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Facebook resumes allowing beheadings as double-standards row reignites

Facebook resumes allowing beheadings as double-standards row reignites

Facebook has confirmed that it will resume allowing depictions of graphic violence, such as photos and videos of beheadings, to be posted on Timelines and Pages. It outright banned decapitation media from the site in May of this year when the Family Online Safety Institute made a formal complaint to the social networking giant, which lets children aged 13 years and older use the service. Facebook's rationale for this reversal is that it allows people "to condemn" violence. Meanwhile, women's breasts are still banned.

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Facebook wrapping up removal of feature that blocked searches by name

Facebook wrapping up removal of feature that blocked searches by name

In 2012, Facebook announced that users who never took advantage of the "Who can look up your Timeline by name?" feature would lose access to that search setting option, which had been around for a while and was swapped out with different options. Those who were using the setting could continue to do so, however, something that will change soon as the social network finalizes the removal for everyone.

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Facebook revamping News Feed advertisements

Facebook revamping News Feed advertisements

All Facebook users are presented with advertisements in their News Feeds, some of which may be relevant or innocuous enough to go relatively unnoticed, but others aren't to users' liking, and Facebook is aiming to help improve this. The social network's Engineering Manager of News Feed Ads Hong Ge has taken to the FB Newsroom today detailing the company's plans to make advertisements more relevant for users.

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Facebook working on “deep learning” artificial intelligence to improve news feed

Facebook working on “deep learning” artificial intelligence to improve news feed

Facebook is aiming to get inside its users' minds, figuratively speaking, to find out what they mean when posting statuses. Such is coming by way of an artificial intelligence being created by the social network that MIT reports as functioning with simulated networks of brain cells, all of them crunching away at data to perform "deep learning," helping it to ascertain the emotions and subtleties behind a status.

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