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    👍 | Facebook, Twitter, T-Mobile drop CES plans over…

    By Elizabeth Culliford and Sheila Dang (Reuters)-Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc, Twitter Inc and Pinterest Inc separately said on Tuesday they will not send teams to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month as concerns grow about the Omicron variant https://www.reuters.com/world/omicron-spreading-infecting-vaccinated-who-2021-12-20 of the coronavirus. US wireless carrier and conference sponsor T-Mobile additionally said the vast majority of its contingent would no longer be going and that its chief executive would no longer be delivering a keynote speech in person or…

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    👍 | Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest drop CES plans ove…

    By Elizabeth Culliford and Sheila Dang (Reuters)-Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc, Twitter Inc and Pinterest Inc separately said on Tuesday they will not send teams to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month as concerns grow about the Omicron variant The companies had not planned large in-person gatherings at the show. “Out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees, we won't be attending CES in-person due to the evolving public health concerns related to COVID-19, ”Meta said. Twitter had planned to have some employees attend to participate…

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    👍 | Facebook pays fines to Russia over banned content

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Facebook has paid 17 million roubles ($ 229,643) in fines owed in Russia for failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, but with the threat of a potentially larger fine looming. Facebook parent Meta , along with Alphabet's Google, faces a court case next week for suspected repeated violations of Russian legislation on content and could be fined a percentage of its annual revenue in Russia. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday. Russia in October sent state bailiffs to enforce the collection of…

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    📱 | Google says employees flouting vaccination rule…

    (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google told its employees they would lose pay and eventually be fired if they do not follow its COVID-19 vaccination rules, CNBC reported on Tuesday, citing internal documents. A memo circulated by Google's leadership said employees had until Dec 3 to declare their vaccination status and upload documentation showing proof, or to apply for a medical or religious exemption, according to the report. After that date, Google said it would start contacting employees who had not uploaded their status or were unvaccinated and those whose exemption requests were not approved…

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    👍 | India Modi's personal Twitter handle'briefly c…

    (Reuters) – India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal Twitter handle was “very briefly compromised,” the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a tweet early on Sunday. The matter was escalated to Twitter and the Prime Minister's personal twitter handle @narendramodi was It was not immediately known how long the personal Twitter handle of Modi, which has over 73 million followers, was compromised. Twitter immediately secured, PMO India's tweet said, adding any tweet shared during the brief period when the account was compromised must be ignored. took the necessary steps to secure the comp…

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    👍 | Analysis-Rohingya lawsuit against Facebook a'w…

    By Rina Chandran and Avi Asher-Schapiro BANGKOK / LOS ANGELES (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A landmark lawsuit by Rohingya refugees against Meta Platforms Inc, formerly known as Facebook, is a “wake-up call” for social media firms and a test case The $ 150 billion class-action complaint, filed in California on Monday by law firms Edelson PC and Fields PLLC, argues that Facebook's failure to police content and its platform's design contributed to violence against the Rohingya community. British lawyers also submitted a letter…

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    👍 | Instagram aims to launch chronological feed opt…

    By David Shepardson and Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) – The head of Instagram said on Wednesday he aims to launch next year a version of the app with a chronological feed, rather than one ranked algorithmically, in his first appearance before Congress where he was grilled about children's safety online. Instagram's Adam Mosseri was the latest tech executive pressed by lawmakers to provide more transparency into their platforms' algorithms and the impact of the content they curate and recommend for users. Instagram and its parent company Meta Platforms Inc, formerly Facebook, have come under in…

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    👍 | Instagram aims to bring back a chronological fe…

    By David Shepardson and Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) -The head of Instagram said on Wednesday he aims to launch next year a version of the app with a chronological feed, rather than one ranked by algorithms, in his first appearance before Congress where he was grilled Instagram's Adam Mosseri was the latest tech executive pressed by lawmakers to provide more transparency into their platforms' algorithms and the impact of the content they curate and recommend for users. Instagram and its parent company Meta Platforms Inc, formerly Facebook, have come under inten…

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    👍 | Instagram head, grilled over kids online safety…

    By David Shepardson and Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) -Instagram head Adam Mosseri on Wednesday urged the creation of an industry body to determine best practices to help keep young people safe online, as he was grilled by lawmakers in his first appearance before Congress. Mosseri, Photo-sharing app Instagram and its parent company speaking before a Senate panel, said the industry body should receive input from civil society, parents, and regulators to create standards on how to verify age, design age-appropriate experiences, and build parental controls. Meta Platforms Inc, formerly Facebook,…

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    👍 | Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for $ 150 billion…

    By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) – Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are suing Meta Platforms Inc, formerly known as Facebook, for $ 150 billion over allegations that the social media company did not take action against anti-Rohingya hate speech that contributed to violence. A US class -action complaint, filed in California on Monday by law firms Edelson PC and Fields PLLC, argues that the company's failures to police content and its platform's design contributed to real-world violence faced by the Rohingya community. submitted a letter of notice to F…

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    👍 | Instagram, ahead of US Senate hearing, tighte…

    By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) – Instagram said on Tuesday it will be stricter about the types of content it recommends to teens in the photo-sharing app and will nudge them toward different areas if they dwell on one topic for a long time. blog post, the social media service announced a slew of changes for teen users. Instagram head Adam Mosseri is due to testify in a Congressional hearing on Wednesday about protecting kids online. Instagram and its parent company Meta Platforms Inc, formerly Facebook, have been under scrutiny over ways their services could cause issues around the ment…

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    👍 | Facebook's struggle with Gateway Pundit high lig…

    By Peter Eisler (Reuters) -The Gateway Pundit, a far-right news site, has used its Facebook page – with more than 630,000 followers – to post bogus stories alleging the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. Some commenters responded with threats of violence. After Gateway Pundit posted a June story on Facebook that included debunked claims of voter fraud in Arizona, a commenter said the governor and secretary of state should be “fed feet first through a woodchipper.” A story featuring false claims of vote -rigging in Fulton County, Georgia, drew comments on Facebook calli…

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    👍 | Jack Dorsey chases crypto, fintech dream post T…

    By Krystal Hu and Sheila Dang (Reuters) – At a packed Miami conference in June, Jack Dorsey, mused in front of thousands of attendees about where his real passion lay: “If I weren't at Square or Twitter, I'd be working on bitcoin. ”On Monday, Dorsey made good on one part of that, announcing he would leave Twitter for the second time, handing the CEO position to a 10-year veteran at the firm. The 45-year-old entrepreneur, who is often described as an enigma with varied interests from meditation to yoga to fashion design, plans to pursue his passion which include focusing on running Square Inc a…

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    👍 | UK watchdog orders Facebook owner Meta to sell…

    By Pushkala Aripaka and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) – Facebook owner Meta has been told by the UK competition watchdog to sell popular animated images platform Giphy in Britain's first such move against so-called Big Tech in its efforts to bolster regulation of the sector. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it had found that last year's acquisition of Giphy would reduce competition between social media platforms and in display advertising. Facebook, which was recently rebranded as Meta Platforms, said it could appeal against the CMA's decision. It has four weeks to appeal. “The…

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    👍 | Britain directs Facebook to sell GIF maker Giphy

    (Reuters) – Britain's competition regulator said on Tuesday it has directed Facebook owner Meta Platforms to sell animated images platform Giphy after finding that the deal could harm social media users and UK advertisers. The Competition and Markers Authority (CMA) said the decision was in “The tie-up between Facebook and Giphy has already removed a potential challenger in the display advertising market… By requiring Facebook to s…

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    👍 | US state attorneys general probe Instagram's…

    By Elizabeth Culliford and Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A bipartisan coalition of US state attorneys general said on Thursday it has opened a probe into Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms, for promoting its subsidiary Instagram to children despite potential harms. The investigation, The attorneys general are investigating whether the company violated consumer protection laws and put young people at risk, they said in emailed statements. “The attorneys general are investigating whether the company violated consumer protection laws and put young people at risk, they said in emailed statements. Facebook, now Meta,…

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    📱 | US Senate confirms Google critic Kanter to he…

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Google critic Jonathan Kanter, who was backed by progressives, to head the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. In his confirmation hearing, Kanter pledged to enforce antitrust law in agriculture, pharmaceuticals and the labor market, as well as in Big Tech. The Senate confirmed him on a vote of 68 to 29. Kanter is the third of three people, who all have tech expertise and were backed by progressives, to be chosen for key antitrust posts. The other two were Tim Wu for the National Economic Council and Lina Khan as chair of…

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    📱 | US states file updated antitrust complaint ag…

    By Chris Prentice WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of US states led by Texas have filed an amended complaint against Alphabet Inc's Google accusing the tech giant of using coercive tactics and breaking antitrust laws in its efforts to boost its already dominant advertising business. The updated Allegations are the latest in an onslaught of regulatory scrutiny of Google over its practices. The tech company faces several lawsuits, including one by the Justice Department for monopolistic practices. Earlier this week, Google lost an appeal against a $ 2.8 billion European Union antitrust decision. …

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    👍 | Exclusive: Facebook unblocks'#saltbae' hashtag…

    By James Pearson HANOI (Reuters) – Facebook's parent company said on Tuesday it had unblocked the hashtag for celebrity chef Nusret Gokce's nickname'#saltbae', having found the tag had been blocked globally days after a video was posted online of Gokce feeding a gold -encrusted steak to a senior Vietnamese Communist Party official in London. “We've unblocked this hashtag on Facebook and we're investigating why this happened,” a spokesperson for Facebook operator Meta told Reuters, confirming the tag had been blocked for all Facebook users around the world, not just in Vietnam. It wasn't immedi…

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    👍 | Twitter users say'yes' to Musk's proposal to s…

    By Aishwarya Nair and Hyunjoo Jin (Reuters) – Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk should sell about 10% of his Tesla stock, according to 57.9% of people who voted on his Twitter poll asking users of the social media network whether he should offload the stake “I was prepared to accept either outcome,” Musk said, after the voting ended. The world's richest person tweeted on Saturday that he would offload 10% of his stock if users approved the proposal. Musk has previously said he would have to exercise. a large number of stock options in the next three months, which would create a big tax bill. Selling som…

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    👍 | Musk should sell 10% of his Tesla stock, Twitter…

    (Reuters) -Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk should sell about 10% of his Tesla stock, according to 57.9% of people who voted on his Twitter poll asking users of the social media network whether he should offload the stake. The world's richest person tweeted On Saturday that he would offload 10% of his stock if users approved the proposal in a poll. The poll garnered more than 3.5 million votes. “Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock, ”Musk said in a post on Saturday, adding that he does not take cash salary or bonus“ from any w…

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    📱 | Google to allow third party app payments for fi…

    By Heekyong Yang SEOUL (Reuters) -Alphabet's Google said on Thursday it plans to allow third-party payment systems in South Korea to comply with a new law, marking the first time the US tech giant has amended its payment policy for a specific country. Google's announcement comes after a Korea Communications Commission's (KCC) request https://www.reuters.com/technology/apple-google-asked-turn-skorea-compliance-plans-by-mid-october-2021-09-29 for Google and Apple Inc to come up with compliance plans for the new law, which bans major app store operators from forcing software developers to use t…

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    📱 | Google to allow third party app payments in SK…

    By Heekyong Yang SEOUL (Reuters) – Alphabet's Google said on Thursday it plans to allow third party payment systems in South Korea in order to comply with a new law that bans major app store operators from forcing software developers to use their payments systems. Google's announcement comes after the Korea Communications Commission's (KCC) request for the US tech giant to come up with compliance plans for the new law that went into effect in September. In late August, parliament passed an amendment to South Korea's Telecommunications Business Act – dubbed the “ anti-Google law ”– banning big…

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    👍 | Governments must check Facebook really does scr…

    By Thomas Escritt BERLIN (Reuters) – Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen welcomed Facebook's announcement that it would scrap facial recognition, but urged close government oversight of the move to ensure the social network lived up to its pledge. Facebook made the announcement on Tuesday, partly in “I strongly encourage government oversight,” Haugen said. “When they say we've got rid of this. Activists have criticised faceprinting as a serious threat to privacy. , what does that actually…

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    👍 | Facebook changes name to Meta as it refocuses o…

    By Elizabeth Culliford and Sheila Dang (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is now called Meta, the company said on Thursday, in a rebrand that focuses on building the “metaverse,” a shared virtual environment that it bets will be the successor to the mobile internet The name change comes as the world's largest social media company battles criticisms from lawmakers and regulators over its market power, algorithmic decisions and the policing of abuses on its services. CEO Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the company's live-streamed virtual and augmented reality conference. , said the new name reflected its work…

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    👍 | Facebook to be called Meta in nod to its'metav…

    By Elizabeth Culliford and Sheila Dang (Reuters)-Facebook Inc is now called Meta, the company said on Thursday, in a rebrand that focuses on its ambitions building the “metaverse,” a shared virtual environment that it bets will be the next big computing platform. The rebrand comes as the world's largest social media company battles criticisms from lawmakers and regulators over its market power, algorithmic decisions and the policing of abuses on its platforms. CEO Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the company's live-streamed virtual and augmented reality conference. , said the new name reflected its…

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    👍 | Trump loses bid to keep lawsuit against Twitter…

    By Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former US President Donald Trump cannot fight his suspension from Twitter in a Florida federal court, but instead must abide by the social media company's terms of service and sue in California, following a judge's ruling. US District Judge Robert Scola in Miami said in a written order late on Tuesday that Trump was bound by a “forum selection clause” in Twitter Inc's terms of service, which mandates that certain lawsuits against the company be heard by a federal judge in the Northern District of California . Trump lost his social media megaphone this yea…

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    👍 | Twitter avoids revenue hit from Apple privacy c…

    By Sheila Dang (Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Tuesday reported its quarterly revenue grew 37% and avoided the brunt of Apple Inc privacy changes on advertising that hobbled its rivals, sending its shares up 3%. The social networking site has been working to add. new features such as audio chat rooms to attract users, and also rolled out improvements to its advertising capabilities to reach its goal of doubling annual revenue by 2023. Advertising revenue was $ 1.14 billion during the quarter ended Sept. 30, in line with consensus estimates. The company said it saw a “modest” impact to ad revenue due…

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    📱 | Alphabet earns record profit on Google ad surge

    By Paresh Dave and Nivedita Balu (Reuters) -Google owner Alphabet Inc on Tuesday reported higher than expected third-quarter ad sales, a sign that the business is overcoming new limits on tracking mobile users and that online shopping is as popular as ever heading into Demand for its services surged in the past year as the pandemic forced people to spend more time online, and their new habits have persisted. Google advertising revenue rose…

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    📱 | Alphabet beats sales estimates, posts record pr…

    By Paresh Dave and Nivedita Balu (Reuters) – Google owner Alphabet Inc on Tuesday beat expectations for third-quarter revenue, a positive sign that its advertising business is overcoming new limits on tracking mobile users. Through its search engine, YouTube video service and partnerships Demand for its services surged in the past year as the pandemic forced people to spend more time online, and their new habits have persisted. Google advertising revenue rose 41% to $ 53.1 billion during the third quarter. Alphabet's overall…

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    📱 | Alphabet beats sales estimates on Google ad surge

    By Paresh Dave and Nivedita Balu (Reuters) – Google owner Alphabet Inc on Tuesday beat expectations for third-quarter revenue, a positive sign that its advertising business is overcoming new limits on tracking mobile users and sending its shares up slightly. Through its search engine Demand for its services surged in the past year as the pandemic forced people to spend more time online, and their new habits are not tapering off. Google advertising revenue rose to $ 53.1 billion during…

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    👍 | Twitter falls short of user estimates, avoids h…

    By Sheila Dang (Reuters)-Twitter Inc on Tuesday missed Wall Street expectations for user growth as it faced competition from rival apps like TikTok for people's time, while it reported quarterly revenue in line with estimates. The social networking site has been working to add. new features such as audio chat rooms to attract users, and also rolled out improvements to its advertising capabilities to reach its goal of doubling annual revenue by 2023. Advertising revenue was $ 1.14 billion during the quarter ended Sept. 30, in line with consensus estimates. Twitter said monetizable daily active u…

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    👍 | Facebook knew about, failed to police, abusive…

    By Elizabeth Culliford and Brad Heath (Reuters) – Facebook employees have warned for years that as the company raced to become a global service it was failing to police abusive content in countries where such speech was likely to cause the most harm, according to interviews with Five former employees and internal company documents viewed by Reuters. For over a decade, Facebook has pushed to become the world's dominant online platform. It currently operates in more than 190 countries and considerably more than 2.8 billion monthly users who post content in more than 160 languages. But its efforts to p…

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    👍 | Facebook's oversight board seeks more transpare…

    (Reuters) – Facebook Inc's independent oversight board demanded more transparency from the social media giant on Thursday, saying the company was not “fully forthcoming” on how it deals with certain high-profile user accounts. The comments follow a Wall Street Journal report last month that said millions of Facebook accounts belonging to celebrities, politicians and other high-profile users were exempted from some internal checks. The board said that Facebook has not been transparent with the company's'cross-check' system, an internal program the social media network says is used to double-ch…

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    👍 | Enter the Zuckerverse? Social media churns with…

    By Nivedita Balu and Antonio Denti (Reuters) – Zuckerverse. Timesuck. Faceplant. They're just a few of the suggestions being bandied around online following reports that Facebook plans to rebrand itself with a new group name. The company refused to comment on rumor or speculation, of course, but the Twitterati had no problem. The debate careered from sensible to screwball to strange. “Meta” was one of the more sober trending suggestions, referring to Facebook's reported desire to assume a name that focuses on the metaverse, a virtual environment where users can hang out. Bookface, Facegram, Fa…