Social media giant Facebook has announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking program to ten African countries including Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon and Senegal. In a statement on Tuesday, Facebook said the expansion was aimed at assessing the accuracy and quality of news on its platform while curbing the spread of misinformation. “Working with a network of fact-checking organisations, certified by the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network, third-party fact-checking will now be available in Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia and Burkina Faso through AFP; Uganda and Tanzania through both Pesa Check and AFP; Democratic Republic of Congo and Cote d’Ivoire through France 24 Observers and AFP; Guinea Conakry through France 24 Observers, and Ghana through Dubawa,” the
Chris Hughes helped Mark Zuckerberg transform Facebook from a dorm-room project into a real business. Now, he's calling for the company to be broken up. In a lengthy opinion piece published Thursday by the New York Times, Hughes says that Zuckerberg has "unchecked power" and influence "far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government." It's time, he writes, for regulators to break up Facebook (FB). "Mark is a good, kind person. But I'm angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks," writes Hughes. "I'm disappointed in myself and the early Facebook team for not thinking more about how the News Feed algorithm could change our culture, influence elections and empower nationalist leaders," he continues. "And I'm worrie...
Facebook has suffered a near nonstop drip of bad news in 2018, and with each event advertisers have barely uttered a peep while continuing to spend. Recently with yet another revelation about the company's past data practices, one agency chief finally said enough is enough, while other ad agency senior executives say they are questioning how much consumers continue to trust Facebook and whether advertisements on the social network continue to be effective. Mat Baxter, the global CEO of ad agency Initiative, said in a post on LinkedIn that he was advising clients not to advertise on Facebook. "It’s about time we take a collective stand against the egregious behavior of Facebook," Baxter wrote. Baxter, who has head of Initiative oversees media buying and plannin
An estimated 6.8 million users were affected in the latest photo leak caused by a bug its app development platform that let apps access the private pictures of users, Facebook has revealed. Apps are expected to only have access to images posted on a user’s timeline, however a malfunction let the apps see any images linked to the account. This includes images on Facebook Stories and Facebook Marketplace, as well as those uploaded but not published. Facebook stores the latter for three days before they are deleted, in case the user decides to publish them. Users are required to give permission for apps to view photos, and only users who gave picture permissions had their images leaked to the apps. Facebook said the bug was active for 12 days between September 13th and
Facebook has removed 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts that were controlled by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA). “Many of the pages also ran ads, all of which have been removed,” said Facebook. Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos said uncovering this activity took months of work. “The IRA has repeatedly used complex networks of inauthentic accounts to deceive and manipulate people who use Facebook, including before, during, and after the 2016 US presidential elections,” said Stamos. “We removed this latest set of pages and accounts solely because they were controlled by the IRA – not based on the content.” “This included commentary on domestic and international political issues, the promotion of Russian culture and tourism as well as debate o