Reports Facebook Won’t Censor Suicide Videos

Authorities world wide have made efforts to have social media companies censor live videos following the various suicide and murder videos released by social media users through facebook live-feed.

Facebook will reportedly continue allowing people to live stream self-harm attempts because the social media network doesn’t want to censor or punish people in distress.

The Guardian news website has reported on Monday that while Facebook also believes videos showing violent deaths are disturbing they don’t always have to be deleted as the footage can help build awareness around issues, including mental illness.

The news site also says Facebook doesn’t believe photos of non-sexual physical abuse or child bullying should be deleted or ‘actioned’ unless there is a ‘sadistic’ or celebratory element.

It also says Facebook uses software to intercept some graphic context before it is published on the site, the Guardian says.

The rules are contained in a dossier that’s been leaked to the Guardian and is likely to reignite the debate between freedom of expression, safety and censorship on the internet.

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Facebook to Pay 110m Euro Fine for Deceit

European Union (EU) antitrust regulators on Thursday said they would fine Facebook 110 million euros (122.4 million dollars) for providing misleading information over its purchase of messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.

Calling it a “proportionate and deterrent fine,” the European Commission, which acts as the EU’s competition watchdog, said Facebook had said it could not automatically match user accounts on its namesake platform and WhatsApp but two years later launched a service that did exactly that.

“The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook’s statements in the 2014 merger review process, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users’ identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility,” the Commission said.

The commission added that the fine would not reverse the Commission’s decision to clear the purchase of WhatsApp and was unrelated to separate investigations into data protection issues.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that Facebook was set to be fined.

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Facebook Campaigns Against Fake News In UK

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Facebook has announced a national print advertising campaign in the UK to educate the British public about fake news, as part of a concerted global effort to crack down on the false information epidemic it has seen on its platform.

The social network’s full-page print ads will appear in four UK newspapers on Monday, including the Telegraph, Times, Metro and Guardian, reproducing the same 10 tips to spot fake news that it launched on Facebook itself last month.

The move, which comes a month before the UK general election, follows similar newspaper ads in Germany and France last month ahead of their elections, in newspapers including Bild, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde and Les Échos. “People want to see accurate information on Facebook and so do we. That is why we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem of false news,” said Simon Milner, Facebook’s director of policy for the UK.

“To help people spot false news, we are showing tips to everyone . . . on how to identify if something they see is false.” The 10 tips include watching out for fraudulent web addresses and manipulated photos, as well as considering the source and tone of a story, such as whether it is a joke.

1.3 Billion Users Visit Facebook Daily

Mark Zuckerberg the founder of  Facebook said on his facebook page on Wednesday that users increased by 18 percent on a year- over-year basis. He also said the social media platform has 1.3 billion daily active users as at the first quarter of 2017.

 

He said that the Monthly Active Users (MAUs) was 1.94 billion as at March 31, 2017.

“We just announced our quarterly results and gave an update on our progress connecting the world.

“We had a good start to 2017. We are continuing to build tools to support a strong global community.

“Our community now has more than 1.9 billion people, including almost 1.3 billion people active every day.

“Our next focus is building community. More than 100 million people on Facebook are members of ‘very meaningful’ groups, like parent support groups or illness support groups that are an important part of their lives,’ Zuckerberg said.

He said that his hope was to help more than one billion people join very meaningful groups to strengthen the social fabric over the next few years.

According to him, facebook has a lot more work to build a global community that works for everyone.

“We are also continuing our work to spot false news, and enabling greater civic engagement by connecting people with their government representatives.

“This quarter, we also took a major technology step forward at F8, by opening up the camera to be the first mainstream augmented reality platform,’’ he said.

Thailand Media Slammed For Facebook Live Baby Murder Coverage

Thailand media has been criticised for publishing images of a man killing his infant daughter in a Facebook Live video, a grim case that sparked outrage and raised fears of copycat killings.

The video, filmed Monday on the southern resort island of Phuket, showed Wuttisan Wongtalay hang his 11-month daughter, Natalie, from an abandoned building before taking his own life, according to police in charge of the case.

The footage was online for around 24 hours before it was removed on Tuesday, prompting cries for Facebook to move more swiftly to take down clips of grisly crimes and killings.

 A Thai media body also slammed news outlets that showed graphic images of the crime.At least one major Thai daily printed an image of the murder-suicide on its front page Tuesday, while several TV channels also aired segments of the video.

 

Man Murders Child, Kills Himself On Facebook Live

A man in Phuket has reportedly filmed himself killing his child and then himself on Facebook Live, Thai police said on Tuesday. Officers on the southern resort island said they were alerted to the video by friends of the man and rushed to an abandoned hotel near the international airport on Monday afternoon.

“They had already died when I arrived there,” Lieutenant Jullaus Suvannin, one of the first on the scene, told AFP, adding a smartphone was found propped up against a wall.

 Police said they believed the man had previously argued with the mother of the murdered child, an 11-month girl. The man had hung himself and his daughter, they said.Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

The killing comes just days after Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg vowed to work to keep the world’s leading social network from being used to propagate harrowing acts like murder and suicide.

Zuckerberg was responding to pressure after a man in the US state of Ohio used Facebook Live to broadcast footage of himself walking up to a stranger in the street and shooting him dead. The killer went on to fatally shoot himself after a massive manhunt and police chase.

During a speech, last Wednesday Zuckerberg conceded that Facebook had “a lot of work” to do on the issue.

“We are going to work on building common ground, not just getting more opinions out there,” he added.

 

Facebook Wants More From Your Lives

In a 2015 Q&A, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued that the future of communication may well be telepathy. “One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,” he said. “You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too.”

Now, two years later, Facebook is working hard to make Zuckerberg’s futurist vision a reality. And Regina Dugan — who headed up both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group — is leading the effort. Onstage at Facebook’s F8 conference Wednesday, Dugan provided concrete details on the company’s telepathy efforts for the first time, introducing a research initiative she hopes will someday enable us to type words into Facebook posts simply by thinking them.

“It sounds impossible, but it’s closer than you may realize,” Dugan said. “We have a goal of creating a system capable of typing 100 words per minute — five times faster than you can type on your smartphone — straight from your brain.”

For Dugan, who runs Facebook’s secretive research and hardware lab Building 8, the idea of such a brain-computer interface is not nearly far-fetched as it might sound. More to the point, it makes good sense. Thinking our words into a computer would likely be more efficient than manually typing them. And thinking commands into our smartphones could free us from staring at them so much, giving us more time to engage with the world around us. It too could make glasses overlaying digital information on the real world feel natural since we wouldn’t have to operate them clunkily via touch or voice. “Even something as simple as a ‘yes,’ ‘no’ brain click would fundamentally change our capability,” Dugan said.

It remains to be seen if Facebook can develop such a technology and widely deploy it. But should it manage to do so it’ll likely encounter a perhaps more monumental task: convincing people to trust a company with a bumpy history of privacy missteps with their brains.

Well aware of such concerns, Dugan stressed that Facebook is taking a measured approach to these new brain-computer interfaces. “To be clear, we are not talking about decoding your random thoughts,” she said. “We’re talking about decoding those words, the ones you already decided to share, by sending them to the speech centre of your brain.”

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Man Attempts To Kill Daughter Over Facebook

A Thai man has been arrested for  attempting to kill his daughter over a misunderstanding based on her usage of smart phone and Facebook.

Sornkrai Poonperm, police commissioner of Petchburi province, some 120 kms south-west of Bangkok, said Surin Kaewrae, 41, confessed to attacking his 13-year-old daughter with a knife.

“Kaewrae attacked his daughter with a knife after a dispute over her excessive use of Facebook and a smartphone,’’ Poonperm said. However, his daughter survived the attack and is being treated in hospital.

According to Sornkrai, Surin was apprehended while on the run with his 5-year-old daughter in a nearby province.

Meanwhile, he has previously been sentenced to three years for other crimes.

Surin told police he had many arguments with his daughter previously, adding that he had told her several times to study rather than chat with her boyfriend, but his daughter never listened.

Police said later Surin’s wife Hattaya Kaewrae, the victim’s mother, attempted to physically attack her husband but was held back by police.

Facebook, Instagram Declare War On Revenge Porn

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, has announced that the platform will unveil tools that will prevent revenge porn from being circulated. Revenge porn is the circulation of explicit images, videos that were shared between two people in public space as a way of seeking revenge.

In a post on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said the platform is focused on building a community that keeps people safe.

“We’re focused on building a community that keeps people safe. That means building technology and AI tools to prevent harm.

“Today we’re rolling out new tools to prevent “revenge porn” from being shared on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram.

“Revenge porn is any intimate photo shared without permission. It’s wrong, it’s hurtful, and if you report it to us, we will now use AI and image recognition to prevent it from being shared across all of our platforms.”

In April 2012, Facebook acquired Instagram, a picture sharing platform, for $1 billion.

Zuckerberg founded Facebook alongside four Harvard roommates in 2004.

Facebook Pivots Into Stories

All users will soon have access to the new Facebook Camera feature that lets them overlay special effects on photos and videos. They can then share this content to a Snapchat clone called Facebook Stories that appears above News Feed on mobile and works similarly to Instagram’s 24-hour ephemeral slideshows. Users also may share these posts to News Feed, individual friends through the new Facebook Direct private visual messages that disappear once digested or any combination thereof.

“As people mostly post photos and videos, Stories is the way they’re going to want to do it,” says Facebook Camera product manager Connor Hayes, noting Facebook’s shift away from text status updates after 10 years as its primary sharing option. “Obviously we’ve seen this doing very well in other apps. Snapchat has really pioneered this,” explained Hayes, less shy to mention the competitor by name than some other Facebook executives.

But really it was the rapid ascent of Instagram Stories to 150 million daily users that he says inspired Facebook to start testing its own Stories in January, and keep expanding it to 12 countries before today’s rollout. Surprisingly, Hayes says Facebook Stories is “additive,” not detracting from News Feed sharing or usage of its other Stories products. “We’ve tested in markets with Instagram Stories and Messenger Day, and we’ve seen this as accretive. They end up posting more and they like using the Stories format across apps.”

That’s the worst news for Snapchat and best news for Facebook since the world’s biggest social network adopted the strategy of copying the competitor that refused its acquisition offer.

Facebook Rewards 10-yr-old With $10,000 For Finding Instagram Security Flaw

Earlier this year, a 10-year-old — who is not even old enough to sign up on Facebook — impressed Mark Zuckerberg by hacking Instagram, the photo-sharing application owned by Facebook.

The Helsinki-based boy genius, called Jani, received $10,000 from Facebook for identifying a security bug, Forbes reported.

Jani uncovered a flaw that allowed him to delete any written content on the social media platform by altering the code.

“I would have been able to eliminate anyone, even Justin Bieber,” the wunderkind told Finnish publication Iltalehti.

An aspiring security expert, Jani sent his discovery to Facebook via email.

He verified his report by deleting a comment the company posted on a test account, a spokesperson told Forbes.
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The bug was resolved at the end of February. In March, the tech giant informed Jani of the fix and gave him his monetary reward.

Jani plans to use the reward to buy a new bike, football gear, and new computers for his brothers, he said in the interview with Iltalehti.

He ousted a 13-year-old to become the youngest ever recipient of Facebook’s bug bounty program, which offers rewards to people who identify and report legitimate security risks.

Since it launched in 2011, Facebook’s bug bounty has awarded over $4.3 million to more than 800 researchers.

The program determines the payout based on a bug’s risk, rather than how complex it may be.

In 2015 alone, 210 researchers received $936,000 with an average payout of $1,780.