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Silicon Valley Giants Outrank Many Nations, Says First ‘Techplomat’

By Stine Jacobsen COPENHAGEN, June 19 – The top firms in California’s Silicon Valley carry more weight on the global stage than many countries, which makes building diplomatic relations with them increasingly important, the world’s first national technology ambassador said. Chosen to fill what his country’s foreign ministry has dubbed the first “techplomacy” posting on

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Facebook Launches Ramadan Campaign for Syrian Children

May 28 – As a result of Facebook’s Hack for Good campaign, international NGO Save the Children launched the “It’s Not the Same For Them” campaign to remind people of the harsh realities that confront Syrian children. The campaign will run throughout Ramadan, across the Middle East and North Africa. It will also target the

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Macron’s Win: Sarcasm and Comedy Abound Among Arab Social Media Users

By Leila Hatoum “I am happy that I did not wake up to the news of fear triumphing in France… Good morning optimism #MacronWon #LePenLost,” wrote the famed pan-Arab Lebanese presenter Zeina Soufan on her twitter page the day after the French elections were concluded. سعيدة بأنني لم استيقظ على نبأ انتصار الخوف في فرنسا..صباح الخير

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Facebook to Hire 3,000 Workers to Fix Violent Video Problem

By David Ingram SAN FRANCISCO, May 4 – Facebook Inc will hire 3,000 more people over the next year to speed up the removal of videos showing murder, suicide and other violent acts, in its most dramatic move yet to combat the biggest threat to its valuable public image. The hiring spree, announced by Chief

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Facebook to Roll Out New Tools to Tackle Fake News

Dec 15 – Facebook Inc said on Thursday it will roll out a number of new tools to prevent fake news stories from spreading on the social media network. The company will make it easier for users to flag fake articles on their News Feed, and will also work with organizations such as fact-checking website

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Web Giants to Cooperate on Removal of Extremist Content

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS, Dec 6  – Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. The companies will share ‘hashes’ – unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos – of extremist content they have removed from their

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Social Media Ads to Hit $50 Billion by 2019

LONDON, Dec 5  – The amount of money spent on advertising on social media is set to catch up with newspaper ad revenues by 2020, a leading forecaster said on Monday. The rapid expansion of social media platforms on mobile devices, as well as faster internet connectivity and more sophisticated technology, has triggered a huge

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Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos

By Kristina Cooke MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec 1 – Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning. The social media company has been embroiled in a number of

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Discloses Steps to Fight Fake News

By David Bailey Nov 19 – Facebook Inc, facing withering criticism for failing to stem a flood of phony news articles in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, is taking a series of steps to weed out hoaxes and other types of false information, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Friday

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