Press Release Category: Social Networks

Facebook to shut facial recognition system and delete 1bn ‘faceprints’

Facebook will delete the “faceprints” of more than a billion people after announcing that it is shutting down its facial recognition system due to the “many concerns” about using the technology.The social media network has been under political, legal and regulatory pressure over its use of the software, which automatically identifies users in photos and…

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Mark Zuckerberg should quit Facebook, says Frances Haugen

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has delivered her strongest call yet for Mark Zuckerberg to step down as chief executive of his social media empire, saying the business will be better off with a leader who focuses on user safety.Frances Haugen said Facebook’s parent company, rebranded Meta last week, is unlikely to change if its founder…

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Sunak’s budget has drinkers over a barrel | Brief letters

Sebastian Monblat (Letters, 28 October) needn’t worry about unhealthier livers. The chancellor has cut duty, not pump prices. Can you see anybody reducing a £4 pint by 3p? The reduction in tax will benefit brewers, not customers. More pork barrel than beer barrel.John GatelyBattle, East Sussex Timothy Garton Ash (Why we need a new golden…

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Facebook tells staff to preserve documents amid heated inquiries

On Tuesday, Facebook told its employees to preserve internal documents and communications for legal reasons, as governments and regulators have opened inquiries into its operations amid an onslaught of revelations from whistleblower documents.A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that the company sent a legal hold notice to all personnel for documents. “Document preservation requests are…

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Why the writing is on the wall for Facebook | Arwa Mahdawi

Uh-oh, it looks as if Mark Zuckerberg has caught on to the media’s dastardly plot to destroy Facebook! As you have probably noticed, the technology behemoth has been in the news nonstop recently, as media outlets plough through thousands of pages of internal documents leaked by the Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen. Most people might think…

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Facebook admits site appears hardwired for misinformation, memo reveals

Facebook has admitted core parts of its platform appear hardwired for spreading misinformation and divisive content, according to a fresh wave of internal documents that showed the social media company struggled to contain hate speech in the developing world and was reluctant to censor rightwing US news organisations.An internal memo warned that Facebook’s “core product…

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Finally, Facebook can say it’s not the most toxic social network | Marina Hyde

By rights, these should really be what we might euphemise as Donald Trump’s “hidden years”. Though he might not have been expected to descend immediately to full late-era Howard Hughes – four-inch fingernails and tissue boxes on his feet – the aesthetics of this third act in Trump’s American life felt promisingly tragicomic.The 45th president…

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France hails victory as Facebook agrees to pay newspapers for content

France has hailed a victory in its long-running quest for fairer action from tech companies after Facebook reached an agreement with a group of national and regional newspapers to pay for content shared by its users.Facebook on Thursday announced a licensing agreement with the APIG alliance of French national and regional newspapers, which includes Le…

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Facebook’s approach to regulation raises eyebrows once again | Nils Pratley

Contain your excitement over Facebook’s possible renaming of itself for the coming age of “the metaverse”, and consider Wednesday’s other story about the social media group. Facebook’s quarrel with the UK competition watchdog offered a near-perfect illustration of corporate arrogance and entitlement in action.The case is extraordinary for the fact that the stakes were so…

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Lives destroyed by scammers using my image, Martin Lewis tells MPs

Martin Lewis has told MPs how people’s lives were being “destroyed” by fraudsters using his image in scam online advertisements.The consumer champion was visibly emotional as he detailed the fates suffered by several scam victims, including a woman suffering from cancer who lost thousands of pounds earmarked for her granddaughter’s wedding after seeing an ad…

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