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WhatsApp limits message forwards in attempt to fight fake news

Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp messaging service has begun to globally restrict the number of people a message can be forwarded to, in an attempt to fight fake and misleading information from going viral on its platform.

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Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia?

We may remember 2018 as the year when technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley’s connect-everything ethos.

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Facebook kicks Myanmar military-linked pages off platform

Facebook has removed hundreds of pages and accounts in Myanmar with hidden links to the military, the platform said Dec 19, as the company scrambles to respond to criticism over failures to control hate speech and misinformation.

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Who would think we needed an app for lawn care? This guy

After interviewing enough tech startups in San Diego, a pattern has emerged around the male founder archetype. He is usually the graduate of a prestigious university, a confident and charismatic speaker and a devoted networker.

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Facebook says steep rise in data requests from Indian gov’t

Facebook says there was a steep rise in data requests from India’s government in the first half of this year as compared to the previous two years.

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Facebook says it’s better at detecting rule violations

Facebook said it’s making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them.

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Facebook says human rights report shows it should do more in Myanmar

Facebook Inc said a human rights report it commissioned on its presence in Myanmar showed it had not done enough to prevent its social network from being used to incite violence.

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Facebook’s Cameroon problem: stop online hate stoking conflict

A video link posted on Facebook on June 20 showed a man cooking human body parts in a pot over a wood fire.

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Facebook tamped down on hoax sites, but polarisation thrives

In February, the YourNewsWire page on Facebook was at its peak popularity, boosted by its salacious post claiming that Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, was Fidel Castro’s love child.

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Facebook removes Burmese translation feature after Reuters report

Facebook has removed a feature that allowed users to translate Burmese posts and comments after a Reuters report showed the tool was producing bizarre results.