Facebook’s latest attempt to slow disinformation means probation for groups

Facebook has started putting some groups on a type of probation, its latest move to slow the spread of disinformation and attempts to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. election.



graphical user interface, text: The 2020 Election Facebook page


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The 2020 Election Facebook page

Any group, public or private, the company detects has too many posts that violate its community standards will be forced to have administrators and moderators approve each submission manually. The requirement will stay in place for 60 days for the group, with no way to appeal or override it.

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The company will be closely monitoring how group administrators and moderators handle posts during those three months, and could decide to shut a group down completely if it repeatedly allows too many offending posts. The change makes the volunteers who run groups more responsible for what happens inside them.

“We are temporarily requiring admins and moderators of some political and

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Facebook’s WhatsApp kicks off payments service in India

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WhatsApp has rolled out a free payment service in India today, in a move that takes the popular messaging app a step closer to “super app” status in the world’s second largest internet market.

“People can safely send money to a family member or share the cost of goods from a distance without having to exchange cash in person or going to a local bank,” the Facebook-owned company wrote in a blog post published on Friday in India.  

“This secure payments experience makes transferring money just as easy as sending a message.”

WhatsApp began testing its digital payments service in 2018 with a limited number of users, and had since been awaiting regulatory approvals for a broader rollout. India’s largest digital payment processor granted WhatsApp approval on Thursday, but

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Facebook’s WhatsApp starts payments service in India

DELHI (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp will start its payments service in India on Friday, the messaging app said in a blog post, after it received approval from the country’s leading payments processor to roll out the much-delayed system.

WhatsApp, which counts India as its biggest market with more than 400 million users, had been running a peer-to-peer payments service with limited users for over two years, awaiting regulatory approvals.

“Payments is available now in 10 Indian regional language versions of WhatsApp,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in video statement.

WhatsApp said it had partnered with five Indian banks, including State Bank of India and Jio Payments Bank, for the service.

WhatsApp will initially begin scaling up the service with a maximum of 20 million users, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) said on Thursday.

All major payments players in India use the UPI framework, built by NPCI, for

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Facebook’s Plan if Donald Trump or Joe Biden Declares Early Election Victory

Facebook will use warning labels if any U.S. political candidate or party declares early victory in the 2020 presidential election.



Mark Zuckerberg sitting at a desk in front of a flat screen tv: CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg appears on a monitor as he testifies remotely during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, October 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.


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CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg appears on a monitor as he testifies remotely during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, October 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.

The Mark Zuckerberg-led social network has pledged to add “more specific information” to posts in question and in “top-of-feed notifications,” releasing an image that showed what the labels will look like for its users on Facebook and Instagram.

It will read: “Votes are being counted. The winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election has not been projected.”

On Facebook, a link will redirect users to legitimate updates, including latest results, being shown in the app’s Voting Information Center.

Facebook said it will remove content that attempts to “suppress participation, intimidate voters, or organize to

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Facebook’s New Cloud Gaming Service Streams Free-To-Play Mobile Games

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Google’s got Stadia, Amazon’s got Luna, and now Facebook has its own cloud gaming service. But don’t expect to stream console and PC hits on Facebook Gaming’s cloud. At launch, it’s all about free-to-play, microtransaction-packed mobile games.

Rolling out today in the U.S. in California, Texas, and the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, Facebook Gaming’s cloud gaming offering isn’t so much a standalone service as it is an addition to the vast array of browser-based social games already available to play on the social media platform. Visitors to the Facebook Gaming landing page and Android app (no iOS support currently) in the beta testing areas will gain access to a selection of mobile games, including Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA TOUR Golf Shootout, Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale, and WWE SuperCard. Rather than playing natively or launching their own apps, these games will stream to

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Facebook’s Cloud Gaming Looks Amazing, But Will Not Be Available For iPhone

Updated with comments from Apple

Facebook has officially launched a free cloud gaming service to compete with existing offerings from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Steam, Nvidia, and numerous other competitors. Facebook’s service, however, will be free on Android and desktop web, and is launching with significant titles like Asphalt 9, PGA Tour Golf Shootout, Dirt Bike Unchained by Red Bull, WWE SuperCard, and Mobile Legends: Adventure.

Sneakily, Facebook Gaming has already been streaming games from the cloud to over 200,000 people in an unannounced public beta for just a few of the almost 400 million who already play games on Facebook.

One place it won’t launch?

Apple’s massive iPhone platform.

“It is just an untenable situation currently on iOS,” Facebook’s head of gaming Vivek Sharma told me on the TechFirst podcast. “The Facebook Gaming

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Facebook’s video game streaming push is a way to sell more ads

  • Facebook has a new video game service that enables games to be played from the cloud, streamed directly to your device, without a download.
  • The new service is a rare push into gaming from Facebook that makes more sense when paired with another Facebook announcement tied to the new service: “Cloud Playable Ads,” which Facebook said will “provide an authentic preview of a full game.”
  • The new ads may be a driving reason for Facebook, which along with Google controls the majority of digital advertising, to get into video game streaming.
  • The ads use cloud streaming to enable viewers to play a brief demo of a game, and are intended to “support interactive demos from a game’s native code, blurring the line between games and ads.” 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Following Microsoft’s, Google’s, and Amazon’s lead, Facebook is the latest tech giant to push into the burgeoning

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Facebook’s independent oversight board is now accepting cases

Facebook’s long-awaited oversight board announced Thursday it is now accepting cases. The board, first announced by the social media behemoth in 2018, is meant to serve as an independent check on Facebook’s moderation decisions.

The board is composed of independent members from around the world, who will make final and binding decisions on what content Facebook and Instagram should allow or remove based on respect for freedom of expression and human rights. “Our focus has been on building an institution that is not just about reacting to a single movement or chasing a specific news cycle, but about protecting human rights and free expression over the long term,” administrative director Thomas Hughes said in a Thursday call with reporters.

The members of the 40-person board were introduced in May, and they include a former prime minister, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and the Guardian editor who oversaw the publication of

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Irish Regulator Probes Facebook’s Handling of Children’s Data on Instagram | Top News

(Reuters) – Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two inquiries into Facebook Inc

after concerns were raised about the social network giant’s handling of children’s personal data on Instagram.

The DPC, the main data privacy regulator in the European Union, received complaints from individuals and had identified “potential concerns” in relation to the processing of children’s personal data on Instagram, Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle told Reuters in an emailed statement.

Both inquiries were launched last month, Doyle said in the statement.

Facebook did not immediately respond when contacted by Reuters on Sunday.

The Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2020/10/18/instagram-investigation-exposing-millions-childrens-contact, which first reported the inquiry, said Instagram made the email addresses and phone numbers of users under 18 public.

The Irish regulator launched its probe following a complaint by David Stier, a U.S. data scientist, the Telegraph added.

The first inquiry looks to establish if Facebook has the legal basis to process the data

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Irish regulator probes Facebook’s handling of children’s data on Instagram

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(Reuters) – Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two inquiries into Facebook Inc <FB.O> after concerns were raised about the social network giant’s handling of children’s personal data on Instagram.

The DPC, the main data privacy regulator in the European Union, received complaints from individuals and had identified “potential concerns” in relation to the processing of children’s personal data on Instagram, Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle told Reuters in an emailed statement.

Both inquiries were launched last month, Doyle said in the statement.

Facebook did not immediately respond when contacted by Reuters on Sunday.

The Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2020/10/18/instagram-investigation-exposing-millions-childrens-contact, which first reported the inquiry, said Instagram made the email addresses and phone numbers of users under 18 public.

The Irish regulator launched its probe following a complaint by David Stier, a U.S. data scientist, the Telegraph added.

The first inquiry looks to establish if Facebook has the legal basis

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