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Thursday, July 4, 2019

German court fines Facebook over hate speech combat failings

German court fines Facebook over hate speech combat failings

German court fines Facebook over hate speech combat failings





Berlin (AFP) A German court on Tuesday fined Facebook two million euros for not being transparent enough over the action it is taking to curb online hate speech.

Under a new regulation that came in force on Jan 1, 2018, companies like Twitter and Facebook have 24 hours to remove posts that openly violate German law after they are flagged by users.

Offensive content that is more difficult to categorise must be deleted within seven days after it is reported and reviewed.

Social media companies that fail to comply face up to 50 million euros ($60m) in fines.

Further, online giants are required to publish every six months a report on how they have gone about combating hate speech.

In a decision that can still be appealed by Facebook, the BfJ court levied a fine equivalent to $2.26m as it found that the company failed to provide a complete picture about complaints made by users in its report covering Jan to June 2018.

“The report lists only a fraction of the complaints by users on illegal content,” the court said in a statement.

It noted that Facebook offers its regular flagging mechanism as well as another channel, which the court described as “too hidden”, to report offensive content under the specific German law.

While those reported under the latter are reflected in the published report, content reported under the wider flagging system is not.

“The BfJ assumes that the number of complaints received via the widely known flagging channel is considerable and that what is presented in the published report is therefore incomplete.”

The US online giant said in its report that between Jan 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018, 1,704 items were reported by 886 users. Some 362 items reported by 218 people ended up being deleted or blocked, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Google-owned YouTube received reports on almost 215,000 pieces of content in the same time span, while Twitter users flagged 265,000. Of those, YouTube deleted 58,000 and Twitter 29,000.
Again interrupted - Worldwide users report issues with Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram

Again interrupted - Worldwide users report issues with Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram




Again interrupted - Worldwide users report issues with Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram



(WebDesk) Once again social media interrupted. Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users in parts of the world are unable to access some of the apps’ functions on Wednesday.  According to outage tracking website Down Detector, Facebook users in the US and the United Kingdom are among the heaviest hit. Disruptions have also been reported in Asia, Singapore and Manila.

More than 14,000 users reported issues with Instagram, while more than 7,500 and 1,600 users reported issues with Facebook and WhatsApp, according to the Daily Mail.

‘We’re aware that some people and businesses are currently having trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps,’ a Facebook spokesperson said, adding that a team is working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

Instagram issues centre around posting to the news feed, seeing stories and loading content.

Facebook users say they are having trouble logging in and accessing their feeds, as well as viewing or posting pictures. WhatsApp users are having trouble sending and viewing images, videos and files.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

#Facebook steps up to control misleading health content - based on false, sensational and misleading claims

#Facebook steps up to control misleading health content - based on false, sensational and misleading claims

Facebook steps up to control misleading health content - based on false, sensational and misleading claims


Karachi: July 03, 2019: Facebook initiated measures to control the content on the topic of health, fitness, and nutrition based on false, sensational and misleading claims.

In our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of information in News Feed, Facebook considers ranking changes based on how they affect people, publishers and our community as a whole. We know that people don’t like posts that are sensational or spammy, and misleading health content is particularly bad for our community, said Travish Yeh, a Facebook’s product manager.

So, last month we made two ranking updates to reduce the posts with exaggerated or sensational health claims and to reduce the posts attempting to sell products or services based on health-related claims, he added.

For the first update, we consider if a post about health exaggerates or misleads — for example, making a sensational claim about a miracle cure. 

For the second update, we consider if a post promotes a product or service based on a health-related claim — for example, promoting a medication or pill claiming to help you lose weight. 

We handled this in a similar way to how we’ve previously reduced low-quality content like clickbait: by identifying phrases that were commonly used in these posts to predict which posts might include sensational health claims or promotion of products with health-related claims, and then showing these lower in News Feed, he added.

We will continue working to minimize low-quality health content on Facebook. 

It is anticipated that most Pages won’t see any significant changes to their distribution in News Feed as a result of this update.

Posts with sensational health claims or solicitation using health-related claims will have reduced distribution. Pages should avoid posts about health that exaggerate or mislead people and posts that try to sell products using health-related claims. If a Page stops posting this content, their posts will no longer be affected by this change.




Thursday, June 20, 2019

Facebook Takes On The World Of Cryptocurrency With 'Libra' Coin - Backed by Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, Kiva, PayPal, Lyft, Uber and Women's World Banking

Facebook Takes On The World Of Cryptocurrency With 'Libra' Coin - Backed by Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, Kiva, PayPal, Lyft, Uber and Women's World Banking

Facebook Takes On The World Of Cryptocurrency With 'Libra' Coin - Backed by Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, Kiva, PayPal, Lyft, Uber and Women's World Banking


San Francisco, (APP - 19th Jun, 2019) Facebook unveiled plans Tuesday for a new global cryptocurrency called Libra, pledging to deliver a stable virtual money that lives on smartphones and could bring over a billion "unbanked" people into the financial system.

The Libra coin plan, backed by financial and nonprofit partners, represents an ambitious new initiative for the world's biggest social network with the potential to bring crypto-money out of the shadows and into the mainstream.

Facebook and some two dozen partners released a prototype of Libra as an open source code for developers interested in weaving it into apps, services or businesses ahead of a rollout as global digital money next year.

The nonprofit Libra Association based in Geneva will oversee the blockchain-based coin, maintaining a real-world asset reserve to keep its value stable.

The association's Dante Disparte said it could offer online commerce and financial services at minimal cost to more than a billion "unbanked" people -- adults without bank accounts or those who use services outside the banking system such as payday loans to make ends meet.

"We believe if you give people access to money and opportunity at the lowest cost, the way the internet itself did in the past with information, you can create a lot more stability than we have had up until now," Disparte, head of policy and communications, told AFP.

Facebook will be just one voice among many in the association, but is separately building a digital wallet called Calibra.

"We view this as a complement to Facebook's mission to connect people wherever they are; that includes allowing them to exchange value," Calibra vice president of operations Tomer Barel told AFP.

"Many people who use Facebook are in countries where there are barriers to banking or credit." But the move raised questions about how such a new money would be regulated, with one lawmaker calling for a pause on Libra.

"Given the company's troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a cryptocurrency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues," said Maxine Waters, chair of the financial services committee in the US House of Representatives.

Meanwhile French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said such digital money could never replace sovereign currencies.

"The aspect of sovereignty must stay in the hands of states and not private companies which respond to private interests," Le Maire told Europe 1 radio.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said Facebook's new currency would have to withstand scrutiny of its operational resilience and not allow itself to be used for money laundering or terror financing.

ING economists Teunis Brosens and Carlo Cocuzzo said in a research note it was not clear what Libra was or how it might be overseen while US Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat and banking committee member, voiced concerns over Facebook's checkered record on protecting users' privacy.

- Backed by real cash - Libra Association debuted with 28 members including Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, Kiva, PayPal, Lyft, Uber and Women's World Banking.

Calibra is being built into Facebook's Messenger and WhatsApp with a goal of letting users send Libra as easily as they might fire off a text message.

Libra learned from the many other cryptocurrencies that have preceded it such as bitcoin and is designed to avoid the roller-coaster valuations that have attracted speculation and caused ruin.

Real-world currency will go into a reserve backing the digital money, the value of which will mirror stable currencies such as the US dollar and the euro, according to its creators.

"It is backed by a reserve of assets that ensures utility and low volatility," Barel said.

The Libra Association will be the only entity able to "mint or burn" the digital currency, maintaining supply in tune with demand and assets in reserve, according to Barel.

"It is not about trusting Facebook, it is effectively trust in the association's founding organizations that this is independent and democratic," Disparte said.




Friday, May 31, 2019

Technology an enabler of spiritual, social and commercial activities in Pakistan during the holy month of Ramadan

Technology an enabler of spiritual, social and commercial activities in Pakistan during the holy month of Ramadan

Technology an enabler of spiritual, social and commercial activities in Pakistan during the holy month of Ramadan


New online survey commissioned by Facebook shows majority agree technology help them follow Islamic practices during Ramadan 

Islamabad, 30 May 2019: During the holy month of Ramadan and in the run up to the celebrations for Eid, people in Pakistan are adopting new technology to observe timeless traditions in modern ways.

Results of an online survey by Facebook show that 57% of respondents observing Ramadan, in Pakistan and who also own a mobile phone agree with the statement: “Mobile phones help me to follow Islamic laws and practices during Ramadan.” Almost three quarter of respondents (71%) agreed that mobiles helped them stay more closely in touch with friends and family during the holy month. Being connected is important, most respondents agree (68%), as it helps them know more about what is happening during Ramadan.

Facebook commissioned Kantar to conduct an online quantitative research study in Indonesia, Turkey, USA, UAE, Egypt, Pakistan, UK, France and Nigeria to understand how people observe Ramadan and how their daily routines change during the holy month. The research was conducted in April 2019 and included 954 respondents from Pakistan.

Majority of Pakistani respondents (99%) agreed that Ramadan is more important when compared to other occasions with 94% of Pakistani parents saying it is important to share traditions with their children. Eighty per cent of respondents agreed that they experience a stronger sense of community during Ramadan. 

Umar Qamar, Founder of Pakistan based fashion house Export Leftovers (elo), agreed that the holy month of Ramadan was a significant one not just for the business but also for the community. “The holy month of Ramadan and Eid  is anxiously awaited by Muslims around the world and it is the same in Pakistan. During this auspicious month, Allah Almighty not only opens His doors of mercy and forgiveness upon all of us but also blesses us with countless opportunities.”

Along with the focus on spirituality, the survey shows that Ramadan also has an important social side -  61% of respondents agree that it is a time to spend quality time with family and friends. This is also reflected in the way that Pakistanis use social media during Ramadan. Eighty-five per cent of Pakistanis surveyed said they use the Facebook Family of Apps during Ramadan, with WhatsApp emerging as the most used service with 73% of respondents using it during Ramadan. Connecting with friends and family is one of the top reasons for accessing Facebook services during Ramadan, along with discovering spiritual content - from participating in prayer groups on WhatsApp to sharing religious quotes and sermons on Messenger.

“The key takeaway is that Ramadan is a time of great spiritual importance and community and that technology is increasingly integrated into rituals for the holy month. It also has an important social side and brands have an opportunity to forge meaningful connections with their audiences at this time through inspiring and relevant content,” said Ali Khurshid Ahmed, Client Partner-South Asia, Facebook. 



The survey also shows that during Ramadan, people tend to focus on purchasing food, clothing and household items. Sixty-one per cent of respondents agree that Ramadan is a time for good food, 37% say it is the best time to find good deals and 37% agree that they like dressing up for the occasion. “The holy month of Ramadan signifies new beginnings and is the biggest occasion of the year to shop for everything from clothes to makeup and platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp have become key tools of marketing for us today.” said Mr Qamar.  

A quarter of respondents said they spend the same or more time than usual researching what to buy during Ramadan. Of those who plan Ramadan purchases  in advance, thirty-four per cent of respondents said they use Facebook and Instagram for research on clothing and fashion and 30% of respondents who plan in advance said they use Facebook and Instagram to research household appliances. 

Ramadan observers are open to brand communication through the Facebook Family of Apps. According to the survey, 40% or respondents prefer Facebook as a channel for communication with 33% being open to communication on WhatsApp and 15% being open to a brand approaching them on Instagram. “At elo, we have successfully used Facebook and WhatsApp to promote and sell our products and have witnessed a significant increase in business orders as we offer Ramadan sales through our Facebook page,” added Mr. Qamar.     

For those interested in learning more about Ramadan insights across the world, you can visit https://www.facebook.com/business/m/sharedbyfacebook






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