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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Ink Pact With Advertisers For ‘Common Definition’ on Hate Speech

San Francisco: After months of intensive talks with major advertisers, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have agreed to adopt a common set of definitions for hate speech and other harmful content, the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM) said on Wednesday. Also Read – No Coercive Action Against Facebook Chief in Delhi Riots Case Till Oct 15: Supreme Court to Delhi Assembly

GARM is a cross-industry initiative founded and led by the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) and supported by other trade bodies, including ANA, ISBA and the 4A’s. Also Read – Gucci Unveils Jeans With Fake Grass Stains For Whopping Rs 88,000, Internet Left Baffled!

The move comes after over 200 brands including Starbucks and Levis recently pulled their advertising from Facebook and the #StopHateforProfit campaign gained momentum after celebrities, like Kim Kardashian West, froze their social media account for a day. Also Read – Soaring Popularity: Twitter Records 6.1

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How Illinois Facebook Users Can Get A Settlement Payment From A Class Action Unit

Live in Illinois and use Facebook? Bad news: the platform may have stored your information about your face without consent. But now there’s good news: you might be able to claim part of a cash settlement.

Facebook recently settled an Illinois suit which claimed that its collection of “face prints” for its face tagging photo feature violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The suit alleges that the social network stored the prints of users from June 7, 2011, to Aug. 19, 2020, which the company itself disputes.

“We decided to pursue a settlement as it was in the best interest of our community and our shareholders to move past this matter,” a Facebook spokesman told the New York Times about the matter.

Individuals are eligible for the settlement if they resided in Illinois and had a Facebook profile that was stored from June 7, 2011, onward. If you believe

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Most tech pros believe Facebook should do more to stop election misinformation

As bot-driven misinformation campaigns flood our social feeds, aiming to guide voter choice, and fake accounts intend to undermine elections proliferate, users need to feel reassured that the information they see is authentic.

in 2020, the responsibility of electoral integrity is falling on US tech companies nearly as much as on the government. Social media platforms are so prevalent that any misinformation, if left unchecked on social media, could cause a massive swing of sentiment amongst voters.

As the US presidential election draws closer, questions are still asked about whether bots influenced the 2016 election in a significant way. Facebook noticed that in 2016 there were “coordinated online efforts by foreign governments and individuals to interfere in our elections.”

It also recently “took down a network of 13 accounts and 2 pages that were trying to mislead Americans and amplify division.” But what do users across the tech industry think?

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Facebook says fake accounts from China aimed at US politics

Facebook said Tuesday it derailed a network of fakes accounts out of China that had recently taken aim at the US presidential race.

The takedown came as part of the social networks fight against “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and marked the first time Facebook had seen such a campaign based in China targeting US politics, according to head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher.

Facebook did not connect the campaign to the Chinese government, saying its investigation found links to individuals in the Fujian province of China.

In the takedown, Facebook removed 155 accounts, 11 Pages, 9 Groups and 6 Instagram accounts for violating its policy against foreign interference in deceptive schemes.

The campaign out of China focused primarily on the Philippines and South East Asia more broadly, and just a bit on the US, according to Gleicher.

Posts particularly commented about naval activity in the South China Sea, including US Navy

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Facebook says it might stop operating in Europe

  • Facebook said it may stop operating its core app and Instagram in Europe if it’s forced to suspend transfers of European Union data back to the US.
  • In a court filing on the decision, Facebook said it had 410 million monthly active users in Europe.
  • Facebook’s legal fight with Ireland’s Data Protection Commission stems from a preliminary order the commission issued earlier this month questioning the validity of the mechanism Facebook uses to send data back to the US.
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Facebook said it may stop operating its core app and Instagram in Europe thanks to new regulations affecting how it transfers data from the European Union to the US.

The company filed an affidavit to Ireland’s high court on September 10. Ireland’s Business Post was the first to report on the document on Sunday.

In the affidavit, Facebook challenged a preliminary order issued earlier

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Facebook warns privacy rules could force it to exit European market

Facebook's European headquarters in Dublin.
Enlarge / Facebook’s European headquarters in Dublin.

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Facebook has warned that it could be forced to pull out of the European market if European regulators push forward with limits on data sharing between the European Union and the United States.

Until this year, an arrangement called Privacy Shield allowed US technology companies to move data easily between the two jurisdictions. But Europe’s highest court nixed that arrangement in July, arguing that US law lacks robust protections against surveillance by the US government.

In the wake of that ruling, Ireland’s privacy regulator ordered Facebook to stop sending data on European users to its US data centers. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) leads enforcement of European privacy regulations with respect to Facebook because Facebook’s official European headquarters is in Dublin.

“In the event that [Facebook] were subject to a complete suspension of the transfer of

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Facebook prepares for a potentially ‘chaotic’ election aftermath

Clegg didn’t offer specifics on the plans, or what might trigger these “break-glass options.” But he suggested that the company might consider “pretty exceptional measures to significantly restrict the circulation of content on our platform.” He pointed out the company has taken such steps in other countries in the past, including Sri Lanka and Myanmar (where Facebook’s early inaction against hate speech has been credited with inflaming tensions that resulted in genocide). 

Separately, another source told the paper that the social network is considering “about 70” scenarios, and that it’s working with “world-class military scenario planners.” Clegg, Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg would be among the executives deciding when to put these plans in motion. 

Facebook has been repeatedly criticized for not acting quickly enough to fight disinformation on its platform. The company has been battling a wave of rumors and misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, which is expected to

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What the hell is Ray-Ban thinking hitching its brand to Facebook?

When Mark Zuckerberg came on screen to launch the Facebook Connect virtual conference last week, he outlined the company’s goals when it came to the innovation and proliferation of virtual and augmented reality. In fact, he announced a whole new division called Facebook Reality Labs that would oversee Facebook’s charge toward a future in which we literally never log off.

Part of that was announcing the impending launch of its first pair of smart glasses—not yet augmented reality glasses, but as Zuck said, “They’re on the road there.” Having watched the mixed reviews and adoption of products such as Google Glass, Amazon’s Echo Frames, and Snap Spectacles, Facebook has clearly identified design as a contender to differentiate itself here.

Not just design, but design brand association.

So instead of trying to convince people to buy Facebook glasses, he decided to find the most popular glasses brands on Earth, and put

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How Facebook Can Slow QAnon for Real

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Like other dangerous ideas, the QAnon conspiracy is tricky to root out online. But it’s not impossible.

QAnon is a sprawling and false set of theories that powerful institutions are controlled by pedophile cannibals who are plotting against President Trump. It’s also a chameleon. Supporters use legitimate causes like protecting children or promoting wellness to appeal to newcomers and then draw them into their outlandish ideas.

QAnon adherents tailored their ideas for Facebook, which moved slowly to address the movement at first. Facebook announced in August that it was restricting QAnon activity, but so far its actions haven’t accomplished much, my colleagues Sheera Frenkel and Tiffany Hsu wrote.

I talked with Sheera about how much blame Facebook deserves for the spread of this dangerous conspiracy, and what we can learn from internet

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Facebook adds new tool to help creators protect their images


The tool is rolling out to select partners Monday. 


Facebook on Monday said it’s expanding its tools to help creators and publishers protect their intellectual property. Similar to its tools for managing video and music rights, Rights Manager for Images uses “image matching technology to help creators and publishers protect and manage their image content” across Facebook and Instagram, the company said in a blog post. 

The tool is rolling out to select partners Monday, though it’s unclear exactly who this includes. The social network eventually plans to offer it to everyone, said a Facebook spokeswoman. People have to apply to use the Rights Manager tool, which is available in the social network’s Creator Studio.

The tool will let people and publishers do things like issue image takedown requests and use territorial

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