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Facebook takes aim at fake news with new ‘trending’ formula

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is updating its "trending" feature that highlights hot topics on its social networking site, part of its effort to root out the kind of fake news stories that critics contend helped Donald Trump become president. With the changes announced Wednesday, Facebook’s trending list will consist of topics being covered by several publishers. Before, it focused on subjects drawing the biggest crowds of people sharing or commenting on posts. The switch is intended to make Facebook a more credible source of information by steering hordes of its 1.8 billion users toward topics that "reflect real...

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Germany threatens to fine Facebook over hate speech

BERLIN (AP) — German officials are stepping up their criticism of Facebook, saying the social network is doing too little to stop hate speech and could face stiff fines unless it deletes illegal content faster. In an interview published Friday, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said his ministry was checking whether it would be possible to make social networking sites legally liable for illegal posts. "Of course in the end, we also have to think about fines, if other measures fail to work," Maas told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. "That would be a strong incentive to act quickly." Germany has...

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Woman sentenced for trying to frame ex through Facebook

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A woman who created a phony Facebook profile of her ex-boyfriend in order to frame the Southern California man for stalking has been sentenced to a year in jail. Stephani Lawson of Las Vegas was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to perjury and false imprisonment. Prosecutors say Lawson waged a campaign to get Tyler Parkervest of Irvine, California, arrested last year after the couple broke up. City News Service says Lawson filed eight police reports alleging Parkervest made Facebook threats to kill her and her daughter and at one point held her in his...

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Zuckerberg: ‘Crazy’ to say Facebook influenced election

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the idea that fake news spread on Facebook influenced the outcome of the U.S. election is "crazy." Still, the majority of Americans (six in 10) say they get at least some news from social media , mostly Facebook, according to the Pew Research Center. While a lot of this news comes from established outlets – whether CNN or BuzzFeed News, misinformation spreads on Facebook just as information does, shared by users, recommended by software and amplified by both. Sources of spurious information has ranged from news articles produced by "content...

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Facebook pushes ahead with video ambitions

NEW YORK (AP) — Whether it’s a video clip of your friend’s dog or a live stream of the presidential debates, you are likely watching more videos on Facebook than ever. And that means you’re also more likely to see video ads. Facebook’s latest strategy is to grow both user-generated and advertiser-created videos as it tries to get a firm foothold in this nascent but growing market. The strategy appears to be working. While Madison Avenue is not known for risky experimenting, advertisers are already testing the waters with live video. General Motors, for example, launched its electric Chevy...

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Arrested for selling fake license plates on Facebook

Brownsville (KFXV) – A man is arrested for selling fake license plates. Auto theft agents arrested 25 year old Julio Cesar Gaitan for unauthorized reproduction of temporary tags. An investigation into a car that displayed fake tags led to information that the license plates were purchased online via Facebook. Through further investigation, Cesar Gaitan was developed as a person of interest, that was later arrested after he implicated himself in the crime. Recommended: Police Catch Car Thief Selling Truck on Social...

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Facebook launches ‘Workplace’ a business version of Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) — You probably already use Facebook at work. Now, Facebook is creating a separate version aimed at helping you do actual work instead of catching up on baby photos and campaign chatter. Facebook is launching a communications tool on Monday for businesses, nonprofits and other organizations. Called Workplace, the platform is ad-free and not connected to users’ existing Facebook accounts. Instead, businesses sign up as an organization and pay a monthly fee based on the number of users. It’s free for nonprofits and educational institutions. Julien Codorniou, head of Workplace at Facebook, said in an interview...

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Who inherits a selfie? States seek to fill privacy law gaps

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — When a loved one dies, laws cover how their houses, cars, and other property are passed on to relatives. But the rules are murkier – and currently far more restrictive – when it comes to pictures on Facebook, emails to friends or relatives and even financial records stored in online cloud accounts. Google, Facebook and other companies have said a federal privacy law approved decades before digital storage became common prevents them from releasing electronic memories or records unless the account owner grants permission – even if the person is dead. Without an estate plan,...

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Zuckerberg, Chan pledge $3 Billion to eradicate disease

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a goal that’s even more ambitious than connecting the entire world to the internet: He and his wife want to help eradicate all disease by the end of this century. Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are committing $3 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate basic scientific research. That includes creating research tools – from software to hardware to yet-undiscovered techniques – they hope will ultimately lead to scientific breakthroughs, the way the microscope and DNA sequencing have in generations past. The goal is to "cure, prevent or manage all...

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Police Catch Car Thief Selling Truck on Social Media

Brownsville (KFXV) — Agents arrest a man accused of stealing a Ford f-350. Police say they stopped 18 year old, Ricardo Puentes Jr on the 6900 block of FM 802. The truck was reported stolen during the nighttime hours from the 1200 block of Milpa Verde Rd. Get this, police say Ricardo through social media offering to sell the stolen truck for $1000.00. They got a warrant and arrested him. The truck was found on the 400 block of Champions Drive abandoned. Ricardo provided a statement implicating himself and was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and engaging...

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