Facebook stored hundreds of millions of users’ passwords in plan text for years

Facebook is alerting hundreds of millions of users that it stored their passwords in a plain text, putting the security of many accounts at risk. Passwords are usually masked in an unreadable format but the social network has admitted hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users and tens of thousands of Instagram users […]

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Facebook to review ‘reporting logic’ after New Zealand shootings were streamed live

Facebook has pledged to review its “reporting logic and experiences for live and recently live videos” after video depicting the shootings in Christchurch, N.Z. were streamed live on the social network. In a Wednesday statement issued by Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP of integrity, the company outlined numerous actions it is undertaking after video of the shootings that killed 50 people […]

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Facebook Halts Ad Targeting Cited in Bias Complaints

After years of criticism, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show their messages only to people of a certain race, gender or age group. The company said that anyone advertising housing, jobs or credit — three areas where federal law prohibits discrimination in ads — would no longer have the option of […]

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Facebook apologizes for blocking Trump’s social media chief

Facebook has apologized for temporarily blocking President Trump’s social media guru, saying his postings were mistakenly reported as spam. Before the apology, Trump tweeted that he would be “looking into this” with the hashtag “#StopTheBias.” Dan Scavino posted a note on his Facebook page questioning why the site was trying to silence him. “Dear Facebook — AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU […]

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How to get verified on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – tips to get blue tick

While a blue tick once met nothing, the symbol is now widely recognised to represent a ‘verified’ profile. Several social media platforms, including Twitter , Instagram and Facebook , use verification on select profiles, including public figures, celebrities and brands. Each site has specific criteria you need to meet to get your profile verified, and understanding this can be tricky. […]

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Facebook readies AI tech to combat 'revenge porn'

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Friday it would use artificial intelligence to combat the spread of intimate photos shared without people’s permission, sometimes called “revenge porn,” on its social networks. The new technology is in addition to a pilot program here that required trained representatives to review offending images. “By using machine learning and artificial intelligence, we can now […]

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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

Sheryl Sandberg was seething. Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. It was September 2017, more than a year after Facebook engineers discovered suspicious Russia-linked activity on its site, an early warning of the Kremlin campaign to disrupt the 2016 American election. Congressional and federal investigators were closing […]

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Facebook redesign will make playing games on the app much easier

If you love playing games on Facebook, the platform’s latest redesign will come as music to your ears. Facebook has announced that it’s rolling out a dedicated Facebook Gaming tab in the main navigation bar, where users can discover, play and share games. In a blog about the update, Vijaye Raji, VP of Gaming at Facebook, said: “The centerpiece of […]

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Facebook, Instagram fully back online after 24 hours of issues

Facebook has recovered from a partial outage that lasted a full day across various parts of the world, but the social network is still not saying exactly what happened. All the social network said in the early hours of Friday morning, AEDT, was that the outages resulted from a "server configuration change." It offered no further details. Facebook started experiencing […]

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Facebook and Instagram back online after 14 hour outage – here’s what happened

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are all back online and working as normal after a 14-hour outage left many users unable to post updates. Facebook and Instagram both started experiencing difficulty at around 4pm GMT, according to data from website Downdetector, which monitors online outages. Error messages on both sites stated: "Oops… Something went wrong. We’re working on getting it fixed as […]

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