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I quit Instagram and Facebook and it made me a lot happier — and that’s a big problem for social media companies

Why quitting Instagram and Facebook made me happier   3:16 PM ET Wed, 5 Dec 2018 | 03:16 The first time I truly took a break from social media was in 2015, at a summer camp for burned-out adults called “Camp Grounded.” There were three rules: Take a camp name of your choosing, like Luna or Huckleberry, avoid talking about “W,” meaning work, and ditch all electronics at the door. At an arrival ceremony deep in the California Redwoods, volunteers in hazmat suits zipped up our devices into brown bags, leaving…

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Social Media Roundup: Instagram Close Friends, YouTube Stories, Facebook Giving Tuesday Hits $125M

A man holding a smartphone showing the icons for several social media apps (Photo by S3studio/Getty Images) “Social Media Roundup” is a weekly roundup of news pertaining to all of your favorite websites and applications used for social networking. Published on Sundays, “Social Media Roundup” will help you stay up-to-date on all the important social media news you need to know. Facebook Expansion Of Local Section Facebook’s Today In featureFacebook This past week, Facebook announced the expansion of a new local section on Facebook called “Today In.” Facebook is also starting a…

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Facebook, Twitter Pledge to Defend Against Foreign Intrusion

HIGHLIGHTS Both Facebook and Twitter are using AI to combat manipulation Facebook is going after “inauthenticity,” or fake accounts Twitter is focusing on analysing behaviour patterns Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their social networks against manipulation during the 2018 midterm elections and beyond. Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, and Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, testified before the Senate intelligence committee in the morning, but there was an empty chair for Google…

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Facebook to Invest $1 Billion in First Asian Data Centre in Singapore

HIGHLIGHTS The data centre is slated to open in 2022 Facebook’s facility will be located in the west of the island Data centre isn’t country specific to where users are located: Facebook Facebook said on Thursday it will invest more than $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,100 crores) to build its first data centre in Asia in Singapore, slated to open in 2022. Facebook’s facility will be located in the west of the island, near where Google is expanding its Singapore data centres in an $850 million (roughly Rs. 61,000 crores) investment as mobile…

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Facebook Accuses BlackBerry of Stealing Voice-Messaging Tech

HIGHLIGHTS BlackBerry has been sued by Facebook for patent infringement Facebook is seeking damages for infringement of six patents In March, BlackBerry had sued Facebook for infringing on its patents Facebook is suing BlackBerry for patent infringement, escalating the legal battle between the two companies over protected technology. In a 118-page complaint filed Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, Facebook accused BlackBerry of stealing its voice messaging technology, among other patented processes. Facebook is seeking unspecified damages for infringement of six patents. BlackBerry didn’t immediately respond to messages sent outside regular business hours seeking…

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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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