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Facebook Expands Fact-Checking Initiative to New Countries

Facebook has announced to expand its fact-checking programme to new countries that aims to fight spread of fake news on its platform. The social media giant now has the fact-checking programme running in 14 countries and plans to scale to more countries by the end of the year. “These certified, independent fact-checkers rate the accuracy of stories on Facebook, helping us reduce the distribution of stories rated as false by an average of 80 per cent,” Tessa Lyons, Product Manager at Facebook, said in a blog post on Thursday. In India, Facebook already is in…

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Facebook PyTorch 1.0 Announced, a New Open Source AI Development Framework

After making deep investments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, Facebook has announced the next version of its open-source AI framework for developers. Called “PyTorch 1.0”, the framework provides everyone in the AI research community with a fast, seamless path for building a broad range of AI projects. “The technology in PyTorch 1.0 is already being used at scale, including performing nearly 6 billion text translations per day for the 48 most commonly used languages on Facebook,” the company announced during its F8 developer conference in San Jose on Wednesday. The AI research and…

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Thai Man Reportedly Sentenced to 35 Years in Jail for Defaming Royals on Facebook

HIGHLIGHTS A Thai man was jailed for 35 years on Friday for Facebook posts The posts deemed insulting to the royal family of Thailand The court punished him with seven years per count A Thai man was jailed for 35 years on Friday for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the royal family, a watchdog said, in one of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime that insulates Thailand’s ultra-rich monarchy from criticism. A Bangkok military court convicted the 34-year-old of ten counts of lese majeste for posting photos and…

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Facebook Reportedly Testing Expansion of Groups Feature

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook is testing a Groups section in its smartphone app The Groups feature which is usually hidden in the app’s settings The new Groups section prominently features a “Discover” page now With the aim to put online communities at the centre of Facebook, the social networking giant is testing the expansion of its Groups feature. The social media giant is testing a Groups section in its smartphone app that will see it appear alongside the main notifications, friends requests and news feed areas which has appeared in recent days…

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Overusing Facebook Makes You Sad and Unhealthy: Study

Addicted to social media? Can’t wait to see the notifications gathered by your recently uploaded post? Must check the likes your new profile picture must have garnered, even though you just checked it 10 minutes ago. The recent study throws a significant light on the generation that thrives upon social media, constantly seeking a sense of validation with the likes, reacts and comments. As per the findings, overuse of Facebook may lead to a more sad and unhealthy life for the users who check their Facebook profile all the time…

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Facebook Instant Articles Now Compatible With Google AMP; Apple News Support Due Soon

In a move to unify news publishing platforms, Facebook on Thursday announced that it is adding support for Google AMP and Apple News to its Instant Articles platform. Publishers will now be able to create a single Instant Article article that can be published as Google AMP and Apple News articles as well. Facebook also laid emphasis on how this move will let the publishers cut costs on building different versions for three different platforms. While the Instant Articles SDK extension is available for Google AMP, it will be rolled…

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