Facebook’s Outage Was No Laughing Matter Outside the US

https://www.pcmag.com/news/facebooks-outage-was-no-laughing-matter-outside-the-us The memes were plentiful during Facebook’s six-hour outage on Monday, but the downtime left a much bigger dent in places where WhatsApp doesn’t occupy a distant third place in Facebook’s trinity of social apps.  By Rob PegoraroOctober 5, 2021(Photo Illustration by Onur Dogman/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Across the US, it was easy to joke about […]


Facebook, Instagram appear to partly reconnect after nearly six-hour outage

By Subrat Patnaik and Eva Mathews 2 minute readhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.483.2_en.html#goog_4412126360 seconds of 0 secondsVolume 0%  Oct 4 (Reuters) – Facebook and Instagram appeared to be partially reconnected to the global internet on Monday afternoon, nearly six hours into an outage that paralyzed the social media platform. Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps went dark at around noon Eastern time, in […]

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Facebook encryption could prevent detection of child abuse, NCA says

Police claim plans for end-to-end encryption will stop officers being able to access ‘incisive intelligence’ https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/sep/08/facebook-encryption-could-prevent-detection-of-child-abuse-nca-says Rajeev Syal Home affairs correspondentWed 8 Sep 2021 00.01 BST Facebook’s plans to allow encrypted messaging across all its platforms could prevent the detection of up to 20m child abuse images every year, a senior investigating officer has claimed. Rob […]

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Facebook’s Terragraph lands under SRG’s microscope: Pass or fail?

by Monica Alleven | Aug 24, 2021 5:09pm As opposed to the hustle of years ago, Facebook’s campus is quiet these days, which made for ideal conditions for SGR’s 60 GHz tests. Spoiler alert: Terragraph passed.(Monica Alleven/Fierce Wireless)ShareFacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint Facebook’s desire to connect more people to the internet is well known, and its Terragraph initiative is one way to […]

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Facebook Calls Links To Depression Inconclusive. These Researchers Disagree

May 18, 20215:13 AM ET MILES PARKSTwitter Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, speaks virtually during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing in March.Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ biggest fear as a parent isn’t gun violence, or drunk driving, or anything related to the pandemic. It’s social media. And specifically, the […]

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Facebook’s Commitment to Human Rights

http://opiniojuris.org/2021/03/16/facebooks-commitment-to-human-rights/ 16.03.21 | 0 Comments [Miranda Sissons is the Human Rights Director at Facebook. Facebook has agreed to engage in a Q & A session to be published on Opinio Juris next week.] The human rights movement long predates the rise of social media. That’s a very good thing. Three decades ago, we faxed or telexed urgent actions between […]


‘Facebook has a blind spot’: why Spanish-language misinformation is flourishing

Researchers say Spanish-language content is less often and less quickly moderated for misinformation than English content Kari Paul in San Francisco Wed 3 Mar 2021 11.00 GMT https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/mar/03/facebook-spanish-language-misinformation-covid-19-election?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters&utm_source=sendgrid In the last year, Facebook adjusted some of the most fundamental rules about what gets posted on its platform, halting algorithmic recommendations of political groups, banning lies about vaccines and removing a […]


Facebook lawsuit brings one country’s domain to a screeching halt

Kevin Murphy, February 22, 2021, 16:28:29 (UTC), Domain Registries Bangladesh’s ccTLD registry has reportedly frozen all registrations and transfers after a cybersquatting lawsuit filed by Facebook. According to local reports a couple weeks back, Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd has implemented Draconian pre-registration roadblocks to registration, such that only exact-match domain names are available to individuals and organizations. And […]


Mark Zuckerberg ‘personally thwarted attempts by Facebook to block far right figures and conspiracy theorists’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9285551/Facebook-allowed-far-right-figures-conspiracy-theorists-including-Infowars-Alex-Jones-online.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490 Facebook was about to ban conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and links from his Infowars website in April 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not consider Jones to be a hate figure and so overruled his own internal experts regarding the decision A loophole was then created whereby Facebook banned Jones but still allow users to post support […]


Blame Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for the mob at the Capitol

The big Internet platforms have invoked “free speech” to protect their own interests for far too long. By Dipayan GhoshDipayan Ghosh is author of “Terms of Disservice” and leads the Digital Platforms and Democracy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a former adviser at Facebook and in the Obama White House.Jan. 7, 2021 at […]