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Google, an Obama Ally, May Face Policy Setbacks Under Trump

By David Shepardson, Malathi Nayak and Julia Love WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 18 – Alphabet Inc’s Google faces a tougher regulatory landscape as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration looks poised to reverse Obama administration policies that often favored the internet giant in the company’s battles with telecoms and cable heavyweights, analysts say. Google had close

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Do the Benefits of Real Friendships Translate Online?

By Andrew M. Seaman A person’s Facebook activity might be a window into their health and even predict their odds of dying in the short term, a new study suggests. Researchers stop short of saying that using the social networking website will either hasten or delay illness or death, but they conclude that how a

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German Prosecutors Investigate Facebook Over Hate Postings

BERLIN, Nov 5 – German prosecutors are investigating Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives, a spokesman for the Munich prosecutor’s office said on Friday, following a complaint alleging the company broke national laws against hate speech and sedition by failing to remove racist postings. The spokesman declined to provide further details. German attorney Chan-jo Jun

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Drop in Facebook’s Stock Makes for Good Time to Connect

By Tenzin Pema and Rishika Sadam Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) shares fell as much as 5.5 percent in early trading on Thursday, wiping out about $20 billion of market value. Which makes the stock an even better buy, analysts said. The social network may have forecast slowing revenue growth and higher investments next year, but it

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Facebook, Twitter Join Network to Tackle Fake News

NEW YORK, Sept 14 – Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media, the group said on Tuesday. First Draft Coalition, formed in June 2015 with the backing of Alphabet Inc’s Google, said it

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Facebook Denies Reluctance to Give Data to German Investigators

By Caroline Copley BERLIN, Aug 8 – Facebook rejected on Monday claims made by Germany’s state authorities that it was reluctant to co-operate with them on criminal investigations, saying many of the requests it received for user data were incorrectly formulated. Several regional interior ministers have complained that the social media group is hesitant to

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Facebook, Twitter Co-operated With Brazil Probe of Alleged Militants

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24 – The judge overseeing the probe that led to the arrest last week of suspected Islamist militants in Brazil said Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. co-operated with investigators by providing information about the suspects’ use of both social networks. In an interview late Sunday with Fantastico, a weekly news program

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Facebook Tests End-to-End Encryption on Messenger

July 9 – Facebook Inc on Friday said it began testing end-to-end encryption on its popular Messenger application to prevent snooping on digital conversations. The limited testing on Messenger, which has more than 900 million users, comes three months after Facebook rolled out end-to-end encryption to its more popular WhatsApp, a messaging application with over

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Facebook Defends Position on Content Standards After Israeli Censure

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, July 3 – Facebook is doing its share to remove abusive content from the social network, it said on Sunday in an apparent rejection of Israeli allegations that it was uncooperative in stemming messages that might spur Palestinian violence. Beset by a 10-month-old surge in Palestinian street attacks, Israel says that

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Google, Facebook Quietly Move Toward Automatic Blocking of Extremist Videos

By Joseph Menn and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, June 24 – Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate

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