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    📱 | Russia to go after Google this month with fine…

    By Gleb Stolyarov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it would this month seek to fine US tech giant Google a percentage of its annual Russian turnover for repeatedly failing to delete content deemed illegal, Moscow's strongest effort yet to rein in foreign tech firms. Communications regulator Roskomnadzor said Google had failed to pay 32.5 million roubles ($ 458,100) in penalties levied so far this year and that it would now seek a fine of 5-20% of Google's Russian turnover, which could reach as much as $ 240 million, a significant increase. Google did not immediately respond to a reque…

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    👍 | Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build'm…

    (Reuters) – Facebook Inc plans to hire 10,000 in the European Union over the next five years, the social media giant said on Monday, to help build the so-called metaverse – a nascent online world where people exist and communicate in shared virtual spaces This would be a significant step the company is taking towards the concept, something top boss Mark Zuckerberg has touted in recent months. In September, Facebook committed $ 50 million towards building the metaverse, where companies like Roblox Corp and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games have an early foothold. The company earlier launched a test o…

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    👍 | Fourteen US state attorneys general press Fac…

    By Nandita Bose WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The attorneys general of 14 US states sent a letter to Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asking if the top disseminators of vaccine disinformation on the platform received special treatment from the company. The line of inquiry was generated after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen used internal documents to disclose that the social media platform has built a system that exempts high-profile users from some or all of its rules. In the letter, which was sent on Wednesday, the 14 Democratic attorneys general said they are “Extremely concerned…

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    👍 | Fourteen US attorneys general press Facebook…

    By Nandita Bose WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The attorneys general of 14 US states sent a letter to Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asking if the top disseminators of vaccine disinformation on the platform received special treatment from the company. The line of inquiry was generated after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen used internal documents to disclose that the social media platform has built a system that exempts high-profile users from some or all of its rules. In the letter, which was sent on Wednesday, the 14 Democratic attorneys general said they are “Extremely concerne…

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    👍 | Exclusive-Facebook to change rules on attacking…

    By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will now count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, its global safety chief said in an interview this week. The social media company, Which allows more critical commentary of public figures than of private individuals, is changing its approach on the harassment of journalists and “human rights defenders,” who it says are in the public eye due to their work rather than their public personas. wide-ranging scrutiny from global…

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    👍 | Facebook's oversight board to meet with whistle…

    (Reuters) – Facebook Inc's oversight board, a body set up by the social network to give independent verdicts on a small number of thorny content decisions, said on Monday it would meet with former employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen in the coming weeks. last week she was the person who provided documents used in a Wall Street Journal investigation and a Senate hearing on Instagram's harm to teenage girls. (Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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    👍 | Facebook-backed group launches misinformation a…

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) -A tech body backed by the Australian units of Facebook, Google and Twitter said on Monday it has set up a special committee to adjudicate complaints over misinformation, a day after the government threatened tougher laws over false and defamation online posts. The issue of damaging social media posts has emerged as a second battlefront between Big Tech and Australia, which last year passed a law to make platforms pay licence fees https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia- media-idUSKBN2AO099 for content, sparking a temporary Facebook blackout in February. Prim…

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    👍 | Facebook will try to'nudge' teens away from ha…

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Facebook Inc executive said Sunday that the company would introduce new measures on its apps to prompt teens away from harmful content, as US lawmakers scrutinize how Facebook and reagents like Instagram affect young people's mental health. Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice But Clegg said he could not answer the question whether its algorithms amplified the voices of people who had attacked the US Capitol on Jan. 6…

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    👍 | Philippine Nobel winner Ressa calls Facebook “b…

    By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) – Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa used her new prominence to criticise Facebook as a threat to democracy, saying the social media giant fails to protect against the spread of hate and disinformation and is “biased against facts”. The veteran journalist and head of Philippine news site Rappler told Reuters in an interview after winning the award that Facebook's algorithms “prioritise the spread of lies laced with anger and hate over facts.” Her comments add to the pile of recent pressure on Facebook, used by more than 3 billion people, which a former employee…

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    👍 | Facebook apologizes for second outage in a week…

    By Subrat Patnaik and Sheila Dang (Reuters)-Facebook Inc apologized to users for a two hour disruption to its services on Friday and blamed another faulty configuration change for its second global outage this week. The company confirmed its social media platform, Instagram, Messenger. “Sincere apologies to anyone who wasn't able to access our products in the last couple of hours,” the company said. “We fixed the issue, and everything should be back to normal now. ”During the latest outage, some users were unable to load their Instagram feeds,…

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    👍 | Facebook Messenger, Instagram facing issues for…

    (Reuters) -Facebook Inc confirmed on Friday that some users were having trouble accessing its apps and services, days after the social media giant suffered a six-hour outage triggered by an error during routine maintenance on its network of data centers. Some users were unable to load their Instagram feeds, while others were not able to send messages on Facebook Messenger. “We're aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. and we apologize for any inconvenience, ”Facebook said in a tweet https: // tw…

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    👍 | Instagram feeds not loading for some users

    (Reuters) -Facebook's photo-sharing app Instagram was not loading for some users on Friday, days after the social media giant suffered a six-hour outage triggered by an error during routine maintenance on its network of data centers. Web monitoring group Downdetector showed There were more than 36,000 incidents of people reporting issues with Instagram on Friday. There were also more than 800 reported issues with Facebook Messenger, the company's messaging platform. Downdetector only tracks outages by collating status reports from a series of sources, including user-submitted errors on its pla…

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    📱 | Google rivals want EU lawmakers to act via new…

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – DuckDuckGo and three other search engine rivals to Google on Thursday urged EU lawmakers to take action against the Alphabet unit via new tech rules, saying they have yet to see positive results from an antitrust ruling against Google. The European Commission in 2018 levied a record 4.24- billion-euro ($ 5 billion) fine on Google for unfairly using Android to cement the dominance of its search engine and ordered it to ensure a level playing field for rivals. Google subsequently made changes and four months ago said it would let rivals compete for free to be…

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    👍 | Analysis-If Facebook is the problem, is a socia…

    By Elizabeth Culliford WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told Congress on Tuesday that one option for making social media less harmful would be to create a dedicated regulatory agency to oversee companies like Facebook, which could have former tech workers on staff. now, the only people in the world who are trained to… understand what's happening inside of Facebook, are people who grew up inside of Facebook or Pinterest or another social media company, ”she said during a hearing https://www.reuters. com / technology / facebook-whistleblower-say-former-employer-an…

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    👍 | If Facebook is the problem, is a social media r…

    By Elizabeth Culliford WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told Congress on Tuesday that one option for making social media less harmful would be to create a dedicated regulatory agency to oversee companies like Facebook, and could have former tech workers on staff. now, the only people in the world who are trained to… understand what's happening inside of Facebook, are people who grew up inside of Facebook or Pinterest or another social media company, ”she said during a hearing https://www.reuters. com / technology / facebook-whistleblower-say-former-employer-an-…

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    📱 | Google wants to use AI to time traffic lights m…

    By Paresh Dave (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google cut fuel use and traffic delays by 10% to 20% at four locations in Israel by using artificial intelligence to optimize signal lights and it next plans to test the software in Rio de Janeiro, the company The early-phase research project is among new software initiatives inside Google to combat climate change. Some employees https://medium.com/@googworkersac/ruth-porat-497bbb841b52 as well as advocacy groups have called on the company , the world's third-most valuable, to more urgently use its influence to combat the crisis. Whil…

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    👍 | Facebook says maintenance error caused Monday's…

    (Reuters) – Facebook said on Tuesday that routine maintenance on the company's network stitching together its data centers triggered the collapse of its global system for more than six hours on Monday, blocking access for billions of users. In a blog post, Facebook explained its engineers issued a command that unintentionally took down all the connections in its network, “effectively disconnecting Facebook data centers globally.” The outage cut off access to Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp globally. It also caused employees to lose access to internal tools, including those used by Facebook em…

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    👍 | Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp reconnecting afte…

    By Subrat Patnaik, Eva Mathews and Sheila Dang (Reuters)-Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp at least partially reconnected to the global internet late on Monday afternoon Eastern time, 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 (1600 GMT), in what website monitoring group Downdetector said was the largest such failure it had ever seen. Around 5:45 pm ET, some users began to regain partial access to the three apps . The outage was the second blow to the social media giant in as many d…

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    👍 | Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp partly reconnect i…

    By Subrat Patnaik and Eva Mathews (Reuters) – Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp at least 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 (1600 GMT), in what website monitoring group Downdetector said was the largest such failure it had ever seen. Around 5:45 pm ET, some Facebook users began to regain partial access to the three apps. The outage was the second blow to the social media giant in as many days after a whistlebl…

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    👍 | Facebook, Instagram appear to partly reconnect…

    By Subrat Patnaik and Eva Mathews (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 what website monitoring group Downdetector said was the largest such failure it had ever seen, with 10.6 million problem reports globally. Around 5:45 pm ET, some Facebook users began to regain partial access to the social media app. WhatsApp continued to have connection problems for at le…

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    👍 | Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp hit by global outage

    By Subrat Patnaik and Eva Mathews (Reuters) – Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went offline for users across the globe, the social media giant said on Monday, as hours later it scrambled to restore the services after being hit by one of its longest outages. The outage began around noon Eastern time (1600 GMT) and service had yet to be restored more than four hours later. On Sunday, a whistleblower accused Facebook of repeatedly prioritizing profit over clamping down on hate speech and misinformation. The firm owns Instagram and WhatsApp . Shares of Facebook, which has nearly 2 billion daily act…

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    👍 | Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down in global ou…

    (Reuters) -Facebook Inc's main social media site, popular photo-sharing platform Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp, were down for tens of thousands of users, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.com. Reuters could not immediately confirm the issue affecting the services However, the error message on Facebook's webpage suggested a Domain Name System (DNS) error. DNS allows web addresses to take users to their destinations. A similar outage at cloud company Akamai Technologies Inc took down multiple websites in July. aware that some people are having trouble accessing our…

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    👍 | Trump asks Florida judge to force Twitter to re…

    By Akriti Sharma (Reuters) -Former US President Donald Trump asked a federal judge in Florida on Friday to ask Twitter to restore his account, which the company removed in January citing a risk of incitement of violence. Trump filed a request for preliminary injunction against Twitter in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, arguing the social media company was “coerced” by members of the US Congress to suspend his account. Twitter and several other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after a mob of his supporters attacked the US Capitol in ad…

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    📱 |'Consumers aren't stupid': Google lawyer reject…

    By Foo Yun Chee LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Billions of people use Google because it's the best, not because of deals the company made to stay competitive, Google's lawyer said on Friday, wrapping up a week of testimony as the US tech giant fights a record $ 5 billion antitrust fine. The European Commission hit Alphabet's Google with a 4.34 billion euro ($ 5 billion) fine in 2018 for using its Android mobile operating system to thwart rivals and cement its dominance in general internet searching from 2011. At issue are deals requiring phone makers to pre-install the Google Search app and the Chrome…

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    📱 | Google tells court'staggering' $ 5 billion EU a…

    By Foo Yun Chee LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – A 4.34 billion euro ($ 5 billion) European Union antitrust fine was based on flawed calculations, Alphabet's Google said on Thursday, urging Europe's second-highest court to scrap or reduce what it said was not an appropriate Google was fined for using its Android mobile operating system to thwart rivals and cement its dominance in general internet search from 2011, in the largest penalty meted out to any company found guilty of breaching EU antitrust rules. a staggering 4.34 billion euros, was not appropriate, ”Google'…

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    👍 | Under criticism, Facebook to highlight own posi…

    By David Shepardson (Reuters) -Facebook Inc, under criticism over internal data showing its Instagram app damaged the mental health of teenagers, plans to highlight during a US Senate hearing on Thursday what it argues were more positive impacts, according to the company's prepared testimony seen by Reuters. Antigone Davis, global head of safety at Facebook, will detail the company's previously announced efforts to better protect children and teens online, including defaulting users under the age of 16 to private accounts when they join Instagram, according to the testimony. “Our research sh…

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    👍 | Facebook to highlight positive Instagram impact…

    By David Shepardson (Reuters) – Facebook Inc plans to highlight internal research that shows teenage girls felt better after using its Instagram app during a Senate hearing to be held on Thursday, according to the company's prepared testimony seen by Reuters. The social media giant has Antigone Davis, global head of safety at Facebook, will detail the company's previously announced efforts to better protect kids. and teens…

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    📱 | Google tells EU court payments to phone makers…

    By Foo Yun Chee LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Payments to phone makers to pre-install only Google Search on their devices were not aimed at preventing competition but were necessary for Android to seize market share from Apple, Alphabet's Google told Europe's second-top court on Wednesday. Google was addressing the General Court on the third day of a week-long hearing as it tries to get judge to dismiss a record 4.3-billion-euro ($ 3.7 billion) EU antitrust fine and a European Commission order to loosen its search engine grip on Android devices. The EU competition watchdog had taken issue with two ki…

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    👍 | CNN denies Australians access to its Facebook p…

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) -CNN said it is preventing Australians from accessing its Facebook Inc pages after a court ruled that publishers can be liable for defamation in public comment sections and the social media firm refused to help it disable comments in the country. The move makes CNN, which is owned by AT & T Inc, the first major news organization to pull its Facebook presence in Australia since the country's highest court ruled this month that publishers were legally responsible for comments posted below articles – even if the articles themselves were not defamatory. The ruling has…

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    👍 | CNN quits Facebook in Australia, citing de famat…

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) – CNN said it has stopped posting articles on Australian Facebook Inc pages, citing a court ruling that publishers are liable for defamation in public comments and the social media firm's refusal to help it disable comments in the country. move makes CNN, which is owned by AT & T Inc, the first major news organization to pull its Australian Facebook presence since the country's high court ruled this month that publishers were legally responsible for comments posted below stories – even if the stories themselves were not defamatory. CNN does not feature prominen…

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    📱 | Apple, Google asked to turn in South Korea comp…

    SEOUL (Reuters) – Apple and Alphabet's Google have been asked to turn in by mid-October compliance plans for a new South Korean law that bans major app store operators from forcing software developers to use their payment systems, a regulatory official said on Wednesday. Apple and Google did not have immediate comment. The Korea Communications Commission will soon be drawing up an enforcement ordinance that will accompany the amendment of the country's Telecommunications Business Act. Most of the new law went into effect in mid-September. The enforcement ordinance is expected to be drafted wit…

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    👍 | Facebook whistleblower to testify at US Senat…

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two US senators said on Tuesday a Facebook Inc whistleblower will testify at a Senate hearing next week about what one of them called the social media company's “toxic effects” on young users. what Facebook knew about its platforms'toxic effects on young users, when they knew it, and what they did about it, ”Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, head of a subcommittee of the Senate commerce panel, said in a statement announcing the Oct. 5 hearing. Senator Marsha Blackburn, the subcommittee's top Republ…

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    📱 | Australia takes on Google's online ad dominance…

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia's antitrust watchdog said it wants the power to curb Google's use of internet data to sell targeted ads, saying the Big Tech firm dominated the market to the point of harming publishers, advertisers and consumers. in a report published Tuesday, set up another possible showdown between Australia and Google months after the Alphabet Inc unit vowed to pull core services from the country over a new content licensing law. It may also spur along an anti-monopoly lawsuit reportedly being prepared by the US justice department accusing Google of…

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    📱 | Google dominance in Australia online advertisin…

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) -Google dominates Australia's online advertising market to the point of harming publishers, advertisers and ultimately consumers, the country's antitrust regulator said, calling for new rules to rein in the Big Tech giant. A report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), published on Tuesday, said more than 90% of clicks on advertisements traded through the Australian “ad tech” supply chain passed through at least one service owned by the Alphabet Inc unit in 2020. “Google has used its vertically integrated position to operate its ad tech se…

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    👍 | Facebook puts Instagram Kids on hold amid criti…

    (Reuters) – Instagram has hit pause on a new app it is creating for kids, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook Inc said on Monday, in a move that comes amid growing opposition for the project. Instagram Kids had been touted as requiring parental permission to join, and was supposed to provide ad-free, age-appropriate content, but US lawmakers and advocacy groups have urged the social media giant to drop its launch plans, citing safety concerns. they permanently pull the plug, ”said Josh Golin, executive director of Fairplay, an advocacy group f…