Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would ban advertisements for products offering any cures or prevention around the coronavirus outbreak, and those that create a sense of urgency around the situation. The announcement by the social-media giant comes as it faces increasing regulatory scrutiny over the type of content posted on its platform, specifically items reflecting extreme ideologies and fake news.
An eight-year-old boy from Texas has topped a Forbes rich list of the highest-paid YouTube stars, earning an estimated $26m. Ryan Kaji, who has almost 22 million subscribers, came first in the list for the second year in a row. He started out on the channel when he was just three-years-old by reviewing toys and now does science experiments for his legion of fans.
Twitter will ban all political advertising, the company’s CEO has announced, in a move that will increase pressure on Facebook over its controversial stance to allow politicians to advertise false statements. The new policy, announced via Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account on Wednesday, will come into effect on 22 November and will apply globally to all electioneering ads, as well as ads related to political issues.
Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country following the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 200 people, a group that monitors internet censorship said. The NetBlocks observatory said it detected an intentional nationwide blackout of popular services, including Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and Viber. Sri Lankan officials said they were temporarily blocking social media to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions.
AT&T and Hasbro have become the latest firms to pull adverts from YouTube over claims pedophiles are leaving offensive comments next to videos of children on the platform. The telecoms firm and toymaker follow food giant Nestle, which on Wednesday said it had also “paused” its ads. YouTube said it had taken “immediate action” by deleting offending accounts and reporting the illegal activity to authorities.
American and British lawmakers demanded an explanation from Facebook about how a political data firm connected with President Trump’s 2016 campaign harvested private information without user notification, following Facebook’s decision to suspend data company, Cambridge Analytica, Friday. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced her decision to launch an investigation into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook on Thursday said it would ban from its main service and Instagram several extremist individuals that the social media giant says promote violence and hate. Among those that are permanently banned from the site are: Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, conservative radio host and Infowars founder Alex Jones, former Breitbart reporter and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, white nationalist Paul Nehlen, conservative provocateur Laura Loomer and right-wing extremist Paul Nehlen.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday posted a 3,000-word note outlining a more “privacy-focused” future for the tech company, saying that communications platforms that protect privacy will “become even more important than today’s open platforms.” Zuckerberg’s new outline comes as Facebook builds out a new integrated messaging service that will allow users on Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp to communicate in private with each other.
WhatsApp users will be blocked from forwarding messages to more than five individuals or groups under new rules the messaging service is rolling out worldwide to fight the spread of misinformation. The five-recipient limit was initially put in place in India last July. A larger limit, of 20 recipients, was put in place globally. WhatsApp said at the time the limits would “help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app”.
Facebook announced plans to change your news feed, saying soon people will see more updates from friends and family, sparking ‘meaningful’ social interaction. The company says there will be fewer videos, brands, pages, and media companies, considered ‘passive.’ Facebook says the changes are likely to result in people spending less time on the platform.