Technology

Facebook accused of dark PR tactics

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Facebook faces a new controversy over alleged tactics it used to discredit its critics, embarrass rival firms and downplay problems at the company.The New York Times has published a wide-ranging account of the methods Facebook and a public relations firm used to "deny and deflect" criticism.The report has led US lawmakers to call for tighter regulation of social networks.Facebook has denied several of the claims.The
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Facebook delays mandatory political ad ID checks

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption UK politicians want to quiz Facebook about political ads and disinformation Facebook has delayed plans to make people who buy political adverts verify their identity. In a statement, it said the delay was necessary because some people were trying to "game" its ID system.Weaknesses were exposed by news companies who posed as US politicians, terror groups and other banned organisations. When the initiative
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Facebook treated voters with ‘disrespect’ over data collection

[ad_1] Image copyright Parliament Live TV Image caption Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham and her deputy gave evidence to MPs about the Cambridge Analytica scandal Facebook and others involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal showed a "disturbing level of disrespect" for the personal data of voters, the Information Commissioner has said.Elizabeth Denham was giving evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into fake news.She said she was "astounded" by the amount of data
Business

Facebook sorry for ‘white supremacist ad’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Facebook has said it will add more human reviewers to its advertising system Facebook has apologised after it approved an ad campaign targeted at people interested in a conspiracy theory favoured by white nationalists.News site The Intercept was able to launch a promotion aimed at 168,000 users interested in "white genocide."Prosecutors believe the conspiracy theory, which claims "outside forces" want to exterminate the white
Politics

Fake Cambridge Analytica ad hits Facebook

[ad_1] Image copyright Facebook Image caption The ad cost less than £100 to promote on Facebook and has been viewed by more than 1,000 people A fake advert purporting to have been paid for by scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has been posted to Facebook.The ad, now removed but still visible in Facebook's new ad transparency portal, uses the logo of EU referendum campaign group BeLeave, which, in July, was found to
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Facebook finds more fake accounts from Iran

[ad_1] Facebook has uncovered and removed dozens of pages, accounts and groups linked to Iran that the firm says coordinated "inauthentic behaviour", targeting people in the US and UK.The affected posts focused on divisive topics such as race relations, opposition to President Donald Trump and immigration, it said.The social network revealed that it uncovered the activity a week ago."We can't say for sure who is responsible," it said in a
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Anonymous Pro-Brexit ads on Facebook say ‘bin Chequers’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Image caption Political groups have been spending increasing amounts of money on Facebook adverts An anonymous website has been using Facebook adverts to encourage British voters to email their MP and urge them "to bin Chequers" and back Brexit.Evidence given to the government's fake news inquiry found that a site called Mainstream Network had spent more than £250,000 on the pro-Brexit campaign.No information is available
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Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Facebook has hired former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg as head of its global affairs and communications team.The 51-year-old politician was leader of the Liberal Democrats and formed a coalition government with David Cameron and the Conservatives in 2010.Facebook has faced intense scrutiny and the threat of government regulation following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and alleged election meddling.Several prominent executives have left the company
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Facebook shuts down ‘spammy’ politics pages

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump has warned social media firms about political bias Facebook has removed more than 800 pages and accounts that sought to profit from politically themed spam.In a blog, Facebook said the 559 pages and 251 accounts abused the network to try to make people visit sites that make money from adverts.Scammers no longer sent messages about disasters or celebrities, it said, but used
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Facebook Portal video chat screens raise privacy concerns

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Dave Lee tries out Facebook's Portal+Facebook is launching two video call machines for the home in the midst of its latest data breach scandal.The Portal products automatically zoom in on users and follow them as they move, to offer a superior experience to existing smartphone and tablet apps.The devices rely on Facebook Messenger to make and receive calls and also