Technology

Zuckerberg outlines plan for ‘privacy-focused’ Facebook

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mr Zuckerberg said he wanted to develop Facebook into a network focused around privacy Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said he believes secure, private messaging services will become more popular than open platforms.In a blog, Mr Zuckerberg outlined his vision to transform Facebook into a "privacy-focused platform."Facebook owns Messenger and WhatsApp, but message encryption limits its ability to make money through targeted adverts.The
Education

Facebook adviser criticises ‘lax’ child checks

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The app gave "nearly limitless access" to a teen's device One of Facebook's independent child safety advisers has criticised the firm over a scheme that gave it access to teenagers' highly personal information, without taking more effort to verify their parents had given permission.Facebook said participating teens had provided signed parental consent forms.But tests by the BBC and others suggested youngsters could easily
Technology

Facebook users continue to grow despite privacy scandals

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Facebook users have continued to rise despite a series of data privacy scandals and criticism over its attempt to stem toxic content.The social media giant said the number of people who logged into its site at least once a month jumped 9% last year to 2.32 billion people.Fears the firm's scandals could put off advertisers also proved unfounded with annual revenues up 30% on last
Technology

Facebook’s popularity dips with UK children, says Ofcom

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Facebook's popularity among children fell during 2018, according to the media regulator Ofcom.It has published its annual report looking at the types of services and devices children in the UK are using.Its report suggests 72% of 12- to 15-year-olds with a social media account use Facebook, down from 74% in 2017.But Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, gained popularity. In 2018, 23% named it as
Technology

Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plan would let people communicate with anyone on the currently separate apps Facebook plans to integrate its messaging services on Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.While all three will remain stand-alone apps, at a much deeper level they will be linked so messages can travel between the different services. Facebook told the BBC it was at the start of a "long process".The plan was
Technology

Google and Facebook put ads in child sex abuse discovery apps

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption WhatsApp does not allow users to search for groups in its own app, which led to the creation of other services that did Evidence that adverts for major brands were placed in "child abuse discovery apps" via Google and Facebook's ad networks has led to fresh calls for the tech giants to face tougher regulation.The apps involved used to be available on Google's
Health

Facebook bans mastectomy reconstruction tattoo pictures

[ad_1] Image caption Gemma Winstanley said she relies on Facebook to promote her services A woman who provides nipple tattoos to women who have undergone mastectomies has criticised Facebook for banning pictures of her work.Gemma Winstanley from East Yorkshire carries out the work for free, but last week she was blocked by the social media giant after sharing images online.She said her account was suspended for "displaying sexual content".Facebook said
Business

New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Facebook has revealed that a software bug exposed the photos of up to 6.8 million users, including pictures they had not posted.It said several third-party apps had access to "a broader set of photos than usual" for 12 days in September.It is the latest in a series of data breaches at the social network, which has faced scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.The company said
Technology

Facebook chief’s emails exposed by MPs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The UK parliament's fake news inquiry has published a cache of seized Facebook documents.The correspondence includes internal emails sent between Mark Zuckerberg and the social network's staff. The emails were obtained from the chief of a software firm that is suing the tech giant.About 250 pages have been published, some of which are marked "highly confidential".Facebook had objected to their release.Damian Collins MP, the chair
Business

Facebook bans the sale of community groups

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has banned the selling of administration rights for community groups.This follows BBC News uncovering several incidents of group owners being approached about selling their pages.Last month, nearly all 25,000 members of a west London group left in protest after finding out it had been sold by the person running it.One buyer told BBC News they bought groups to promote their own business. They also