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Facebook isn’t responsible for your privacy, judge rules

Facebook isn’t responsible for your privacy, judge rules

Facebook users can't expect the social network to protect their privacy when they're browsing online, a US judge has ruled, throwing out a lawsuit against the social networking behemoth. The case had seen Facebook accused of violating both US federal and Californian laws around privacy and wiretapping, in its use of tracking cookies. However the judge, in a decision made on Friday last week, disagreed.

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Facebook declares war on spammy link sharers

Facebook declares war on spammy link sharers

Facebook plans to fight fake news and spam sites by filtering out chronic over-sharers, who - so the social network's research suggest - routinely end up filling your wall with clickbait. It's the latest in the company's attempts to cut down on the sort of often-baseless sensationalism that was particularly highlighted as a problem in the run-up to the US election last year. Now, Facebook will shape its news feed algorithm to reduce the number of low-quality links you see.

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The arcane rules Facebook uses to censor its users

The arcane rules Facebook uses to censor its users

If you looked at your Facebook feed over the past election season and wondered "just what does it take for a post to get censored?" then prepare to be even more confused. A set of slides from the social network's moderation manuals have been published publicly, revealing the narrow line the site's managers tread between "credible statements" invoking violence or discrimination, hate speech, cruelty to animals, terrorism, sex, and free speech. Be warned, though, it might leave you frustrated.

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Facebook just got a €110m spanking over its WhatsApp deal

Facebook just got a €110m spanking over its WhatsApp deal

Facebook has been slapped with a 100 million Euro fine by the European Commission, after misleading an investigation into its acquisition of WhatsApp back in 2014. The fine comes after the EU deemed Facebook's staff as negligent in how it disclosed the company's abilities to automatically match Facebook and WhatsApp users. Still, it doesn't affect the EU's approval for the deal overall.

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It’s time to update your Twitter advert settings

It’s time to update your Twitter advert settings

You may be the product when you're using Twitter, but the social network is adding new privacy and advertising settings to help those tweeting adjust who gets their data. Launched today, and joined by an updated Privacy Policy, the suite of new tools will roll out to Twitter users over the next few days. It also allows some insight into what Twitter has decided your interests are.

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Zuckerberg promises 3,000 more reviewers after Cleveland Facebook shooting video

Zuckerberg promises 3,000 more reviewers after Cleveland Facebook shooting video

Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out on the recent spate of violence and self-harm shared on Facebook, promising to add more human reviewers to flag, remove, and report such videos. The social network has made headlines over the past weeks for a number of violent incidents that had been posted by Facebook users, either as videos or as Facebook Live streams in real-time. The controversy had prompted concerns about what Facebook would - or indeed could - do to prevent such sharing.

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Messenger’s Instant Games roll out to reclaim Facebook’s crown

Messenger’s Instant Games roll out to reclaim Facebook’s crown

Once upon a time, Facebook was the king of casual gaming, with titles like FarmVille and Candy Crsh Saga causing not a few to lose their productivity. Since then, however, mobile games have snatched the crown away from Facebook but the social network giant is ready to take it back with a vengeance and a twist. It has just loudly proclaimed the global rollout of its Instant Games on mobile devices, but you'll need to have both a Facebook account and Facebook's Messenger to play them.

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Facebook teen mood tracking sparks privacy outrage

Facebook teen mood tracking sparks privacy outrage

Facebook has been accused of tracking emotionally-vulnerable teenagers and opening up that data to advertisers hoping to cash in on insecure kids. The social network has been pushing its advertising platform in recent years, chasing ad revenue that might once have gone straight into Google's pockets. However, while it has access to a whole host of personal information, Facebook has found itself in hot water for how it apparently uses that data.

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Twitter to soon stream news 24/7 courtesy of Bloomberg

Twitter to soon stream news 24/7 courtesy of Bloomberg

Fake news, meet real news. Social media has recently come under fire for its role in the spread of fake news, and various networks have tried to address the problem in different ways. Twitter seems to have opted to fight fake news by increasing the amount of its real news content. That will be via a soon to be announced partnership with Bloomberg, which, among other things, is expected ti bring in the ad revenues Twitter is in dire need of.

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Google+ is still alive, even gets new Topics feature

Google+ is still alive, even gets new Topics feature

Google is known, nay, notorious, for starting dozens of projects and then killing them off when they no longer become feasible or practical business-wise. That has happened to both small and big projects alike, even revolutionary ones like Google Glass, Project Ara, and more. And yet there is one product that, despite being a ghost town and shadow of its former self, remains alive and has even gotten a new feature. Yes, that is Google+, which, starting today, will start surfacing interesting Topics to try and get you hooked on the social network.

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Cabana video watch and chat is Tumblr’s attempt to remain relevant

Cabana video watch and chat is Tumblr’s attempt to remain relevant

Yahoo, once a giant and a darling of the Internet, has a reverse Midas touch these days. Anything it touches seem to be in danger of dying, one way or another. And, yes, that includes Yahoo itself. Although Tumblr still has a massive following, it has recently fallen out of favor among netizens and has even gained a questionable reputation. In order to adapt to the the latest trends, most of which revolve around video chats and live streaming, Tumblr has launched Cabana, which, in a nutshell, lets you watch a video with friends while also having a video chat with them.

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Out on Oculus VR now, Facebook Spaces is a virtual social life

Out on Oculus VR now, Facebook Spaces is a virtual social life

Facebook Spaces is launching today on Oculus VR, a virtual social network for avatars automatically created from your photos and galleries of your friends. The next step in the social site's embrace of virtual reality, it's effectively a live VR conference call - though clearly billed as something a lot more fun than that. Importantly, Facebook is making the barrier to taking part as low as possible.

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