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(FILES) This file illustration picture taken on April 28, 2018 shows the logo of social network Facebook displayed on a screen and reflected on a tablet in Paris.Facebook has asked major US banks to share customer data to allow it to develop new services on the social network's Messenger texting platform, a banking source told AFP on August 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURE

Facebook stops misinformation campaigns tied to Iran, Russia

Facebook said Tuesday it stopped stealth misinformation campaigns from Iran and Russia, shutting down accounts as part of its battle against fake news ahead of elections in the United States and elsewhere.

Facebook, Twitter delete accounts peddling fake news

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter announced that they were removing accounts, groups and pages suspected of spreading fake news, with some of them sponsored by foreign agencies.

Anger as Zambia announces tax on Skype, WhatsApp calls

Zambia will tax phone calls made over the internet to protect traditional telecoms companies, the government said on Monday, a move activists warned would stifle freedom of expression.

Facebook says it was ‘too slow’ in addressing hate speech

Facebook has been “too slow’’ to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem by hiring more Burmese speakers and investing in technology to identify problematic content, the company said.

State prosecutor insists Twitter ban in Iran remains

State prosecutor in Iran on Tuesday insisted that Twitter remained banned in the country, refusing a request by the communication minister to lift the ban.

Facebook bans 3D-printed guns files

Facebook has confirmed blocking blueprints for making 3D guns across its platforms, including Messenger and Instagram, amid the court battle between the U.S. federal government and 3d-print gun enthusiasts looking to publish the code online.

French court orders Twitter to change small print after privacy case

A Paris court on Thursday ordered Twitter to change its small print, according to a consumer group which accused the tech giant of having “abusive” clauses in its terms and conditions.
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WhatsApp messages can be manipulated by hackers – researchers

Researchers at Israeli cybersecurity firm said Wednesday they had found a flaw in WhatsApp that could allow hackers to modify and send fake messages in the popular social messaging app.

India to block Facebook, WhatsApp in cases of misuse

India has asked its telecom operators to find ways of blocking applications such as Facebook and messaging app WhatsApp in the case of misuse, according to a document seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

Facebook denies seeking users’ bank data

Facebook has denied reports that it is actively asking banks for details of users’ financial transactions.
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Turkey to block live streaming app during live football broadcasts

A Turkish court on Saturday ruled to block the live video-streaming service Periscope during top football matches, following a demand from the company with the exclusive rights to broadcast the games.

Egypt’s Coptic pope quits ‘waste of time’ Facebook

The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, has shut down his Facebook page, saying it was a "waste of time", after the church ordered monks off social media.

First Bank launches WhatsApp chat banking

Determined to ensure effective service to its customers, First Bank of Nigeria on Thursday unveiled its chat banking on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp

Facebook making moves to monetize WhatsApp

Facebook is getting serious about monetizing WhatsApp after the social network reported sluggish earnings growth last Wednesday. WhatsApp has rolled out three new ways for customers to connect quickly with businesses: a shortcut button to immediately start a conversation, the ability to have businesses send you information like a boarding pass on WhatsApp, and real-time support, the company said today.

Facebook, Instagram to introduce time-management tools

Do you worry that you, or your children, spend too much time on social media? Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday said they want to help you take control.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (AFP Photo - Getty Images - Win McNamee)

Facebook uncovers political influence campaign ahead of midterms

Facebook said Tuesday it shut down 32 fake pages and accounts involved in an apparent "coordinated" effort to stoke hot-button issues ahead of November midterm US elections, but could not identify the source although Russia is suspected of involvement.
WhatsApp

WhatsApp rolls out group calls for up to 4 people

WhatsApp is finally rolling out group video- and voice-calls to its 1.5 billion users around the world. The new feature was first teased by its parent company, Facebook, at its annual F8 developers conference in May, but now it’s ready for prime time.

Facebook suffers biggest one-day wipeout in US stock market history

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune took a more than $15 billion hit on Thursday, as the social media company suffered the biggest one-day wipeout in U.S. stock market history a day after executives forecast years of lower profit margins.

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Students urge Nigerian government to reopen higher institutions

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Benue governor urges Nigerian government to allow responsible citizens carry AK-47 rifles

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has urged the Federal Government to allow responsible citizens to protect themselves with weapons such as AK-47 rifles as part of measures to curb the rising insecurity in the country.
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NEMA: 20 Kano local councils at high risk of flood

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Russia expects to produce five million doses of coronavirus vaccine monthly – Institute

Russia may be able to produce five million doses of its new COVID-19 vaccine monthly by December, the Director of the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Alexander Gintsburg, said on Wednesday.