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Facebook Pop-Up Helps Curb Fake News Sharing

In a battle against fake news, Facebook has started to roll out a new tool that fact-checks the stories a user shares. According to a report in Telegraph on Monday, some users in the US saw a pop-up window appearing when they shared a story on their profile, reading “Disputed by multiple, independent fact-checkers.” Facebook has been severely criticised for promoting fake news and spreading misinformation. It was also accused of helping US President Donald Trump win the elections by allowing misinformation and fake stories on its platform. “Before you…

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Facebook Signs Soccer Live-Streaming Deal With MLS, Univision

Facebook Inc signed a deal with Major League Soccer and Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications Inc on Friday to stream at least 22 matches in English during the 2017 regular season. As fans increasingly rely on the Internet to watch games, social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter Inc have stepped up their focus on signing live-streaming sports deals. The first match streamed on the social media platform will feature new MLS club Atlanta United hosting Chicago Fire on March 18. The MLS will also produce 40 “Matchday Live” shows,…

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Facebook Inks Agreement With 17 Universities to Streamline Research

Facebook Inc’s hardware development division on Wednesday announced a new partnership with Harvard, Princeton and 15 other universities intended to allow swifter collaboration on technology research projects. The agreement between Facebook’s Building 8 and the universities comes as the social media company seeks to find new revenue streams in virtual reality and artificial intelligence, after the company signalled last month it had begun to hit some advertising growth limits on its network of 1.8 billion monthly active users. Research partnerships between universities and companies typically take nine to 12 months…

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Feeling down? Take a break from Facebook to lift your spirits

If you are feeling blue and cannot figure out why, taking an occasional break from Facebook might do wonders, suggests a research. The study showed that regular use of social networking such as Facebook can negatively affect your emotional well-being and satisfaction with life, but you do not have to quit Facebook altogether. Simply changing your social networking behaviour and taking an occasional break from Facebook may lift your spirits, said the study published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking. In the study, Morten Tromholt from the University…

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Facebook Posts May Offer Insight Into Mental Illness

Your Facebook status updates, ‘likes’ and even photos could help researchers better understand mental health disorders, a new study says. Social networks may even be used in future to treat mental illness, particularly among young people, the researchers said. “Facebook is hugely popular and could provide us with a wealth of data to improve our knowledge of mental health disorders such as depression and schizophrenia,” said the study’s lead-author Becky Inkster from University of Cambridge. Over a billion people worldwide use Facebook daily – one in seven of the global…

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Facebook, Google, Twitter Deliberately Fail to Tackle Terrorism: British Panel

In the first-ever widespread criticism of US technology giants and social media platforms, the British Home Affairs select committee has slammed the internet behemoths of becoming a “recruiting platform for terrorism” and “passing the buck”. Led by Keith Vaz, the British parliament’s longest-serving Indian-origin MP, the panel rapped Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube, saying the companies were deliberately failing to stop terrorists from using their platforms to promote their sinister agenda, The Telegraph reported on Thursday. “Huge corporations like Google, Facebook and Twitter, with their billion-dollar incomes, are consciously failing…

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