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# Facebook

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# big tech
United States announces investigation into whether major online companies have 'stifled' competition
The investigation comes after the European Union imposed hefty fines on Google recently.
# messenger kids
Facebook flaw allowed thousands of children to join chats with people not approved by parents
The social network said it has been shutting down the group chats involved.
# Face off
Privacy concerns raised over app that makes you look older through artificial technology
FaceApp uses artificial intelligence to make you look older or younger.
# Social Media
Facebook set for $5 billion fine in the US over privacy and data protection failings
It’ll be the largest penalty ever imposed by the US Federal Trade Commission over privacy violations.
# Border patrol
US Border Patrol investigating 'disturbing' Facebook group allegedly filled with racist memes
The group was created in August 2016 and has some 9,500 members, according to ProPublica.
# online safety act
Facebook urges against 'punitive' fines for firms who breach Government's new online safety laws
The government published submissions on the proposed laws today.
Facebook's Libra project could be a watershed moment for the blockchain industry
This marks the social media giant’s boldest foray into the financial services industry.
Complaint of 'racism' against Wexford shop whose owner painted his face black for advert upheld
Smyths Homevalue shared the video on Facebook to promote Black Friday last year.
# Contempt of Court
Facebook and Twitter representatives to appear before court after Ana Kriegel murderers identified online
The boys, identified in the media only as Boy A and Boy B, were convicted yesterday of murdering Ana Kriegel last year.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you use Facebook's new currency?
The social media company plans to launch the currency as early as next year.
# Libra
Facebook announces plans for new cryptocurrency to come into operation as early as 2020
Facebook and some two dozen partners released a prototype of Libra as an open source code for developers interested in weaving it into apps, services or businesses/
# spectre
This deepfake video of a megalomaniac 'Mark Zuckerberg' is testing Facebook
The AI-generated video is part of a project looking at the power of social media.
# nightmare coaches
Vehicle supplier secures order to have Facebook group it claims is damaging its business reputation taken down
The injunction was granted in favour Harris Auto Trading Company.
# bandcamp
Radiohead release 18 hours of hacked material in aid of Extinction Rebellion
The material was reportedly held to $150,000 ransom.
# policy and economy
Facebook warned that ban on children's junk food ads could hurt marketing of Spotify playlists
The social media giant has lobbied against an amendment to data protection laws.
# Data Protection
Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in EU-US data transfer case
The decision comes after the High Court referred a number of questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
# policy and economy
Facebook says a ban on junk food ads for children could hurt the marketing of Spotify playlists
The social media giant has lobbied against an amendment to data protection laws.
# Jailed
Limerick man who made death threats through Facebook to rape victim jailed for six years
The 26-year-old man pleaded guilty to raping the 19-year-old victim in November 2015,
Explainer: Why is Facebook allowing a doctored video of 'drunk' US Speaker Nancy Pelosi to stay online?
The social media giant has been criticised after altered footage of Pelosi was posted online this week.
# eu elections
Facebook ads for website targeting Maria Walsh deemed not to break community standards
Fine Gael has asked Facebook and Google to remove the ads.
# Breach
Tens of thousands of Irish users' emails and phone numbers were exposed in last year's Facebook hack
Confidential emails from the social networking giant reveal the local fallout of the September attack.
# over here
'News flash morons: I'm in Edmonton': Fugitive caught after sending address to Canadian TV station
Jessie Dean Kowalchuk was wanted for violating his probation in 2015.
# Monopoly
Facebook co-founder says it's time for the government to break up the tech giant
“I feel a sense of anger and responsibility,” Chris Hughes wrote, who worked on the first News Feed team.
# get connected
Love at first like: Facebook to add 'secret crush' feature as part of revamp of social network
The company is planning an overhaul of its app and website.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you use the same password for all your online accounts?
The Data Protection Commission launched a statutory inquiry into Facebook’s password storage.
# Data Breach
Facebook says whatever fine it faces over password breach is matter for Irish data watchdog
The Data Protection Commissioner has launched a statutory inquiry into Facebook’s password storage breach.
# plain text
Irish data watchdog launches probe into Facebook password storage as millions left exposed
Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is Facebook’s lead regulator in the European Union.
# Down
Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram back after massive two-hour outage
No, it wasn’t just you.
# Holidays
Airbnb apologises after family finds camera hidden in smoke alarm in Cork home
The companysaid that its original handling of this incident did not meet its own standards.
# Social Media
Tech companies face fines and jail time if they fail to remove violent content under new Australia law
It comes in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack in New Zealand on 15 March.
# Social media regulation
Mark Zuckerberg tells TDs that Facebook is working proactively on child protection issues
Three TDs met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin today
# Your Say
Poll: Who should regulate social media in Ireland?
TDs will meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today.
# Social media regulation
TDs to meet Mark Zuckerberg in Facebook Dublin HQ tomorrow to chat about fake news
Social media regulation, transparency in political advertising and the safety of young people online are all up for discussion.
# Streaming
Facebook to tighten live stream access after mosque attacks
Facebook is looking into barring people who have previously violated the social network’s community standards from livestreaming.
# foreign interference
Facebook deploys new transparency tools to protect EU elections
The State’s ethics watchdog raised concerns that foreign based organisations could influence elections in Ireland.
# Hate speech
Facebook extends ban on hate speech to 'white nationalists'
Facebook previously linked expressions of white nationalism with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism.
# European Parliament
MEPs vote in controversial laws that places copyright responsibility on Google and YouTube
Intense lobbying was done by tech giants like Google, which profits hugely from the advertising generated alongside the content it hosts.
# Viral Video
French Muslim group sues Facebook and YouTube over New Zealand shooting video
Facebook France told AFP by e-mail that it would study the suit, adding that “acts of terror and hatred speech have no place on Facebook”.
# Security Breach
Facebook admits its staff had access to millions of users' passwords
It said the passwords were stored in plain text on its internal servers.
Opinion: Tech giants must be held responsible for publishing images of murder and child abuse
Google is pioneering self-driving cars and bringing the internet to remote parts of Africa via a network of giant balloons, yet somehow they cannot deal with snuff films or child abuse images, writes Diarmuid Pepper.