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Meta’s Oversight Board wants Facebook to be more transparent about VIP accounts

A year ago, The Wall Street Journal revealed that Facebook operated a two-tiered content moderation system. Normal users were subject to the platform’s stated rules, while VIP users were secretl

Facebook to now test age verification tech on Facebook Dating in the US

Meta is bringing its age verification technologies to another of its products, Facebook Dating. Though the service has not taken off as a significant Tinder rival, it will now serve as the testing gro

Meta hit with ~$275M GDPR penalty for Facebook data-scraping breach

Facebook’s parent, Meta, has been hit with another hefty penalty for breaching European data protection law. The €265 million (~$275 million) fine was announced today by the Irish Data Protect

Meta rolls out new privacy updates for teens on Instagram and Facebook

Meta announced today that it’s introducing new privacy updates for teens on Instagram and Facebook. Most notably, everyone under the age of 16, or under 18 in certain countries, will now be defa

Meta’s surveillance biz model targeted in UK ‘right to object’ GDPR lawsuit

Meta’s surveillance-based business model is facing an interesting legal challenge in the U.K. from an individual who’s suing over its continued processing of her data for ad targeting &#82

Facebook is removing several information fields from profiles, including religious and political views

Facebook is notifying users that it will remove four information fields from profiles starting next month. These fields include religious views, political views, addresses and the “Interested in”

Meta appoints new India head amid key departures in its largest market

Meta has appointed Sandhya Devanathan as the new head of its India business following several high-profile departures in the key overseas market. The social juggernaut said on Thursday that Devanathan

Filing: Meta slashes expenses on reduced hiring and capex investments

Meta’s body-blow layoff announcement will see the parent of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp making its first-ever major layoffs as a company, cutting 11,000 employees, 13% of its total; predict

Meta confirms 11,000 layoffs, amounting to 13% of its workforce

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp’s parent company Meta has confirmed a huge round of layoffs, amounting to 13% of its workforce. “I want to take accountability for these decisions and for

Meta India head Ajit Mohan departs to join Snap

Ajit Mohan, the head of Meta in India, has left the firm and agreed to join rival Snap, according to sources familiar with the matter. At Snap, Mohan will serve as the president of the company’s

Instagram will soon allow select creators to make and sell NFTs directly in its app

Meta announced today that it is introducing a number of new creator updates across Instagram and Facebook. Most notably, the company revealed that creators on Instagram will soon be able to create the

Meta to ditch human-curated Facebook News stories globally

Some three years after first introducing a curated news section for publishers, Meta has confirmed that it’s ditching the humans and leaning entirely on algorithms for Facebook News in all marke

Facebook expands its professional mode profile setting to all creators globally

Meta has announced the global expansion of its professional mode profile setting on Facebook to all creators. Professional mode is designed to be used by creators looking to monetize their followings

India sets up panel with veto power over social media content moderation

India will set up one or more grievance committees to oversee content moderation decisions of social media firms, it said Friday, moving ahead with a proposal that has rattled Meta, Google and Twitter

Meta’s metaverse wager is also a bet on founder control

Meta is not changing course even after shedding more than half of its value from 2021 highs amid public calls from investors for a course correction.

Meta posts another revenue decline as investors voice metaverse concerns

Earlier this year, Meta posted its first quarterly revenue decline. Once again, Meta’s financials aren’t inspiring much faith in its investors this quarter. Meta’s revenue declined 4

Meta hit with antitrust breach order in Turkey for combining user data across FB, WhatsApp, Instagram

Meta won’t be quaking at the size of the penalty it’s just been handed by Turkey’s competition authority, which announced a 346.72 million lira sanction today. The circa $18.6 millio

WhatsApp back after massive global outage that lasted for two hours

WhatsApp was inaccessible for about two hours in several countries worldwide Tuesday, leaving Meta engineers scrambling to identify and resolve the issue in the early morning hours. WhatsApp started t

India’s Wire retracts reports on Meta citing discrepancies

Wire has retracted its reports on Meta after discovering “certain discrepancies” in its news pieces, the Indian outlet said Sunday, marking what should be an end to the high-profile drama

Indian news outlet Wire suspends reporting on Meta amid backlash

Indian news outlet The Wire said on Tuesday it is setting up an internal review to assess the documents, information, source material and people it relied on for critical stories on Meta — the c
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