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PNG Minister Raps Facebook For COVID Misinformation

PNG Minister Raps Facebook For COVID Misinformation

Misinformation shared on Facebook is the biggest threat to Papua New Guinea’s COVID-19 vaccine plans and the social media giant must take steps to “stop it”, the Pacific country’s health minister said on Thursday. Conspiracy theories about vaccines are so entrenched that even frontline health workers are hesitant to take the shot, Jelta Wong said […]

Facebook Launches Book On Female Leaders

Facebook Launches Book On Female Leaders

As part of its celebration around International Women’s Month, Facebook recently announced the launch of ‘LeadHERs: Life Lessons From African Women’, a collection of beautifully inspired stories & life advice from 19 women who are breaking boundaries in fields such as media, entertainment, politics, education and business. Available for free in digital and physical formats, […]

Facebook blocks Netanyahu Chatbot, Citing Privacy Violation

Facebook blocks Netanyahu Chatbot, Citing Privacy Violation

Facebook said on Monday it removed a post and suspended a messenger bot from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s page after it posted that he wanted phone numbers to call and convince people to get COVID-19 vaccinations. Netanyahu on Thursday posted a video on Twitter encouraging senior citizens to get vaccinated and ended with the […]

Female Politicians In The United States, Europe Urge Facebook To Protect Women In Politics

Female Politicians In The United States, Europe Urge Facebook To Protect Women In Politics

Facebook Inc must step up and protect women in politics from threats of violence and sexism and hate on its platform, said a letter to the company from female members of the U.S. Congress such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top female politicians from the European Union. Facebook has been heavily criticized for its […]

Australia Wants To Force Facebook And Google To Pay Media Companies For News

Australia Wants To Force Facebook And Google To Pay Media Companies For News

Australia is moving to impose sweeping new rules that would require Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOGL) to pay media organizations for the use of their news content. Regulators on Friday released draft legislation that would let news publishers in the country negotiate compensation with the two tech companies for sharing or displaying their stories. It would allow certain media outlets to bargain either […]

Cambodia Orders Women Not Look Sexy On Facebook

Cambodia Orders Women Not Look Sexy On Facebook

A crackdown in Cambodia on women who wear provocative clothing while selling goods via Facebook live streams was slammed by women’s rights groups on Wednesday as dangerous and baseless. Prime Minister Hun Sen said low cut tops were an affront to Cambodian culture and ordered authorities to track down Facebook vendors who wear them to […]

Facebook Fined U.S.$5 Billion For Cambridge Analytical Scandal

Facebook Fined U.S.$5 Billion For Cambridge Analytical Scandal

Facebook faces a $5 billion fine by the United States regulator over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been investigating since March 2018 allegations that political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained the data of up to 87 million Facebook users. The investigation focused on whether Facebook had violated a 2011 […]

Facebook Bans Israeli Firm That Ran Campaigns To Disrupt Elections

Facebook Bans Israeli Firm That Ran Campaigns To Disrupt Elections

 Facebook has removed hundreds of fake pages, groups, and accounts that it says were run by an Israeli firm that was targeting countries in Africa, CNN reports. CNN reports that the company, Archimedes Group, spent more than U.S.$800,000 running Facebook ads. Facebook said in a blog post that the accounts had almost 3 million followers. Archimedes Group “represented […]

Facebook Is Teaming Up With Telecoms In Developing Markets

Facebook Is Teaming Up With Telecoms In Developing Markets

At a Facebook-led telecommunications summit in London on Oct. 16 and 17, attendees could be forgiven for wondering what year it was. The social media company’s executives spoke optimistically about building tools to connect more of the world to the internet at higher speeds, and mobile operators said they were proud to be using those […]

Facebook Creates Its First Hub Space In Africa

Facebook Creates Its First Hub Space In Africa

With creativity and excellence existing across all of Nigeria, Facebook also announced partnerships with seven other hubs across the country including in Abuja (Ventures Platform), Jos (nHub), Kaduna (Colab Hub), Kano (DI Hub), Uyo (Start Innovation Hub), Enugu (Roar Hub) and Port Harcourt (Ken Saro Wiwa Hub). These will serve as centres of excellence and […]

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