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Iran Orders Social Media Sites to Store Data Inside Country

DUBAI, May 30 – Iran has given foreign messaging apps a year to move data they hold about Iranian users onto servers inside the country, prompting privacy and security concerns on social media. Iran has some of the strictest controls on internet access in the world and blocks access to social media platforms such as

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Facebook Changes Policies on ‘Trending Topics’ After Criticism

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO, May 23 – Facebook Inc said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its “Trending Topics” section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Meet Conservatives on Political Bias Flap

May 15 – Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will meet this week with prominent conservatives in the media, a spokesman said on Sunday, to address allegations of political bias at the popular social networking site. Some 12 “conservative thought leaders” will join the meeting with Zuckerberg on Wednesday, a Facebook spokesman said. Among the invitees

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Facebook’s Next Frontier: Chatbots

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO, April 12 – Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has opened up its Messenger app to developers to create “chatbots,” hoping that by simulating one-on-one conversations between users and companies it will expand its reach in customer service and enterprise transactions. Chatbots are automated programs that help users communicate with

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Facebook Stumbles Again With ‘Safety Check’ After Lahore Blast

By David Henry March 28 – Facebook Inc apologized to users on the other side of the world from Sunday’s suicide bombing in Pakistan who received computer-addressed notices asking if they were safe. Facebook users as far away as New York and Virginia showed notifications they received on social media site Twitter. “Unfortunately, many people

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Meets Propaganda Czar in China Charm Drive

By Matthew Miller and Paul Carsten BEIJING, March 20 – Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg met China’s propaganda tsar Liu Yunshan in Beijing on Saturday as part of a charm offensive in one of the few markets where the social network cannot be accessed. The rare meeting, reported by China’s state news agency Xinhua,

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U.S. Tech Companies Unite Behind Apple Ahead of iPhone Encryption Ruling

By Jim Finkle and Dustin Volz March 3 – Tech industry leaders including Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp , AT&T and more than two dozen other Internet and technology companies filed legal briefs on Thursday asking a judge to support Apple Inc in its encryption battle with the U.S. government. The rare display

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U.S. Looks to Facebook, Private Groups to Battle Online Extremism

By Julia Harte and Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Feb 25 – The U.S. government, acknowledging its limited success in combating Islamic extremist messaging, is recruiting tech companies, community organizations and educational groups to take the lead in disrupting online radicalization. The change in strategy, which took a step forward on Wednesday when the Justice Department convened

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Facebook Launches “Reactions” Worldwide

Feb 24 – Facebook users around the globe can now be more expressive. The social network rolled out “Reactions” – an extension of the “Like” button – worldwide on Wednesday, to allow users to express emotions such as sadness, anger and love. In a video accompanying a blog post, the five new buttons appear as

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Is Daesh’s Reach Diminishing on Twitter?

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Feb 18 – Daesh’s English-language reach on Twitter has stalled in recent months amid a stepped-up crackdown against the extremist group’s army of digital proselytizers, who have long relied on the site to recruit and radicalize new adherents, according to a study being released on Thursday. Suspensions of English-speaking users affiliated

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