Facebook Fake News Fact Checking to Increase

August 14, 2017

Facebook is to send more potential hoax articles to third-party fact checkers and show their findings below the original post, the world’s largest online social network said on Thursday as it tries to fight so-called fake news. The company said in a statement on its website it will start using updated machine learning to detect possible hoaxes and send them to fact checkers, potentially showing fact-checking results under the original article….

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Google Offered to Buy Snapchat Parent for $30 Billion: Report

August 14, 2017

Search engine giant Google had offered $30 billion (roughly Rs. 1,91,044 crores) to buy Snap – the parent company of popular messaging app Snapchat – in 2016 and a similar offer is still open, a media report said. Google had held informal dialogue with Snap and floated an offer of $30 billion before the latter’s last funding round, said a report in Business Insider on Thursday. “One person claimed Google and Snap also had discussions about a potential…

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Facebook Bid to Fight Fake News, Related Articles, Rolls Out More Broadly

August 14, 2017

After receiving positive feedback on how ‘Related Articles’ helped people determine whether the news they are reading is misleading or false, Facebook has now rolled out the feature more broadly. According to a report in TechCrunch on Friday, the feature is rolling out in the US, Germany, France and the Netherlands, because Facebook already has partner fact checkers in those countries. “It might take a while to reach other locations, depending on how quickly…

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Facebook Translation Services Now Use AI-Based Neural Networks Instead

August 14, 2017

To improve the quality of translations on its platform, Facebook has infused artificial intelligence (AI) into its translation services that account for more than 2,000 translation directions and 4.5 billion translations each day. With over two billion users, Facebook supports over 45 languages. “We recently switched from using phrase-based machine translation models to neural networks to power all of our back-end translation systems,” the company said in a blog post late on Thursday. “These new models…

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WhatsApp Tests Facebook-Style Coloured Text Status Feature: Report

August 14, 2017

Late last year, Facebook started rolling out coloured statuses on its Android app that allowed users to write their status update with a colourful background, font, and emoji combination. Now, the same feature has been spotted on WhatsApp as well, and while currently it’s in beta, it can be expected to arrive for all users soon. Android Police was first tipped about this feature, and it is showing up in Android beta version 2.17.291. The report…

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Facebook to Feature Local Politicians’ Posts in News Feed to Aid Civic Engagement

August 14, 2017

Amid allegations of fake news on Facebook affecting election results, social networking giant Facebook is testing a feature that slips “top posts” from local politician’s into your News Feed. The feature will appear not more than once per week, and only for users who follow at least one local, state or federal representative from their area, Recode reported on Friday. “We are testing a new civic engagement feature that shows people on Facebook the top posts…

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Facebook Groups App to Be Discontinued on September 1

August 14, 2017

Facebook’s standalone Groups app, meant for heavy users of its Groups feature, is not a very popular app and this is why it wouldn’t come as a surprise to many that the social media company has finally decided to discontinue the app. On September 1, Facebook Groups app will be discontinued and the company will improve the Groups features within the main app itself. While it is currently unclear how Facebook will…

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Blue Whale Game: What Is It in 6 Points

August 14, 2017

In what could be one of the strangest things you would ever come across, there is an Internet trend growing in popularity that encourages its participants to hurt themselves in real life. Called the Blue Whale game, this 50-day challenge requires participants to receive instructions from an anonymous administrator, and their final task is to commit suicide. As horrible as it may sound, the mysterious Blue Whale game has been in existence for…

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WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger May Still Put User Information at Risk, Claims Study

August 14, 2017

Do you know that despite the end-to-end encryption provided by popular messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber, your sensitive information is vulnerable to hacking? A research report has highlighted the importance of what is called an ‘authentication ceremony’ to help mitigate the risk. Researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) at Utah in the US found that most users of popular messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber are leaving themselves exposed…

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WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger May Still Put User Information at Risk, Claims Study

August 14, 2017

Do you know that despite the end-to-end encryption provided by popular messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber, your sensitive information is vulnerable to hacking? A research report has highlighted the importance of what is called an ‘authentication ceremony’ to help mitigate the risk. Researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) at Utah in the US found that most users of popular messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber are leaving themselves exposed…

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