THE UK government is trying to crack down on social media giant Facebook after it was deemed ineffective in stopping harmful content and disinformation on the platform. But is Facebook regulated, and what is the company doing to protect personal data and tackle fake news? Is Facebook regulated? The social network is not currently regulated, but recently MPs have called for Facebook and other companies like Google to face a crackdown from a new watchdog. Powerful firms should help users spot fake news and "nudge people towards reading news of high quality", according to a new government report. It would mean Facebook and Google would have to "give more prominence to public interest news", to boost trust in the media and public engagement in politics. The Cairncross review, commissioned by Theresa May, is a wide-ranging report into the future of news in the UK. It says tech companies should be overseen by a news watchdog to create a "level playing field". This body could work … [Read more...] about Is Facebook regulated, how has it violated data privacy laws and how is it tackling fake news?
BILLIONAIRE tech boff Mark Zuckerberg's plan to merge Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram into a single messaging service probably won't happen until 2020. The Facebook chief exec confirmed the merger's rough deadline during last night's earnings call – where Facebook posted record profits, causing the firm's value to soar by £34billion. The merger was originally exposed in an article by the New York Times last week, revealing secret Facebook plans to re-design all three apps "at their most basic levels. And Zuckerberg has now confirmed the move, but admitted it probably won't happen this year: "I can talk about messaging and the integration that we're thinking about, but first, we're really early in thinking through this. "So there's a lot more that we need to figure out before we finalise the plans. "And then, of course, this is going to be a long-term project that I think will probably be to whatever extent we end up doing it in – a 2020 thing or beyond." The … [Read more...] about WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram messaging merger WON’T happen this year, Mark Zuckerberg admits
FACEBOOK let kids rack up huge bills on its games despite suspecting they were under a 13 age limit, court files show. Mark Zuckerberg’s social network also knew its average Angry Birds player was aged just five. The network refused to void a £5,000 bill which one boy ran up on his parents’ card for purchases on another game. Two staff debating if the lad was under 13 callously labelled him a “whale”, the term for casino big spenders. The files, from a 2012 lawsuit, were revealed to the US’s Centre for Investigative Reporting. SKY EYE Venus and Jupiter will be 'visible to naked eye' TODAY - here's how to spot them CORE OF THE PROBLEM? Apple engineer says pressure to design iPhone is reason I’m divorced OUT OF JUICE Delete THESE 22 dodgy apps to save your phone's battery life DODGY DOWNLOADS Google Chrome users risk being HACKED by scam that 'infects' your gadgets OUT OF JUICE Delete these 9 dodgy apps NOW if you've got bad Android battery life … [Read more...] about Internal staff messages reveal how Facebook makes money from vulnerable and under-age users
BILLIONAIRE Mark Zuckerberg has halted the sale of his Facebook stock after the company's value collapsed last year. The controversial 34-year-old has seen his company fall from grace, and failed to sell a single share in the last three months of 2018. Back in September 2017, Zuck promised to flog between 35million and 75million of his Facebook shares over 18 months. It was part of a promise to give away most of his fortune, which requires converting stocks to hard cash. Since then, he's sold about 30.4million shares worth roughly $5.6billion (£4.4billion). But Bloomberg says that the Facebook CEO has stopped selling shares after 2018 saw Facebook's worth plummet. In just a few days in December, Facebook's stock price slumped by nearly $10billion (£7.4billion) after sealed court documents about the firm were released to the public. The secret files – which contain emails from billionaire boss Mark Zuckerberg – revealed the inner workings of Facebook, and the … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg halts Facebook stock sale as value PLUMMETS over privacy scandals
FACEBOOK’S billionaire boss has been slammed for patting himself on the back in his New Year’s message — despite the social media giant’s disastrous year. Critics have blasted Mark Zuckerberg for his “tone deaf” post in which the mogul is snapped swilling Champagne while claiming he was “proud of the progress we’ve made”. But the Zuck’s self-congratulatory tone comes after a terrible year for Facebook, with data breaches and Russian election meddling accusations among a host of scandals. Yet reading Zuckerberg’s end of year Facebook message it has all been rosy. He said: "I'm proud of the progress we've made in 2018 and grateful to everyone who has helped us get here. “For 2018, my personal challenge has been to focus on addressing some of the most important issues facing our community." But commentators are not as upbeat as Zuckerberg's message. TechCrunch dubbed the statement as … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg slammed for New Year Facebook message hailing his company’s progress despite disastrous year