Sarah Frier

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15 Feb 2019 | 5:10 PM

Facebook says it may remove anti-vaccine recommendations

Facebook Inc, under pressure to reduce harmful, misleading and fake content, said it is exploring removing anti-vaccine information from software systems that recommend other things to read on its social network.

25 Jan 2019 | 1:30 PM

Chan Zuckerberg philanthropy doesn’t share data with Facebook

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic investment group run by Priscilla Chan and her husband Mark Zuckerberg, doesn’t give any data back to Facebook Inc, Chan said Jan 24.

Chan insists the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative dioesn't share data with Facebook. — AFP
18 Dec 2018 | 4:28 PM

US civil rights group seeks week-long Facebook boycott over racial targeting

The US National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, one of the oldest US civil-rights organisations, has returned a donation it received from Facebook Inc and is encouraging a week-long boycott starting Tuesday, Dec 18.

Facebook has been facing a barrage of criticism, with a collection 31 civil rights groups calling for changes to its top management. — Bloomberg
18 Dec 2018 | 1:50 PM

Facebook urged to change leadership by group of 31 US non-profits

Facebook Inc, reeling from criticism about Russian influence campaigns on its platform, now faces calls for changes to its top management from a collection of 31 US civil rights groups.

The letter is the latest in a steady drumbeat of criticism of the company, as more is revealed about the Russian campaign. — AFP
17 Dec 2018 | 12:28 PM

Facebook bug gave developers broader access to user photos

Facebook Inc said a software bug gave outside developers broader access to the photos of millions of users, another privacy misstep by the world’s largest social network.

The glitch could undermine Facebook's efforts to assure users and regulators that it was making progress in bolstering security and privacy after a series of embarrassments, Internet analysts said. — Reuters
6 Dec 2018 | 3:30 PM

Facebook wielded data to reward, punish rivals, emails show

Facebook Inc wielded user data like a bargaining chip, providing access when that sharing might encourage people to spend more time on the social network – and imposing strict limits on partners in cases where it saw a potential competitive threat, emails show.

A trove of internal correspondence, published online Wednesday by UK lawmakers, provides a look into the ways Facebook executives, including chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg, treated information posted by users like a commodity that could be harnessed in service of business goals. — Bloomberg
16 Nov 2018 | 3:00 PM

Facebook morale, already hurt by share drop, suffers another hit

On Nov 15, Facebook Inc employees returned to work in the aftermath of yet another corporate scandal.

There’s frustration, according to some employees, that the things the company has to do to fix its public perception issues – like add people to review harmful content and limit data collection – are going to further depress growth, and therefore the stock price. — AFP
14 Nov 2018 | 1:08 PM

Facebook says any return to China would preserve free expression

Facebook Inc said if it ever returns to China, the company will do it in a way that preserves rights to free expression and privacy – issues that make such a move almost impossible today.

Facebook has salespeople based in China to sell ads to local companies that want to reach people outside of the country, and has also at times tried to open an office in Beijing, and once launched a photo-sharing app in the country called Colorful Balloons. — Reuters
13 Nov 2018 | 3:30 PM

Facebook’s secret weapon for fighting election interference: the US government

Facebook Inc had one major victory in the US midterm elections: securing help from the government to keep foreign influence campaigns at bay.

Communication lines have started to open between Facebook and federal agencies including the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the company. — Reuters
7 Nov 2018 | 2:00 PM

Facebook, Google are US election ad winners despite meddling outcry

Even before ballots are counted from the Nov 6 elections, some clear winners have emerged, as Google and Facebook Inc. reap windfalls from political advertising after a season of controversy over online political speech.

Digital ad spending rose more than 25-fold from the last non-presidential national elections in 2014, reaching 20% of expected political spending this year at almost US$1.8bil (RM7.50bil), according to estimates compiled by Borrell. — AFP