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Facebook’s Zuckerberg calls Obama over internet fears

Facebook’s Zuckerberg calls Obama over internet fears

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama to complain about the US government presenting a threat to the internet, claiming to be "confused and frustrated" by the recent spying and surveillance scandals. "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security" Zuckerberg wrote, "we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government."

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Facebook clamps down on gun sales

Facebook clamps down on gun sales

Facebook will clamp down on gun sales on the social network, it's been announced, with the site set to contact private sellers to warn them of their legal obligations as well as prevent attempts to actively evade firearm laws. The ramping up in attention follows reports that, while gun advertising isn't permitted through Facebook's own ad scheme, the site was nonetheless being used by a large number of vendors to sell weapons without background checks, to minors, and across state lines.

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Delete WhatsApp warns Facebook-hating German privacy chief

Delete WhatsApp warns Facebook-hating German privacy chief

WhatsApp users should ditch the instant messaging service else face privacy issues and potentially seeing new owner Facebook monetize them in intrusive ways, Germany's data protection commissioner has warned, with the country renewing its anti-Facebook stance amid the $19bn acquisition. Both Facebook and WhatsApp "refuse to comply with European and German data protection regulations" Thilo Weichert, of Germany's data privacy watchdog ULD, said of the deal. "Even the NSA access to communications data is facilitated by the purchase."

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Facebook to acquire WhatsApp

Facebook to acquire WhatsApp

According to a regulatory filing that has just surfaced over at the SEC's website and an official statement from the social network, Facebook is acquiring the popular messaging service WhatsApp for $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in shares, as well as $3 billion in restricted stock units that will go to WhatsApp's founders and employees.

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