw Russian election ads: Facebook

  San Francisco: An estimated 10 million people in the US saw the Russian ads that were present on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election, the social media giant said while finally handing over nearly 3,000 Russian political ads worth $100,000 to the US Congress. Facebook said that 44 per cent of total ad impressions (number…

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Facebook issues new guidelines for content creators

  San Francisco: In a bid to stop fraudulent business practices as more and more publishers join its platform, Facebook has issued new standards and guidelines for content creators to ethically earn money on its “family-friendly” network. Facebook’s list of prohibited content include misappropriation of children’s characters; tragedy and conflict; content that is incendiary, inflammatory, demeaning…

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Facebook, Twitter may testify before US Congress

  San Francisco: Amid reports that Russia-based organisations purchased ads on Facebook before the 2016 US presidential poll, a Senate Committee is considering inviting Facebook and Twitter to testify on misinformation spread on their platforms. The calls for the social media platform’s representatives to appear before the Congress came from Senator Mark Warner, ReCode reported on…

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Facebook testing instant videos for Android app

  San Francisco: Facebook is working on a new feature called “Instant Videos” and would make sure that users do not have to waste data plan for downloading them. The company is testing the feature on Android and the move could help Facebook outpace its rivals such as YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat and other competitors that also…

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Facebook to invest $1bn in original TV content

  San Francisco: Facebook is ready to shell out a whopping $1 billion to become a major hub for videos, a media report said on Saturday. The social media giant is willing to spend as much as $1 billion to cultivate original shows for its platform, according to people familiar with the matter. The figure, which…

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Tripura government launches social media account

  Agartala: Tripura’s Left Front government on Friday introduced its own social media account — My Govt Tripura — to disseminate its decision, plans, actions and policies among the people. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, accompanied by Health and PWD Minister Badal Choudhury and Information and Finance minister Bhanulal Saha, launched the account. “To remain in the…

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