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Israel Facebook: Mistranslated post creates security alert

Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man last week after a Facebook post he made saying “good morning” in Arabic was mistranslated to read “attack them” in Hebrew, local media have reported. Police confirmed that the construction worker was briefly held under suspicion of incitement but was released as soon as the mistake was realised. The post showed a photo of the worker next to a bulldozer in the West Bank. Such vehicles have been used to attack Israelis in the past. There is only one difference in lettering between the…

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Facebook funds anti-bullying training in schools

Facebook has said it will fund existing training for one young person in every UK secondary school so they can support children who experience cyber-bullying. There are 4,500 secondary schools in the UK, of which around half have a digital ambassador trained by anti-bullying campaigns The Diana Award and Childnet International. The “digital safety ambassador” scheme is part of Facebook’s commitment to online safety, the firm said. Facebook will provide £1m ($ 1.3m). The funding provides an extension of existing projects offered by the two organisations to schools who choose…

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Facebook 'fully committed' to sharing Russian ad data

Facebook is “fully committed” to providing detailed information about ads bought in Russia during the US election, says Sheryl Sandberg. The ads, pages they linked to and who they were targeted at have been given to investigators, said Ms Sandberg. The ads and the fake accounts used to get them on Facebook had been found and removed, she said. However, she added, if the ads had been placed by real accounts, Facebook would not have removed them. Bad actors “Things happened on our platform in this election that shouldn’t have…

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Facebook bans rapper Lil B for 'hate speech' posts

US rapper Lil B, known for his outspoken views on social media, is facing a 30-day ban under Facebook’s hate speech policies. The musician has expressed anger over the suspension and fans have criticised the ban on Twitter. Facebook said some of his posts violated its policies on hate speech. The posts, according to publications with which he later shared the messages, related to white people and gun violence. Political news website The Hill republished two of the banned posts. They read: “White people are the only ones who really…

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Facebook Announces Oculus Go, a $199 Standalone VR Headset

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Oculus was started as a PC-focused virtual reality platform before Facebook acquired the company, but it has since ventured into mobile VR with the Samsung Gear VR partnership. Now, Oculus is preparing its first all-in-one VR headset known as the Oculus Go. It’s coming to a face near you next year for a mere $ 199. Oculus is positioning the Go as an easier way to get into VR, which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes…

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Facebook and Twitter could face 'online abuse' tax

Facebook and Twitter could be asked to pay a tax to help fund educational campaigns about internet abuse. It is among ideas suggested by the UK government as it considers its safer internet strategy. It also proposed that social media platforms reveal the true scale of online hate and how much content is removed each year. And it wants a code of practice to ensure providers offer adequate online safety. The measures are intended to address the issues of: cyber-bullying trolling abuse under-age access to pornography Ambitious plans The UK’s…

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Facebook head of sport refuses to rule out bid for Premier League broadcasting rights

Facebook’s head of sports has refused to rule out a bid for Premier League broadcast rights as speculation mounts that the online giant is set to enter the English football market.  The English top flight’s next three-year set of domestic and international broadcast deals are due to be auctioned next year. Some experts believe it is only a matter of time before Facebook, Amazon and other deep-pocketed digital businesses decide to take on the likes of BT and Sky Sports. When asked in London if Facebook would bid, Dan Reed…

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